I got to spend the last week (mainly working) at Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth.
Although the day job is standing in a 2m x 2m exhibition stand for 4 days, you get to have a lot of conversations and catch-up with people from across the country on other things too!
Folkestone & Hythe are no worse placed than most, and actually better placed than many. However Government continues not to make things easier by changing the rules all the time, but without telling Councils in advance their forward funding for a few years.
Councils remain obliged to budget for the next 4 years, but without the Government giving an advance idea of the funding available through that period. You are most of the way into preparing next years budget before you have confirmed (in November or December) the assumptions on which that basis is formed - and nothing at all for the years beyond that. You make informed guesses, but that's all it is: guessing with style.
Madness? Yes. But it ain't my circus, and they ain't my clowns...