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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Kent Liberal Democrats set out key priorities for next County Council

March 1, 2021 9:37 PM
By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

Last month's Conservative budget was not good enough for the people of Kent, and not good enough for Kent.

The Liberal Democrats demand better. Rob at CH

Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now, as we begin to emerge from the lockdown, we need to help those most affected by the pandemic and lockdown. At the same time, we need a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.

Kent County Council needs to help lead this recovery and help make Kent a better place to live for all generations.

The Liberal Democrats are committed to caring for our community, our environment and for you.

We have established six key priorities for the coming years:

Improving care provision, especially for the most vulnerable and those with disabilities

Protecting our precious green spaces, improving air quality and nurturing biodiversity

Working to help ensure that every child can go to a good school, pre-school or college

Promoting better physical and mental health and wellbeing from cradle to grave

Making our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

Restoring and improving public transport systems

It should come as no surprise that last month the Liberal Democrats voted against the Conservative budget for Kent County Council for the coming year.

This was a miserable budget for Kent's residents.

  • The Conservative councillors pushed through a maximum 4.99% increase in Council Tax, even though they recognised this would be unaffordable for many households struggling to make ends meet.
  • It was high risk budget and clearly not sustainable. Significant further service cuts are in the pipeline, but the Tories have no intention of announcing these ahead of the elections. They wouldn't even confirm that they would re-open all Kent's libraries.
  • There was minimal detail given on how the Conservatives propose to improve council services and, crucially, to help with the recovery from Covid. No doubt there will be a few announcements ahead of May's County Council elections. Indeed, two rabbits came out of the Tory hat during the Budget meeting. But if the Conservatives are serious about planning to support the recovery, they should have put firm proposals in their budget.

This Conservative budget was not good enough for the people of Kent, and not good enough for Kent. The Liberal Democrats demand better and will do better.

You can learn more about the Liberal Democrats' key priorities by clicking here.