BUDGET: Boston facing up to ‘tough times’ ahead

FEARS of another round of tough Government cuts are looming over Boston as councillors look to cope with the harsh financial climate.

Boston Borough Council is now consulting the public on its budget, which was introduced to the cabinet by finance portfolio holder Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire at a meeting on Wednesday.

He said: “These are clearly tough times as we wrestle with anticipated cuts in funding from central Government as well as reductions in income sources and rising inflation. The stance is enforced by the projected national financial position as depicted in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, as economic growth appears to flatline.”

However, he looked to reassure members and added: “This report ensures services will continue to be delivered to a high standard.”

At the meeting members worried that a quarter of the town’s population could be ‘unaccounted for’ in official figures and chief executive Richard Harbord raised the prospect of further cuts.

It was also revealed that the council could write off more than £140,000 of business rate debts.

This week county councillors also raised fears residents could be forced to pay more for flood defences.