Public invited to assist with producing KCC’s new budget

Kent County Council is inviting the county’s residents to give their opinions to help amend its budget to cope with the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic Despite extra funding from central government, KCC is facing a shortfall which is currently estimated at £40-50 million for this financial year. As soon as the pandemic was…

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…