Authority’s determined to freeze council tax

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TAXPAYERS in Lincolnshire will again benefit from one of the lowest rates in the country after the county authority resolved to freeze council tax.

Lincolnshire County Council voted not to rise its precept on Friday.

The authority has confirmed that there will be no increase in its share of the council tax when bills are sent out in March, but has also taken steps to protect services that have an impact on public safety.

Councillor Kelly Smith, executive member for finance and HR, said: “This is a difficult time for everyone financially, and we feel it’s important to do all we can to make life easier for our residents.

“That’s why we’re freezing council tax for the second year running.”

Councillors took the decision to freeze council tax despite a further fall in one of the council’s main sources of income – the formula grant from the Government.

In the next financial year, Lincolnshire will receive 7.6 per cent, or £16.1m less to spend on services.

Councillor Smith added: “In the last year, the council has made savings of over £50m.

“And we’ve achieved this without severe cuts to frontline services or large-scale compulsory redundancies, relying instead on making the council ever more efficient.

“Despite our tough financial position, we have again protected services that have an impact on public safety, things like child protection, the fire service, and road maintenance.

“And we also continue to invest in major infrastructure projects, such as the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and next-generation broadband, which will pave the way for renewed prosperity in Lincolnshire.”