Council tax frozen for third year running
There’s good and bad news from East Sussex County Council in that council tax stays frozen for a third year but more service slashes and job losses could be on the way.
The county council approved the council tax freeze this week as well as funding for economic development, roads, schools and broadband. It agreed its budget for 2013/14 in aiming to boost economic prosperity, keep a lid on council tax and make £60m worth of revenue savings over three years.
Deputy Leader Keith Glazier said: “Our budget has been approved and we promise to continue to boost the East Sussex economy - with better road links, such as the Bexhill Hastings Link Road, and better broadband through our go-esussex initiative.
“I’m also delighted that we’ve frozen council tax for the third year in a row. It is so important that we help people as they try to manage their household budgets where every pound counts.”
However, he warned of touch times ahead: “We are in the same boat as every council in the UK in terms of having to make some very tough choices on our revenue budget. Our plans to save £60m over the next three years will mean changes and reductions in some services and more job losses.”
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