Freeze on council tax set to be approved

For the second successive year West Lindsey District Council is set to freeze council tax without any significant impacts on front line services or redundancies.

The council’s budget is proposed for approval at a meeting of the Full Council on March 5.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Burt Keimach said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in all the hard work which has been done to help us get where we are today.

“We are in a strong financial position and in the last year we have identified savings of £1 million. This has been achieved by protecting front-line services as well as avoiding redundancies.

“In recognition of the difficulties faced by households we are also freezing council tax for the second year.”

Councillors are expected to take the decision to maintain current council tax levels despite a 25 per cent fall over two years in the district council’s formula grant from the Government of £2.5 million.

The council is now preparing for more funding reductions, reforms to welfare and business rates and an increase in demand for services.

Coun Keimach added: “Whilst we celebrate this achievement, I want to reassure residents that we are not complacent. We are already working on plans to keep up this momentum and will be developing plans over the coming weeks and months”