Council tax frozen at county level

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COUNCIL tax bills landing on door mats in March will see a freeze on the proportion charged by Lincolnshire County Council for 2011/12.

Meanwhile, LCC is aiming to protect frontline services which impact public safety and will provide £1.5m to Lincolnshire Police Authority to protect the jobs of PCSO’S in the next year.

Other public services to fair well in the face of government cutbacks include the safeguarding of children, fire and rescue, winter road gritting and emergency planning.

But other services will be reduced or terminated as LCC strives to save £125m in the next four years.

Its portfolio holder for finance, Coun Kelly Smith, said: “The council also faces increasing costs, particularly for caring for the growing numbers of elderly people in the county.

“Energy prices are also rising and the council is taking on new responsibilities for flood management and concessionary bus fares.

“Whilst we are committed to frontline services, some additional charges are being introduced in some areas.

“This includes adult social care where new charges are being introduced.

“However, these charges will reflect people’s ability to pay.

“Post-16 transport charges will also increase – although we will continue to fund this at a greater level than most councils.

“Non-essential services such as Trading Standards, rights of way and teenage services will be scaled back.”