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A budget for the vulnerable

The cost of care for young and old takes two-thirds of the Council's budget.

Kingston Council has passed a Conservative budget for 2017/18 which is designed to support and protect the vulnerable. In the budget for next year, all the increase will effectively go towards adult social care.

Government gives Kingston just £32 per head - near-by councils receive three times this

Basic council tax will increase by just under 2% and the social care precept by 3%. Kevin Davis, Council Leader, admits that this was not an easy decision, but pressure for services is growing, just as Kingston receives less cash from Westminster, and so the Council has to find other ways of funding these essential services.

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Council tenants more satisfied under Conservatives

Housing survey
You can read more about the state of Kingston's social housing in the Council's Housing Report

Residents in Kingston are more satisfied with the housing service provided by the Council as a landlord than they were under the previous Lib Dem administration, a recent survey has found.

When the Lib Dem administration first introduced the STAR survey for residents in the social housing sector in 2012, Kingston was found to be underperforming. Recently overall satisfaction with Kingston's housing service has risen by four points to 73%, underlining the improvements that the Conservatives have made since replacing the Lib Dems.

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Lib Dems would not upgrade libraries

New Malden Library
Lib Dems think spending on libraries is wrong!

Conservative-run Kingston is transforming all of its libraries by installing new technology and creating flexible community spaces.

But, as reported in the Surrey Comet, Lib Dem leader Liz Green criticised the move as “an awful amount of money when we don’t have it” and suggested that the Lib Dems wouldn't have made the investment.

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