Planned Crawley council tax freeze to be decided

Cllr Peter Lamb SUS-140108-120547001
Cllr Peter Lamb SUS-140108-120547001

Crawley Borough Council (CBC) plans to freeze its council tax in the next financial year.

The Full Council will decide on the budget and council tax at the Town Hall on February 25.

Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of the council, said it agreed on a strategy of freezing the bill in July 2014.

A spokesman for CBC said it would receive some £70,000 in central government grants - around the amount it would receive from a one per cent rise in council tax - if it froze the tax in 2015/16.

Cllr Lamb (Lab, Northgate) said: “By freezing council tax we will get a grant equivalent to a 1 per cent increase next year, which on current projections looks to be roughly in-line with inflation.”

CBC’s cabinet will make a recommendation on the budget on February 11.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council (WSCC) said it planned to freeze the amount it takes from council tax.

WSCC’s Performance and Finance Select Committee will meet on January 22 to scrutinise the authority’s proposed budget for 2015/16.

A spokesman for the council said the proposals are based around no increase to the county council’s precept.