The budget was debated by the Cabinet on Wednesday (6 February). Members unanimously recommended approval of the budget to Full Council on 20 February.
Crawley will suffer a further 89.7 per cent cut in revenue support from the Government over the next year. The reduction in funding since 2016/17 is £1.72m.
Despite this, the council has identified additional income, efficiencies and savings of £1.26m, meaning that the council’s element of Council Tax is set to rise by just 2.49 per cent, the equivalent of only 9p per week for a band D property.
The Cabinet has also recommended investment in:
- £6m to purchase investment properties. The rental income generated from these will be used to help fund council services
- More than £9m over three years for repairs to council homes
- The purchase of a housing development in Broadfield, giving the council a good payback period and providing tenants with a more efficient service
- A new integrated housing database to replace the council’s outdated systems
- The ICT transformation programme.
West Sussex County Council is proposing a rise of £65.79 on a band D property (4.99 per cent), which will be debated at its Full Council meeting on 15 February. The precept for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner will rise by £24 on a band D property (14.47 per cent).
If the proposed rises are approved, for every pound paid in Council Tax, West Sussex County Council will receive 77.8p, Sussex Police will receive 10.7p with Crawley Borough Council receiving just 11.5p.
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:
“Local services used to be paid from income tax, meaning those who earned more paid more. Due to government cuts to council and police funding, funding for these services increasingly comes from Council Tax which tends to hit pensioners and poorer residents hardest.
“While Crawley Borough Council is responsible for collecting all your Council Tax, more than 88 per cent of it goes to West Sussex County Council or Sussex Police. We’ve worked hard to ensure that Crawley Borough Council’s part of the bill is kept roughly in line with inflation, meaning that the ‘real terms’ increase this year comes exclusively from West Sussex and the police.”
For more details on Council Tax bandings and ways to pay, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/counciltax
The Cowdray Arms is back!
The anticipated re-launch following a huge refit has finally completed and it looks amazing.
Only two weeks ago we did a story on how the Cowdray Arms had been bought and leased by new owners. You can read that story here.
Now after many weeks renovations, a new concept, a new Michelin Star chef and staff eager to show off their stunning venue it has finally opened.
We took a glimpse inside to share the wonderful new look and feel.
It is a fantastic transformation, but the venue is only one part for the new menu and with a Michelin Star chef overseeing the kitchen the class of cooking is way above any ‘pub chain’ across the town.
With an enlarged garden area now finished and even boutique rooms soon to be available, the Cowdray Arms is certainly back
You can find out more information by contacting the Cowdray Arms on 01444 811 280