The Government has told Hastings Borough Council that it faces a significant reduction in its spending power for the forthcoming year.
Along with 19 other authorities around the UK, Hastings will be hit with a 6.4% cut in their spending power s the Government tries to further reduce the deficit.
With the area being one of the most deprived in the South East, the cuts will hit the Borough Council hard, especially in a period of regeneration.
Cllr. Jeremy Birch, Leader of the Hastings Borough Council, had this to say: “Hastings is going to experience a 6.4% reduction in its revenue spending power, whereas Wealden Council nearby, which cover areas like Wadhurst, Crowborough and Pevensey, substantially more affluent areas than Hastings, are going to get a 1.5% increase.”
Cllr. Birch went on to call the cuts “perverse”.
He said that Hastings might have paid the price for receiving several Government grants in recent year, which might explain the decision to cut the Council’s budget.
The Council has admitted that it will have to make some tough choices before the announcement of its budget proposals next week.