Our budget 2020-21

Kent County Council provides a huge range of essential services to the people of Kent, spending over £1 billion each year.

The 2020-21 budget was approved at the County Council meeting on 13 February 2020.

2020-2021 budget

You can read more below about council services and current year’s revenue spending.

2020-21 revenue spending - excluding schools

The chart and table shows how we plan to spend our money in 2020-21 - excluding schools.

Budget revenue spend pie chart

Service Total spend (£m)Total spend less income (£m) Total spend less income (%)
Adults and older people 574.5 431.8 40.6%
Children's social care 192.7 160.0 15.0%
Children's other services 146.2 28.72.7%
Community services36.813.91.3%
Other direct services to the public36.922.82.1%
Highways 44.235.23.3%
Public health 69.30.00.0%
Schools and high needs 86.10.00.0%
Schools' services19.72.70.3%
Transport services 92.6787.3%
Waste services 77.574.97.0%
Unallocated budgets pending decisions 6.26.20.6%
Borrowing costs 131.0112.010.5%
Costs of running our operational premises 28.921.5 2.0%
Management, support services and overheads 109.875.7 7.1%
Total £1,652.4m £1,063.7m 100.0%

How we are funded

Funding for our budget comes from many sources in addition to Council Tax, including business rates and grants from central government. Nearly half of our budget (excluding schools) is made up of money we receive from Council Tax. Each year we set a budget to decide how much we're able to spend on services for Kent residents and businesses for the next financial year, compared to how much income we're likely to get from government and local taxation to fund this.

Funding sourceAmount (£m)% of gross spend (excluding schools)
Council Tax753.345.6%
Grants (ringfenced for a specific purpose)317.019.2%
Income from service users271.716.4%
Grants (un-ringfenced)242.214.7%
Business rates58.53.5%
Revenue support grant9.60.6%
Total1,652.4100%

Services for children, young people and families

  • 84 children's centres and early years services
  • Supporting 1,594 children in care and 1,703 care leavers
  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health services
  • Health visiting and child health checks
  • Fostering, adoption and 10,000-plus social work cases
  • KCC Travel Saver and home to school transport
  • Working with 583 schools on places, planning and access
  • Special educational needs and disability including transport
  • Apprenticeships, skills and career pathways for young people

Services for older and vulnerable people

  • Support for 4,878 adults with learning disabilities
  • 4,140 permanent residential care placements
  • Respite, safeguarding and support for 152,000 carers
  • Support for 3,215 social care clients with mental health issues
  • Support for 1,171 older people in nursing care homes
  • Partnership working between health and social care
  • 6,993 people receiving care and support at home
  • Support for 5,335 adults with physical disability and sensory needs
  • 2,363 people using day care services in their community

Our strategic priorities

We prioritise spending on services that:

  • make sure children and young people get the best start in life
  • help communities to feel the benefits of economic growth by being in work, healthy and enjoying a good quality of life
  • help older and vulnerable residents to be safe and supported with choices to live independently.

These are our current strategic priorities. Our Strategic Statement Annual Report gives details of how every pound spent in Kent is used to deliver better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities and businesses.

You can find out more about the council’s finances on our finance and budget pages, including what we spend our money on and Council Tax.

The consultation

The consultation closed on 25 November 2019.

Thank you to those who took part in the consultation to give us your views before we set next year's council budget. For a summary of the consultation responses, read the budget consultation report (PDF, 2.0 MB). You can also view the budget consultation documents.

Provisional Local Government Finance settlement for 2020-21 financial year response

The government published the provisional local government finance settlement for 2020 to 2021 on 20 December 2019 which was accompanied by a consultation which closed on the 17 January 2020.

View our response to the consultation (PDF, 172.1 KB).