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Local Government: 'Day of reckoning' for Kent as County Council struggles to balance the books

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2017 - 06:00 AM




The Leader of Kent County Council has warned that frontline services could face ‘unpalatable’ cuts next year as the authority struggles to balance next year’s budget.


The council has today launched a six-week consultation to explain the challenges it faces as it anticipates the need to find another £75 million in order to balance the budget in response to rising spending demands and costs, while funding from central government is cut further.


The consultation asks people in Kent whether they support KCC’s proposed response to the financial challenge while facing increasing demands and costs for county council services at a time of reduced funding.

After 6 years of sweeping cuts in the government settlement, Paul Carter has once again appealed to the Prime Minister to draw a line under her austerity programme, to accept the enormous pressures local government faces and to acknowledge how cutting frontline services would impact on the residents of Kent.

“KCC has done extraordinarily well in making public money go a lot further and our budget has decreased substantially over the last four years while the pressure for services has risen dramatically. The population is growing, there are more elderly people who need help and support and more young people with high educational needs than ever before. There are unprecedented pressures on our budget and yet we are spending less money,” said Paul Carter.



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