Spending on local services in Kent is set to increase as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.
Kent County Council’s budget has been set at just over £1.1 billion for the next financial year – an increase of £57 million from last year’s budget.
Councillors and volunteers are playing a crucial role in our response to the pandemic. I’m glad our local council services in Kent are getting a much-needed funding boost.
The increase in funding will help KCC continue delivering frontline services and supporting communities during this difficult time – from social care to support for children.
Speaking to local councillors, I know just how tough it has been to keep local services going in the face on increased demand, with less money coming in from local revenue sources like car parks and leisure centres.
Councils across the country will a receive a share of £51.2 billion from the local government finance settlement for the financial year 2021/22 – up £2.2 billion on last year.
The funding allocations mean KCC will see a 5.5% increase in its budget from central government, which will help people in every part of Kent.
Thank you to all our local councillors and council staff who are helping people get through this difficult time.