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Councils face up to more spending cuts

South Holland District Council deputy leader Paul Przyszlak.

South Holland District Council deputy leader Paul Przyszlak.

The amount of cash for council services in South Holland and The Deepings is to be slashed yet again as the Government continues to tighten its belt.

Councils are facing cuts of up to £50 million over the next two years on top of a council tax freeze that has been extended until 2016.

It is more bad news for South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council, which includes Bourne and The Deepings, who are already dealing with revenue cuts of between £600,000 and £25 million.

Coun Paul Przyszlak, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “We’re being hit hard due to the economic circumstances and we’ll continue to be hit.

“There are services we have to provide by law and we’ll have a look at them to see how best to provide them with limited resources.

“In 2014-15, we’ll balance our budget as we’re required to do but the downward trend in money we get from the Government will continue.”

The blow has been softened slightly by the Government’s offer of about £9.5 million to the most rural councils in England, £1 million of which will come to Lincolnshire.

But Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill said: “Overall, our funding will fall by more than 20 per cent during the next two years and we’ve been pushing the Government for further funding.

“As a result of our efforts, it has given us an additional £1million for the year, as well as offering a grant to authorities wishing to freeze council tax.

“This proposal will be included in our provisional budget for next year.”

Meanwhile, South Kesteven District Council is asking people for their views about plans to raise council tax by less than two per cent or about £2.22 per year for a band D household.

Coun Mike Taylor, cabinet member for strategic resources, said: “Our total funding settlement for 2014-15 is just under £7 million, a reduction of nearly £1.1 million or 13.6 per cent of our Government Grant settlement.

“This is a significant reduction after previous hefty cuts but, as a well-run council, we’ll do our best to maintain our quality frontline services.”

 

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