First council tax rise in six years in on the table, says leader

Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council SUS-140108-120547001 SUS-140108-120547001
Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council SUS-140108-120547001 SUS-140108-120547001

The first Crawley Borough Council council tax rise in six years is on the table.

Council leader Peter Lamb said it was ‘important’ the authority’s share of the bill was kept in line with inflation in 2016/17.

The local authority had not increased its share for five years in a row.

Cllr Peter Lamb (Lab, Northgate) said: “It’s important at this point to keep it in line with inflation.”

Successive tax freezes had decreased the amount of funding the ‘hard-up’ council received in ‘real terms’.

He said: “I’m not keen for it to go up but at the moment we have to do something to maintain that level.”

Members will discuss proposals for the tax in private before a draft budget report will be scrutinised and voted on at a public meeting on February 10. Mr Lamb said it was ‘unlikely’ its share of the bill would rise above inflation.

The county council plans to increase its share of council tax - see page 14.