“We can do this!” – Council Leaders urge Kent to stay strong in COVID lockdown extension

The Government’s decision to extend lockdown will be tough for many in Kent but latest COVID-19 figures show the virus has not gone away, the county’s senior council and health leaders said today. Uniting to acknowledge the impact of maintaining all legal restrictions on social contact for another four weeks will have on Kent communities…

Council leader thanks ‘brilliant volunteers’ for being there ‘when Kent needed you most’

From delivering shopping to clinically vulnerable residents required to shield, to having a socially-distanced doorstep catch-up with someone feeling isolated and anxious in lockdown, volunteers have been unsung heroes of Kent’s response to the pandemic over the past year. Now Kent County Council is taking time in national Volunteers’ Week to say a heartfelt ‘thank…

Dial in for free Brexit business advice

Kent businesses needing help to navigate new trade rules will be able to put their queries directly to experts – including Kent County Council Trading Standards. Hosted by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday’s EU Transition: Ask the Experts’ free zoom webinar, 10.30am-12.30pm, is designed to be highly interactive with the content of the…

Free Brexit advice for Kent businesses

Kent County Council’s Trading Standards Officers are offering free specialist advice to local firms needing help to do business with the EU. The move to provide no-cost regulatory guidance to businesses via a dedicated advice line on 03333 602300 has been made possible thanks to a Kent and Medway Growth Hub grant. Open Monday-Friday (9am-6pm),…

Everyone counts in Census 2021

Kent residents are being reminded the 2021 Census is coming and that it is important to take part because the information it collects helps plan the services, like new hospitals, schools and GP surgeries, we need. The unique survey happens once a decade, providing a snapshot of every person and household in England and Wales.…

Council Tax help for Kent’s most in need

A further £6million of emergency COVID funding will be used to help Kent’s struggling households pay their Council Tax. The move proposed by Kent County Council at last week’s annual Budget meeting, and now approved, means all existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) working-age households will automatically have their 2021-22 Council Tax reduced by £50…

New multi-million fund unveiled to help most in need

A further £10million of emergency funding is being rolled out to continue helping Kent’s most vulnerable households and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, Kent County Council has announced. The Helping Hands Scheme includes a raft of support – ranging from assisting just-managing families with heating bills and helping struggling firms stay afloat, to tackling…