District council set to discuss service charges

Rother District Council’s section of Bexhill residents’ council tax bills is on the agenda of a Cabinet meeting next week.

The level of council tax residents will pay for services provided by the council will be discussed on Monday (February 10).

In response to the continued Government funding cuts, Rother District Council has identified savings in excess of £1.4m by reducing the number of staff and cutting running costs.

The report to Cabinet highlights that further savings of £293,500 are still required for 2014/15 to balance the 14/15 budget at £11.98million.

Between 2010/11 and 2015/16 the authority expects core Government funding to have dropped by around £2.8million.

As well as using its reserves to lessen the impact on frontline services and taking advantage of increased business rate retention and New Homes Bonus, the cabinet will consider four council tax options – freezing council tax as it has done for the previous three years or increasing it by 1 per cent, 1.45 per cent or 1.95 per cent.

In addition Members will be asked to launch a further review of services to find another £1million of savings to meet the projected shortfall in funding for 2015/16.

Proposals discussed by Cabinet will be referred to full council, which will make a final decision on Monday, February 24.

The agenda for Monday’s meeting can be viewed in the Council and Democracy section at www.rother.gov.uk