North Lincolnshire Council sets its budget for the 2013-14 financial year
NORTH Lincolnshire Council has agreed its budget for the forthcoming financial year.
Councillors met at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe to set the authority's spending plans for the 2013-14 year and agree indicative budgets for the following three years.
As expected, council tax rates were frozen, meaning residents in Scunthorpe and Ashby will pay the same charges for council services as they have done in 2012-13.
Residents in other areas may see variations in their charges after precepts for parish council services are added to the overall bill.
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Charges for police and fire services have also remained at their current levels.
Other measures announced as part of the budget include:
£250,000 to roll out the Imagination Library scheme across North Lincolnshire.
£400,000 over the next four years to provide home checks for people aged over 75.
£1 million extra from the revenue budget and £3 million from the capital budget to repair potholes and roads over the next two years.
£15,000 to provide a loyalty bonus for school crossing patrol workers.
£3.5 million over the next three years to detrunk the M181 in order to enable access to the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes development.
£2 million over the next three years for housing in Scunthorpe town centre.
£700,000 to access industrial land off the A18 Mortal Ash Hill, with a view to creating a science and technology park.
£790,000 for projects in Scunthorpe town centre.
£25,000 to create more 20mph zones outside schools.
£500,000 for Brigg Recreation Ground.
£350,000 to create a new community library in Bottesford.
£250,000 per year to create skate parks and multi-use games areas.
£15,000 to create wi-fi hotspots in towns across North Lincolnshire.
£2.1 million to make improvements to Quibell Park stadium in Scunthorpe.
£1 million to provide the Local Lend a Hand scheme for first-time home-buyers.
£200,000 per year for community grants.
£100,000 extra for youth service provision.
Among the savings identified by the council in its budget are:
£57,000 by ending membership of local government organisations, such as the Local Government Association and Local Government Yorkshire and the Humber.
£495,000 over the next two years through the sale of buildings and land through the council's commercial policy.
£100,000 per year through reviewing senior management posts.
£111,000 over the next two years through carbon efficiencies.
£382,000 over the next four years through human resources service restructures.
£750,000 through procurement savings in 2013-14.