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Increase in Lincolnshire council tax 'will help pay for schools improvements and new roads'

Lincolnshire County Council is proposing a 1.99 per cent increase in its share of the council tax bill but says it will invest £200m in infrastructure and building projects.

It has a proposed budget of just over £500m for day to day services, including more than £200m for adult care, over £75m for children's social care, almost £23m for highways, and around £20m for the fire service and emergency planning.

The £200m investment would be for improvements to local schools and new roads.

Coun Martin Hill (43828133)
Coun Martin Hill (43828133)

The budget also sets out spending for other services such as libraries, heritage sites, economic development and school transport.

The authority's funding comes from a combination of council tax, business rates and government grants..

Leader of the council, Coun Martin Hill, said: "Our budget needs to strike a careful balance, understanding that our residents and businesses have had a tough time over the last year, but that this has meant an increased demand for council support and services, and a need to invest in projects that will aid our county's recovery.

"The additional funding from the Government of over £5m for adult social care and £15m to help with our cost pressures from the Covid response, is incredibly welcome and will help over the next year.

"We've worked hard as a council to find savings wherever we can, so we can make the most of every pound. As well as projects to support the local economy, we have continued to invest in services for vulnerable adults, children’s social care, and an extensive programme of expansion and improvements to special schools.

"The majority of properties in Lincolnshire are in council tax band A so our proposed council tax increase would be the equivalent of an extra 34p per week for these households."

Under the new bill, Band A residents would pay 909.47, Band B 1,061.04, Band C 1,212.62, Band D,1,364.20, Band E,1,667.36, Band F 1,970.51, Band G 2,273.67, Band H 2,728.40.

The public will have an opportunity to have their say on the proposals before the final budget is set by the council in February.

For further information on the council's spending, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/budget

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