New youth partnership to benefit young people

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Kingston's Conservative Council is helping to support young people

Young people across Kingston will soon be able to benefit from the expertise and local connections of two youth charities, as part of a new partnership to help support young people.

Achieving for Children (AfC) has commissioned YMCA London South West (YMCA LSW) to manage the youth clubs in Dickerage Lane and Kingsnympton from 1 November. YMCA LSW will be sub-contracting management of Kingsnympton Youth Club to Kingston-based youth charity Oxygen.

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Kingston leads the way with £338,000 of Government funding for English Language Courses

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Kingston Council is supporting vulnerable refugees and migrants

Kingston's Conservative led Council is set to benefit from £338,000 of Government funds, to support vulnerable refugees and migrants to learn English and engage in integration activities.

The investment, sourced from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund, will benefit Kingston’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Integration programme.

Conservative controlled Kingston is one of just forty local authorities across the country to receive the funding, which is set to create more independant communities and ease pressure on local services, including health and housing.

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Conservative Councils launch joint venture to end rough sleeping

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Kingston's Conservative Council is working with other Councils to end rough sleping

Neighbouring Conservative Councils in Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth have joined together to end rough sleeping as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) which will be implemented in April 2018.

Richmond Council is the lead borough for the successful Rough Sleeper Bid in which Kingston are partners along with LB Wandsworth and SPEAR, a local South West London charity dedicated to tackling homelessness. The total funding awarded under this bid was £400,000 and the focus of the bid is to build and increase local capacity/provision for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping.

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Conservatives save money whilst securing long term future of leisure facilities

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Kingston Council have secured the Borough's leisure facilities whilst also making a saving

Conservative-controlled Kingston has secured the long-term future management of the borough’s leisure facilities and in the process of doing so, saved a massive £2.2million.

The Council had previously been in extensive negotiations with the existing leisure management contract holder, Places for People Leisure, who currently manages the council's leisure centres and have secured the future of these vital services. After many months of hard work, a new contract has been announced saving the council money.

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Bentall Centre looks to the future with plans for a new cinema

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An exciting new boutique cinema is coming to the Bentall Centre

Plans to build a new and exciting boutique cinema in Kingston’s iconic Bentall Centre were recently approved at a meeting of the Council’s Development Control Committee, as part of the Bentall Centre’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The news comes as the Bentall Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a raft of changes and improvements to the centre to kickstart a makeover of the centre. Plans have also been announced to introduce new restaurants, shops, a children’s activity area and improvements to entrances and communal areas to improve shopper’s experience of the centre.

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Conservative scheme helping more tenants to become homeowners

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Kingston's Incentive to Move Scheme is helping residents to downsize and become homeowners

Council tenants who have been unable to get on the housing ladder or finding it difficult to move homes, are receiving the help they need to become homeowners through a Conservative led scheme designed to increase homeownership and reduce homelessness.

Across Kingston there is a significant demand for family-sized housing caused by the Lib Dems failure to build fewer new homes during their time as the administration. Currently Kingston has more than 130 homeless households requiring a three bedroom or larger property, and the cost of supporting these families whilst they wait for a property is high. 

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Conservatives continue to tackle Lib Dem’s failures with more housing for key workers and young professionals

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More housing at better rates for key workers and young professionals

Kingston Conservatives have taken a major leap forward in providing accommodation for key workers and young professionals with the creation of a council run property company that will prioritise housing and help Kingston residents find a home.

The decision to create a Council run property company called the RBK Property Company, was taken at a recent meeting of the Council's Treasury Committee. Revenue received from the property company will help enhance the economic, social and environmental well being of the borough and produce a commercial return to the Council. To make the housing more affordable to key workers and young professionals, the Council will provide housing at rental rates below the current market levels meaning more residents will be able to achieve the dream of having a home.

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Council tenants continue to rate Conservative council highly

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You can read more about the state of Kingston's Housing in the Council's Housing Report

Resident satisfaction levels with the housing service provided by the Council as a landlord have continued to rise as Conservative controlled Kingston continue to outperform the Lib Dems abysmal housing record.

Last year the STAR survey which had previously been introduced by the Lib Dem administration, had reported rising satisfaction with Kingston’s housing service underlining the improvements that the Conservatives had made since replacing the Lib Dems.

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Conservatives embrace Homelessness Reduction Act as Council looks to reduce homelessness

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The Homlessness Reduction Act will help reduce homlessness across the country

Conservative-controlled Kingston is stepping up its preparations for the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) before its implementation in April 2018, with the announcement of several key partnerships aimed at reducing homelessness in Kingston.

Originally introduced as a Private Member’s Bill by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 was introduced to reduce homelessness, including rough sleeping, by increasing the statutory responsibilities local authorities have towards people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The HRA received substantial cross party support during its time in Parliament and following its successful passage as an Act, will now be implemented by local authorities across the country.

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New housing target is simply not right for Kingston

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Kingston's new housing target is simply unattainable

Kingston’s Conservative controlled Council have revealed that its new housing target set by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is simply unattainable and would lead to mass overdevelopment right across the Borough.

As part of the Government’s pledge to deliver 1 million homes by the end of 2020, and a further half a million more by the end of 2022, the DCLG has announced a round of new housing targets for local authorities across the country. Under these targets, Kingston is scheduled to build 1,527 homes per year, over double its previous target of 643.

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