District Council Approves 2013/14 Budget

It is onwards and upwards as West Lindsey District Council continues to invest in local communities.
The dsitrict council has set its budget for 2013/14 at the Full Council Meeting held at the Guildhall, Gainsborough on Monday, 4th March 2013.

It has agreed to support the most vulnerable communities by investing £300,000 to help with issues such as fuel poverty, rural services and youth unemployment.

A further £1.6 million will be invested into the housing infrastructure and £2 million will be used to boost the economy and encourage jobs growth.

Conservative Leader of the Council, Cllr. Burt Keimach, said:

“Our budget has been set providing residents and business with real value for money services such as waste and planning. Now we have agreed the budget we need to put our plans into action and deliver what we have set out to achieve for our communities.”

The budget for 2013/14 will increase Council Tax by around 5p per week for the majority of homes in West Lindsey. This increase, the first for three years, will mean services that local peole rely on have been protected.

It means residents could pay an extra one and a half per cent for the district council’s share of the overall bill in 2013/14, an increase of £2.79 per year for a Band D property.

Cllr. Keimach added:

“If we have a very small moderate rise, which is acceptable, we will be able to protect the statutory services such as waste and planning, which are good value for money.”

An extensive engagement exercise with communities and residents will take place over the spring and summer. It is an opportunity for people to inform future priorities and identify where the council could make cuts to the budget.