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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council
  • 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.