New #YouCanAdopt campaign launches in Kent to debunk the myths on adoption and highlight the number of children looking for a new family

A new nationwide campaign, #YouCanAdopt, is being launched Kent to dispel myths around who is eligible to adopt and encourage more people to consider adoption The number of adoptions in England has fallen by a third in four years but almost 3,000 children in England are still waiting to find their new family* Independent research…

Junction improvement consultation for Blue Bell Hill

A junction improvement scheme for the A229 Blue Bell Hill goes out to consultation today (Tuesday). The dual carriageway, which runs between Junction 6 of the M20 in Maidstone and Junction 3 of the M2 at Blue Bell Hill village, is a key link between the M20 and M2, as well as between Maidstone and…

Employment Task Force “kickstarted” for action

As the local economy emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown, a Kent & Medway Employment Task Force has been launched bringing together senior figures from the public and private sectors to support local people without a job into work. Close links have already been forged with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus, responsible…

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Kent Leader announces “we cannot safely meet our statutory duty” as council reaches capacity for the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Kent County Council (KCC) Leader, Roger Gough and Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services have announced that, despite efforts to work with the Home Office, and the county council’s many appeals for support from other UK Local Authorities, Kent has today reached the limit of safe capacity to care for new arrivals of…

Entries open for Try Angle Awards 2020-21

Do you know a young person who really tries to do their best? Have you noticed examples of excellence and exceptional achievements from a young person during the difficult period of COVID-19 lockdown this year? If so, perhaps their efforts should be rewarded by recognition at the annual Try Angle Awards organised by KCC. The…

Can you help a lonely person for Loneliness Awareness Week? 

Kent County Council (KCC) is supporting Loneliness Awareness Week (15 – 19 June), a national awareness raising campaign hosted by The Marmalade Trust and is calling on residents to help ease loneliness and isolation in Kent communities. Problems relating to social isolation and loneliness have never been more relevant than during the current COVID-19 pandemic.…

Leader welcomes government commitment to ease immediate child migrant crisis in Kent.

A government commitment to increase funding and support for the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in Kent has been welcomed by Kent County Council (KCC) Leader, Roger Gough although several long-term issues still require resolution. Mr. Gough’s direct appeals to central government for intervention have resulted in a personal commitment from Chris Philp MP,…

Council Leader calls on Home Secretary to intervene to stop unaccompanied children crisis engulfing Children’s Services in Kent

Kent County Council (KCC) Leader, Roger Gough has written to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel this morning seeking “immediate help with resolving the crisis that is engulfing services for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC)” outlined as “a burden currently being borne almost exclusively by Kent County Council”. After trying for some time without success to work…