There has been a significant adverse impact on businesses and employment within West Sussex as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the national furlough scheme and other national support approaches come to an end and evolve, there is the possibility that the economic outlook will continue to deteriorate.
This could result in lower levels of both council tax and business rates being collected which will directly impact us financially.
We cannot assume any further funding from Government in future years and given the scale of spending pressures facing us, we are unable to balance our budget through efficiency savings alone.
Regrettably, to balance our budget, we have to make some cuts to services that we know you, our residents, value.
We are also faced with the unavoidable option of having to rely on raising more revenue from council tax as a key funding stream, which we know passes financial pressure on to you, our residents.