£60 hike in Young Persons Travel Pass as KENT County Council slashes budgets once more.

February 13, 2019 4:50 PM

The government has given KCC £28 million to prepare for Brexit. But for all other services , the Conservative Government has cut Conservative KCC grant for services in 2019/20 from £37m to £9m and service cuts are being made as a result.

The Young Persons Travel Pass will soar from £290 to £350pa for travel to school for secondary pupils.

A £400 contribution for travel to school is being introduced for the first time for children over 16 with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

Subsidised bus services are being cut , threatening the number 58 route, our only bus link to Maidstone Hospital.

£555,000 cut in Library opening hours. Larkfield from 42 to 37 hours and at West Malling from 40 to 25 hours per week.

£1 million income from charging for the disposal of plaster board and bricks at Tip sites. Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council will start charging £35 for the collection of green waste with this year's new contract.

£100,000 cut in verge cutting, maintenance of bollards and lit signs.

£8,800,000 of savings, and £2,000,000 from the Kings Hill Reserve are being used to balance the budget. Officers warn that KCC can only afford two more years of using up reserves in this way.

£71 million additional income will come from a KCC Council Tax increase of 5%.