North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire Council plans 2.99% council tax hike

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Residents in North Lincolnshire are set to face a 2.99% increase in council tax.

North Lincolnshire Council will table plans for a hike in the rate for 2019/20 as part of their budget.

The authority estimates that the increase will raise around £67 million, as well as £5.191 million for adult social care.

It means that the average band D property will increase from £1,313.61 to £1,356.03.

The authority is also expected to use £1.3 million from its reserves to offset cost pressures.

Councillors will vote on the budget plans at a meeting at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe, on February 28.

The council said the proposals represent a “balanced plan” based on funding available to the authority.

Pete Fijalkowski, chief finance officer at the council, said in the authority’s plan that it had “challenging targets”, but added that the measures were “robust”.

“I consider the proposed budget for 2019/20 to be based upon robust estimates and supported by an adequate level of reserves,” he said.

“While the budget contains challenging targets, these are clearly identified and will be subject to specific monitoring by the council’s leadership. The plans also take account of identified risks.”

Authorities across the region are looking at other avenues of income in the face of funding cuts from government.

Councils are expected to see a further reduction in their revenue support grant, the main source of funding from central government.


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