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Is a new 'super council' in Kent on the way?

It's being described as the biggest shake-up in local government in the south east for decades. Plans have been unveiled to create one district council, covering most of East Kent. It would mean merging Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Shepway councils to cut costs. But it could lead to more than a hundred job losses. The proposals could be approved by councillors tonight. Tom Savvides speaks to pub landlord Clive Franklyn, the leader of Thanet District Council Chris Wells, residents of Canterbury and Professor Richard Scase.

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Should more council homes be built?

High rents, a housing shortage, a lack of land to build on. So many people are struggling to find anywhere to rent, let alone to buy. Councils are being encouraged to build more social housing to meet that ever-rising demand. But the numbers of new homes remain stubbornly small. Tom Savvides reports from Gillingham where newly-built council homes have been opened. He talks to tenant Samantha Burton, Medway councillor Howard Doe and Housing Minister Gavin Barwell.


  1. Tom Savvides

Tenants moved into new council homes

There's a desperate shortage of council homes across the south east. But some authorities are addressing the problem, and have starting building programmes. Families have started moving into the first council homes to be built in Medway in more than forty years. In recent times, housing associations have taken over the role of providing accommodation to tenants, who used to rely on councils. Fifty five new homes will built. The council says it's a start. Tom Savvides talks tenant Ken Watson, councillor Howard Doe and the MP Rehman Chishti.

Council mistakingly release personal details

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has contacted nearly 2000 housing benefit claimants to warn them of a mistake that means some of their personal details have been given out as part of a Freedom of Information request.

Names and addresses have been passed on but the council say no bank details were released.

The council will carry out its own internal review of its procedures and the Information Commissioner's Office will carry out a separate independent investigation.

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Danny Alexander MP in Eastbourne

With just over two weeks until the county council elections, the Chief Secretary to The Treasury, Danny Alexander, hit the campaign trail in the south east today. He came to Eastbourne, where the Lib Dems have achieved major success.

But the latest opinion polls suggest heavy losses for the party on May the 2nd. David Johns' report contains some flash photography.


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