Kent County Council faces £239m budget cuts

  • 10 July 2013
  • From the section Kent
County Hall, Maidstone
The Labour opposition says front line services are threatened by budget cuts

Kent County Council has said it needs to save an additional £239m by 2018, following the latest settlement from the government.

It said it would look at a "complete transformation" across the council following the 10% cut in its budget.

The Conservative-led authority said it would continue to look for efficiency savings.

Gordon Cowan, leader of the Labour group said front line services were under threat.

He said: "What front line services have had over the last three years is drastic cuts to them.

"They're now on the bone.

"Now because of the 10% [reduction] from central government that means that they will disappear."

A council spokesman said: "We will continue to look for efficiencies but we also need to look at complete transformation across the council - and with real pace.

"We will focus our investment on what matters most to our residents and businesses."

In May, Paul Carter, leader of the council, said up to £40m could be saved from the adult social care budget without services being affected.

He said the savings would come from a reduction in administration tasks being undertaken by office staff.

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