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Kent Council’s £305k Brussels Office 4 December 2006

Posted by David in Conservatives, Europe, UKIP.

UKIPKent On Sunday has reported that Kent County Council runs a Brussels office costing £305,000 per year! The UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, attacked the policy although made a gaffe by claiming there would be county council elections next year (there aren’t, only local council elections).

Cllr Alex King, Deputy leader of KCC, claimed the office had secured £100m funding for Kent over the last six years. He failed to point out this money originated in Britain anyway, as the UK contributes more than it receives from the EU.

 KENT County Council has been accused of “squandering” thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on an office in Brussels. New figures show the office in South England House, a few minutes from the European Parliament buildings, costs £306,000 a year. But Cllr Alex King, deputy leader of Kent County Council, said the office had helped bring in £100 million of extra funding over the last six years and is used by other authorities and the South East England Development Agency.

It’s a shame that UKIP had to make such a silly mistake which ruined, for them, a great story to use at next year’s local council elections (even though it’s a county issue). Responding “whoops” probably wasn’t that greater idea either. It will be interesting to see if UKIP uses this article in their campaigning, or whether they return to their long, long, sleepy ‘kip’.



1. James - 7 February 2008

Perhaps the money originated in Britain however without the office it, or at least a significant part (much more than £1,836,000 the cost of the office over 6 years) would not have returned so to criticise the office is illogical. Here we see that David the author has “failed to point out” the other side of the story.

2. son kcc - 29 June 2014

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I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but
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P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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