District Council need to make ‘significant savings’ in 2015-16 budget

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At today’s (Tuesday, January 13) Executive Board meeting, Councillors approved the draft budget for the 2015-16 financial year ahead of its consultation with local people and businesses.

The local government finance settlement figures show that the Council’s primary funding will be reduced by around £1.9million (32%). This means the Council will have to make significant savings in its budget for 2015/16 in addition to the savings already made in recent years.

The District Council is proposing to increase Council Tax by 1.95% - just under 20 pence per month for those living in a Band D property, meaning East Lindsey residents would still pay the lowest rate of District Council Tax in Lincolnshire if the budget is approved.

The majority of households in East Lindsey are a Band B, so the increase for most would be 15 pence per month based on the proposed budget.

The Council’s Portfolio holder for Finance, Coun John Upsall, said: “Setting this year’s draft budget has once again been an extremely hard task for us, especially in light of further significant reduction in funding for local services.

“Tough budgetary decisions have had to be made in order to ensure that the Council can balance its books, as is required by law, and the Council continues to do all it can to deliver the required savings whilst protecting services to local people.

“That being said, using our capital resources, our proposed budget will see continued investment in areas such as affordable housing, flood alleviation and economic development – creating new opportunities and jobs for our residents.”

Compass Point Business Services is on track to provide in excess of £19m of savings over ten years and establishing Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture is also set to make significant savings in coming years.

Local people and businesses can submit views on the budget by visiting www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/budgetconsultation before 5pm on January 30.

East Lindsey District Council’s proportion of the current Council Tax bill is around 8%, with the remainder divided between Lincolnshire County Council (75%), Lincolnshire Police (14%) and some Town and Parish Councils (Ave 3%).