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Controversial recycling centre gets green light

15 July 2020
Controversial recycling centre gets green light

Plans to build a recycling centre have been given the go ahead despite numerous objections.

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Theatre hopeful of 'brighter future' after council steps in

10 July 2020
Theatre hopeful of 'brighter future' after council steps in

A much-loved venue under financial strain because of coronavirus has received a hefty council boost.

Leisure centre staff face redundancies after bailout loan refusal

10 July 2020
Leisure centre staff face redundancies after bailout loan refusal

A cash-strapped leisure trust faces significant job losses after a Kent council's cabinet refused to approve an emergency bailout loan of £120,000.

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Fears over September restart for pupils

10 July 2020
Fears over September restart for pupils

Fears have been expressed by education bosses over a potential surge in the number of "disaffected" pupils not returning to school in September.

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Scholarship for £25,000 to be awarded to medical student

08 July 2020
Scholarship for £25,000 to be awarded to medical student

A council has stepped in to fund a scholarship for a student wishing to study at the county's only medical school.

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Calls to 'pick up' children who miss out on free school meals

08 July 2020
Calls to 'pick up' children who miss out on free school meals

There are fears children will miss out on free school meals if their parents are made redundant in the next few weeks.

Health planners warned in 2016 about PPE shortage

07 July 2020
Health planners warned in 2016 about PPE shortage

Health planners were warned in October 2016 about PPE shortages and were told a pandemic posed a "significant threat" to Kent.

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Council 'should not sell family silver'

06 July 2020
Council 'should not sell family silver'

A council has faced warnings against selling £1m of assets to bridge a £4.6m cash deficit because of coronavirus

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Storm and flood repairs cost taxpayer £5m

02 July 2020
Storm and flood repairs cost taxpayer £5m

An 18-month trial to help decide the best way to tackle flooding is to be carried out by Kent County Council.

Third of councillors could be axed

01 July 2020
Third of councillors could be axed

A Kent council could axe a third of its councillors to save £1 million as it faces up to a bleak financial future.

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Covid-19 could leave councils £245m short

01 July 2020
Covid-19 could leave councils £245m short

Calls have been made to the government to help fill a £245m deficit across 14 councils in the county.

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Fruit-picking robots could solve jobs crisis

30 June 2020
Fruit-picking robots could solve jobs crisis

A Kent farm boss says fruit-picking robots could solve the industry's jobs crisis.

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Two more councillors reject pay increase

25 June 2020
Two more councillors reject pay increase

Two more councillors have written to the council to turn down the 4.2% rise in their allowance.

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'Budget could be more challenging than austerity years'

23 June 2020
'Budget could be more challenging than austerity years'

Up to £130 million of savings could be needed by the council over the next three years due to the pressures of the coronavirus.

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Young migrant 'burden' on taxpayer to be shared

22 June 2020
Young migrant 'burden' on taxpayer to be shared

Asylum-seeking children have been transferred from Kent to be cared for by other local authorities for the first time in more than two years.

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Kent Test delay 'disappointing'

22 June 2020
Kent Test delay 'disappointing'

Delay fails to bridge gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have been tutored during lockdown says councillor.

Pay rise turned down by councillor

19 June 2020
Pay rise turned down by councillor

A councillor has turned down her 4.2% pay rise because accepting it makes her "uncomfortable" in the current economic climate.

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'Council need to get a grip over school meals'

18 June 2020
'Council need to get a grip over school meals'

At least 24 Kent schools have been unable to obtain free school meal vouchers online during the pandemic.

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Council members get 4.2% pay increase

17 June 2020
Council members get 4.2% pay increase

A controversial pay increase of more than 4% for councillors has been approved.

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'We don't want Kent on lockdown'

17 June 2020
'We don't want Kent on lockdown'

Fears of a second coronavirus wave have sparked calls to make sure any further lockdowns will not be countywide.

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