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Ciaran Duggan, local democracy reporter

Health chief's 'charging for tests' warning

12 October 2021
Health chief's 'charging for tests' warning

The introduction of charges for home Covid test kits is being considered, Kent County Council's public health chief has warned.

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'We need more youth services for mental health crisis'

06 October 2021
'We need more youth services for mental health crisis'

A Kent councillor has said more youth services are needed in the county to cope with a growing mental health crisis among young people.

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'Visa scheme should be extended to Kent'

05 October 2021
'Visa scheme should be extended to Kent'

A work visa scheme should be extended to address an emerging jobs crisis in Kent's farming industry, say local groups.

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Calls for better mental health support

03 October 2021
Calls for better mental health support

The county has seen a 20% rise in demand for mental health services following the pandemic.

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Young people encouraged to take up lorry driving

03 October 2021
Young people encouraged to take up lorry driving

KCC's economic director has suggested young people could help solve driver shortages faced by the haulage industry.

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Labour shortages and price rises hit house building

02 October 2021
Labour shortages and price rises hit house building

The number of homes being built in Kent has stalled as a shortage of skilled workers coupled with rising costs of materials hits the housing sector.

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£50m HQ plan scrapped thanks to pandemic

28 September 2021
£50m HQ plan scrapped thanks to pandemic

A costly plan to redevelop a redundant sorting office into new offices has fallen through with more housing on the cards instead.

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Wedding bookings returning to pre-pandemic levels

22 September 2021
Wedding bookings returning to pre-pandemic levels

Wedding bookings are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels after a busy summer for the industry.

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Covid booster jabs 'go live'

18 September 2021
Covid booster jabs 'go live'

Coronavirus booster jabs are now being rolled out for more than one million Kent residents.

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Calls for Transport for London style scheme in Kent

10 September 2021
Calls for Transport for London style scheme in Kent

An oyster card and more joined up services are wanted by a councillor who is calling for a Transport for London style system in Kent.

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Relief road plans at last given go-ahead

02 September 2021
Relief road plans at last given go-ahead

Controversial plans for a £30 million relief road have now been given the full seal of approval, just in time to make use of a government cashpot.

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Plans for £1.2m cycle lane along coastline make progress

01 September 2021
Plans for £1.2m cycle lane along coastline make progress

Proposals to build an enlarged cycle lane in east Kent which will pass through Ministry of Defence land are progressing "positively", it has emerged.

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Surprise decision over academy and homes plan

20 August 2021
Surprise decision over academy and homes plan

A decision on whether to approve a new academy and 181 homes was dropped at the 11th hour due to new information being presented.

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More than one million to be called for Covid booster jab

16 August 2021
More than one million to be called for Covid booster jab

New plans have been unveiled for the rollout of a coronavirus booster jab for more than one million Kent residents next month.

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Anglers demand reopening of pier as 4k sign petition

27 July 2021
Anglers demand reopening of pier as 4k sign petition

Anglers have called on officials to reopen a pier that's been a popular fishing spot for more than 100 years but has been shut since last March.

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Long trips for patients

22 July 2021
Long trips for patients

Demands have been made to improve hospital travel arrangements for north Kent patients seeking eye care.

Fans urged to take Covid tests ahead of Euro final

08 July 2021
Fans urged to take Covid tests ahead of Euro final

Kent public health bosses have encouraged football fans to get tested ahead of the Euro final as the number of recorded Covid cases steadily rises.

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Multi-million pound boost for buses

30 June 2021
Multi-million pound boost for buses

A £5million Fastrack bus service has been given the go ahead amid the building of thousands of new homes.

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Vow to halve road deaths as devastating figures revealed

29 June 2021
Vow to halve road deaths as devastating figures revealed

Road chiefs have vowed to halve road deaths in the county by 2030 as devastating figures show the impact of crashes on the lives of so many.

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Bodies to get digital autopsies when new facility opens

16 June 2021
Bodies to get digital autopsies when new facility opens

Kent residents who have lost their lives will be inspected with more "dignity" as a modernised digital autopsy facility is created in the county.

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