Secure Engineering’s Directors were pleased to attend the Kent County Council’s Budget consultation business breakfast debate on 27th November. Held at the impressive County Hall in Maidstone, this event sought to gather the opinions of local business people on how the Council’s budget should be allocated in the future.
Kent County Council currently faces enormous financial challenges, with a limited budget that is due to be reduced. The Government’s austerity measures on public spending have challenged KCC further, to decrease its spending by another £206m over the next three years.
After an insightful introduction from Council leader Paul Carter, KCC invited Kent businesses to join the debate on their financial transformation; to discuss the options to save, and to raise money. Ideas ranged from an increase in council tax, to development of digital facilities, to removal of those services that are seen to be of less value to Kent residents. Attendees were given brief questionnaires, and invited to test out an online budgeting tool to demonstrate their own priorities for the county.
Dave Shipton, KCC’s Head of Financial Strategy says, ‘there is an awful lot that the County Council needs to learn from the business sector as we come to terms with the largest and longest period of contraction in public spending we have ever faced. We need radical solutions to deliver better outcomes for Kent residents and businesses at reduced cost.’
Secure’s Directors were delighted to be a part of this event, and are committed to helping KCC find solutions to their demanding challenges. We look forward to hearing the results of KCC’s research and to attending future events.