Kent County Council is currently consulting on its proposed budget for 2019/2020.
The consultation closes on 21 November 2018.
KCC estimates that increased demands and costs will amount to about £66 million, which together with net grant reductions of £28 million result in the need to raise and/or save £94 million. The consultation explains that “Increasing council tax by just under 3% plus the 2% social care levy would raise £37 million, and the remainder would need to be found from making savings and already planned but limited use of reserves. At this stage the council is still to identify detailed plans for around £16million pending the Chancellor’s budget and local government settlement. Taken together, the proposed changes would add just over £1 per week to the KCC element of the council tax bill for a typical Band C property.”
KCC is inviting views on three key areas:
- Council Tax – is a rise acceptable if it helps to sustain the services you most value?
- The future of our services – is KCC focussing on the right priorities or have they got some things wrong?
- How can KCC improve its communication with you – so that you are aware of the challenges it faces now and in the future?
Further details on the KCC consultation and supporting documents can be accessed via the following link: www.kent.gov.uk/budget.
For hard copies and alternative formats of the consultation material, please email email@example.com or call 03000 421553 (voice).
For Text Relay, please use 18001 03000 421553. This number goes to an answer machine which is monitored during office hours.