Adur's budget set for 2022/23

More affordable homes, better council housing and developing more sustainable communities will be at the heart of funding in Adur over the next 12 months.

Adur District Council approved its spending plans for the next financial year last night (Thursday, 24th February 2022) with a balanced budget to help those most in need.

A focus on bringing forward the building of hundreds of new affordable homes and social housing in the district will be accompanied by extra investment to boost the standard of the existing council housing stock.

There will be extra funding for the area's parks and green spaces to encourage people of all ages to lead more active lives and boost their health and wellbeing, as well as work to improve biodiversity at sites including Pad Farm and New Salts Farm for the community.

Wellbeing hubs to help residents to get and stay healthier will be supported by work to tackle food poverty in the district. The Council's successful targeted Proactive scheme, launched during the pandemic, will be extended - focusing on identifying and providing practical or financial support to those households who are most in need of urgent support.

A large-scale bike and electric bike rental scheme to transform the way people travel around the district will be rolled out, as will food waste collections, free public wi-fi in shopping areas and a programme to make council buildings and homes more environmentally efficient.

There will also be investment in making communities safer and helping victims of crime.

Councillors agreed to set Adur's share of council tax at £317.61 for an average Band D household for 2022/23 - a 1.99% rise on last year which equates to an extra 12p a week.

Cllr Neil Parkin, the Leader of Adur District Council, said:

“During the last 12 difficult months of the pandemic, we have worked with residents and businesses to ensure we have provided quality public services for those most in need.

“This budget continues that work, helping those in need today and building prosperity for tomorrow. Adur is a great place full of everyday heroes, and our ambitious plans for the next year will not only support our communities but help them to thrive.”

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