Council tax freeze supported by East Lindsey District Council

A CALL to freeze council tax locally has been met with support by East Lindsey District Council’s executive board.

Earlier today (Tuesday) the board approved a draft budget which proposed a tax freeze as well as protection for front line services.

The budget, put forward by ELDC portfolio holder for finance, Coun John Upsall, will be scrutinised by the council’s overview committee on February 1 before being seen by the council’s executive and finally the full council.

The district council needs to make savings of a further £2.6million from its £19.4million revenue budget this year in order to balance the books. This is in addition to the £3.6million savings made for the 2011/12 financial year as a result of reduced government funding and an increase in costs such as gas and electricity.

The savings outlined in the draft budget include a £1.2million reduction in staffing costs, £500,000 from a senior management restructure and £1.4million from the use of Compass Point Business Services.

Chairman of the council’s overview committee, Coun Fiona Martin, said: “The overview committee plays a vital role in ensuring the council has robust plans in place to deal with the savings the council needs to make over the next year and into the future when the challenge becomes even greater.

“We must robustly and rigorously challenge the executive board to ensure their plans are well thought through and to ensure local people are receiving the best service possible from the money the council has available.”

The full draft budget is available to view online at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/consultation until Sunday, January 29 with local people and businesses invited to have their say.