Kent County Council has announced it needs to save £273 million over the next three years, including reducing its wage bill by £24.8m over that period.
BBC Radio Kent has calculated that the £24.8m of staff savings would amount to 7.5% of the council's total current salary spend of £329.34m. This figure is based on the authority’s current workforce of 8,874 staff (full-time equivalent positions), which would mean an estimated loss of 665 jobs.
KCC has announced it is considering a 1.99% council tax rise to offset the cuts by £10m per year. It has proposed cuts of:
- Adolescent services £15.2m
- Adult social care £9m
- Children's centres £2.5m
- Specialist children's services £7.3m
- School transport £6m
- Supporting People £3.4m