Government cuts will be ‘challenging’ for council

BOTH East Lindsey district Council and Lincolnshire County council are working out this week how government cuts to local council services will affect them.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the cuts on Monday saying that councils across the country had to do more for less.

The funding announcement has been described as ‘challenging’ by the Manby based district council but the authority says it will do all it can to protect front line services for local people.

At time of going to press ELDC was working out how much its funding from the government will reduce over the next few years.

Leader of the District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said: “Although the cuts are deep the challenge to us now is to become even more efficient and innovative in the way we deliver our services.

“We must ensure that every single penny that we spend represents the best value for money for local people. This means we need to work more closely with the public, private and voluntary sectors to look at opportunities for joint working in developing new ways to protect the services we know local people rely on.”

The council says in the last three years it has made efficiency savings totalling £5million and in the past two weeks has announced a further £170,000 of savings through new ways of working in its refuse and street scene teams.

It says the launch of the shared services company, Compass Point Business Services, with South Holland District Council, will deliver a saving of £19.357m over the next 10 years.