Budget and council tax proposal 2023/24

This engagement has ended, we will continue to keep this page updated during the next stages.

The budget consultation is now closed. Thank you for providing your feedback.

Council voted on the 2023/24 budget proposals set by Executive and supported the recommendation to increase council tax by 4.99% (this includes a 2% rise for adult care).

For more information please see Budget 2023: Investing in our communities despite financial challenges – Lincolnshire County Council


Lincolnshire County Council again faces challenges in setting a balanced budget while maintaining the services residents rely on.

Initial budget proposals for 2023/24 were discussed by the council’s Executive on 4 January 2023.

Plans include:

The budget consultation is now closed. Thank you for providing your feedback.

Council voted on the 2023/24 budget proposals set by Executive and supported the recommendation to increase council tax by 4.99% (this includes a 2% rise for adult care).

For more information please see Budget 2023: Investing in our communities despite financial challenges – Lincolnshire County Council


Lincolnshire County Council again faces challenges in setting a balanced budget while maintaining the services residents rely on.

Initial budget proposals for 2023/24 were discussed by the council’s Executive on 4 January 2023.

Plans include:

  • £275m for adult care and community wellbeing
  • £84m for children’s social care
  • £47m for highways
  • £22m for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

The proposals include three options for a rise in council tax of between 3% to 5%. Despite this, and additional government fundingthe council will still need to use between £3.4m to £10.3m from its reserves to balance the budget, based on current projections.

These budget proposals are for 2023/24 only, and the different council tax options will not immediately impact the services being provided next year. However, each option will have a longer-term impact on the funding available to the council. This could potentially lead to a reassessment of service delivery in the future, depending on the wider financial context at that time.

For more information on this matter please see the important links section.

Please give us your views by leaving your feedback before 26 January 2023.

We’ll share your views with Executive on 7 February 2023.

Budget Proposals Residents Views

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The three options Executive suggested were:  

-Option A: 2% adult social care precept + 0.99% general precept = 2.99% precept 

-Option B: 2% adult social care precept + 1.99% general precept = 3.99% precept 

-Option C: 2% adult social care precept + 2.99% general precept = 4.99% precept

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CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

No surprise that councils on here are backing the higher increase...
None of these options actually address the main issue that concerns the general public, which is value for money. This is simply asking for more money rather than the public seeing genuine basic improvements to our local areas. Expenditure appears to be a black hole filled with bureaucracy, overpaid and overmanned middle to senior management, with poor communication throughout. One look at the proposals for major works in the county show that projects are stuck in the system year after year and the costs increase with each delay. The longer these things take, the more expensive they become. As a result, it appears that the public have to make increased payments to cover this inefficiency without seeing any increase to standards.
This is then compounded when those who have paid into the system for years, finally retire and eventually rely upon the care system, only to find they yet again have to pay out of their own pocket because the council refuse to support them. There is no benefit to working hard, having personal savings, or indeed contributing to the public purse, as all it does it exclude you from support of any kind when you need it, whilst you pay more and more for a net worth of nothing.
The council need to be more accountable for how the money is spent.

Martin80 about 1 year ago

Scotter Parish Council discussed the option in their January meeting. They agreed option A was the most acceptable in the current climate.

Clerk Scotter Parish Council about 1 year ago

Following an email to Utterby Parish councillors they supported Option A: 2% adult social care precept + 0.99% general precept = 2.99% precept

Clerk UPC about 1 year ago

Option A - costs for everyday living are escalating daily and many people are struggling.

Scothern PC about 1 year ago

Option D

please people don't have anymore money in the post at all we have all having to cut baxk so council will have to do the same instead of passing your costs onto us all the time

Katrina about 1 year ago

Option a and ideally option e below as people don't have anymore money to pay a council tax rise this yearnot everyone is working, alot jn the area of East lyndsey are unemployed,retired and disabled please think of a reduction and higher boses take a pay cut like us people in the community are having to cut back, the alternative is freeze the council tax this year and the council learn how to do cut backs too, irs nad enough pay council tax and still have to pay for green waste 50 a year think is over charges and you could do a direxy debit option for the green waste which would help residents to beabke to subscribe to the service. Think of the public pocket first please this year we all have no more money in the pot.

Katrina about 1 year ago

Option A - taxes have gone up by enormous amounts over the last few years, appreciate that this isn't getting through to local Government but the country is overtaxed. Difficult choices need making.

jasonwhite101 about 1 year ago

Hemswell Cliff Parish Council supports option C.

Hemswell Cliff Parish Council about 1 year ago

Option A. In the current climate please use cash from reserves. It's there for rainy days, and it's pouring down.

pensioner56 about 1 year ago

Fotherby Parish council considers option C to be appropriate

Fotherby Parish Council about 1 year ago

Can I propose Option B is put forward (2% adult social care precept + 1.99% general precept = 3.99% precept). Noting the reserves detailed in the report Option B seems a good compromise. Option A removes too much from the reserves when viewing the future predicted shortfalls, whilst option C places too much on the people of Lincolnshire with the way inflation has rocketed.

AndyS about 1 year ago

Option c.

Walesby Parish council about 1 year ago

In the current economic situation, difficult decisions have to be made. I am staggered by the amount of money going into adult social care compared to other services. With that in mind, in my opinion option A should be considered.

Joggaju about 1 year ago

I note that there is no option for a zero% position nor one for a reduction in Council Tax and associated precepts.
I challenge you to offer a real consultation -
Option D 2% adult social care precept + -2.0% general precept = 0% precept
Option E 2% adult social care precept + -7.0% general precept = 5% precept

Past time for LCC and District Councils to reduce their expenditure, just as many families are having to do, and pass on the cuts to struggling households.

Option E




Obritom about 1 year ago

Option A no matter how much we want to help the situation will only get worse if those with no money left end up struggling even further. going higher would long term cause more problems that you are trying to help.

Stephen Russell about 1 year ago

My hart says option C, BUT my financial postion, as a disabled veteran, on a pention, I can only say option A, as every pound and penny i get/have is already acounted for, (more than once). Sad but true......

MartinE about 1 year ago

Option A

Rick.Stevens about 1 year ago

Can LCC provide any form of additional data to justify the proposals as they sit? Especially regarding the total amount or percentage of council tax payers who use the adult social care system? Given this remains a constant in all three proposals it would indicate that this decision has been made and yet there is likely to other areas that members of the public would want targeted funding (such as highways given the extremely poor state of roads in our county).

Also LCC need to reassess their current costs for projects they routinely announce and if they are truly value for money. Only recently was a spend of £300k announced to rebuild a footpath which can hardly be justified in the current climate whilst still proposing an increase in council tax.

Shs192 about 1 year ago

The annual County Council claim of poverty - we all know that spending is being cut in real terms, and that Local Govt. is an easy target for central govt. so this claim is completely understandable. However, if LCC is serious about saving money, why is it proposing to spend £200m on the Lincoln Southern ByPass alone (now renamed North Hykeham Relief Road I understand)? We know historically that final costs of large civil engineering costs are much higher, so considering the recent inflation hikes and unforeseen costs on site, this could realistically end up as £280 to £300m.

Does this represent good value for money? Does it really paint a picture of an authority strapped for cash? More importantly, we are no longer living in the 20th century - the car is not king anymore, how does the County Council reconcile its 2019 commitment to becoming a carbon neutral authority by 2050 with the huge new road building programme (Spalding, Grantham, North Hykeham, Orby, Skegness...)? What kind of responsible authority these days promotes such an extensive and environmentally damaging road building programme?

The carbon costs captured must include service life of the roads, the traffic they generate (let us not kid ourselves anymore that new roads relieve traffic), maintenance costs, raw material extraction, and ultimately the costs associated with the housing projects they will generate. Planting a few trees does not balance the destruction of environment for material quarrying.

If LCC wants to save money, and contribute to saving the planet (this old phrase is no longer an exaggeration is it?) - STOP building new roads (please).

Lincoln Green about 1 year ago

Option B seems to be fair. With rising costs, it's clear we need to have a larger increase, however this needs to be affordable and the cost of living crisis is having a huge impact on the residents of Lincolnshire. Perhaps when the cost of living is more under control (hopefully 2024!) a larger increase would sit better with the public

cbear25 about 1 year ago