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New Council Tax figures reveal Crawley residents pay 37% more than Horsham

With the Government releasing the latest Council Tax figures, Horsham District’s Council Tax level is among the lowest 18% of all councils across the country.

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Crawley residents pay a substantial £198.99 to their local council; 37% (36.7) more than their neighbours in Horsham. This isn’t the most expensive in the county, though. Residents in Worthing pay £231.30 on a Band D property and those living in Adur, a massive £290.79. That’s 50% (49.7) more than the West Sussex average of £194.21.

Despite continuing pressures on the Council’s finances and the loss of all government support funding, Horsham District residents will continue to benefit from the lowest Council Tax in West Sussex and the lowest of all neighbouring authorities for the financial year 2018/19. This comes as the Government has just issued the latest figures for Council Tax levels throughout the country.

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At £145.60 a year the District’s Council Tax level is also among the lowest 18% of all councils across the country.

So what sets Horsham District Council apart from the rest?

The District Council focus is on delivering all its existing services through a mixture of productivity improvements, income generation, and various other efficiency measures.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, Cllr Brian Donnelly, said:

“I am pleased that despite the disappearance of the revenue support grant from central Government, we have been able to maintain our pledge of not increasing Council Tax by more than inflation and we continue to have not just the lowest level Council Tax in West Sussex but one of the lowest in the country.

“In the coming year we will continue our programme of investment to enable the Council to become entirely self-financing, and I am pleased to note that this budget reflects significant areas of income growth from our property investment fund.

“At a time when the pressure on local authority finances remains as great as ever, it is commendable that the Council continues to deliver such an excellent financial performance for our residents.”

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb Tweeted in response to this article:

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Young woman escapes sexual assault along main road in Horsham

Police in Horsham are seeking a man who attacked a woman in the street.

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At about 8.15am on Saturday (25 May) the 26-year-old woman was walking west along Harwood Road, Horsham, when she became aware of a man following her as she crossed the roundabout junction with Comptons Lane.

As she continued along Harwood Road the man grabbed her and pushed her up against a fence and attempted to sexually assault her.

However she kneed him and hit him in the face and was able to run off. The man did not follow her and ran off in the direction from which he had come.

He was described as white, about 20, quite skinny and tall, wearing a tracksuit, and dark grey or black trainers.

PC Neil Twelves said;

“The victim was very shaken by the incident but was not physically hurt.

“This is a very unusual incident for the area, there is no pattern of any similar recent incidents.

“If anyone was either in the area that morning saw anything of what happened, or has any other information, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 339 of 25/05.”

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