‘Brave decisions’ led to council tax reduction

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“Brave decisions” have enabled South Holland District Council’s element of council tax to be reduced for the second successive year.

Bills will show another 0.3 per fall - making it the third year running the authority’s element of the tax has either been frozen or cut.

Although the overall bill of £961.31 for a Band A property could be pushed up slightly by a police tax precept rise of just under two per cent and parish precepts, Lincolnshire County Council has frozen its share of the council tax for the third consecutive year.

Coun Paul Przyszlak, deputy leader and executive member for strategic finance, said: “Some brave decisions have been taken in this chamber to bring about this position, including the setting up of a shared service company, Compass Point, with East Lindsey and a shared management team with Breckland.

“We have worked steadily and conscientiously toward reducing our costs and we will continue to work toward making savings while maintaining frontline services.

“We have not cut or reduced our services and will continue to keep costs down and provide value for money.”

This is in stark contrast to other parts of the country where millions of the poorest households face council tax rises of between between £100 and £250 a year as councils pass on a 10 per cent benefit funding cut.

County 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.

“Over the last two years the council has found savings of around £80m, while also protecting priority services, like child protection, the fire service, and road maintenance.”