The 2023/24 budget, approved by Folkestone and Hythe District Council last week (22 February), will see £17.2m spent on core council services and projects.

Council Leader Cllr David Monk said: “We continue to deliver high-quality services for our residents and businesses despite the challenging financial climate.

“This budget achieves a crucial balance of financial prudence and spending on ambitious projects which will be transformative for our extraordinary district.”

The 2023/2024 budget will ensure the council continues to deliver services including:

  • Collecting household rubbish, recycling and food waste
  • Enforcing environmental crime including dog fouling and fly-tipping
  • Providing support to homeless households
  • Processing planning applications
  • Maintaining parks and gardens

However, Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s portion of council tax equates to just 16% of residents’ total bill which includes local Parish precepts.

It equates to an increase of 2.97% (equivalent to less than 20p a week for an average Band D property) for 2023/24 but the Kent County Council rise of just under 5% will mean a heftier increase of £73 a year ( £1.40 a week for average Band D properties).

By Ed

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