Still time to have your say on KCC budget consultation

With the government’s Autumn Statement being made next week, KCC is reminding residents there is just over a week to go to have their say on KCC’s draft budget.

The council launched a six-week consultation last month revealing it needed to find another £108 million to balance the books.

It comes in response to rising spending demands and costs and further funding cuts from central government.

KCC Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement John Simmonds said: “So far we have identified further savings of £75 million for the next financial year and that is on top of savings of more than half a billion pounds over the last six years.

“It is really important to us that as many people as possible take part in our budget consultation and let us know what their priorities are when it comes to how we spend our limited finances.

“The government has placed an enormous challenge on us by imposing some of the biggest cuts compared to other parts of the public sector.

“We have done a lot of forward planning and facing the challenge early on we believe we are in a better position than most – but we would like to hear from you on whether you agree with our priorities.

“The decisions we make will affect everyone in Kent. That’s why we want to engage with as many residents as possible.”

The additional pressures come from a combination of factors – rising prices; the rising demand of more elderly people to support and the introduction of the National Living Wage increasing costs for social care providers.

KCC is now asking whether, for the fourth consecutive year, people would accept an increase on the council tax of 1.99% and the additional 2% social care precept.

This would contribute collectively £23.7m towards balancing the books.

If both increases are accepted, it would mean the KCC precept on a Band C property increasing from £1,007.60 to £1,047.84.

Details of the consultation and on how to take part can be found at: www.kent.gov.uk/budget

 

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