KCC partnership eases Shepway budget

Contributed by editor on Nov 05, 2004 - 10:27 PM


The partnership between Shepway District Council and Kent County Council, formed to help ease the burden o­n Shepway’s budget, has enjoyed a successful first three months.

Since 1 August KCC has taken over street cleansing and some grounds maintenance duties from Shepway and its own in-house trading company provides various supplies and services.

The arrangement, which saw the transfer of around 100 staff to KCC, will bring savings to Shepway of around £300,000 in the current financial year and £600,000 in 2005/006.

Earlier in the year, Folkestone and Hythe MP, Michael Howard, met with KCC and Shepway when the district council faced major budget cuts after its spending was ‘capped’ by the government.

“The meeting resulted in a joint proposal for closer partnership working for the benefit of Shepway residents,� said Cllr Robert Bliss, Leader of Shepway Council. “The partnership means that we have been able to realise major savings without cutting our frontline services.�

Nick Chard said Shepway had faced dire financial consequences after its spending was capped. “We put forward options that we believed would help Shepway. The savings have eased some of the pressure o­n the budget and have safeguarded services that might have otherwise been under threat.â€?