20 FEB 2019

Brexit cash boost for Dover District Council

Nearly £300,000 in Brexit preparation cash is being handed to Dover District Council (DDC). The Government funding boost is to be used to plan for the impact of leaving the European Union at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. DDC acts as the Port Health Authority at both the Dover docks and Channel Tunnel – and will receive £272,724 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Folkestone and Hythe District Council will also receive funds. It...

19 FEB 2019

Dozens helped into work by Dover Jobs Club

Dozens of people have been helped into employment, training and voluntary work in recent months by the Dover Jobs Club. Free weekly sessions are run by Southern Housing Group at the Big Local unit in the Charlton Centre. Employment skills officer Sarah Hampton told me that they offer employment and benefits support, alongside free computer access. The group meets every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm on a first come, first serve basis. Eight laptops have been funded...

15 FEB 2019

School standards on the rise in Dover & Deal

Every parent wants to give their children the best possible start in life. So it's great news that school standards locally have been rising, with more than two thirds of our schools now turning in Key Stage 2 results above the national average. Higher school standards are delivering better results at all ages, with three quarters of local students getting at least five GCSEs. The number of people in our community with no qualifications has halved since 2010. Some...