Praise for the council over its financial budget

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

There was self congratulations and praise among council members when its budget-setting report for 2015/16 was considered by the Cabinet last Wednesday.

At the meeting, members said the public needs to be told that Boston Borough Council had not put its council tax up - and increases were down to the police and county council.

“As usual, we will get the blame for any increase in council tax,” said Coun Derek Richmond. “We really need to be robust in saying we have not increased it and we won’t.”

The majority of the £1.6 million budget for 2015/16 will go on housing, disability grants and the broadband project.

The report notes that Government funding has been cut by 15 per cent from the 2014-15 levels.

Giving the report, finance portfolio holder Coun Aaron Spencer said the budget would be delivered ‘without sacrificing front-line services’.

“We have actually achieved a lot with the money we have got,” he said, referring to the refurbishments of facilities in the town, such as the public toilets and CCTV. “All the things we have done has been in the time of austerity.”

Coun Stephen Woodliffe added: “It’s been a remarkable achievement and yet we have not raised our council tax.”

Coun Michael Brookes remarked: “To do this over the four years of this administration has been really good.”

The final budget will be considered by full council on March 2.