Our budget 2021-22

Kent County Council approved its 2021 to 2022 revenue budget and 2021 to 2024 capital budget at a full council meeting on 11 February 2021. Details of both of these can be found in our:

View previous budget books.

2021 to 2022 revenue budget

How we spend our annual revenue budget

We provide a huge range of essential services to Kent residents, spending over £1.7 billion (excluding schools) each year.

For every £100 we spend, this is how it is split between the various services we provide:

Budget revenue spend pie chart

Service Total spend (per £100)
Adults and older people £35
Children's social care £12
Children's other services £9
Borrowing costs £7
Management, support services and overheads £7
Transport services £5
Schools and high needs £5
Waste services £5
Public health £4
Highways £3
Other direct services to the public £2
Community services £2
Costs of running our operational premises £2
Schools’ services £2

How our annual revenue budget is funded

Funding for our revenue budget comes from many sources. 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 (Council Tax and business rates) to fund this.

For every £100 in funding we receive, this is how it is split between the different sources of income:

Funding source Amount (per £100)
Council Tax (including associated COVID-19 compensation) £46
Grants (ringfenced for a specific purpose) £19
Grants (un-ringfenced, including COVID-19 Grant) £17
Income from service users £15
Business rates (including associated COVID-19 compensation) £3

2021 to 2024 capital budget

How we spend our capital budget

The capital budget for 2021 to 2024 is £1,057.9 million (just over £1 billion). The diagram below summarises what this is spent on:

Service Amount in £million
Additional school places £227.7
Highways, structures and waste enhancement £163.2
Community projects £8.9
Economic development initiatives £47.5
Other highway and transport improvements £443.6
Modernisation and improved utilisation of council premises £82.0
Adults, social care and health £12.7
Other school projects £68.3
Feasibility fund £4.0

How our capital budget is funded

Funding for our capital budget comes from many sources. Over half comes from grant funding and around 20% is borrowed. The following diagram shows how the capital budget is funded:

Service Amount in £million
Borrowing £213.5
Grant £571.7
Developer contributions £159.4
Other external funding £28.5
Revenues and renewals £17.8
Capital receipts £23.8
Recycling of loan repayments £43.2

Your views

In the autumn of 2020, whilst we were developing our plans for 2021 to 2022, we asked for your views on:

  • the future of our services and how comfortable you would be seeing spending reductions on a range of services
  • Council Tax and whether a modest rise was acceptable, if it helped to sustain the services you value most.

For more information you can read: