Council tax to increase with budget now set

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An increase of 1.95 per cent in council tax was overwhelmingly approved at the annual East Lindsey District Council budget-setting meeting last week.

That means that a Band D level householder will pay £122.04 in 2015-16 - an extra £2.34 - to the authority.

However, the total tax bill will be higher because of the monies also payable to Lincolnshire County Council and the police - both of which are raising their precepts - and to parish councils.

No alternative budget was proposed by any of the opposition parties, and only UKIP members Coun Julia Pears and Coun John Byford voted against the proposals outlined by Conservative portfolio holder for finance Coun John Upsall on Wednesday.

During the debate, there was widespread praise from members for Coun Upsall and for finance chief Rob Barlow and colleague Jane Crosby for their work on ensuring the books balance for the coming financial year.

Labour leader Coun Tony Howard said it was disappointing that more had not been done to help those residents who are particularly struggling to pay their bills, but he acknowledged that it was ‘difficult to come up with schemes that were cost-effective’.

Coun Upsall thanked all those who had helped with the budget-setting process, including opposition members.

The budget includes £200,000 for improvements to play parks within the district, £1.495m for affordable housing, £1.2m towards flood alleviation schemes and £1m towards a scheme to bring super fast Broadband to the area.