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Dole queues in Kent shrink for first time this year in final figures before the general election

Queues for the dole shortened in Kent for the first time this year giving the government a final boost heading into the general election. There were 431 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the county in March, taking the total to 19,405, according to the Office for National Statistics. The fall follows two consecutive rises, which itself came after 11 …

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Case for partnership was ‘weak’

By Tom Barton BBC Look East political reporter 26 March 2015 From the section England Communities secretary Eric Pickles says the South East LEP is an ‘exemplar’ body others should ‘follow’ The case for creating a partnership controlling hundreds of millions of pounds of government cash was considered “weak”, it has emerged. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) combine businesses, councils and …

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Dole numbers in Kent increase for second straight month in February, bucking the national trend

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits increased for the second consecutive month in Kent, once again bucking the national trend. Another 351 jobseekers joined the dole queue in February, taking the county’s total to 19,836 according to the Office for National Statistics. Canterbury was the worst performer, with 85 more people signing on last month, taking the city’s total …

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Dole numbers in Kent rise for the first time in 11 months, up by nearly 900 in January

The number of people on the dole in Kent has risen by nearly 900. It is the first time the amount of unemployed claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has grown for 11 months, according to the Office for National Statistics. In total, 19,485 people signed on in January, up by 870 on the previous month. The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance …

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Rail chiefs meet MPs over disruption

New platforms and signalling at the station have caused travel disruption Talks are being held between rail bosses and politicians over disruption to Sussex train services as a result of the upgrade to London Bridge station. Rail minister Claire Perry has called a meeting with the managers of Southern, Thameslink and Network Rail. All three have apologised for the problems. …

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Woman freed after car collided with telephone pole in Herne Bay

FIREFIGHTERS had to remove a woman trapped in her car after a crash in Herne Bay yesterday morning (Saturday).Emergency services were called at 10.27am, following reports of a car colliding with a telephone pole on Bullockstone Road. Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof from the vehicle and the woman was passed to the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service …

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Man rescued from underneath car by fire crews

Comments (0) Two fire appliances from Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to Steed Close, Herne Bay to reports of a man trapped under a car. Firefighters assisted by releasing the man who was then handed over to South East Coast Ambulance Service.

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Potholes cash from government to help clear Kent’s roads

More than £155m is being given to Kent and Medway so potholes can be fixed. The government cash will be spent over the next six years, it’s been revealed. A total of £6 billion is being spent across England, according to an announcement by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin today. A pothole in the A2 The cash is allocated to local …

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Location, Location, Location

It's refreshing to see an independent review of Manston's present and future prospects that doesn't shy away from stating the obvious - a successful passenger airport needs plenty of passengers within a convenient distance, and a successful freight airport needs plenty of customers within a profitable distance.

The Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) report says Manston airport is in the wrong place:

[p6] Given the geographic location of Manston it is unlikely that carriers would show much interest for inbound traffic from key European city links – we would argue this would only be relevant if Manston was strategically placed near to a large city or a region with a large catchment area.

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