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  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Jan 20, 2021
    At today's Adult Social Care committee Ida Linfield called on Kent CC to let people recovering from Covid-19 stay for as long as they need to in Kent's 'designated beds' rather than being thrown out after just two weeks.

    There are 80 designated beds in care homes throughout Kent which are for local residents to stay in whilst recovering from Covid. Many of the beds are vacant at the moment, but the stays are limited to only 2 weeks!

    "With nearly half the beds lying vacant, I asked for residents to be able to stay as long as they need, rather than being kicked out after two weeks", said Ida. "Everyone is different, and everyone has different needs whilst recovering from this dreadful disease. Let's treat each person as an individual and help them accordingly."

    The Corporate Director of Adult Social Care agreed to look into this, so watch this space!

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    The failure to purchase private hospital beds is a national scandal

    Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council, reports.

    On Saturday I was saddened to learn that a dear friend had died. She was in her mid eighties but was full of life. She had recently been admitted to hospital for a routine operation. There she had contracted Covid-19 and she subsequently died. I was sad, and I was angry.

  • Kent County Councillor Trudy Dean
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Liberal Democrat councillors warmly welcomed a senior KCC finance officer's statement that Kent County Council has 'consistently contended that council tax differentials are unjustifiable and require reform'. But they were disappointed that Kent's Conservative Administration is not pressing for a fairer system.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Trudy Dean, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children, Young Oersons and Esucation at County Hall, reports

    Kent Liberal Democrats are calling for an improvement to children's lunch boxes after pictures of 'woefully inadequate' food parcels were shared on social media. If schools are unable to meet government standards, then parents should be given vouchers.

  • Trudy
    Article: Jan 9, 2021

    Trudy Dean reports on another surreal moment.

    Just 32 minutes after I asked in a Councillors briefing session on Friday afternoon about cancelling school travel pass payments, and was told Kent CC were not intending to do so, this Press Release appeared. I'm sure it wasn't connected of course, but the world feels difficult to make sense of right now! Anyway, I got the right answer. Eventually.

  • Graham Colley
    Article: Jan 8, 2021

    Kent Liberal Democrats have attacked local Conservative boasts about police funding as "smoke and mirrors" that dress up a potential Council Tax rise as if it were extra funding from the Government.

    Local Conservatives have claimed that "Kent Police is set to receive an additional 19.5 million in its funding, thanks to the Conservative Government's increase to police budgets." However, detailed Home Office figures reveal that the Government is only giving Kent Police an extra £10.1 million for the financial year 2021-22.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jan 4, 2021

    Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats commented on the PM's announcement of a new lockdown:

    "This is the public health policy the Prime Minister should have announced before Christmas, but yet again, Boris Johnson ducked the difficult decisions, failed to listen to experts and acted too late.

    "Just yesterday morning Johnson was telling parents that schools were safe and children should definitely go. Today he is telling us that they must all move to remote learning but without any proper future plan.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2021

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird demand immediate action to stem the spread of the new strain of the Covid-19 virus.

    It makes no sense to close schools in London which is in tier 4, but to keep them open in other tier 4 areas including parts of Kent.

    The Imperial College study of the new strain of the virus, UK B117, shows that it is hugely more infectious. It also shows that cases are highest in children and young people from birth to 19 years right now.

  • Graham Colley
    Article: Dec 29, 2020

    Brexit means that the UK will no longer be a member of 30 EU criminal justice bodies which every day help keep people in Kent and across Europe safe.

    Graham Colley, who has been selected by Kent Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election said: "The country will lose its access to some very important databases. Whilst it will have continued access to others, for example the system which checks fingerprints across the EU, Security cooperation, such as through the Schengen Information System (SIS2), will no longer be based on a "real time" basis. In tracking crime, delay can facilitate escape.

  • M20 Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 21, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    For the past 6 months Kent's Liberal Democrats have been calling for Covid tests for all drivers arriving in Kent from Europe, or better still, before they depart. Back in May our calls were dismissed.

    Ironically, there is now a strong likelihood that the French and Belgian authorities will insist on drivers being tested for Covid before they travel to Europe. The Government is under acute pressure to set up rapid testing units for drivers heading to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. All within the next 24 hours.

  • Young Carer
    Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    At last week's County Council meeting I called on Kent County Council to celebrate the role and contribution of the thousands of young carers who have supported family members through some of the most challenging of circumstances during the past 9 months.

    I was very pleased that both the Chairman and Leader of Kent County Council agreed that the Council would look to participate in the Young Carers' Action Day being organised by The Carers Trust in March.

    I very much hope that we will be able to celebrate our young carers in March and that the County Council will work with partner agencies to ensure that this will be a day when the County as a whole remembers the immense contribution of these remarkable young people.

  • Welcome to Kent - Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 15, 2020

    The Government's failure to control numbers of lorries parked up in Kent could have serious consequences for Kent's residents and businesses

    We are now just two weeks before the end of the Brexit transition period. Regardless of whether the Government reaches any sort of trade deal with Europe, we know that both exporters and importers will be bogged down with time-consuming and costly bureaucracy following the Conservative Government's insistence on leaving the Customs Union.

  • Cllr Martin Cox
    Article: Dec 9, 2020

    As the Leader of the Couincil I would like us all to be encouraging residents to prepare ahead of Thursday 6 May 2021 - the date scheduled for them to have their say in the Borough, County, Police & Crime Commissioner and Parish Council Elections.

    Whilst the elections are six months away, MBC is already making plans to help residents stay safe when casting their vote.

  • Development in Maidstone destined for a future of control through a local plan - not a free for all.
    Article: Dec 8, 2020

    Councillor Clive English, Chairman of the Planning Committee reports that, while the focus has inevitably been on housing sites within the Review of the Local Plan a serious effort is underway within the Council to raise the quality of developments across the Borough. Preliminary work is being undertaken to look at standards for Electric Vehicle Points, Renewable Energy, External Space Standards, Water Efficiency, Vernacular (Local) Design, and Biodiversity amongst other issues. The Council is also looking at ways to bring forward more innovative types of development and developers such as Smaller Local Companies and Co-Housing Projects.

  • Cllr Derek Mortimer
    Article: Dec 8, 2020

    At the meeting of the Communities Housing & Environment Committee (CHE)

    on Tuesday chaired by Lib Dem Cllr Derek Mortimer the committee voted

    unanimously to adopt the RSPCA guidance for councils with regard to

    fireworks and displays.

    Derek said ''The RSPCA has been lobbying councils to help reduce the negative impact of loud fireworks on pets and animals so I was pleased to get this onto the agenda for Maidstone. Fireworks are enjoyable but they do impact upon animals and some vulnerable people and as a dog owner myself I have experienced first hand the stress that pets go through at certain times of the year and I am very pleased the committee fully supported the adoption of the RSPCA campaign".

  • test and trace image
    Article: Dec 8, 2020

    We wanted to make those who are eligeable aware of some support the Council are distributing.

    For those on a low income who are told to self-isolate because of Covid-19 and who cannot work from home, might be able to get a single payment of £500 from Maidstone Borough Council.

    The Council is supporting the government Test and Trace Support Payment scheme and is encouraging people who meet the criteria to apply online.

  • Covid 19 Tier 3 Info Poster
    Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By MBC comms

    Following the government announcement today that Maidstone Borough is set to enter Tier 3 - Very High Alert, as part of the national Covid Winter Plan, Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), is asking everyone to keep pulling together and continue to protect each other and the NHS.

    Tier 3 brings with it different restrictions and will be put in place as the second lockdown ends in England on 2 December. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has introduced a revised three tier system which will be reviewed every 14 days as part of regional approach, and this will last until March 2021.

  • Document: Nov 26, 2020
    98.88 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Poster of Tier 3 issued for 2nd Dec 2020 valid for 14 days.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird have written to Roger Gough, the Leader of KCC, asking for the County Council to provide Free School Meal Vouchers during the forthcoming Christmas holidays.

    The letter follows on by the call by Trudy Dean, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children, Young Persons and Education at County Hall, for Free School Meals to be provided to all eligible children throughout the year, not just at term time.

    The County Council stepped in at short notice to provide Free School Meal vouchers during the recent half-term. Medway Council did the same. Previously, the Government voted down an Opposition motion calling for Free School Meals to be provided during the school holidays. None of Kent & Medway's Conservative MPs supported the motion.

    The KCC vouchers were provided for almost 20,000 eligible children in Kent. Sadly, close to 30,000 more children missed out, though some will have been supported by foodbanks and other local organisations.

    We very much hope that KCC will provide vouchers for the Christmas holidays and many more eligible children will benefit from the scheme.

    The letter sent to Roger Gough is reproduced below.

  • Trudy
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Kent County Council is being urged to commit to providing free school meals in all school holidays as a way of tackling not just hunger in poorer children, but also to help improve their success in learning at school.

    Around 50,000 children in Kent are entitled to get free school meals, but around one in five do not claim them. These children are missing out not just on a good meal, but also on money for their school learning. A child registered to receive free school meals also benefits from a much less well known annual payment of around £1,300 per primary pupil, and over £900 per secondary pupil, known as the Pupil Premium. Paid for by Government direct to the schools, it is aimed at giving extra help with school work to children from poorer families. It can help provide computers, books or trips out which parents might not be able to afford.