Adur council-tax freeze is on the cards

COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the fourth year in a row, following a meeting of Adur District Council’s cabinet.

Members recommended not to increase the tax by 1.5 per cent, the other alternative put forward by executive head of finance Sarah Gobey.

The decision, which represents a reduction of 11 per cent in real terms over the last four years, will now go before the full council on February 20.

Ms Gobey said the council had ended the last budget round in an ‘amazingly strong position’, as she presented her report to the cabinet at the Civic Centre in Shoreham.

She pointed to a decline in the revenue support grant from Westminster, and said council tax was fast becoming the council’s principal source of income.

“We just simply don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” she said. “If we have a Government with a very different policy slant then we may see it disappear.”

Speaking after the meeting last Tuesday, Adur leader Neil Parkin said the decision had been an ideological one as much as a financial one.

“We are concerned for the people of Adur,” he said.

“Times are hard and we are doing our bit to help. We want less tax and value for money.

“We don’t waste your council tax.

“We are not spending millions all over the place.”

The budget report also revealed that the council would benefit from surplus business rates of £142,000 in the next financial year.