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  • Napier Barracks, Folkestone
    Article: Jan 19, 2022

    The Government has launched a planning consultation for the extension of the use of Napier Barracks to house asylum seekers until 2026 (!)


    The consultation closes on 30th January 2022.

    The decision to use the site for up to a further 5 years was made by the Home Office in August last year without carrying out a consultation.

  • Screenshot of Lifeline365 wervice website front page
    Article: Jan 19, 2022

    A support system which has given independence to thousands of people is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a new website.

    Folkestone & Hythe District Council's Lifeline365 service was established in 1982 and offers different products which link users to a centrally-controlled specialist team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Cllr Mike Sole
    Article: Jan 19, 2022
    By Mike Sole

    Liberal Democrats have condemned the proposed increased in Kent Travel Saver Passes.

    Cllr Mike Sole (Canterbury South) said, "This year families are facing huge increases in the cost of living. Now on top of this, especially higher energy prices, Conservative run KCC wants to increase the cost of getting to school and college by 20%."

    It is proposed in the draft budget that the Kent Travel Saver Pass increases from £370 to £450 and the 16+ pass from £420 to £500.

    Cllr Mike Sole added, "Not only will this increases put huge financial pressure on families, but also increase the likelihood of some parents instead choosing to drive their children to school. This will lead to increased congestion, pollution and CO2 emissions."

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Jan 17, 2022

    Folkestone & Hythe is set to be hit hard by the expected rise in energy bills in April, new figures have revealed.

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats shows that the average yearly bill for homeowners in Folkestone & Hythe is set to skyrocket by £611 - the equivalent of £50.92 a month - once the new energy price cap comes into effect.

  • Corona beer in boxes on shelves
    Article: Jan 12, 2022

    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has written to Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, calling on her to launch a full police investigation into the Downing Street Garden Party on 20 May 2020 including interviewing Boris Johnson under caution.

    It comes after Boris Johnson admitted at Prime Minister's Questions today that he did attend the party but claims he thought it was a "work event".

  • Mummy bag / sleeping bag (Smack, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    On Friday 11 March I will join local business people and community leaders at a Folkestone sleep out to raise vital funds for Porchlight and local charities supported by Channel Rotary.

    Not only would I REALLY appreciate your sponsorship for taking part, but the Rotary and Porchlight would massively appreciate it too, as this event is designed to raise money for those two awesome charities.

  • Adam Rowledge
    Article: Jan 7, 2022

    Folkestone and Hythe's Liberal Democrats have today written to the Secretary of State for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng demanding that he backs the party's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms, to raise money to support local families facing soaring energy costs.

    The proposed one-off levy could raise over £5 billion, and would help support families in Folkestone and Hythe as their energy bills sky-rocket.

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Jan 6, 2022

    Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms to raise money to support millions of families facing soaring energy costs.

    The proposed one-off levy would raise an estimated £5 billion from companies that are making record profits from soaring energy prices. This would be used to support vulnerable families facing a crippling 50% increase to their energy bills.

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