Council ‘on track’

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LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has delivered ‘99 per cent’ of its manifesto and is ‘on track’ to achieve £125 million in necessary savings, its leader has announced.

Coun Martin Hill made the statement when the council executive’s Big Conversation Roadshow visited Ingoldmells last Monday evening.

Faced with a 25 per cent reduction in government grants the local authority’s Coun Hill said he knew it was going to be ‘tough’ but felt the council had protected the most important services.

He said: “We came up with a plan to deliver £125 million in savings and the good news is we are on track to make those savings. We’ve protected what should have been protected and delivered savings without impacting on frontline services,”

Rather than cutting budgets across the board, Coun Hill said the council had protected what it felt the public valued most highly.

“A thousand fewer people work for the council than they did three years ago so that we could protect front line services,” he added.