This was so that we could minimise any impact on you and continue to provide you with quality services. This means that our council tax charge is one of the lowest district / borough council tax charges in Sussex.

We are in a much better position than most other councils because we have always managed your money wisely. We have never used the New Homes Bonus we receive from Government to prop up the council's finances. Instead, we have always used this funding for the purpose that it was created for - to support those communities that take more housing. We now find our funding from the Government has been reduced even more than we expected, leaving us no choice except to introduce a very small increase to your council tax.

So this year, we are increasing the average tax bill by just under 10 pence a week, to protect the vital services that we deliver to you. This means that if you are an average ( Band D)  council taxpayer, we will charge you just £2.80 a week for our services.

One thing that I want to stress is that although we collect all your council tax, we only keep around 9% of it. Of the 91% remaining, 79% goes to West Sussex County Council, about 9% goes to Sussex Police and roughly 3% goes to parish councils. Each authority makes its own decisions about setting its council tax increases independently.

You may not realise it, but you come into contact with our work every day. We provide more than 80 services over every 24 hour period. We empty your bins, check food hygiene standards, license taxis, clean your streets, look after the coastline, care for our parks and open spaces, and provide support and reassurance to the vulnerable. We handle your planning applications and run the off-street car parks. To find out more about our work, see our value for money film

I can assure you that we use our resources wisely and make sure that we spend money on services that matter to you. We also work closely with our partners to ensure that you are receiving quality services that give value for money. We are doing this in a number of ways, from buying together to sharing services. We are always looking for new ways to deliver those services.

Cllr Tony Dignum

Leader of Chichester District Council

March 2016