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  • Ollie Grender
    Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Baroness Olly Grender

    For too long, tenants have been made to pay additional, unnecessary fees when renting a place to live.

    After years of putting pressure on the Government, on Tuesday they agreed major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.

    Liberal Democrats campaigned to:

    • significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent,
    • require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and
    • limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.
  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Ida Linfield

    Period poverty is finally getting the publicity it deserves with several councils over the country offering free sanitary products to their local residents.

    Kent County Council has a statutory duty to look after young women as they leave care and move into adulthood and has ultimate responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

    Periods on average cost these young women £10 a month and many in Canterbury are having to resort to using toilet paper or newspaper, or take sick leave. And this is in the 21st century! In Canterbury you can access products from our excellent Food Bank, a service I'm pleased to support in a small way via my members grant.

    So this week I asked Graham Gibbens, the County Council Cabinet Member who would take the relevant decision, what steps he is taking to sort out period poverty for women aged from 14-21. I'm delighted to report that Kent CC is working with schools, but not everyone is at school and everyone else's needs were completely ignored in his answer - unless you live in Thanet where providing protection will be part of a "trial". One trial for the whole of Kent!!!

    I don't believe this is good enough - to end period poverty KCC should stand up to the mark and provide products without delay in libraries and community centres for local residents throughout the County and not rely on local charities doing the job for them.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Dec 6, 2018
    • Food supplies disrupted as safety testing becomes impossible
    • Schools, social care, transport and business will face severe disruption
    • County Council forced to spend over £20 million on reinforcing Kent's roads and hundreds of thousands of pounds to employ more staff to cope with chaos

    The true impact of a catastrophic no deal Brexit has been laid bare in a report published on Wednesday detailing Kent County Council's emergency plans.

  • Books on shelves
    Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Kent County Council want to know what you think of their draft three-year strategy for Libraries, Registration and Archives and our proposal to tier libraries and review opening hours.

    To read the draft strategy and complete the questionnaire, visit kent.gov.uk/lrastrategy or pick up copies from any Kent library, register office or Gateway before the 29 January 2019 when the consultation closes.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 29, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    We're on the verge of destroying our planet. Climate change is very real, and we need to make significant changes to our lifestyles if we want to avert a climate catastrophe. One such change is we need to significantly reduce the distance that food travels from the farm to our plates. We need to buy local.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2018
    By Kent Police

    Detectives investigating the attempted theft of a cash machine in Seabrook, Hythe are appealing for witnesses.

    The incident is reported to have taken place at Hythe Service Station, Seabrook Road, Hythe, at 3.19am on Monday 26 November 2018.

    Two men wearing masks were seen trying to remove the ATM from the service station. They left in a white pick-up truck which was being driven by a third man. The vehicle headed towards Hythe.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    Skills-based migration sounds like a great thing on the face of it. You make sure that anyone coming to your country contributes to the bits of your economy that the Government knows needs workers. You also make sure that those workers are highly skilled workers and that they won't be a drain on our safety net. We end up with enough bankers, engineers, and doctors without flooding the country with so-called cheap labour.

  • Debit and Credit cards [Plastic money]
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Neighbourhood Watch update

    With Black Friday approaching and with the run up to Christmas many of you may be tempted to buy online in the next few days. Please see below for advice on how to shop on line safely:

    How to shop online safely...

    Software updates

    Make sure you've installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.

  • Rubbish bags / bin bags
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Folkestone and Hythe District Council

    Changes to recycling and waste collections

    Please note: if your collection is normally on Tuesday or Wednesday, this will change. Please see below:

    Your normal collection day Your revised collection day
    Monday 24 December No change
    Tuesday 25 December Saturday 22 December
    Wednesday 26 December Saturday 29 December
    Thursday 27 December No change
    Friday 28 December No change
  • Tim Prater
    Article: Nov 22, 2018

    Kent Count Council are undertaking a Libraries , Registration and Archives Draft Strategy 2019-2022 Consultation from 21 November 2018 to 29 January 2019.

    The Kent Libraries LRA Strategy Consultation is available online and hard copies available at all Kent Libraries.

    Local Lib Dem Campaigner Tim Prater commented:

  • the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe
    Article: Nov 22, 2018

    Danielle Anson has been announced as the first ever winner of the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe.

    Danielle has campaigned strongly and passionately for an Exit from Brexit over the last 12 months (and before) both online and regularly in person at marches, street stalls and demonstrations. Danielle also stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the July 2017 by-election for the East Folkestone ward on Folkestone Town Council. Danielle is one of many people that joined the Liberal Democrats after the 2016 European Referendum, and has got stuck into campaigning and spreading the Party message.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Nov 21, 2018

    Wera Hobhouse's speech to the County Councils' Network on Tuesday 20th November

    Wera Hobhouse is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath and Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government.

    Good afternoon everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with you all at the County Councils' Network Conference.

    The 12 months since you last came together in Marlow, have been a mixed bag for local government as a whole. One can argue it has been harsher on the counties than other local authorities. The events in Northamptonshire have been a stark warning to all.

  • the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe
    Article: Nov 21, 2018

    We're delighted that at our AGM this evening, the first ever winner of the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe will be announced.

    Until her death in late 2017, Mary Done was active in our Local Party for decades, guiding and managing the Party, organising and always happy to get stuck into any task. Mary also served as Shepway Lib Dem Party President for a number of years. In her last years Mary was homebound but remained a member and fiercely supportive of the Party. She was quite simply the strongest Liberal many of us have ever met.

    The Mary Done Award has been instituted to acknowledge the sort of contribution that Mary herself made. Whether for campaigning, organisation or standing up for local people, the Mary Done Award will be awarded annually to a person (or people) that in the opinion of the executive have made a real impact of the work of the Local Party in the year.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2018
    By South East Kent Neighbourhood Watch

    Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are renewing an appeal for information to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Joe Daniels in Folkestone.

    An investigation was launched after the 58-year-old man was found unresponsive inside the Red Cow pub in Foord Road, shortly before 11.30am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 15, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    We absolutely do need to spend more on defence. You weren't expecting that were you. Defence is about more than spending on weapons of war though. Defence at its core is about ensuring that internal and external threats don't lead to the destruction of our society.

    There are many challenges facing us as a country, a continent and a species. Most of the challenges we face have nothing to do with who has the biggest aircraft carrier or who can wipe out all life on the planet the most effectively in under an hour.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Nov 9, 2018
    By Save Princes Parade in http://saveprincesparade.org/

    There is a Folkestone and Hythe District Council cabinet meeting being held on 12th December at 5pm where the Princes Parade business case will be discussed. The council have given notice that they intend to exclude the public for at least part of the meeting: the Save Princes Parade committee will be challenging that decision on your behalf.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    The best example of work life balance I've seen was when I was working in Further Education. A colleague of mine worked part-time as a lecturer whilst his partner worked part-time in a primary school. I believe she was the deputy head. They shared parental responsibilities, led active lives and had their own small-holding.

  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) HQ (Image from the FCA media library, https://www.fca.org.uk/media/fca-building-3)
    Article: Nov 8, 2018

    The Financial Conduct Authority has published general information about how consumers may be affected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU:

    https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/how-brexit-could-affect-you

    This update provides general information about how consumers may be affected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU as well as signposting to further detail. It outlines potential scenarios that may occur depending on whether an implementation period is agreed or not, as well as scam awareness information. It also indicates that consumers should hear directly from their financial providers if they are going to be directly affected by Brexit.

  • Trudy
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    On Monday the Chancellor announced that he was providing £420m extra to councils for pothole and other urgent highways repairs. Kent can expect to receive about £10 million. Kent Liberal Democrat Group are calling for at least half of this extra money to be spent on long overdue pavement repairs.

    The backlog for pavement repairs in Kent has hit £84 million, leaving more than a third of paths and pavements across the county in a poor and potentially dangerous condition.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    We're all human beings, born who and where we are through nothing more than luck. Some of us are unlucky enough to be born in places ruined by war, famine, disease, dictatorship, natural disasters or the consequences of history. Some human beings need our help. Some are simply looking for a chance at a better life. Some come to Britain.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    On Saturday 10th November in Mons, Belgium, the UK heritage Charity the Shorncliffe Trust will be starting a wholly unique commemorative journey, that sees two specially commissioned Lanterns bring the "Spirit" of all those Canadians and British soldiers back home to the UK and Canada.

    The "flame" from Mons, will be carried by representatives of the Trust to the St Symphorien Military Cemetery, where lanterns will be placed on the graves of the "First & Last" British and Canadian Soldiers who lay side by side.

  • Page 1 of letter to Folkestone & Hythe residents about Damian Collins
    Article: Oct 30, 2018

    Arron Banks, it seems, is upset.

    Received this morning, an unaddressed (but presumably paid for) delivery - a letter that seems to be intended to go to every door in Folkestone and Hythe.

    In it, Mr Banks - a businessman who made substantial contributions to the Leave campaign and was instrumental in the campaign itself - rails against Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins, as "a disgrace" who is using his position to "launch a pathetic witch-hunt against Brexit".

  • Chani Sanger outside To Let Shop in Guildhall Street
    Article: Oct 29, 2018

    The Chancellor is today expected to use his Budget to announce business rates relief. While Liberal Democrats welcome any relief, hand-to-mouth support for businesses simply isn't sustainable.

    The UK high street is suffering the worst year on record, with in-store sales falling and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost. In Folkestone, the future of one of the largest stores Dedenhams is at risk as the company are reportedly considering closing up to 50 stores.

  • EVision photo with caption
    Article: Oct 28, 2018

    Liberal Democrats joined a cross-party group of 40 MPs and members of the House of Lords calling on the Chancellor to bring forward preferential tax rates for company electric cars in his forthcoming Budget. The letter to Philip Hammond comes shortly after the Government scrapped grants for new plug-in hybrids and slashed discounts on other electric vehicles.

  • Lib Dem Christmas Draw Graphic
    Article: Oct 25, 2018

    Would you like to win a £2,000 holiday voucher, in time from Christmas?! That's just one of 30 prizes in this years Lib Dem Christmas Draw - tickets on sale NOW!

    Buying Lib Dem Christmas Draw tickets online at https://libdemdraw.org.uk/folkestone-hythe not only gives you the chance to win yourself a great gift for Christmas but also raises funds for our Lib Dem campaigning here in Folkestone and Hythe too.

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