Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy

Kent County Council’s Environment and Transport Committee will next week be discussing an ambitious strategy to make Kent carbon neutral. The draft Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy, if agreed at the committee meeting, is due to go out for public consultation in early June. The strategy aims to create actions to eliminate…

Special Kent Conference for Mental Health Awareness Week

A suicide prevention conference has been held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, bringing together organisations from across Kent including local authorities, health providers, emergency services, community groups, charities and the private sector. Led by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) of which KCC is a partner, the ‘Release the Pressure’…

Change a future this Foster Care Fortnight

Kent County Council (KCC) is looking to recruit 150 new foster carers to provide loving homes to vulnerable children in the county. The council is backing the national recruitment campaign Foster Care Fortnight 2019 (May 13 – 26) and calling on residents to get in touch to find out how they can change a child’s…

Public Protection team bids for share of Tesco community fund

KCC’s Public Protection team is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to help safeguard vulnerable people from telephone scammers. Tesco teamed up with the charity Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which provides grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 for local community projects. Three groups in…

Swift actions taken and improvements planned in response to SEND inspection

Swift actions have already been taken to improve care for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), following a critical letter from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and the CQC (Care Quality Commission). Kent County Council and the NHS are working together on a joint strategy to improve care…

KCC supports music festival for people with disabilities

Kent County Council has pledged £2,000 to support an accessible festival for people with disabilities. Festability returns to Birchington on May 11, after last year’s successful launch attracted 1,700 people to Quex Park. It was created by parents of disabled children who wanted to give people with disabilities the chance to enjoy the excitement and…

Inter-faith gathering pays respects to terror victims

KCC Chairman Mike Angell represented the county council at an inter-faith gathering in Gravesend on Friday (26th), paying respects and remembering those who lost their lives in in recent Sri Lankan terror attack. The event on Community Square was organised by the Kent Equality Cohesion Council and Gravesham Borough Council and was attended by about…

Kent businesses honoured by Her Majesty the Queen

Her Majesty The Queen has today named 201 businesses as among the best in the country in the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to celebrate Her Majesty’s 93rd birthday. The winners include businesses leading the way in a huge range of industries – from construction, agriculture, motoring and software development. Winners from Kent are: International…