Managing Kent's money responsibly

The budget consultation has now closed.

The budget challenge we are facing

Each year we have to set a budget to determine how much we will spend on services for Kent residents and businesses. The overall size of the budget is heavily determined by the amount of money received through Council Tax and central government grants.

The amount spent on individual services is influenced by a combination of statutory requirements, demands placed on services, and our strategic priorities. In recent years the amount of money available has been decreasing and yet at the same time, demands for council services have been increasing.

Looking after those who can't look after themselves

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These demands arise from a combination of increasing numbers of residents/households, ageing population, increasing complexity of needs and rising prices of core services.

We expect this trend to continue for at least the next 3 to 4 years. We prioritise the resources we have to ensure that children and young people get the best start in life, that communities feel the benefits of Kent's economic growth, and that we fulfil our responsibility to vulnerable residents.

Find out how much we need to reduce our spending by, and read our proposed financial challenge.

We are proposing a small increase in Council Tax (up to the amount permitted without having to arrange a formal referendum) to contribute towards the additional demands being placed on council services and to provide some protection for local services.

What happens now

The budget consultation closed on 24 November 2015 and responses to the consultation are currently being analysed.

The draft budget will be published on 11 January 2016.

The consultation report and the draft budget will be considered by Cabinet Committees and the Cabinet in January 2016.

County Council will consider and set the budget on 11 February 2016.