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…

KCC acts to tackle financial impact of Covid pandemic

Kent County Council has had to take some difficult decisions in order to balance its budget as it tackles the impact of Covid on its finances. The pandemic has resulted in extra costs this year totalling £96.3million. Although much of this has been offset by central government grants and underspends on activities that could not…

20mph schemes go live in Faversham and Tonbridge

This morning (Friday) Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne officially opened the 20mph town-wide trial zones in Faversham and Tonbridge. In addition, two town centre 20mph schemes in Margate and Tunbridge Wells came into force. The changes around both towns include 20mph road markings and signs as well as signed…

Powerful solution at The Wyvern School

Pupils returning to The Wyvern School in Ashford this term have their electricity supplied by the power of the sun. Kent County Council’s environment champion Susan Carey visited the school to flick the switch for 320 solar panels. Wyvern School is a special school for children with severe, profound, and complex needs that caters for…

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…