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Manston no longer needed says DfT

08 March 2021
Manston no longer needed says DfT

The Department for Transport says it will not be maintaining Manston airport as an emergency lorry park after its six-month contract ends.

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'I quit' - Farage ends his political career

07 March 2021
'I quit' - Farage ends his political career

Our political editor takes a look back as Nigel Farage pulls down the curtain on his political career.

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Calls grow for council tax reform

07 March 2021
Calls grow for council tax reform

Council tax bills are soaring as authorities struggle to balance the books but is there any other way of raising money? We look at the options.

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Budget backlash and pothole blitz

05 March 2021
Budget backlash and pothole blitz

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

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Political analysis of Rishi Sunak's budget

03 March 2021
Political analysis of Rishi Sunak's budget

Our political editor Paul Francis gives his analysis of the Chancellor's 2021 budget.

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Chancellor backs Thames free port plan

03 March 2021
Chancellor backs Thames free port plan

Thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment are promised under plans to create a new free port in The Thames.

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'Children should not mingle outside school gates'

03 March 2021
'Children should not mingle outside school gates'

Kent Police has written to schools in one area of Kent urging them to ensure children do not breach Covid restrictions when they return to school.

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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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