West Lindsey District Council tax freeze confirmed

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A pre-election freeze in council tax has been confirmed by West Lindsey District Council.

The expected freeze for 2015-16 was announced in the council’s budget report, which was presented to members on Monday.

It also includes a £9M capital investment programme, as part of the Conservative-led council’s ‘entrepreneurial’ approach.

Council leader Jeff Summers said the latest freeze is West Lindsey’s fourth in five years.

“The council’s entrepreneurial approach will be used to counter the reductions in Government funding. By utilizing our capital fund in conjunction with our asset portfolio we will invest to generate both capital and revenue receipts,” he said.

West Lindsey District Council has also made savings of £1.5M as central government cuts the support it gives to councils.

As government funding cuts continue, the council warns it must also find a further £2.5M in savings or generate the money itself to achieve a sustainable budget position which does not rely on government grants.

“This budget is about investing in our corporate priorities. It is about developing commercial and transformational approaches to deliver the required level of savings alongside a regeneration strategy,” Coun Summers added.