Kent County Council faces £239m budget cuts

  • 10 July 2013
  • From the section Kent
County Hall, Maidstone
Image caption 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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