A positive budget for growth and renewal will help supercharge North Lincolnshire’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The budget – which was approved at a full council meeting last week – is designed to safeguard vulnerable people, enable communities to flourish, protect and enhance the environment and enable the local economy to grow.
In the coming year, the council will spend almost £170m on its residents with more than 80 per cent used for vulnerable children, families, older people and those with disabilities.
The budget – of which £100m comes from Government – includes investments to radically enhance the environment in every community across North Lincolnshire, enable businesses to create more new jobs, fast-track road infrastructure upgrades and crack down even further on anti-social behaviour while protecting the most vulnerable.
The announcements come as infection figures across our region are continuing to decline – though people are urged to take care as communities continue to live with Covid-19.
This means considering wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces and staying at home if they are unwell.
The remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England have now been lifted, meaning people testing positive for the virus no longer need to self-isolate, contact tracing has ended and venue check-ins using the NHS app have ended.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Over the last year, Covid-19 has continued to provide us with challenges. Our fantastic team at the council have shown great agility, innovation and imagination in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“Now, as we truly begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, the commitment to the most vulnerable remains as we fast-track our plans to create a more attractive environment for businesses to invest and create more highly-skilled, well-paid, sustainable jobs in Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire.
“We still need to be cautious and careful and make sure we continue to look after friends, family and neighbours but there’s lots to be excited about in North Lincolnshire across the coming year and beyond.”