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KCC announces council tax hike of FOUR PER CENT

Thursday 13th October 2016

Kent residents face a council tax hike of nearly four per cent as the Conservative-led authority tries to mitigate the impact of another year of cuts totalling £75m.

Kent County Council has now begun a six week consultation period with residents on whether, for the fourth consecutive year, they would accept an increase on the council tax of 1.99% and an additional 2% social care precept.

KCC says this will contribute £23.7m towards balancing the books. 

If approved, the bill for households in Band C properties would rise by nearly £40 from £1,007.60 to £1,047.84.

KCC leader Paul Carter said: “We started this journey to save hundreds of millions of pounds in 2010 and, by managing this sensibly, we have already saved more than half a billion pounds over the past six years.

“The government has placed an enormous challenge on us by imposing on local government some of the biggest cuts compared to other parts of the public sector.

“With forward planning and facing the challenge early on we are now in a better position than most. We totally understand that some transformational plans take many years to implement. We are forward-thinking, have made intelligent commissioning decisions and have the situation in hand.

“Despite these huge challenges, we are determined to continue to make Kent a great place to live and work, seeing the population grow and attracting new businesses.”

The council has identified further savings of £75 million for the next financial year, which is on top of savings of more than half a billion pounds made over the last six years.  There is still a little bit more to find before the budget is finalised in February.

Residentws will be asked if they support KCC’s proposed response to the "financial challenge while facing increasing demands and costs for county council services at a time of reduced funding". 

The council is proposing an increase in council tax of 1.99 per cent to contribute to these spending demands, in addition to the 2% social care precept launched by central government last year.