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…

Government reviews nursery funding guidance during lockdown after KCC letter

UPDATE PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021: Government guidance has been updated after Kent County Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families expressing concern over early years funding during lockdown. Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:…

KCC “disappointed” with Swale council funding decision

Kent County Council has expressed its disappointment at Swale Borough Council’s decision to oppose £38 million of government cash for local road improvements. Swale Borough Council announced last week that it had decided not to support money earmarked by government for infrastructure improvements to support the Swale Local Plan, adopted by the borough council in…

EMPOWERing individuals & communities to manage their own CARE

The EMPOWERCARE project has been awarded more than 4 million euros of European Regional Development Funding via the Interreg VA 2Seas programme. The project, involving 13 partners from the UK, Netherlands, France and Belgium, aims to fully involve older people in decisions concerning their own health and wellbeing, and provide the right support to enable…

Extra funding for local government

The Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter has welcomed the extra funding for local government announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The final settlement has seen £150 million of additional resources allocated to local authorities across the UK, of which £3.9m will go to social care in Kent. Mr Carter said: “This funding, secured…