KCC continues to protect frontline services

Kent County Council is approaching the start of another financial year facing an immense challenge in setting the council’s budget. In the coming financial year, KCC has a budget gap of £113 million out of the council’s net budget of approximately £1 billion. Savings of £53 million are needed as government funding reduces by £45…

‘Big decisions needed’ as KCC balances the books

The Leader of Kent County Council has warned that big decisions will be needed in almost every area of the council’s activities to deliver a further £64 million of savings in next year’s budget (2018/19) After six years of significant funding cuts from central government, Paul Carter has appealed to Ministers to ease the financial…

Kent County Council approves 2016/17 budget

Kent County Council has today (Thursday) agreed its budget for 2016/17. It was described by Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter at today’s meeting as “without a shadow of a doubt the most difficult it has ever had to face”. Mr Carter said: “I think we’ve put out an intelligent budget. Government grants to support local…

Kent County Council publishes draft budget

With a substantial cut in government funding and ever increasing demand for services, Kent County Council has proposed an increase in council tax in its draft budget. Growing demand for services, particularly in adult social care, will cost an extra £80 million. This, combined with reduced funding from government of £46 million, has left the…

KCC’s budget set to be ‘most difficult yet’

Kent County Council’s draft budget for the forthcoming financial year is set to be one of those most difficult yet. It is due to go before cabinet members later this month ahead of a final decision at County Council in February. Throughout January, committees within the council will scrutinise the plans being made for individual…

KCC Hosts Live Webchat on Budget

  Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement, Susan Carey appeared on a live webchat answering questions from the public about the budget consultation and how KCC can manage Kent’s money responsibly. From 12:30 to 13:30 Susan, along with the finance team, answered over 20 questions about the cuts to the budget, why it was…

Plea to government – consider impact of further spending cuts

The government needs to carefully consider the impact of further spending cuts, KCC has warned, ahead of this week’s budget. Kent County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for finance John Simmonds is urging the new government to consider his plea, warning services will be affected. He said: “During the last parliament, local government bore…

KCC agrees its ‘toughest ever’ budget

Kent County Council has this afternoon (12 February) agreed its 2015/16 budget. The authority said it has managed to balance the books, but says it has been the toughest year since 2010. The £83.1m of savings come on top of £350m of savings already made by Kent County Council over the last four years. The…