Lincolnshire County Council agrees increase in its portion of council tax
The county council has agreed an increase in its portion of the council tax of almost two per cent.
The budget includes an increase in the county council element of council tax of 1.95 per cent with an additional two per cent adult care precept.
This increase will generate additional income of around £9.8m which will contribute to the funding shortfall the council is facing from decreasing government grants and additional costs, particularly from adult care.
As well as the increase in council tax, the council says it will also be using almost £18m of reserves, as well as £39m of savings the council has agreed to.
Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Martin Hill said: “For this next financial year, our general government grant has reduced to £48m from £70m this year. We are also facing around £26m of increased costs, including nearly £7m from the care needs of an ageing population, around £5m from the national living wage increase.
“To meet this budget shortfall, we have used some of our reserves, and balanced this with finding further savings. We have had to cut services and these are difficult decisions, but we know that we will be facing further challenges balancing our budgets in future years, and we must do the responsible thing today.
“By 2020, our government grant will have reduced by more than 90 per cent in less than a decade, and our main source of income will be council tax. However, we will continue to lobby the government for fairer funding – especially to meet more of the costs of adult care - rather than expecting local people to foot the bill.
“Despite this harsh financial backdrop, I am proud of what we have achieved as a council recently in finding new and innovative ways to deliver and improve our services. 93% of primary school age children now attend a school judged good or outstanding; we have had national recognition for our re-commissioning of home care services; to support economic development, we’ve completed Teal Park, the Holbeach Technology Park and Sutton Bridge Marina; and we’ve also been recognised as one of the top two highways authorities in the country, attracting significant extra funding to fill potholes.”
The county council’s element of the council tax increase equates to £44.59 per year for a Band D property (about 86p per week).