East Sussex budget cuts and 3.99% tax rise backed

Spending plans that will see about £20m of cuts and a 3.99% increase in council tax have been approved.

Conservative-run East Sussex County Council (ESCC) passed a £369m budget for 2016-17 at a meeting on Tuesday. Council leader Keith Glazier said they needed to make the savings but the tax rise would “mitigate the impact on vulnerable residents”. The Hastings and Rye Labour group described it as a “grim day” for voluntary groups and residents. The council tax rise, which includes a 2% social care precept, is equivalent to 92p a week extra for a Band D property.


Full story at BBC News 9 February 2016