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Kent Social Care cut by £19m

Adult Social Care funding in Kent is to be cut by nearly £19 million - a 5.3% reduction on current spending.

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School place is out of reach

An 11 year old boy from Kent has missed out on his first choice of school after he was told he lives too far away - by 12 inches.

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Flood protection scheme starts in Sandwich

Flood defence work has started in Sandwich to protect homes and businesses on the former Pfizer business park.

Some areas of Sandwich currently have a one in 20 chance of tidal flooding every year. The new scheme is intended to improve and raise defences on the banks of the River Stour.

Cllr Paul Carter, the leader of Kent County Council, and Andrew Pearce from the Environment Agency, explained why the scheme was so important.

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Teens set up website for others in care

by Tom Savvides

A group of teenagers who have spent most of their childhoods in care have helped to set up a new website offering career advice, shopping tips and information on health for their peers. They want others to learn from their experiences.

There are three and a half thousand children in care in Kent. The council believes an interactive website is one way of giving them help and support. In his report about 'Kent Cares Town' , Tom Savvides spoke to Theresa Jackson, Sophia Dunstan, David Tadese; and Tony Doran from Kent County Council.

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Council wants school meals tested for horsemeat

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Checks are to be made on the content of school dinners supplied to hundreds of children in the South East - to see if the food contains horsemeat.

Kent County Council wants food distributed to 200 of its schools examined. While education officials in both Sussex and Essex want their suppliers to give them detailed information about how their meat is sourced. It will take up to six weeks for the results of the tests to come through.

It is unclear tonight what action is being taken by many schools outside local authority control. David Johns reports. His interviewees are Headteacher Tanya O'Connor, Councillor Mike Whiting from Kent County Council, and Julian Rutherford - a school meals supplier.

Kent budget cuts: full report

For the third year running council tax in Kent will be frozen. But it will mean the loss of at least another one hundred jobs - and a raid on emergency funds.

The county council - one of the biggest in Britain - is slashing its spending by nearly ninety million pounds to balance the books after cuts in government grants.

John Ryall talks to Kent County Council's leader, Paul Carter and Councillor John Simmonds.

Kent's budget: council's comments

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A piece of work between now and summer to look at where posts will come from. 100 posts include natural wastage. #kccbudget

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John Simmonds: People have been cynical in the past about achieving our aims. But we have. #kccbudget

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John Simmonds on reserves: Eric Pickles has given the impression that there is a lot of fruit on the tree. There isn't. #kccbudget

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