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Another COVID-19 update from KCC Cabinet Member, Shellina Prendergast

I am sure that the easing of Covid-19 restrictions over the past few weeks has been welcomed by many Kent residents. However, this doesn’t mean that the virus has gone away. We all still need to be even more alert than ever to the risks.

Our Protect Kent and Medway campaign aims to raise awareness of these risks, and how it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to continue to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

This email newsletter is a great way to keep in touch and let you know important news – not only about KCC’s continued response to the pandemic, but also about the work going on to keep all vital services going during these unprecedented times. So please spread the word and encourage friends and family to sign up and get involved.

Moving Forward for Kent – a great initiative mentioned before by the KCC Economic Development and Kent Communications teams is designed to get the Kent economy back on its feet again and support businesses in Kent. An easily accessible toolkit, which can be downloaded here, provides all the information and marketing assets needed to be part of this county wide support of a single message that we can, and will, recover from this pandemic as a county.

Whilst much has gone into the response and now recovery of the county, I would like to assure you that the focus at KCC has also been very much on the business as usual elements and keeping vital services going especially where it involves looking after those that are vulnerable and need us most. Some of you may have noticed that there has been a lot of media interest and attention recently – both locally and nationally-  regarding the Council’s work on child protection and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children – recognising the challenges we face in the county as well as the great things being done across the organisation – a good example can be seen here

Parents (and children!) will be reassured that a decision to push back the date of the Kent Test until mid-October has been made. Of course, underlying everything we do as a local authority is looking after the safety and well-being of all communities and residents. Whilst we aspire to ‘business as usual’, our focus has to remain on looking after those that need us most.

I’d like to thank everyone in Kent for their amazing commitment to adhering to government restrictions over the past few months. I know at times it hasn’t been easy. Let’s continue to work together to keep our community as safe as we possibly can.

Kind regards and keep safe,

Shellina Prendergast

KCC Cabinet Member for Communications, Engagement and People