Radical decisions ‘needed’ to tackle council financial challenges, claim

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Radical action and controversial decisions will be required for local authorities to deal with the financial challenges they face, a council claims.

East Lindsey District Council’s financial future proofing panel believes there will be difficulties retaining frontline services amid ‘fundamental changes’ to local government.

Reporting its findings to full council recently, panel chairman Coun Philip Sturman said: “Members need a better understanding of financial issues because there are difficult decisions to be made and these are likely to be controversial with the electorate.”

The committee’s report recommended that economic growth be supported to cope with the challenges of welfare reforms and the fragile economy, which were likely to reduce ELDC’s income.

The council may also need to use its financial reserves and potentially increase council tax, the report stated.