Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Tories set to reject lower Council Tax

During the Worthing Borough Council budget meeting this evening (Tuesday) Worthing Tories will be urged to support a Liberal Democrat amendment to reduce by 2.5% Worthing’s council tax bill for 2012-13 to help hard working families through difficult economic times.

The Lib Dem proposal will also give a £10 voucher to all those Worthing residents who receive Council Tax benefit – some of the poorest members of our town who would not benefit from the council tax reduction.

The Lib Dem proposal will also restore Worthing’s much missed evening and Sunday bus services cut by the West Sussex Tories at County hall recently.

Finally the proposal will give local elected Councillors an opportunity to put money away to aid community inspired projects as part of the Coalition’s Big Society agenda.

All these proposals will be made during group leader Alan Rice’s response to the Civic budget in a speech delivered at tonight’s Full Council following Council Leader Paul Yallop’s  lacklustre budget recommendations from the Tory Cabinet

Alan Rice said:

 “We cannot deny this, as in the words of Worthing’s Finance officer, has been the most successful budget round for several years.  Worthing’s residents deserve to benefit from that success – rather than the Tories ‘squirreling’ money away for a rainy day.  For many especially the most vulnerable in our town, it’s raining now.”

Full Liberal Democrat response by group leader Cllr Alan Rice is available on request.

 PROPOSED LIBERAL DEMOCRAT AMENDMENT TO THE CIVIC BUDGET 2012-2013

WORTHING BOROUGH COUNCIL

21ST FEBRUARY 2012

(a)  To reverse the contribution to reserves by the projected 2011-12 under-spend of £254,000

(b)  To substitute clause (e) in the recommendations with:  that the Council Tax for Worthing Council ‘s requirements in 2012/13 be £210.60 for a Band D equivalent property

(c)   To include in the budget the projected theatre savings of £230,000

(d)   To allocate £85,000 of the projected theatre savings to giving each  Worthing resident in receipt of Council Tax Benefit a £10 voucher

(e)  To allocate £30,000 of the projected theatre savings to subsidise the restoration of evening and Sunday bus services in Worthing

(f)    To move to the Community Initiative Reserve the projected theatre savings balance of £115,000