A message from your County Councillor - February 2017

February is always Budget time in local government. This year with cuts to Government grants the Band D Council Tax for Swale residents has gone up by £57 per year. Kent County Council increased their tax by the maximum 1.99% plus 2% for the Social Care levy. The Police and Crime Commissioner put up his precept by £5 and Swale Borough Council by £4.95 per year per household. Swale Borough Council was hoping for a seventh consecutive freeze. A decision by Government to take £805,000 of New Homes Bonus money over the next 3 years from the Borough Council was followed by a late increase in the precept for the Lower Medway Drainage Board of £456,000 for inland flood defenses. These two factors,

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