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Community hubs supported as 2021/22 budget agreed

Despite the financial challenges COVID has presented F&HDC has managed to balance its finances whilst supporting the most vulnerable during the pandemic and protecting frontline services.

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A meeting of full council last night (Wednesday 24 February) set out the budget and council tax level for the year ahead after considering capital and revenue budgets.

The district's three community hubs, which have provided essential help for those isolating, will receive continued financial support of £80k. Frontline services will continue to be protected to support residents and there will be no annual increase to parking charges.

Councillors agreed to a 1.99 per cent rise in Council Tax for 2021/22. This means that the average annual district council element of the council tax at band D will increase by just £5.34 to £273.72, which is an increase of 10p a week.

The final bill that people receive will also show the costs of services for Kent County Council, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, and for town and parish councils.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council Leader Cllr David Monk said: "I am delighted that we are continuing to fund the important work of the district's community hubs. The pandemic has been really tough for everyone and we need to make sure that the most vulnerable and those shielding can receive support - particularly if they are without family and friends to help them.

"It's been a difficult year for everyone but we've successfully managed to balance loss of funds from parking and other income with protecting our vital frontline services. I am really pleased that we have managed to achieve this and that we are in quite a good position in comparison with other authorities."

Date published: 25 February 2021

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