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:
- Budget book (PDF, 3.3 MB) - including the 2021 to 2024 capital investment plans by directorate and the 2021 to 2022 revenue budget by directorate and key service
- Variation statements (XLSX, 2.2 MB) - provides details of the significant changes between 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 approved revenue budgets by directorate, division and key service
- minutes from the County Council budget meeting - including the full budget report and section 25 assurance statement.
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:
|Service||Total spend (per £100)|
|Adults and older people||£35|
|Children's social care||£12|
|Children's other services||£9|
|Management, support services and overheads||£7|
|Schools and high needs||£5|
|Other direct services to the public||£2|
|Costs of running our operational premises||£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|
|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|
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|
|Other external funding||£28.5|
|Revenues and renewals||£17.8|
|Recycling of loan repayments||£43.2|
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 our consultation report (PDF, 646.7 KB) to find out what you told us.