Rother considers council tax increase

A Sussex council will decide this month whether to increase council tax and reject a government grant, or accept the grant but cut some services.

Rother council is consulting residents on its plans and has urged people to have their say on both options before a final decision is made.

By freezing council tax, the council would get a one-off payment of £177,000 from the government.

But Rother council said if it took the grant, cuts would still be needed.

A council tax increase would see residents pay £5.64 more in 2012/13 for a Band D home.

'Lowest council tax'

A statement from Rother council said the local authority's government grant had been cut by almost 30% over the past two years.

The council said it had fewer than 250 employees, which it said was half as many nearby councils, had lost 30 staff in the past year, and had the lowest council tax in East Sussex.

Statutory services provided by Rother include housing people in need, waste collection, recycling, and discretionary services including public toilets, parks and open spaces, and leisure centres.

No decision has been made yet, but the cabinet has been advised by officers to accept the government grant on 20 February, with a final decision to be made by full council on 27 February.

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