First council tax rise in four years for East Sussex

The Argus: Keith Glazier Keith Glazier

East Sussex residents will face their first council tax rise in four years after a crucial vote yesterday.

Members of East Sussex County Council agreed on the planned 1.95% increase at their full council meeting.

The approved budget will also result in an estimated 100 job losses.

The local authority say the rise, which amounts to an extra 43p a week for band D properties, will protect essential services and provide long-term control over finances.

Following a three-hour debate, councillors voted 26 to 18 on the rise with three abstentions.

The budget will see reductions for most departments with the council facing cuts of £110million before 2020.

But an extra £57million will be ploughed into highways including £10million for unclassified roads and £2.25million for fixing potholes.

Over the next four years a further £339million will be invested in long-term projects including school places, broadband and improvements to libraries.

Council leader Keith Glazier, said: “This is a budget which offers a pragmatic, sensible and long-term approach to the extremely difficult financial situation we have to deal with.

“We've had to balance the need to meet our obligations to help with the government's budget deficit reduction with the need to protect frontline services, and that hasn't been an easy balancing act.”

West Sussex County Council will meet on February 14 to discuss its budget.

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10:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

Warren Morgan says...

So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.
So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too. Warren Morgan

12:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Fight_Back says...

Warren Morgan wrote:
So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.
Come on Cllr Morgan - you're ignoring completely that it is the first rise in 4 years. Now lets see, what was our rise last year ? Oh yes 2%. And who helped vote it through ? LABOUR - so East Sussex County Council are doing this year EXACTLY what YOU supported last year here - or had that slipped your mind ?
[quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.[/p][/quote]Come on Cllr Morgan - you're ignoring completely that it is the first rise in 4 years. Now lets see, what was our rise last year ? Oh yes 2%. And who helped vote it through ? LABOUR - so East Sussex County Council are doing this year EXACTLY what YOU supported last year here - or had that slipped your mind ? Fight_Back

2:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Warren Morgan says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote:
So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.
Come on Cllr Morgan - you're ignoring completely that it is the first rise in 4 years. Now lets see, what was our rise last year ? Oh yes 2%. And who helped vote it through ? LABOUR - so East Sussex County Council are doing this year EXACTLY what YOU supported last year here - or had that slipped your mind ?
Yes, 2%, which is below the rate of inflation. It's what we are backing again this year, while the Greens want a 4.75% increase. Tories here want a freeze which would mean another £800,000 cuts on top of the £23 million they have imposed this year, a freeze their colleagues are rejecting across the country. Don't forget the Tories put council tax up above inflation every year when in power 2007-2011 - except the year before the election.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.[/p][/quote]Come on Cllr Morgan - you're ignoring completely that it is the first rise in 4 years. Now lets see, what was our rise last year ? Oh yes 2%. And who helped vote it through ? LABOUR - so East Sussex County Council are doing this year EXACTLY what YOU supported last year here - or had that slipped your mind ?[/p][/quote]Yes, 2%, which is below the rate of inflation. It's what we are backing again this year, while the Greens want a 4.75% increase. Tories here want a freeze which would mean another £800,000 cuts on top of the £23 million they have imposed this year, a freeze their colleagues are rejecting across the country. Don't forget the Tories put council tax up above inflation every year when in power 2007-2011 - except the year before the election. Warren Morgan

9:19am Thu 13 Feb 14

HJarrs says...

Warren Morgan wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
Warren Morgan wrote:
So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.
Come on Cllr Morgan - you're ignoring completely that it is the first rise in 4 years. Now lets see, what was our rise last year ? Oh yes 2%. And who helped vote it through ? LABOUR - so East Sussex County Council are doing this year EXACTLY what YOU supported last year here - or had that slipped your mind ?
Yes, 2%, which is below the rate of inflation. It's what we are backing again this year, while the Greens want a 4.75% increase. Tories here want a freeze which would mean another £800,000 cuts on top of the £23 million they have imposed this year, a freeze their colleagues are rejecting across the country. Don't forget the Tories put council tax up above inflation every year when in power 2007-2011 - except the year before the election.
Don't forget Labour put up council tax by (often way above) the rate of inflation when they were in power eh Morgan? Conveniently slipped your mind? Perhaps you can tell us the years before 2007 when their were no inflation busting rises?

How you have the cheek to make political capital out of West Sussex when you voted with your pals the Tories to prevent a below inflation council tax rise two years ago as a political stunt to get a cheap headline and to try to put the skids under the Greens, I do not know. Your Labour group is little different from the Tories these days, not much clear blue water between, when it comes to fighting cuts, you run to the hills!

West Sussex have cut services far more deeply than B&H, but you would have the same happen here if you were in power.

Labour the party of austerity!
[quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: So much for the tax freeze grant that Brighton and Hove Tories say is such a good deal from the Government. Tory Kent, Surrey and dozens of others rejecting it too.[/p][/quote]Come on Cllr Morgan - you're ignoring completely that it is the first rise in 4 years. Now lets see, what was our rise last year ? Oh yes 2%. And who helped vote it through ? LABOUR - so East Sussex County Council are doing this year EXACTLY what YOU supported last year here - or had that slipped your mind ?[/p][/quote]Yes, 2%, which is below the rate of inflation. It's what we are backing again this year, while the Greens want a 4.75% increase. Tories here want a freeze which would mean another £800,000 cuts on top of the £23 million they have imposed this year, a freeze their colleagues are rejecting across the country. Don't forget the Tories put council tax up above inflation every year when in power 2007-2011 - except the year before the election.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Labour put up council tax by (often way above) the rate of inflation when they were in power eh Morgan? Conveniently slipped your mind? Perhaps you can tell us the years before 2007 when their were no inflation busting rises? How you have the cheek to make political capital out of West Sussex when you voted with your pals the Tories to prevent a below inflation council tax rise two years ago as a political stunt to get a cheap headline and to try to put the skids under the Greens, I do not know. Your Labour group is little different from the Tories these days, not much clear blue water between, when it comes to fighting cuts, you run to the hills! West Sussex have cut services far more deeply than B&H, but you would have the same happen here if you were in power. Labour the party of austerity! HJarrs

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