North Lincolnshire Council may raise taxes for social care
Higher taxes for social care may come into effect in North Lincolnshire, despite how well the council is faring compared to other local authorities.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: “It’s morally right that we pay more tax to support older people in our communities.
“We have a duty to support people who need it, whether they are children, in the middle of their life or elderly.”
North Lincolnshire Council is able to raise the tax for adult social care by two percent this year.
That equals an extra £800,000 per one percent increase.
With the next budget in February, the plans could come into effect as soon as April.
The tax rise is being considered as the care sector has seen staff shortages all across England during the coronavirus pandemic.
This has led to rising costs for local authorities.
According to the Lincolnite, Councillor Elaine Marper, the portfolio holder for finance and governance, said: “These are difficult and unprecedented times, but North Lincolnshire has really held it together.
“There have been a few jitters in other local authorities, but we were in a good position to start with.
“Despite the extra cost of adult social care, we have worked to find better ways, working closely with the NHS.
“Borrowing is also expected to remain low.
“We have managed to maximise outcomes in difficult circumstances, leading to the recovery and renewal of North Lincolnshire.”
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