Brokenshire Backs Thames Estuary Growth Plans

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP backed the Thames Estuary region’s bold and ambitious vision for the future at an event in Kent. In the keynote speech at the Generating Growth in the Thames Estuary Conference in Northfleet, Gravesend, the Communities Secretary updated on progress against the growth agenda in the Thames Estuary, comparable in…

Brexit – KCC calls for action to keep traffic flowing

Kent County Council has set out its position on the preparedness for effectively implementing Brexit and calls for the Government to take action to better co-ordinate implementation and contingency planning across all national and local partners. Leader of KCC Paul Carter says contingency plans must be put in place to minimise disruption on strategic routes…

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

Kent County Council’s new cabinet line-up announced

Kent County Council has announced its new cabinet following last week’s elections. It comes as the Conservatives retained control of the authority and increased their majority. The group won 67 of the 81 seats with the Liberal Democrats emerging as the official opposition with seven seats. UKIP lost all of the seats it won in…

KCC welcomes extra funding for social care services

An extra £26 million has been given to Kent County Council’s social care services in the Chancellor’s spring budget. The government announced a £2 billion cash injection for care over the next three years – of which Kent County Council will get an additional £26 million in 2017/18. Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter said:…

Kent foster carers thanked by Council Leader

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has personally congratulated a Kent couple who’ve been awarded MBE’s for their services to children in the county. Ron and Rinie Upton have fostered a total of 151 children and were invited to County Hall to discuss their career as foster carers that spans an astonishing 32…

Carter’s Restaurant open for business

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter has opened the refurbished restaurant at Towers School in Ashford which was named after him. Carter’s Restaurant offers students from schools all over Ashford the opportunity to learn hospitality and catering skills as part of their vocational studies. The restaurant is run like a business and it opened to…

£5 million worth of business loans on offer

Kent County Council has announced another £5 million in loans to support businesses in the county, boosting economic growth and job creation. The success of KCC’s Regional Growth Fund has already supported 242 companies in the county with £55 million of loans that have created more than 2,212 jobs, safeguarded a further 1,663 and has been…