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Day of reckoning for Kent County Council

Frontline services could face 'unpalatable' cuts next year, the leader of Kent County Council has warned.

The local authority says it needs to find more than £75m to balance its budget.

A six week consultation is being launched today.

A six week consultation on budget plans is launched today Credit: ITV Meridian

"KCC has done extraordinarily well in making public money go a lot further and our budget has decreased substantially over the last four years while the pressure for services has risen dramatically.

"The population is growing, there are more elderly people who need help and support and more young people with high educational needs than ever before.

"There are unprecedented pressures on our budget and yet we are spending less money."

– Paul Carter, Leader of KCC