Kent County Council is to use new powers to increase council tax to help meet costs of caring for vulnerable adults – meaning household bills will rise by 4% this year.
The authority is one of the first to confirm that it intends to use a new right to hike up bills by an extra 2% to raise more money specifically for adult care. That is on top of the proposed 2% general increase in bills the county council has already confirmed residents are likely to face. It means average bills for homes in Band D are set go up from £1,089.99 to £1,133.55 rather than the lower figure of £1,111.77.
Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that councils would be able to set above-inflation care budgets to deal with rising demand. However, social services directors have warned that it was unlikely to meet a growing shortfall caused by rising numbers of vulnerable adults needing help.