Decision on Council tax is deferred by council committee

A decision on whether to raise council tax in Worthing has been deferred by a council committee.

Councillors at a meeting of the Adur and Worthing Joint Strategic Committee on Thursday discussed various options, including whether to freeze prices for a year, or raise them by up to two per cent, but opted to delay the decision until the next meeting of full cabinet.

Central government are offering councils which freeze or reduce their council tax budget next year a grant to discourage increases.

However, a report submitted to the committee explained that if the grant offer was accepted, the council would stand to lose £210,000 on budgeted income in 2013/14.

This is because the council had planned for a 2.5% rise.

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, December 6.