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Lincolnshire County Council is proposing a 3.5% council tax increase.

Council tax bills could be on the rise across the area as Lincolnshire County Council is proposing a 3.5% increase.

Members of the county council's executive are proposing a 1.5% increase in general council tax, with a further 2% increase specifically for adult social care.

The rise, which will increase bills for Band D properties by £45.18 a year to £1337.58, was discussed at a meeting earlier today when members approved budget proposals for 2021. Final proposals go before the council in February.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)

The council is looking to spend £14m efficiency savings on highways maintenance and flooding.

Council leader Martin Hill said: "We know that road repairs and flooding are a priority for many residents.

"So, despite the continued reduction in our main government grant, we're proposing to spend around £4m on 16 extra highways gangs next year, who'll carry out additional maintenance across the county, including pothole repairs.

Lincolnshire County Council (17559783)
Lincolnshire County Council (17559783)


"In addition, more than £2m will go towards extra drainage repairs and new flood-response equipment for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

"£350,000 will be set aside for a 'green masterplan', with the council aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050 – or sooner if that's practicable."

Cash will also be earmarked for a number of future projects, including:

  • Spalding Western Relief Road
  • the creation of new school places
  • replacement of the Skegness and Kirkby on Bain household waste recycling centres
  • projects to boost economic growth and reduce traffic congestion in Boston
  • an extension to Horncastle Industrial Estate
  • North Hykeham Relief Road
  • improvements to tackle pinch-points along the Lincolnshire Coastal Highway

This year, the council again faces significantly greater costs as a result of continued growth in demand for adult care services.

Coun Hill added: "Although it's an improving picture for council finances, there are still challenges ahead, particularly with regard to the ever-growing demand for adult care.

"The government has provided an additional £14m towards adults and children's social care this year, but we urgently need to see a long-term plan for dealing with an ageing population.

"It's vital this uncertainty over future funding is addressed so we can be sure that residents will continue to receive the best possible care.

"We'll also continue to push for fairer funding for Lincolnshire. It's long been recognised that rural areas like ours receive less than their fair share of Government money. It's time for that to be put right."

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