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AV Sports Day

20 April 2011 Comments

AV is an unfair system, where the person who finishes third can end up winning. This film looks at what would happen if a school sports day was run under AV – and highlights why you need to vote ‘No’ on May 5th.

Council to bid for a share of £100m purse to fix county potholes

23 February 2011 Comments

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Pothole-riddled roads could be repaired thanks to the county council’s chance to share in a £100 million Government pot.

The council has been given the chance to register for a share of the fund made available by the Government to help repair the county’s potholes.

The Department For Transport (DFT) will decide how much each local authority will be awarded based on the amount, type and condition of roads the authority is responsible for – rather than councils needing to bid for the cash.

Assistant director of highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council Paul Coathup said: "We don’t yet know what share of this additional funding we’ll receive, but any contribution will be welcomed.

“We have the third-largest road network in the country, much of which is rural.

“The worst weather conditions for a century hit many areas hard last year, including Lincolnshire, so as we strive to tackle the considerable effects on the roads, this funding will go some way to supporting our efforts.”

In order to receive a share of the £100 million pot, Lincolnshire County Council must respond to the DFT by Wednesday, March 16, and agree to publish information on their website by September 30, showing where the money has been spent.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced the cash injection yesterday amid concerns about a pothole blight following the severe winter weather at the end of last year.

Mr Hammond said: “This money should make a real difference to the millions of drivers who are fed up with having to continually battle against dangerous potholes, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

Last year, motorists in Lincolnshire were warned to expect a pothole blight – as the Government announced details of a four per cent cut in the budget for maintenance of local roads over the next year.

Figures released by the DFT in December showed the council’s local transport capital settlement, which includes road maintenance funding, would be slashed by 4.1 per cent per cent over the next four years from £28.9 million in 2011-12 to £27.7 million in 2014-15. In 2012-13, the council will receive £28.1 million, dropping to £27.4 million in 2013-14, the figures show.

(via: thisislincolnshire.co.uk)

Council to freeze council tax and protect frontline services

14 February 2011 Comments

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The authority has confirmed that there will be no increase in its share of the council tax when bills are sent out in March but has also taken steps to protect services which have an impact on public safety.

The budget was approved at a meeting of full council today (Friday).

Despite a huge reduction in the grant given to the council by central government, the council will protect front line services whilst taking tough decisions to reduce or stop other services which, while desirable, are not essential.

Among the services which will be wholly or largely protected will be 150 police community support officers. The council will provide a total of £1.5M to Lincolnshire Police Authority to pay for these offices in the next year, helping to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.

The safeguarding of children, fire and rescue, winter road gritting and emergency planning have all fared well as the council chose to protect these services on the grounds of public safety.

However, some other services will be reduced or stopped altogether as the impact of the national deficit is felt locally.

With Lincolnshire losing 28 per cent of grant funding in the next four years, the council had to re-structure how its services are delivered to cope with a shortfall of £125m.

County council Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Kelly Smith said: “This is the toughest financial settlement for years. The national finances need to be repaired and that equates to less money for councils throughout the country.

He added: “The council also faces increasing costs, particularly for caring for the growing numbers of elderly people in the county. Energy prices are also rising and the council is taking on new responsibilities for flood management and concessionary bus fares.”

Cllr Smith said:

“Whilst we are committed to frontline services some additional charges are being introduced in some areas. This includes adult social care where new charges are being introduced. However, these charges will reflect people’s ability to pay.

“Post-16 transport charges will also increase – although we will continue to fund this at a greater level than most councils. Non-essential services such as Trading Standards, rights of way and teenage services will be scaled back.

“This budget and the council re-structure has set the direction for the council for the foreseeable future. We are committed to providing essential, value for money, front line services and to keeping council tax bills as low as possible whilst doing this.”

The freeze in the county council’s share of the council tax has been made possible by a Government grant to authorities which agree to keep rises to 2.5 per cent or below.

SKDC Budget 2011/12

09 February 2011 Comments

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Speech given by Cllr Mike Taylor (Portfolio Holder: Resources and Assets)

The background report can be read at on the SKDC Website

“Cabinet, you have before you the budget proposals which the administration will put to Council on 3rd March 2011.
The Budget Report covers all aspects of the Council’s financial operation and, in summary, is split into the following areas:-

  • The General Fund revenue estimates
  • Housing Revenue account estimates
  • The General Fund Capital Programme and the
  • Housing Investment Programme"

Read the rest of the speech

Lincolnshire LEP Full Steam Ahead

08 February 2011 Comments

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The Government has green-lighted a Lincolnshire LEP

Lincolnshire’s businesses, organisations and the local authority can work even closer together to drive sustainable economic growth and create new jobs.

That’s the message from Lincolnshire County Council and its local business partners as they reacted positively to the Government’s announcement to take their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) bid forward.

Lincolnshire’s bid – Prosperity through Growth – will now be developed into a more detailed Prospectus. This will set out the joint priorities of local businesses and the public sector, strongly supported by the county’s Universities and Colleges, to ensure that Lincolnshire has the skills, support for businesses and infrastructure to support people and businesses in the current economic climate and enable them to prosper in the future.

Cllr Eddy Poll, Economy Portfolio Holder for Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“The Government’s support for our bid shows that they understand the importance of Lincolnshire as a discrete and important economic area. The opportunity to form a Local Enterprise Partnership will enable us to work even closer with businesses and skills providers to grow our economy sustainably.” On behalf of businesses, David Dexter, Chairman of the Lincolnshire region of the Federation of Small Businesses, and Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber, added: “This announcement is the result of a determined effort by businesses, local authorities and skills providers to come up with a joint vision on how Lincolnshire can grow its economy. Our discussions have shown the potential benefits of working together, for the benefit of all, particularly in a period where there will be little outside money from Government and we will have to shape our own future.”

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  • AV Sports Day

    AV is an unfair system, where the person who finishes third can end up winning. This film looks at what would happen if a school sports day was run under AV – and highlights why you need to vote ...

  • Council to bid for a share of £100m purse to fix county potholes

    Pothole-riddled roads could be repaired thanks to the county council’s chance to share in a £100 million Government pot.

  • Council to freeze council tax and protect frontline services

    Lincolnshire County Council has agreed a council tax freeze for 2011/12 and to protect frontline services.

  • SKDC Budget 2011/12

    Speech given by Cllr Mike Taylor (Portfolio Holder: Resources and Assets) Presenting the South Kesteven District Council budget for 2011/12

  • Lincolnshire LEP Full Steam Ahead

    The Government has green-lighted a Lincolnshire LEP Lincolnshire’s businesses, organisations and the local authority can work even closer together to drive sustainable economic growth and create...

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