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Kent County Council
Coat of arms or logo.
Type
Type County council of Kent
Leadership
Leader Paul Carter, Conservative Party
Structure
Members 84
Election
Voting system First past the post
Last election 4 June 2009
Meeting place
County Hall, Maidstone
Website
http://www.kent.gov.uk/
KCC logo.png

Kent County Council (KCC) is the county council that governs the majority of the county of Kent in England. It provides the upper tier of local government, below which are 12 district councils, and around 300 town and parish councils. The county council has 84 elected councillors. The Chief Executive and his team of chief officers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council.

Kent County Council co-operates with the unitary Medway Council in many ways, for instance in the Kent and Medway Local Plan, and together they run joint agencies.

Kent is combined with Medway for the purposes of representation in Parliament. The combined area elects 17 MPs, of whom 14 represent seats entirely within the Kent County Council area and another whose constituency is in both Kent and Medway. The combined area is also part of the South East region of the UK, which elects a total of ten members to the European Parliament.

Kent County Council is currently controlled by the Conservative Party.

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Responsibilities

The council is responsible for public services such as education, transport, strategic planning, emergency services, social services, public safety and waste disposal.[1]

District councils

Council structure

The Council is structured as follows:[2]

County Council

The County Council is made up of 84 elected county councilors. The full council meets seven times a year to agree the council's Constitution and amendments to it, appoint the Leader, and approve the policy framework and budget (including the level of Council Tax).

Cabinet

The cabinet is made up of ten county councilors. The cabinet is responsible for the strategic thinking and decisions that steer how the council is run. The cabinet meets monthly and take decisions collectively.

Local Boards

Local boards are local community groups that hold regular public meetings across Kent so that the people of Kent to voice issues that affect their community. They also allocate funding to local projects. There are 12 local boards in Kent, and every county councilor is required to be a member of one local board.

The work of the Council is organized into departments and divisions.

Chief Executive's Department
This department is responsible for running the council. It manages personnel and development, finance, legal and democratic services, corporate policy and performance management, public health, information technology, communications, commercial services, and partnerships with other agencies.
Communities
The role of this department is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to play active roles in their communities. It is organized into units for adult education, community safety, cultural development, emergency planning, libraries and archives, the Kent drug and alcohol team, Kent scientific services, Kent Volunteers, registration services (births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships), sports development, Kent Trading Standards, the Turner Contemporary, youth offending service, and youth services.
Children, Families and Education
provides education and social care services to Kent's children, young people, their families and communities.
Adult Social Services
provides services for older people and adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory disabilities or mental health needs.
Environment and Regeneration
Kent highway services, environment and waste, change and development, resources strategy and planning, regeneration and economy,
Finance
manages finance, value for money, external funding, audit and procurement.

Elections and the democratic process

The most recent Kent County Council elections were held on 4 June 2009[3]. See also Kent local elections, Ashford local elections, Canterbury local elections, Dartford local elections, Dover local elections, Tonbridge and Malling local elections

History

The Local Government Act 1888 created an administrative county of Kent, with its own county council, in 1889. At the same time the northwestern extremities of the historic county of Kent came under the County of London, while Canterbury became a separate county borough with powers similar to that of a county. The county council's duties at first were few, but gradually it absorbed school boards, the rural highway boards and the boards of guardians.

The London Government Act 1963 created an enlarged Greater London, established in 1965, which took in more of northwestern Kent. The Local Government Act 1972 abolished the previous structure of local government as from 1974. Kent became a non-metropolitan county, divided into districts, including a new City of Canterbury, which combined the former county borough (now abolished) with other areas to form a single district under the county council.

In 1998 the districts of Gillingham and Rochester-upon-Medway were removed from the control of the county council to come under the control of a new unitary authority, Medway Council.

In September 2007, Kent County Council launched Kent TV, the first local authority funded internet-based community television channel. The channel is run by independent media company Ten Alps Digital, a subsidiary of Bob Geldof's production company Ten Alps PLC. Following economic cutbacks, it was announced in February 2010 that funding for Kent TV would be withdrawn by the county council, leading to closure. Other options for maintaining the service are currently under consideration.

Transport

KCC runs bus services through its subsidiary company, Kent Top Travel.

Section 28

The Conservative-run Kent County Council decided to ignore the governments decision to pass legislation to repeal Section 28 (An amendment to the Local Government Act 1988 that stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship")[4] and create their own version to keep the effect of the now repealed law in their schools.[5] This was replaced with provisions stating that heterosexual marriage and family relationships are the only firm foundations for society on 16 December 2004.[6]

Credit Crunch

Kent County Council is one of a number of authorities that invested in the Icelandic banks that have since been taken over by the Icelandic Government as result of the 2008 Icelandic financial crisis. KCC invested a total of £50m of taxpayers money that could be at risk.[7]. A 2009 report by the Audit Commission claimed KCC of negligence in that it continued to invest in Icelandic banks after being told not to do so. KCC is now threatening the Audit Commission with legal action. [8].

Explore Kent

Explore Kent is a brand created by the Kent County Council Countryside Access Service to promote the Kent countryside. Explore Kent provides information to the public on public rights of way; walking; cycling; horse riding; and country parks and open spaces.

Explore Kent also promotes the health benefits, protection of the environment, and discovery of Kent heritage in relation to walking, riding and cycling in the countryside.

Major routes covered include the North Downs Way, the Greensand Way, and the Saxon Shore Way. Other long distance walks covered include the Stour Valley Walk. An online interactive map also covers all 4200 miles of Public Rights of Way in Kent, and is the only source of complete information on all gates, stiles and bridges across the network.

Explore Kent provides information on other countryside activities such as volunteering to work on Public rights of way, Trim trail courses and geocaching.

The Explore Kent magazine contains articles and information on free walks and rides, competitions and news about events in the Kent countryside. Approximately 95,000 copies are printed for each edition. The magazine is distributed freely from a wide range of locations.

Explore Kent is not exclusively funded by KCC. Several funding partners, including the European Regional Development Fund contributes to the funding of the brand. There is no advertising in any of its publications or online.

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