Supporting local businesses, education, and skills

Learning is crucial in helping people achieve their potential. This starts with giving every child a good school place, but also includes support for apprenticeships and lifelong learning opportunities.

I’ll continue to stand up for our local businesses and work with local groups and councils to attract investment and jobs into Kent.

People who are working or studying increasingly depend on the internet, which I why I’m determined to end "not spots" and slow broadband speeds in Faversham and Mid Kent.

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Fairer funding for Kent's schools

Our children deserve the best education this country has to offer. We have many excellent and good schools in Kent, but it’s becoming harder for those schools to maintain the standard of education they are offering because of the way they are funded nationally.

Better broadband for people in Headcorn

Superfast broadband is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re running a business, staying in touch with family, doing homework or paying your bills, a quick and reliable internet connection is essential. But parts of Kent, including Headcorn, are getting left behind.

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Spending on local services in Kent to hit £1.1 billion

Spending on local services in Kent is set to increase as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Kent County Council’s budget has been set at just over £1.1 billion for the next financial year – an increase of £57 million from last year’s budget.

Brighter days are on the way as we enter 2021

Many of us will be glad to see the back of 2020.

A year that started with such promise, brought hardship and grief in the form of Covid-19. For many, it will be remembered for the moments that were missed, and the loved ones we have lost.

And the Christmas card competition winner is...

I’m delighted to announce the winner of my Christmas card competition this year is Alice Jeffery from Roseacre Junior School.

The winning design will feature on cards seen by people across the local area and one has even been sent to the Prime Minister.

More support for hardest hit children and families in Kent

Family budgets across the country are being squeezed by this pandemic.

That's why on top of the support already provided, the Government has announced a new £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme for local councils to help people most in need.

More money to boost broadband in rural areas

I’m delighted that Kent is one of 17 councils across the country benefitting from a £22 million boost to the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Eating out to help out in Faversham and Mid Kent

Latest stats from the Treasury show more than 54,000 meals were claimed in Faversham and Mid Kent under the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

This is a tremendous response to the scheme, which I know has been appreciated by pubs, restaurants and cafes in our area.

More money for safer streets in Kent

I’m pleased that Kent will be benefiting from a new £25 million scheme to keep our streets safe.

The Safer Streets Fund is part of the Government’s work to tackle crime, and aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims.