Families reminded to register all eligible children and young people for Free School Meals ahead of the May half-term holidays

Parents and carers whose children may be eligible to receive Free School Meals due to the family’s financial circumstances are being urged to apply for them ahead of the upcoming May school holidays, even if their child is in Years R, 1 or 2. The Government announced this month that it was extending its grant…

KCC welcomes the landmark Domestic Abuse Act

Kent County Council (KCC) has welcomed the government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Act which gives victims and survivors of domestic abuse and their children greater protections under law. The new Act means that councils across England will have the legal duty to support adults and victims fleeing their homes in safe accommodation and supports access to…

KCC Chairman presents fundraising cheque to homeless charity

The Chairman of Kent County Council, Mr Graham Gibbens, presented a cheque to Rachel van Hoven from Porchlight in Canterbury for £5,715 which he has raised over the last 12 months. The Chairman nominated Porchlight as his charity for the year in June 2020 and has carried out several fundraising activities during his year, including…

Blue Badge belonged to deceased husband

A woman who displayed a Blue Badge issued to her late husband has appeared in court. Patricia Edmed (69), of Longacre Drive, Ashford, admitted the offence of fraud by false representation and possession of articles in the use of fraud at Folkestone Magistrates Court on Monday 17 May. On 16 September 2019, Mrs Edmed parked…

Kent Fostering – “An amazing service to work for”.

Kent County Council (KCC) is backing the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (10-23 May), the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. The council needs to recruit 120 new households to provide day-to-day support, love and stability to vulnerable children and young people who cannot live with their birth families or offer a struggling parent…

Council leader unveils his new Cabinet

The Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough, has announced the appointment of his new top team following the local elections on May 6. The new cabinet members appointed today (Friday) are, in alphabetical order: Clair Bell – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health David Brazier – Cabinet Member for Highways and…

Answering just three questions could help Kent County Council find a further £206m of saving over the next three years.

Conservatives still in control after KCC elections

Results for all the 80 seats contested in the KCC elections held yesterday (Thursday) are now complete. The Conservatives have retained control but with a reduced majority – currently 61 compared with 63 previously. The poll for the Elham Valley division was cancelled due to the death of a candidate after the election was called,…