Cuts likely to county council services

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. Photo: Rob Foulkes EMN-150915-141806001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. Photo: Rob Foulkes EMN-150915-141806001

Despite the likely council tax increase there will still be widespread cuts. Details of these have not yet been finalised, but the following areas are among those likely to be affected:

○ Highway maintenance including grass verge cutting

○ Community safety, including PCSOs

○ Road safety initiatives

○ Adult frailty care

○ Safe and healthy children strategy

○ Fire and rescue

○ Environmental protection

○ Street lighting

○ Economic regeneration

○ Information Technology management and support

○ Legal services

○ Library and information services

○ Coroner service

○ Sexual health services

○ Prevention and treatment of substance misuse

Staff redundancies will also come under the spotlight, but this will inevitably involve consultations with trade unions and individuals first. Quizzed about the number, chief finance officer David Forbes said: “We don’t know.”