Last Updated: 19 Feb 2020 9:48am
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council last night (18 Feb) approved the borough’s budget and council tax level for the coming year.
A meeting of the full council voted to increase the borough’s share of bills by £5 a year, or 10p a week. The 2.4% rise will see the bill for services, such as waste collection, parks, environmental health and planning, for a typical band D home increase from £209.50 a year to £214.50 from April 2020.
In addition to day-to-day services, the budget will also fund a range of major projects for the coming year, including leisure centre improvements, recycling schemes, flood defences in Tonbridge and a strategy to help combat climate change.
Funding for other public bodies in Kent account for 89% of bills. They are collected by the borough council and have been set at the following levels:
Band D home
% of bill
Kent County Council
Tonbridge & Malling BC
Kent Fire and Rescue
Parish Councils (average)
Tonbridge and Malling’s income from council tax for the year from April 2020 is forecast to be £11 million. In addition, it is due to receive government core funding and a grant to support housing growth totalling £5.7 million. The council’s core funding has decreased by around 65% since 2011 and is lower than all other borough councils in Kent.
Nicolas Heslop, Leader of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council said: “Against a backdrop of shrinking funding from central government we are driving down our costs and delivering services more efficiently. We have reduced our overheads by nearly three million pounds since 2016 and will continue to do so while also investing in areas that people care about, including a new climate change strategy which will be a major priority for the years ahead.”