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  • Jamie Stone (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Apr 4, 2022

    Responding to the news that the government is pressing ahead with plans to privatise Channel 4, Liberal Democrat Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Spokesperson Jamie Stone said:

    "Yet again, the Conservatives have shown they care more about lining the pockets of the super rich than supporting a great public institution.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2022
    By Antony Hook

    Yesterday (23/3/22) Kent County Council's Scrutiny Committee met to discuss the decision by the Conservative Cabinet to whack up the cost of school travel in Kent.

    About 14,000 children have a Kent Travel Pass for which their parents pay £370 per year so they can get to school by bus. Several thousand more children have a pass at a reduced price as they come from a low income family.

  • P&O Ferry in Dover port (Eastern Docks)
    Article: Mar 17, 2022

    Responding to the announcement of P&O Ferries laying off 800 workers with immediate effect, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

    "Today's underhanded action by P&O is an attack on workers. It is an absolute outrage.

    "This is simply not an acceptable way to treat employees and the government must step in urgently to help reduce tensions and bring people back to the table.

  • Folkestone College logo
    Article: Mar 16, 2022

    Things I don't get to do everyday: promote ABSOLUTELY FREE, gratis, for nothing, adult education taster courses available to ANY over 18 year old local resident.

    Free. No strings attached. Just learn a bit more about the subject of your choice. There may even be support * to do so. Can't say much fairer than that...

    https://sandgatepc.org.uk/2022/03/16/free-adult-training-courses/

    In person (6 week, 1 day a week) taster courses across the four colleges include:

    • Beauty Treatments
    • Bricklaying
    • Construction
    • Criminology
    • Digital Users (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)
    • Early Years
    • Electrical
    • Hairdressing
    • Health & Social Care
    • Media Makeup & Beauty
    • Nail Technician
    • Nail Treatments
    • Painting & Decorating
    • Plumbing
    • Politics
    • Psychology

    EKC WorkHigher, Children & Families, Future Coders and EKC DigitalLearn offer online courses in:

    • Baby Massage
    • Budget Management
    • Building Relationships
    • Business Efficiency
    • CV Writing
    • Coaching & Mentoring
    • Coding Design Principles
    • Customer Conflict
    • Customer Service
    • Cyber Security
    • Data Management
    • Digital Users (Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced)
    • Employability
    • Introducing GDPR
    • Leadership Skills
    • Managing Change
    • Operational Plans
    • Parenting Course
    • Performance Management
    • Presentation Skills
    • Project Management
    • Recruitment Skills
    • Resource Management
    • SEO for Business
    • Sales Skills
    • Social Media for Business
    • Solihull Antenatal & Postnatal
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Working with Data

    These are FREE adult training courses. You may also be able to get help with travel costs, childcare, or even a digital device.

    Learn more at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/2022/03/16/free-adult-training-courses/

  • Ed Davey, photo taken by Richard Townsend (Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Mar 14, 2022

    Ed Davey MP, Liberal Democrat leader, addresses the 2022 Spring Conference for his keynote speech.

    The leader of the Liberal Democrats called on the prime minister to sack Priti Patel over her handling of the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

    Speaking at his party's spring conference in York and online, Ed Davey said the home secretary's response was "utterly shameful", claiming she had "slammed the door" in the face of refugees.

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Mar 10, 2022

    I hugely support giving more support to families for their soaring energy bills at this time. Notices are arriving of eyewatering price increases from 1st April from almost all suppliers, and there is no sign that is going to change in the near future. Households need help, and they are going to need help over months and years, not just one-off payments.

  • Calculator
    Article: Mar 9, 2022

    As they are hitting doormats (and increasingly email inboxes) across the country at this moment, Council Tax bills are a fairly hot topic. Below, I do a bit of number crunching on the most local element of the tax in Folkestone & Hythe District: the Town / Parish Council Precept.

    Every Council Tax demand is made up of a number of elements. In the Folkestone and Hythe area, they include:

  • Vagrancy Act
    Article: Mar 2, 2022
    By Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

    It's not every day you get to say you changed the law.

    I am elated that after four years of persistent campaigning, the Vagrancy Act is on the brink of being repealed. The Government has bowed to cross-party pressure and tabled an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824 in full. This archaic and cruel law has finally been consigned to history, and no one will be criminalised for sleeping rough again.

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