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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council
  • Article: Mar 24, 2022
    By Antony Hook

    Yesterday (23/3/22) Kent County Council's Scrutiny Committee met to discuss the decision by the Conservative Cabinet to whack up the cost of school travel in Kent.

    About 14,000 children have a Kent Travel Pass for which their parents pay £370 per year so they can get to school by bus. Several thousand more children have a pass at a reduced price as they come from a low income family.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2022
    By Antony Hook

    Liberal Democrats tabled seven amendments to Kent's budget last week.

    Two of the amendments passed, with the ruling Conservatives caving in to Liberal Democrats arguments.

    The successful amendments will:

    1. Save the disabled companion pass so that disabled people can use buses with the help of someone to travel with them, as many disabled people need.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2022
    By Antony Hook

    Kent Liberal Democrats have tabled 7 amendments to the £1.1 billion budget of Kent County Council.

    The budget proposed by the ruling Conservatives and the 7 Lib Dem proposals for changes will be voted on at a special KCC meeting on Thursday at Detling Showground.

    The Lib Dem amendments are fully costed and approved as financially sound by KCC finance officers.

  • Cllr Mike Sole
    Article: Jan 19, 2022
    By Mike Sole

    Liberal Democrats have condemned the proposed increased in Kent Travel Saver Passes.


    Cllr Mike Sole (Canterbury South) said, "This year families are facing huge increases in the cost of living. Now on top of this, especially higher energy prices, Conservative run KCC wants to increase the cost of getting to school and college by 20%."

    It is proposed in the draft budget that the Kent Travel Saver Pass increases from £370 to £450 and the 16+ pass from £420 to £500.

    Cllr Mike Sole added, "Not only will this increases put huge financial pressure on families, but also increase the likelihood of some parents instead choosing to drive their children to school. This will lead to increased congestion, pollution and CO2 emissions."

  • Antony Hook
    Article: Jul 13, 2021

    Today, Kent Liberal Democrat Leader Antony Hook challenged County Council bosses over failures to answer requests for information from Kent residents within legal time limits.

    Speaking at today's meeting of Kent County Council's Policy & Resources Committee, Mr Hook said the county's failure to meet its legal obligations was deely troubling and must be urgently addressed.

  • County Councillor Richard Streatfeild
    Article: Jun 20, 2021

    Two years ago Kent Conservatives promised to deliver support to all children with Special Educational Needs within 20 weeks. In 2021 only a third are getting the support they need in that time. Not only is it a broken promise, it is also a failure of political leadership and will only add in time to an adult social care budget spiralling out of control.

  • Pride flag over County Hall, Kent
    Article: Jun 11, 2021

    The rainbow Pride flag, celebrating equality for LGBTQ+ people is flying over County Hall for the whole of June.

    This is a Liberal Democrat achievement having been proposed by the Liberal Democrat Group four years ago.

    It was accepted by the then Council Chairman on the advice of the council's equalities officer.