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  • Let local government help people step onto the housing ladder

    We all know that home ownership has declined over the last decade for a whole host of reasons; but the main one is that house prices have increased way above wages. As a result people in the same professions that could easily afford to buy their own home in the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s struggle…

  • Council sets first ever self-sufficiency budget

    Sevenoaks District Council has set a budget for the coming financial year which will see the authority become financially self-sufficient amid further reductions in its funding from Government. From April, the Council is proposing to spend £13.7m on local services, £600,000 less than the current year, as the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) it receives from…

  • Health needs of children

    NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is developing a Children and Young People’s Strategic Commissioning Plan in order to identify priorities for developing children and young people’s services over the next five years.  The CCG has identified some priorities for development and now want to test these with parents and carers of children and…

  • Good housing policies underpin life chances

    Last week the Prime Minister delivered an excellent speech on life chances and making sure everyone is society has the same opportunities to succeed. What we must not forget is that a good local housing policy that aims to keep families and communities together, that allows people to live in suitable accommodation (not over crowded,…

  • Dementia Helpline: 0800 500 3014

    Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to pass details of the Helpline on to people you know who are affected by Dementia? Some examples of who we have helped this month A Son called concerned about Mum, she is the main carer for Dad and is finding it hard to manage. She has…

  • Ageing well in the Sevenoaks District

    Healthy ageing in west Kent – your local guide’ is a new booklet with tips on staying well, aimed at people aged 70-plus in west Kent.  It is a companion booklet to ‘A practical guide to healthy ageing’, produced by NHS England with Age UK. Click here to download the booklet: http://www.westkentccg.nhs.uk/services/healthy-ageing-in-west-kent/ The easy-to-read booklet…

  • Are you recycling everything you can?

    So you’ve got a recycling routine that works for you. You know it inside and out and there’s not one empty plastic milk bottle or food can in sight in the kitchen – they’re all patiently waiting to be collected for recycling. The job is done! But is it really? A new survey from Recycle…

  • Nicky Morgan approves new Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe

    On Thursday 16 October, the same day the Kent Test results were released, the Secretary of State for Education approved the Weald of Kent Sevenoaks annexe to be sited next to Trinity School on the new Wildernesse site.  Congratulations to Weald of Kent for jumping through the many legal loop holes necessary to make this…

  • Council buys Suffolk House in Sevenoaks

    Sevenoaks District Council has purchased Suffolk House in Sevenoaks as part of its investment and economic development strategy.   The Council exchanged contracts on the property at 154 High Street yesterday (Monday 23 March 2015) for £4 million.   By purchasing the property, the Council will generate additional income, at an initial yield of 7%…

  • Young women – make sure we hear your voice

    In the 2010 General Election only 39% of women aged 18-25 voted. The Youth Media Agency has launched the ‪#‎XXVOTE‬ campaign to encourage more 18-25 year olds, especially women, to register to vote by the deadline of 20 April. Click here to register: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote The Girl Guiding movement have a launched a programme called: Girls…