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  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Ida Linfield

    Period poverty is finally getting the publicity it deserves with several councils over the country offering free sanitary products to their local residents.

    Kent County Council has a statutory duty to look after young women as they leave care and move into adulthood and has ultimate responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

    Periods on average cost these young women £10 a month and many in Canterbury are having to resort to using toilet paper or newspaper, or take sick leave. And this is in the 21st century! In Canterbury you can access products from our excellent Food Bank, a service I'm pleased to support in a small way via my members grant.

    So this week I asked Graham Gibbens, the County Council Cabinet Member who would take the relevant decision, what steps he is taking to sort out period poverty for women aged from 14-21. I'm delighted to report that Kent CC is working with schools, but not everyone is at school and everyone else's needs were completely ignored in his answer - unless you live in Thanet where providing protection will be part of a "trial". One trial for the whole of Kent!!!

    I don't believe this is good enough - to end period poverty KCC should stand up to the mark and provide products without delay in libraries and community centres for local residents throughout the County and not rely on local charities doing the job for them.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Dec 6, 2018
    • Food supplies disrupted as safety testing becomes impossible
    • Schools, social care, transport and business will face severe disruption
    • County Council forced to spend over £20 million on reinforcing Kent's roads and hundreds of thousands of pounds to employ more staff to cope with chaos

    The true impact of a catastrophic no deal Brexit has been laid bare in a report published on Wednesday detailing Kent County Council's emergency plans.

  • Compaid Bus Service
    Article: Nov 23, 2018

    The Detling bus service is operated on behalf of Kent County Council by Compaid and provides a Monday-Friday service between Detling village and Maidstone via Vintners Park.

    The bus stops at the Crematorium and the Chiltern Hundreds pub on the way to its final destination in King Street in Maidstone. The service consists of four journeys per day starting from 09.45AM after having dropped school pupils off at Five Acre Wood School in Maidstone and finishing at 2.30PM in time for the bus to collect the pupils from the school and take them home again.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Nov 21, 2018

    Wera Hobhouse's speech to the County Councils' Network on Tuesday 20th November

    Wera Hobhouse is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath and Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government.

    Good afternoon everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with you all at the County Councils' Network Conference.

    The 12 months since you last came together in Marlow, have been a mixed bag for local government as a whole. One can argue it has been harsher on the counties than other local authorities. The events in Northamptonshire have been a stark warning to all.

  • Green Sand ridge - Bought0n Monchelsea
    Article: Nov 14, 2018
    By Brian Clark

    Lib Dems seek National Protection for Greensand Ridge and Maidstone borough's "Landscapes of Local Value" sites

    Lib Dem Maidstone Borough Councillor Brian Clark has successfully gained cross party support for a proposal to strengthen the "Landscape of Local Value" sites identified in Maidstone's Local Plan, and progress a Lib Dem initiative spearheaded by Cllr Tony Harwood to gain "Area of National Beauty" (ANOB) designation for the wildlife rich Greensand Ridge. At November's Strategic Planning and Sustainable Transport (SPST) committee meeting, Maidstone Council officers recommended that the committee consider AONB 'sub-tier' protection for the Greensand Ridge but Cllr Clark, in seeking to progress his group's determination to gain greater countryside protection, proposed that the borough instead seek full ANOB status for site.

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