Lincolnshire council tax set to increase council tax by 3% to tackle social care
Lincolnshire County Council has announced that council tax will rise by 3% from April of this year. Council leaders approved the increase and have claimed they have increased the amount people will pay to help fund money for social care.
According to Lincolnshire County Council, the rise in council tax will help raise an extra £9.6 million for social care. This rise in council tax equates to around £40 on a band D property.
Conservative council leader Martin Hill said the authority “did not want” to put council tax up but added that with inflation at around 5% at the moment “it will in effect mean a real term cut for the county”.
Martin Hill explained that the rise in council tax will help tackle the rising number of children who are currently being cared for out of the county and allow the council to bring them back to Lincolnshire and make the social care service more cost-effective.
With the rising rates of poverty in Skegness, Boston, and Lincoln, not everyone is happy about paying extra money for their council tax.
Many people who have contacted Lincolnshire In2town are angry about the rise in council tax. Some believe they are paying more for fewer services and have said Lincolnshire County Council is not offering value for money.
Other people have said with the rising energy bills, an increase in food bills, and the cost of living going up, the last thing they need is to pay extra Council tax.
Although Lincolnshire Council has no problem in increasing the council tax by 3%, it is not them who are going to be struggling to find the extra money. More and more people are going into debt in Lincolnshire while the county council thinks people have money trees growing in their garden.
One suggestion that has been made is for Lincolnshire County Council to be more transparent on where the money is being spent. The people who are paying for the council’s mistakes want to see where their money is going.