Sussex

East Sussex job cuts and 1.95% council tax rise approved

Councillor Keith Glazier
Image caption Councillor Keith Glazier said job cuts would have to be made

Council tax in East Sussex is to rise by just under 2% - the first rise in four years, with some jobs to go.

East Sussex County Council approved the rise of 1.95%, which amounts to a rise of 43p per week for a band D council tax property.

The authority, which needs to make total spending cuts of £110m by 2020, has set aside £2.25m for pothole repairs in the next financial year.

Adult social care and children's services will both face cuts.

Councillor Keith Glazier, leader of the council, said: "The amount of money we get from government is variable but by setting this increase in council tax it does give us a more sustainable future."

He said job cuts would be needed if the council was to make savings of £27.7m for 2014-2015.

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