About North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire is a fantastic place and is home to just under 173,000 people, with the population expected to grow by a further 4,000 over the next 20 years.
The area is home to around 39,000 children and young people, who benefit from above average quality early years and school settings.
People can enjoy extensive footpaths, cycleways, open spaces and 66 public gardens and parks, five of which have Green Flag status. There are a wide range of sport, leisure and cultural venues that promote local history and heritage.
Across North Lincolnshire, there are just under 77,000 homes situated across 86 settlements, ranging from the busy urban centre of Scunthorpe to tranquil rural hamlets. The average house price is lower than the national average.
There are around 5,700 active enterprises based in North Lincolnshire and employment levels are good, with 40% of local jobs classed as highly skilled. North Lincolnshire is benefiting from Towns Fund investment which has already delivered improved access to gigabit broadband for many people and businesses.
Life expectancy is improving, and our older population is growing faster than the national average. Over the next 20 years, we expect a 72 percent rise in the number of residents aged 85 and over. Our older residents that need care and support can expect high quality care provision across both residential and home care.
About your council
We are a public body elected to serve the whole of North Lincolnshire. Currently the council consists of:
- 43 elected members, representing 17 electoral wards across North Lincolnshire
- Conservatives 28 seats
- Labour 14 seats
- Independent 1 seat.
Elections are next due to be held in May 2023
The role of North Lincolnshire Council is to work with you and our partners to:
- Lead the place of North Lincolnshire
- Promote prosperity and wellbeing
- Prevent harm
- Protect the most vulnerable.
From social care to education, highways to waste collection and planning to trading standards, the work of the council touches the lives of everybody, every day.
To achieve better outcomes for the people and place of North Lincolnshire we:
- Directly provide hundreds of essential local services
- Jointly provide services with our partners
- Buy support from organisations that have the right skills to provide on our behalf.
Strong Partnerships, Better Outcomes
As a leader of place, the council works alongside our partners to ensure we achieve our ambition, these include:
- Housing providers, including Ongo
- Guinness Homes and Riverside Housing
- Emergency services, including Humberside Fire & Rescue, Humberside Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service
- Voluntary and community organisations, town and parish councils, and leisure and sporting organisations
- Schools and colleges
- National health services.
The council is also represented on regional partnerships and boards to promote North Lincolnshire for investment and other opportunities.
Our Values and Culture
We maximise our impact by staying true to our values:
- Equality of opportunity so everyone can have a good quality of life
- Striving for excellence and high standards
- Using our resources wisely and with integrity
- Promoting self-responsibility and people having choice and control over their own lives.
Our organisational goals are to be:
- Progressive and enabling in our approach
- Financially and environmentally sustainable
Our priorities will enable the council and our partners to achieve these outcomes for the people and place of North Lincolnshire.
How the council is funded
The budget to run the council in 2022/23 is £170m. Your Council Tax helps to fund our work to improve outcomes for the people of North Lincolnshire. Council Tax provides approximately half of the total cost of the services we provide.
Business rates, government grants and fees for specific activities are also used to fund the work of the council.
What your Council Tax is spent on and what we do with it
Council Tax figures are based on a Band A property in 2022/23, which equates to an annual Council Tax charge of £1,076 (this excludes the contribution to support local police and fire services). These achievements relate to the year 2021/22.
Keeping on Track
To achieve the outcomes we want for the people and place of North Lincolnshire, the council regularly analyses data and information and consults with residents to ensure we make good decisions and can identify emerging priorities and new opportunities. We also review and report on our progress and achievements. Some recent achievements include:
- 100 percent of adult care provided by the council is rated good or outstanding
- 9 out of 10 schools are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding
- 100 percent of contact centre customers said they had their issue resolved first time
- Adult education and community learning was rated good in the most recent Ofsted inspection
- Increased the number of our parks and green spaces that have the internationally recognised Green Flag Award to five
- We rank 4th nationally for satisfaction with ease of access to community transport
- Woodlands Memorial Gardens and Kingsway Gardens were awarded the judges’ distinction for excellence by the Royal Horticultural Society
- Awarded the highest national Gold Standard in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme regarding the Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
- Due to the recent full digitisation of the Local Land Charges Service, 99.5 percent of land registry searches are now completed within 10 days
- Installation of energy efficiency upgrades at Waters’ Edge Visitors Centre has reduced the energy costs and the carbon footprint of the facility
- Launched ‘Live Well North Lincolnshire’, a onestop service for residents to stay informed and connected to community organisations, support, and activities to improve health and wellbeing.
Work in Progress
Over the next three years, the Council has plans to invest £100m in North Lincolnshire. Future developments include:
- Scunthorpe town centre works including the urban park and the Enterprise and Innovation Hub
- Improving the environment – planting one tree for every person in North Lincolnshire
- Continued roll-out of full-fibre broadband
- Electric vehicle charging points installed in council owned car parks
- Cameras installed in fly-tipping hotspots
- Developments on the Humber (Able Marine Energy Park and Humber Freeport)
A Listening Council
The Council encourages and welcomes feedback from residents on where improvements could be made. Some recent examples include:
Playing Your Part
We welcome the contribution you make and encourage more people to get involved by:
- Providing feedback to the council on the matters that most concern you and completing the Council’s Community Survey
- Joining the Council’s Residents Panel
- Getting involved in your community or considering volunteering
- Using our on-line services
- Taking care of yourselves and others
- Protecting and taking pride in your environment
- Registering to vote in elections.