THE council tax in Eastbourne is going up by two per cent.

Reaction was mixed. Some say it’s inevitable others say it’s shocking when families are struggling.

Now Wealden District Council is set to freeze pay for staff and freeze the council tax.

Cllr Bob Standley said: “The main headings are we are freezing council tax on the basis that every little helps in terms of reducing the burden on residents. With the pandemic, their household budgets are under pressure. 

“We have [also] frozen staff pay.”

The freeze on council tax and staff pay comes despite advice from senior officers, who have recommended both a £5 increase to council tax and two per cent pay rise for staff. 

On this basis, the council tax freeze would cost Wealden around £300,000 in lost income next year,