Council tax summary 2022 to 2023

"Your priorities guide our plans"

Keith Glazer, leader of East Sussex County Council
Keith Glazier - Leader of the Council

"This year we’ve agreed  a net budget of £453m (million) of spending for East Sussex – for everything from libraries, roads and pavements to caring for those of our family, friends and neighbours who most need help.

“We’re not introducing any new cuts to services. In fact, we’ve cancelled a reduction of almost £900,000 in targeted support for particularly vulnerable families.

"Most of our spending – quite rightly – helps the most vulnerable in East Sussex: people who are frail and elderly, disabled, have special educational needs or need other kinds of help to lead a decent life.

"Sadly the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) and other changes mean even more people will need these kinds of support in future.

"As it stands, we face a £10m funding gap by 2025. Council tax is, by far, the largest source of funding allowed to pay for services. And for East Sussex, with its small local economy, council tax makes up a significant share of the funding available. So we’ve had to ask people to pay a little more to support the services we’ll all need for challenges ahead. We don’t do this lightly, but it will help ensure help is available in future for those who need it most. It will mean an extra £1.33 a week for a typical (Band D) household.

"It also provides an extra £5m for more investment in vital public services this year, especially where spending now may help reduce bigger costs in future. This is a good example of how we plan and manage your money carefully.

"Our detailed council plan also shows how we’ll spend extra money on what most of you tell us are your priorities; including more repairs to pavements and roads and more to combat climate change.

"Thank you to you all for your contributions, whether it’s the council tax you pay, the business you run or the effort you make in your community.

"You elect us as county councillors to do the best job we can, but it’s the strengths of everyone in East Sussex which help us plan for a good future."

An increasing budget funding gap

Cumulative funding gap since 2013/2014. A reduction in overall available funding over 9 years means this year’s spending is almost £130 million lower than it would be in real terms if it had continued at 2013/14 rates.
Figure 1

Figure 1 shows the widening gap between the total income for the council and the amount we could have spent had funding remained at the same level as 2013/14. Central government have allowed local authorities to raise more from council tax as the gap has widened.


How we’re spending your money – and why

Everything the council does is focused on working towards four priorities we want to achieve for you:

The council provides services used by all residents in East Sussex, including care and support to children, families and the elderly; maintaining the roads and providing library services; and working to boost the local economy. The importance of these services has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the crucial support we provide for those in our county who are most vulnerable.

We’ll continue to address the impact of COVID-19 on local people, places and economy, supporting recovery and helping to tackle long-term effects. We expect demand for our services will keep growing because of the pandemic, changing needs in our communities and national arrangements for areas like social care and special educational needs.

The year ahead

In 2022/23 the council (including schools) will spend £921.4m. This is the gross budget and more than two-thirds of it goes on schools, Adult Social Care and Children’s Services, supporting the county’s most vulnerable residents who need particular care and support – including older people, people with mental health issues and learning disabilities and children and families.

The budget for 2022/23 includes raising council tax by 4.49% (1.99% council tax plus 2.5% Adult Social Care Precept), which is a total increase of £1.33 a week for a Band D property.

Our total planned net expenditure for the coming year is £453m. This is the money almost entirely contributed from council tax and business rates and allocated by the council.

Our annual budget helps to fund a 10-year programme of capital spending – for one-off costs and projects like new school building, improved road bridges or green heating systems. This year, investment in infrastructure and assets of £102m will be spent through the capital programme, including:

  • £21m on improvements and maintenance to roads and pavements,
  • £15m on school buildings, including providing necessary additional school places, and
  • £3m on addressing climate change.

How the money is spent - and where it comes from

Net budget for 2022 to 2023 is £453.2m. Net budget by department in millions: 200.7 (44%) for Adult Social Care; 100.2 (22%) for Children’s Services; 63 (14%) for Communities, Economy and Transport; 56.7 (12%) for Centrally held budgets; 25.3 (6%) for Business Services and Orbis; 7.3 (2%) for Governance Services. Net budget by source of income in millions: 331.1 (73%) from Council Tax - £31.02 per week for a Band D property; 86.7 (19%) from Business Rates; 33.4 (8%) from Government Grants.
Figure 2: Where the money comes from and net departmental budgets for 2022 to 2023

What is the Adult Social Care Precept?

By statute* the Council is required to supply separate information on the Adult Social Care Precept.

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016/17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019/20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

On 7 February 2022, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced, as part of the final local government settlement 2022 to 2023, and subject to the approval of the House of Commons, that Councils would be able to charge a further 1% in 2022/23, in addition to flexibility rolled over from the previous year.

* The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.


Charges per council tax band

Your household charge for county services
Band General expenditure ASC Precept Total
A £948.60 £126.96 £1,075.56
B £1,106.70 £148.12 £1,254.82
C £1,264.80 £169.28 £1,434.08
D £1,422.90 £190.44 £1,613.34
E £1,739.10 £232.76 £1,971.86
F £2,055.30 £275.08 £2,330.38
G £2,371.50 £317.40 £2,688.90
H £2,845.80 £380.88 £3,226.68

You can see how your council tax band is worked out on GOV.UK.

The council tax you pay is based on the value of your house in 1991. If you have any questions about your banding please contact the Valuation Office Agency:

  • Westmoreland House, Strand Parade, Goring by Sea, BN12 6EA
  • or phone 0300 05 01 501

Finding out more

Should you have any questions about the budget please email finance@eastsussex.gov.uk.

For questions about your council tax speak to your local district or borough council. Their contact details are on our council tax page.

You can find out more about the work we will be doing over the next three years in our Council Plan, which will be published on our website by 1 April, along with full details of our budget for the year ahead.

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