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'Money laundering ring' discovered by police

05 June 2019
'Money laundering ring' discovered by police

A suspected money laundering ring discovered by police could have put £5.2m of fake notes into the economy.

Prayers at council meetings 'exclusionary'

04 June 2019
Prayers at council meetings 'exclusionary'

Several councils in Kent still pray at the start of meetings despite a large number of people in the county being non-religious.

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Council 'at fault' after denying disabled woman housing

03 June 2019
Council 'at fault' after denying disabled woman housing

A disabled woman was refused a spot on a council's housing register despite being rendered housebound because her home is not wheelchair accessible.

Council receive community centre petition

31 May 2019
Council receive community centre petition

A petition calling for the replacement of a community centre has been handed to a council.

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Care leavers could be exempt from paying council tax

23 May 2019
Care leavers could be exempt from paying council tax

Care leavers under the age of 25 are one step closer to being exempt from paying council tax.

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Climate change emergency... but it can wait an extra 20 years

23 May 2019
Climate change emergency... but it can wait an extra 20 years

Kent County Council has declared a climate change emergency but has been accused of "letting down" the younger generation after relaxing targets.

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Shutting stroke units in hospitals 'makes no sense'

21 May 2019
Shutting stroke units in hospitals 'makes no sense'

Patients will be "desperately let down" by a changes affecting stroke sufferers, after councillors agreed for three hospital units to close.

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Councils accused of 'off-loading' people into Kent

14 May 2019
Councils accused of 'off-loading' people into Kent

Londoners being moved into Kent are "damaging our towns" according to a councillor, as health experts warn about the dangers of commuter communities.

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Council apologises for 'poor' special needs Ofsted report

08 May 2019
Council apologises for 'poor' special needs Ofsted report

Top officials have admitted children with special educational needs are not getting the services they need following a "distressing" Ofsted report.

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Council leader loses out to local party

03 May 2019
Council leader loses out to local party

A council chief who has been elected for more than a decade has lost his seat to a new local opposition group.

Live: Tunbridge Wells council election results

03 May 2019
Live: Tunbridge Wells council election results

Follow our live blog and click on the interactive map to find out who has been elected in the borough.

Your guide to Kent's local elections

02 May 2019
Your guide to Kent's local elections

There is still time to vote as local elections for councils are held across Kent.

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The most interesting places to cast your ballot

02 May 2019
The most interesting places to cast your ballot

From a pub garden to a gym, here are some of the more obscure places which have become temporary polling stations for local elections.

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Something fishy as sewage plan put on hold

30 April 2019
Something fishy as sewage plan put on hold

A care home’s plans to build a sewerage system has been put on hold after concerns were raised about the potential impact on a trout farm.

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'There's all sorts of reasons why women don't get into politics'

25 April 2019
'There's all sorts of reasons why women don't get into politics'

Only a third of the candidates for the upcoming local elections in Kent are women, prompting calls for councils to improve flexibility at work.

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School children urge council to declare climate emergency

18 April 2019
School children urge council to declare climate emergency

Children as young as eight have addressed councillors to urge them to take serious action against climate change.

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Kent town has 6th highest number of uncontested seats in country

18 April 2019
Kent town has 6th highest number of uncontested seats in country

Before anyone has even stepped foot in a polling station, 24 candidates across the county have already secured their victory.

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'Parents to blame for knife crime'

05 April 2019
'Parents to blame for knife crime'

Councillors have blamed parents for the rise in crime in the county.

'I am not racist'

05 April 2019
'I am not racist'

A Ukip councillor could be struck off the ballot after posting 'revolting' comments on Facebook where she suggested remain voters 'should be hung.'

Knife crime panel sets date for report

04 April 2019
Knife crime panel sets date for report

A new committee on knife crime set up by Kent County Council is expected to deliver its findings in the autumn.

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