County Councillor Trudy Dean for Malling Central
Malling Central Divsion covers the West Malling, East Malling & Larkfield and Leybourne wards.
"I have lived in West Malling for over 30 years. My 2 children went to the local state schools.
"I've been a County Councillor for over 20 years, since 1985 and in that time I have become Chairman of West Malling Parish Council, Chairman of the Malling Action Partnership (MAP) and Leader of the Kent County Council Lib Dem Group.
"I am also currently the Kent County Council Leader of the Opposition and the Chairman of Cabinet Scrutiny Committee."
News and Updates from Trudy Dean
Article: Apr 30, 2021
Trudy Dean sets out some of the challenges which Kent County Council needs to address to help all children and young persons get the best start in life.
The Liberal Democrats believe that the financing of Education in the UK is too heavily skewed toward Secondary Education at the expense of the all-important formative Early Years and argue for greater funding of Early Years settings. There is a particular need for greater focus on speech development and creative play for children from poorer backgrounds to try to ensure that their life chances are not limited from the start.
Article: Mar 9, 2021
Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Malling Central, Trudy Dean, continues to work to make our streets safer.
A large section of Larkfield's 4,000. homes will be getting a 20mph limit on their roads after KCC and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councillors last night (8th March) jointly approved the scheme.
Article: Feb 15, 2021
At the Kent County Council Budget meeting last Thursday Conservative councillors voted down two Liberal Democrat proposals to fund urgent repairs needed to deal with increasing safety risks on Kent's Public Rights of Way and Country Parks. The money was to come from the £130 million of Government grants given to KCC for any extra costs of work needed to recover from the effects of Covid-19.
Article: Jan 28, 2021
Only 1 in 4 children who needed mental health support accessed services last year, shocking figures from the Children's Commissioner's report have revealed.
Munira Wilson MP, the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said:
"The report's findings confirm the sad reality we have known all along: the mental health of children and young people has for too long been overlooked by this Conservative Government. Week after week, I am contacted by parents whose children are struggling with their mental health and unable to access services.
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.
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.
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.
Article: Jan 2, 2021
Trudy Dean and Rob Bird demand immediate action to stem the spread of the new strain of the Covid-19 virus.
It makes no sense to close schools in London which is in tier 4, but to keep them open in other tier 4 areas including parts of Kent.
The Imperial College study of the new strain of the virus, UK B117, shows that it is hugely more infectious. It also shows that cases are highest in children and young people from birth to 19 years right now.
Article: Nov 6, 2020
Trudy Dean and Rob Bird have written to Roger Gough, the Leader of KCC, asking for the County Council to provide Free School Meal Vouchers during the forthcoming Christmas holidays.
The letter follows on by the call by Trudy Dean, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children, Young Persons and Education at County Hall, for Free School Meals to be provided to all eligible children throughout the year, not just at term time.
The County Council stepped in at short notice to provide Free School Meal vouchers during the recent half-term. Medway Council did the same. Previously, the Government voted down an Opposition motion calling for Free School Meals to be provided during the school holidays. None of Kent & Medway's Conservative MPs supported the motion.
The KCC vouchers were provided for almost 20,000 eligible children in Kent. Sadly, close to 30,000 more children missed out, though some will have been supported by foodbanks and other local organisations.
We very much hope that KCC will provide vouchers for the Christmas holidays and many more eligible children will benefit from the scheme.
The letter sent to Roger Gough is reproduced below.
Article: Oct 31, 2020
Kent County Council is being urged to commit to providing free school meals in all school holidays as a way of tackling not just hunger in poorer children, but also to help improve their success in learning at school.
Around 50,000 children in Kent are entitled to get free school meals, but around one in five do not claim them. These children are missing out not just on a good meal, but also on money for their school learning. A child registered to receive free school meals also benefits from a much less well known annual payment of around £1,300 per primary pupil, and over £900 per secondary pupil, known as the Pupil Premium. Paid for by Government direct to the schools, it is aimed at giving extra help with school work to children from poorer families. It can help provide computers, books or trips out which parents might not be able to afford.