KCC approves 2016/17 budget

Kent County CouncilIt was described by Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter at today’s meeting as “without a shadow of a doubt the most difficult it has ever had to face”.

The council’s most significant pressures include an extra £31 million to cover additional demand and increased costs for adult social care.

A further £12 million is needed to meet the additional demand for services such as waste disposal and special education needs transport.

KCC also has additional costs of £13 million as a result of changes in government legislation, such as increases in employer’s National Insurance contributions and the impact of the National Living Wage.

Members agreed to a 1.99% increase in council tax.

This will see the KCC element of the charge on a Band C property go from £966.88 to £988.24 and bring in an additional £11m towards spending demands across all council services.

Members also agreed a further 2% National Social Care Levy increase in council tax, which will be used specifically for demand and cost pressures within adult social care.

This will increase the band C rate to £1,007.60 and raise a further £11 million specifically to meet the pressures on social care budgets.

Kent County Council 11 February 2016

Read KCC’s full press release: https://kccmediahub.net/kent-county-council-approves-201617-budget745

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