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The county council needs to make a further £90m of annual savings and it wants your thoughts on the best way forward.

In light of further reductions in its Government funding and rising demand for services, the authority needs to save an additional £90m annually by 2019.

Combined with the £150m of savings made over the last few years, that means the council’s budget (excluding schools) will have been almost halved over the decade.

The scale of the challenge means the council must again review its priorities and over the last few months leading councillors have been considering which services are most valued by residents.

Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’ve already started to reduce our operating costs wherever possible, but we can’t find this £90m per year through efficiency savings alone.

“We need to decide which services we believe are essential and which, while desirable, could be reduced, delivered in a different way, or even stopped.

“Public security is a particular priority for us, so we’re proposing to protect funding in areas like safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, gritting roads and highways maintenance.

“That means the savings would need to be found within the other services we provide.

“But we want to know what residents think, and the best way to find that out is to ask them.”

People can share their views by emailing finance@lincolnshire.gov.uk or writing to:

Lincolnshire County Council, Resources and Community Safety Directorate, Treasury and Financial Strateg, FREEPOST RSTY-UXJB-ARHK, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL.

Comments need to be in by the end of November.

There will also be a further chance to have a say in January 2015 when the council begins its formal budget consultation.

For more information on how the council spends its budget, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/finance.

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