Crawley council freezes its share of council tax

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Crawley Borough Council has agreed to freeze its share of council tax.

Councillors voted to freeze the tax and receive a grant equivalent to a one per cent increase at a Full Council meeting yesterday (Wednesday February 25).

Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to put forward a budget which maintains services, invests in Crawley’s future and still manages to freeze Council Tax.

“It hasn’t been easy; it’s taken a lot of work by officers and members to get this result, despite suffering one of the largest cuts from central government of any town.

“Our budget has an increased focus on income generation to help us bridge this gap. We’ve also budgeted to put a predicted surplus back into reserves, putting money aside for difficult times ahead.”

A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said its 2015/16 budget would protect frontline services, make savings and continue investment in the town.

He said the 14.5 per cent cut in its government funding and retained business rates represented a 5.8 per cent reduction in spending power.

It will be shared by Crawley Borough Council (12.6 per cent), West Sussex County Council (77.8 per cent) and Sussex Police (9.6 per cent).

West Sussex County Council has frozen its share of the tax.

Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, increased the force’s precept by 1.98 per cent.

The tax for a Band D property will rise by £2.79 in 2015/16.