East Lindsey District Council looking to raise council tax by 2 per cent

General News.
General News.

East Lindsey District Council is looking to increase its part of the council tax by two per cent.

Councillors on the authority’s Executive Board approved the draft budget for the 2014-15 financial year today.

People can now have their say on the budget proposals before the council considers its final budget on February 26.

Local people and businesses can submit views on the budget by visiting www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/consultation before January 31.

The move to raise the council tax comes as the authority looks to make up for a £1.9m cut in government funds in the coming financial year.

This comes on top of £1.2m worth of savings it says it had to make in the current financial year.

Under the plans a typical Band B household would pay a total of £1.79p per week for the district’s services.

The increase applies only to East Lindsey District Council’s part of a household’s monthly council tax bill - around eight per cent of the total. The remainder of each bill goes to Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police and some Parish Councils.

Lincolnshire County Council has already confirmed it is looking to freeze its portion of the tax (see spearate story on page 20).

Following today’s announcement, the district council’s portfolio holder for Finance, Cllr John Upsall, said: “Like families and businesses, councils are being required to take tough budgetary decisions to ensure they can balance their books and continue to provide vital services to local people, including some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“Our budget setting process has been rigorous and thorough. We have sought savings and new ways of working to ensure we can continue to maintain and improve service provision while heavily investing in areas which can create new opportunities and jobs in the District.”

Despite the current financial restraints, the council sas it “remains committed to investing heavily” in affordable housing, flood alleviation, upgrading public toilets, disabled facility grants and rural development grants which create new opportunities and jobs within local communities.

It claimed that the Compass Point Business Services continued to provide in excess of £19m of savings over ten years, and as part of the council’s transformation programme it is looking at the possibility of establishing a trust to deliver leisure and cultural services, change to wireless transmission of CCTV services, more efficient ways of managing bowls tournament, beach chalets and illuminations.