West Sussex council set to freeze council tax again

West Sussex County Council is set to approve a council tax freeze for the fourth year running.

Despite having to find £61 million of savings in the next two years, West Sussex County Council said it does not want to pass any of the burden on to local taxpayers.

However, unions warned earlier this month that cuts would lead to services for vulnerable people being "pared to the bone"

If the local authority does approve a tax freeze at its meeting in February, it would mean the average Band D taxpayer will continue to pay £1,161.99.

Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “We are working towards another tax freeze as part of our budget plans, and I am sure that this will be welcomed by the majority of our residents.

“We must not forget the burden of council tax on our residents.

“It’s the only bill that people don’t have a choice about who they pay it to and I’m very aware of that.

“So, as long as working families are not seeing an increase in their weekly income, then we should not and will not ask them for more.”

Residents, organisations and businesses are being invited to give their views on these proposals ahead of the final decisions being made in February.

The consultation, called ‘Money matters… have your say!’ is now open and available for people to complete online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

Copies are also available at libraries across West Sussex.

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