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  1. Helpline grants food vouchers for Kent schoolchildren

    Families with children who receive free school meals can apply for supermarket vouchers during holidays via a dedicated helpline, Kent County Council has announced.

    One £15 voucher will be issued per eligible child so that "no child in Kent is left to go hungry," it said.

    Council leader Roger Gough said: “This support for families in need has always been in place. I hope, though, that this helpline will enable people who need urgent help to get it, and to get it quickly."

    The council said that anyone eligible for free school meals who needs extra support to help feed their children can register online or by phoning 03000 41 24 24.

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    Sir Keir Starmer says no region is immune from Covid-19.

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    Video caption: Arnhem veteran from Brighton given medal by Dutch government

    One of the last veterans of the Battle of Arnhem has received the Dutch government's highest honour.

  4. Your views sought over county council budget cuts

    Kent residents are being asked for their input on Kent County Council's future spending priorities, as the authority faces its "toughest financial challenge for many years".

    The council said: "Coping with the demands of Covid-19 has required a huge increase in spending and has come at the same time as reductions in its income from council tax and business rates."

    Peter Oakford, KCC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We have to consider making some difficult decisions about where to reduce our spending.

    "We are asking residents for their opinions so we can take those into account in drafting our next budget."

    The online consultation runs from 14 October to 24 November on the council's website.

  5. Covid-19 rates in Kent 'beginning to rise'

    Andrew Scott-Clark, director of public health at Kent County Council
    Image caption: Mr Scott-Clarke said rates in Kent were "nowhere near the England average"

    Rates of Covid-19 in Kent are “relatively low” but are “beginning to rise and that is a worry”, the county council’s director of public health Andrew Scott-Clark has said.

    Kent and Medway are both on a medium alert level in the government’s new three-tier lockdown system, meaning residents will be subject to no further restrictions at this stage.

    Mr Scott-Clark identified Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells as areas of concern but said: “We are working with those councils to make sure that all of the right measures are in place.”

    He called on people to play their part by frequently washing hands, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and keeping to the rule of six.

    'It could change rapidly'

    “If we abide by those rules now, that will protect us, protect Kent and protect our loved ones,” he said.

    James Williamson, director of public health for Medway added: “We’ve got a position that could change and it could change rapidly.”

    He said a local tracing team would be supporting the national service and would “follow up at a local level people who have not been able to be contacted.”

    Meanwhile, he said people with symptoms should get tested and abide by the rules on self-isolation.

    “We have got a chance now," he said. "We’ve seen what has happened in other areas of the country."