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'Life sentences for people trafficking won't work'

02 March 2021
'Life sentences for people trafficking won't work'

The Home Secretary's proposal of life sentences for people smugglers won't work, claims the head of an asylum seeker charity.

Call to cancel this year's Kent Test

01 March 2021
Call to cancel this year's Kent Test

There are calls to scrap this year's Kent Test for children hoping to go to grammar schools due to the disruption to learning caused by lockdown.

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Tory rebels at KCC back in the fold

28 February 2021
Tory rebels at KCC back in the fold

Conservative county councillors who refused to back tax hike have now been reinstated to party.

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Algorithms, roadmaps and rebel Tories' return

26 February 2021
Algorithms, roadmaps and rebel Tories' return

Teacher assessment to replace exams and Boris sets out a cautionary route map - we review the week in politics.

Inflate grades? 'It doesn't pay to do that'

25 February 2021
Inflate grades? 'It doesn't pay to do that'

Teaching unions downplay concerns over grade inflation after the government confirms teacher assessment will be used for pupils' marks.

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Council tax bills would be cut by hundreds under new system

24 February 2021
Council tax bills would be cut by hundreds under new system

A new way of calculating council tax would save hard pressed families hundreds of pounds a year and a campaign group wants it adopted.

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Revealed: Councils count cost of Covid

24 February 2021
Revealed: Councils count cost of Covid

Councils have had to draw millions of pounds from their rainy day funds - and it's feared without help they may be in serious financial trouble.

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'Covid has turned children’s lives upside down'

23 February 2021
'Covid has turned children’s lives upside down'

Education chiefs have warned of soaring numbers of children with mental health conditions.

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Boris plots route out of lockdown

19 February 2021
Boris plots route out of lockdown

Our political editor Paul Francis rounds up the latest goings on at Westminster and Kent County Council headquarters this week.

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Care minister unable to say how much nurse earns

18 February 2021
Care minister unable to say how much nurse earns

Care minister and Kent MP Helen Whately was left stumped during a radio interview in which she was unable to say what a new nurse earned.

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Thousands spent on removing Covid cycle lanes

17 February 2021
Thousands spent on removing Covid cycle lanes

An FOI has revealed Kent County Council's costs for removing unpopular pop-up cycle lanes installed during the coronavirus crisis.

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'Marquees should be used when schools reopen'

16 February 2021
'Marquees should be used when schools reopen'

An academy chief believes classes could be welcomed back more safely by using marquees.

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Kent gets Brexit help from 33 police forces

15 February 2021
Kent gets Brexit help from 33 police forces

There have been very few Brexit queues as police officers from 33 forces come to help out in Kent.

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The 2009 pandemic report and how it compares to the Covid crisis

14 February 2021
The 2009 pandemic report and how it compares to the Covid crisis

A report from more than a decade ago forecast how a pandemic might hit Kent - and its predictions are very accurate.

A tax rise and the Tory revolt that fizzled out

12 February 2021
A tax rise and the Tory revolt that fizzled out

A Tory revolt fails to amount to anything, a hike in council tax and another health shake-up - we round-up this week's political news in Kent.

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Customs site for HGVs at station car park costs £1.8m

11 February 2021
Customs site for HGVs at station car park costs £1.8m

The government is paying hundreds of thousands in rent every month for using a railway station car park for customs checks on cross-Channel lorries.

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Tory councillors suspended from KCC

09 February 2021
Tory councillors suspended from KCC

Two county councillors have lost the party whip over their opposition to a proposed 5% increase in council tax.

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Minister refuses to say how long asylum barracks will be used

08 February 2021
Minister refuses to say how long asylum barracks will be used

A minister has refused to say how long a barracks will be used to house asylum seekers despite mounting criticism and an outbreak of Covid-19.

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Millions spent renting land for Brexit lorry park

07 February 2021
Millions spent renting land for Brexit lorry park

The government has paid the owner of land being used as a Brexit lorry park almost £6m in rent.

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Council polls will go-ahead despite pandemic

05 February 2021
Council polls will go-ahead despite pandemic

County council, crime commissioner and district council polls in Kent will go ahead despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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