Winter wonderland for disabled children and young people

A disabled children’s resource centre in Herne Bay was transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink and Santa’s Grotto. Children with disabilities used specially-adapted wheelchairs to skate on the ice, and there were fun push-along penguin ‘skate aids’ available for disabled children without wheelchairs to help them skate around the rink at Windchimes,…

Senior citizen and disabled bus pass changes

The opportunity that allowed free bus travel before 9.30am during the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end next month. Kent County Council offered disabled and older people the chance to use their pass for free travel before 9.30am to take advantage of dedicated shopping slots. After the switch on August 30, holders of the…

Blue badge cheat faces £750 bill after Counter Fraud Team prosecution

Kent County Council’s Counter Fraud Team has secured its first prosecution as it cracks down on blue badge misuse in the county. Laura Halford, of Watling Street, Dartford, appeared before magistrates where she admitted fraudulently using her grandmother’s blue badge to park in disabled parking spaces. The 31-year-old was handed a three-year conditional discharge and…

Blue badge enforcement day

A blue badge enforcement day has been held to crack down on incorrect and fraudulent use of the disability scheme. Run by Kent County Council’s internal audit team and Dover District Council’s Civil Enforcement Team, it was held on Thursday, September 17 in Dover and Deal. Throughout the day, 41 drivers were spoken to with…