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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Feb 11, 2018

    The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, has now confirmed residents' fears about the future of rail services from Maidstone and Northwest Kent to London.

    Instead of delivering more high-speed trains from Maidstone and Snodland to London St Pancras, Mr Grayling confirmed that only two services will be required in the morning and evening peaks. Alternatively, the existing high-speed trains could be dropped completely and replaced by a service to Abbey Wood where passengers would need to change to continue their journey on the Crossrail line.

  • Antony Hook
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Antony Hook

    "We need the collective wisdom and ideas of all our members and supporters, to assemble the ideas that will change Kent for the better."

    That's the message from County Councillor Antony Hook, Economic Development Spokesmasn for Kent Liberal Democrats. The party in Kent is launching a policy working group on Economic Developement and all party supporters are invited to apply to join it.

  • Trudy
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    Around 25 mums brought their babies and children to County Hall on Thursday (8 Feb 2018) in support of keeping specialist breastfeeding services in the county. A petition of nearly 5,000 signatures triggered a special debate on Kent County Council plans to reorganise Infant Feeding Services. Protesters pointed out that UK rates of breastfeeding are amongst the lowest in the world, and Kent's rate is below the national average.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2018

    A new tax earmarked solely for the NHS and social care is among the recommendations from a panel of 10 experts in a report on healthcare reform commissioned by the Liberal Democrats.

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy. The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    Kent County Council is asking for Government for an additional £4.6 million of 'Incentive Fund' support for highways maintenance. They need another £50 million just to stop the roads getting worse.

    Kent's roads have suffered from chronic under-investment over many years. A small budget is spent patching potholes. But new ones appear and others get bigger every day. Other highway assets, such as bridges and drains, also urgently need attention.

  • Thamelink Train
    Article: Jan 26, 2018

    Rail users from Maidstone & West Kent are facing up to the very real threat of services going backwards toward levels of service experienced in steam days. Promised improvements have been delayed and may never arrive.

    Thameslink postponed again
    Without any consultation, we were told back in November that the vital Thameslink services from Maidstone will be delayed by a further year to the end of 2019. This is due to perceived capacity issues and to provide a more "phased" introduction of the new services. Most unfairly, the only line to have this delay is the (Bearsted) Maidstone East, Malling, Otford, Swanley to Cambridge service.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jan 15, 2018

    Kent residents will suffer increased council tax bills next year as the County Council is set to increase its council tax charge by 4.99%. This means an increase of £52.32 pa for a Band C homeowner. The Government is cutting its funding of the County Council by another £46.4 million. Meanwhile the County Council's Conservative Cabinet is struggling with increased demand for crucial services and cost pressures.

    Despite additional council tax revenue from increased housing , KCC is planning savings of £53.4 million largely through service cuts and increased charges. Further staff cuts are planned saving £6.4 million and putting further pressure on KCC's beleaguered workforce. £8.2 million of the planned cuts have not yet been specified.