Kent

Kent county councillors vote for 1.99% council tax rise

A council tax rise of 1.99% has been voted through by Kent County Council.

The increase, the first in three years, will mean mean an average £30 a year extra on a band D property from April.

Fifty county councillors voted in favour of the plans, 24 voted against them and six abstained.

The authority said the increase would raise an additional £10m to help it manage further cuts in government grants.

The UK's inflation rate currently stands at 2.7%.

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