Extra funding for local government

The Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter has welcomed the extra funding for local government announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The final settlement has seen £150 million of additional resources allocated to local authorities across the UK, of which £3.9m will go to social care in Kent. Mr Carter said: “This funding, secured…

Local Government Finance Settlement announced

The government has announced the final Local Government Finance Settlement, giving Kent County Council an extra £5.7 million to its budget. It has made the 2016/17 budget “slightly more bearable” in the face of making savings of £126 million. The announcement was made yesterday by Secretary of State Greg Clark. The draft budget proposals will go before…

KCC Leader reacts to today’s Spending Review

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter has responded to today’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review. He said: “As always the devil is in the detail. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s better than we’ve been anticipating. “Until we get the final settlement on December 17 we really don’t know what situation we’re in. “We’ll be lobbying hard…

New Measures to Relieve Pressure on Operation Stack

Manston Airfield to be temporarily used to provide additional capacity for cross-Channel freight when Operation Stack is in place. New arrangements to prioritise certain goods across the Channel, including quick to market goods. Manston Airfield will be temporarily used as an alternative for freight traffic while there are ongoing issues with disruption to cross-Channel services,…

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…