Budget Consultation 2023-24

Kent County Council (KCC) provides a wide range of services to Kent communities, spending over £1.8 billion annually. We are very aware that these services, whether they are statutory (the services we must provide) or discretionary (the ones we can choose to provide) are highly valued by our communities.

However, as in recent years, we know we will have to make some difficult decisions during the setting of the 2023-24 budget to ensure resources continue to be prioritised and money is directed to where it is needed most.

We totally understand that everyone in Kent is currently dealing with a very concerning rise in the cost of living. But the deep-felt impacts of rising inflation, followed swiftly off the back of the punishing pandemic, is also presenting KCC with significant financial challenges.

As we plan our spending for the year ahead we need to hear your views on our Council Tax proposals and your ideas for how we might make further savings.

Have your say

As always, your feedback is important to us. This year there are two ways you can get involved and tell us your views:

We recommend that you read the consultation document which is available in the Documents section.

Your responses will be considered by Councillors at their Cabinet Committee and Cabinet meetings taking place throughout January 2023 before the budget is debated at and approved by County Council in February 2023.

How we spend our annual revenue budget

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

Donut chart with a pound coin in the middle

No
Service
Amount
1Adults and older people£35
2Children's social care£12
3Children's other services£9
4Borrowing costs£8
5Management, support services and overheads£7
6Transport services£5
7Schools and high needs£5
8Waste services£5
9Public health£4
10Highways£3
11Other direct services to the public£2
12Community services£2
13Operational premises£2
14Schools' services£1


How we are funded

Council Tax currently funds almost half (46%) of our total spending budget (excluding schools), and this increases to just under 70% if you exclude spending that is directly funded from the income from service users and grants provided for a specific purpose, so it is a significant funding source for the services we provide.

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:

Donut chart with a stack of pound coins and a tick in the middle.

NoFundingAmount
1Council Tax£46
2Grants (ring-fenced for a specific purpose)£19
3Grants (un-ring-fenced)£16
4Income from service users
£16
5Business Rates£3


Kent County Council (KCC) provides a wide range of services to Kent communities, spending over £1.8 billion annually. We are very aware that these services, whether they are statutory (the services we must provide) or discretionary (the ones we can choose to provide) are highly valued by our communities.

However, as in recent years, we know we will have to make some difficult decisions during the setting of the 2023-24 budget to ensure resources continue to be prioritised and money is directed to where it is needed most.

We totally understand that everyone in Kent is currently dealing with a very concerning rise in the cost of living. But the deep-felt impacts of rising inflation, followed swiftly off the back of the punishing pandemic, is also presenting KCC with significant financial challenges.

As we plan our spending for the year ahead we need to hear your views on our Council Tax proposals and your ideas for how we might make further savings.

Have your say

As always, your feedback is important to us. This year there are two ways you can get involved and tell us your views:

We recommend that you read the consultation document which is available in the Documents section.

Your responses will be considered by Councillors at their Cabinet Committee and Cabinet meetings taking place throughout January 2023 before the budget is debated at and approved by County Council in February 2023.

How we spend our annual revenue budget

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

Donut chart with a pound coin in the middle

No
Service
Amount
1Adults and older people£35
2Children's social care£12
3Children's other services£9
4Borrowing costs£8
5Management, support services and overheads£7
6Transport services£5
7Schools and high needs£5
8Waste services£5
9Public health£4
10Highways£3
11Other direct services to the public£2
12Community services£2
13Operational premises£2
14Schools' services£1


How we are funded

Council Tax currently funds almost half (46%) of our total spending budget (excluding schools), and this increases to just under 70% if you exclude spending that is directly funded from the income from service users and grants provided for a specific purpose, so it is a significant funding source for the services we provide.

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:

Donut chart with a stack of pound coins and a tick in the middle.

NoFundingAmount
1Council Tax£46
2Grants (ring-fenced for a specific purpose)£19
3Grants (un-ring-fenced)£16
4Income from service users
£16
5Business Rates£3


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The financial outlook for Kent County Council (KCC) remains uncertain and we are having to plan for a number of potential scenarios. The combination of the lasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, rising inflation on council spending and as yet no indication of additional financial support from the Government is adding significant increased risk to the Council’s ability to balance the budget. 

    The most probable scenario is that even with Council Tax increases, like in the previous 12 years, the Council will have to find further savings from reducing spending and/or increasing income. Without Council Tax increases these savings would have to be even greater.  

    We recommend you read the Consultation Document before responding to this questionnaire. 

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