Despite challenging financial conditions, Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet has proposed a balanced budget for 2018/19, protecting frontline services, continuing to invest in the town and improving the efficiency of the council as a whole.
The budget was debated by the Cabinet last night (7 February). Members unanimously recommended approval of the budget to Full Council on 21 February.
Crawley will suffer a further 44.54 per cent cut in revenue support grant from the Government over the next year. Despite this the council has identified additional income, efficiencies and savings of £695,000, meaning that Crawley Borough Council’s element of the Council Tax is set to rise by just 2.55 per cent, the equivalent of only 9p per week for a band D property.
West Sussex County Council is proposing a rise of £62.19 on a band D property (4.95 per cent), which will be debated at its Full Council meeting on 16 February. The precept for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner will rise by £12 on a band D property (7.78 per cent).
If the proposed rises are approved, for every pound paid in Council Tax, West Sussex County Council will receive 78p, Sussex Police will receive 10p with Crawley Borough Council receiving just 12p.
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “In the face of national cuts to Crawley’s grant, we’ve worked hard to maintain council services at the high standard residents expect, while minimising the extent to which those grant cuts passed-on to already stretched household budgets.”
For more details on Council Tax bandings and ways to pay, visit http://www.crawley.gov.uk/counciltax