Lincolnshire

East Lindsey council cuts £3m from its budget

East Lindsey District Council has passed a budget cutting £3m over the next year, but freezing council tax.

The money will be saved through efficiency measures, including cutting four council posts, and limiting other charges, the council said.

Officials said they faced a £2.14m reduction in its government grant and utility service increases.

But opposition councillors said the public were getting less while paying the same amount.

Conservative council leader Doreen Stephenson said: "I am delighted we've been able to protect services and freeze council tax and car parking charges. This will be a welcome relief to the community."

The council will save £1.4m next year by sharing business services with South Holland District Council.

It will also save £237,000 by not filling senior management posts and make further savings from changes to public toilets and CCTV.

Tony Howard, Labour councillor for Mablethorpe, said: "This is smoke and mirrors. We put forward an amendment to protect home visits, youth services and and disability grants and they did not even want to discuss it, they just voted it down."

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