Budget consultation

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.

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.

On 11 February 2016, the County Council will consider the proposals outlined in our 2016-17 draft budget book and 2016-19 draft medium term financial plan.