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Lincolnshire County Council sets 'inflation' tax rise

A rise of 2.5% in Lincolnshire County Council's part of the council tax has been defended by the administration.

The ruling Conservative group said the rise was "fair" - considering the council was facing rising costs and had made £21m in efficiency savings.

The increase will mean a Band D property paying over £1,065 a year to the county council, which is about 80% of the final total.

The opposition group on the council said a rise was better than cuts.

'Key issues'

The final council tax bill will not be settled until the local councils and police add their share.

The leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Martin Hill, said the rise was in line with the rate of inflation.

He said: "I do think it is a fair rise, people sometimes do say that inflation is zero.

"But inflation had been rising and the inflation the county council is subject to is higher than it is for people at home with mortgages."

Councillor Marianne Overton, leader of the opposition at the council, said: "What people were adamant about is they don't want draconian cuts which would have a very adverse impact on vulnerable people - like in adult social care.

"Also people feel the maintenance of roads is a key issue."

The council said it was looking at making £100m in savings over the next four years.

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