A scheme aimed at cutting congestion on Kent's busiest roads by charging companies lane rental while they carry out roadworks is now up and running.
The county council has set up the new Kent Lane Rental Scheme. Companies will now be charged up to £2,000 per day for the inconvenience caused by digging up the busiest roads on the network at peak time.
Kent is the first county council in the country to run the scheme, which is designed to get contractors to work on the roads during the night and at off-peak times, or to use techniques such as tunnelling more often to avoid closing roads.
Kent County Council says the number of babies it has awaiting adoption have almost tripled. Its social services department says since the case of Baby P, there has been a big rise in the number of very young children and babies taken into care.
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.
The £20 million flood defence scheme will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to Sandwich and Stonar Loop. Currently there;s a 1 in 20 chance of tidal flooding for some properties in the area. The new tidal defence scheme will provide a 1 in 200 standard protection to more than 500 properties.
Work to protect homes and businesses from flooding gets underway today. The Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme will affect 488 homes and 94 commercial properties. It's got backing from the Environment Agency, Kent County Council and Pfizer.
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.
Kent County Council is one of several councils in the south east accused of paying too many managers high salaries. The Taxpayers' Alliance says it employs 491 managers on wages of £50,000+. But Kent points out that it has reduced the overall bill for its employees, and has not raised council tax.
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Kent County Council is looking to save £60 million as it sets out its budget for the next year. Proposals include cutting nearly £19 million pounds from the adult social care budget, axing almost £9 million from the children's budget, and losing 500 council workers.
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.