Council Leader calls on Home Secretary to intervene to stop unaccompanied children crisis engulfing Children’s Services in Kent

Kent County Council (KCC) Leader, Roger Gough has written to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel this morning seeking “immediate help with resolving the crisis that is engulfing services for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC)” outlined as “a burden currently being borne almost exclusively by Kent County Council”. After trying for some time without success to work…

Public asked to avoid county’s hotspots

With the warm weather expected to continue for the next few days, KCC has expressed serious concerns about members of the public flocking to the county’s most popular attractions and beauty spots, without taking enough notice of the appropriate Covid safety measures. The government’s priority is to save lives and says the best way to…

Over 26,000 slots booked for HWRCs

Kent’s residents have made full use of the new booking system for the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Over 26,000 slots were booked for the first nine days of availability with new slots being released a day at a time to maintain the nine-day window. Over 11,000 visits were made to Kent’s 18 HWRCs in…

Death registration process is streamlined

Changes introduced by the government to streamline the death registration process during the current lockdown have been successfully implemented and had a positive impact on the service in Kent. Ensuring death registrations are completed effectively is a necessary part of our society and like everything this has had to adapt to the changes required as…

Kent Kindness and Support for Mental Health Awareness Week

Kent and Medway residents are being reminded of support services available during COVID-19 as Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) highlights the theme of kindness. Health partners and providers, local authorities, emergency services and community groups across the county are working together to provide local support services to help people’s mental wellbeing during the ongoing…

HWRCs reopen today – book and know the rules

The majority of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) reopen today (Friday) for those who have booked a slot. Strict new rules are in place to not only protect staff but those using one of the county’s 18 HWRC sites as well. Since Wednesday, over 15,000 people have booked a slot either online…

Waste & Recycling sites – booking Wednesday, open Friday

Booking to use Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres starts tomorrow (Wednesday). People can book a slot either online at www.kent.gov.uk/hwrcbook or by phone on 03000 417373 from 11am on Wednesday. Depending on demand, you may be placed into a virtual queue. Government advice about essential visits to HWRCs is that journeys must only…