Last week we learnt that Amazon pays just £63 million in business rates despite recording sales of a staggering £8 billion. Meanwhile small business owners here in Dover and Deal pay eye-watering amounts in business rates while working tirelessly to make ends meet.
Pupils at Dover and Deal primaries are outscoring their peers across the UK, according to new figures. Nationally, the proportion of youngsters achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths has risen from 61% to 64% this year.
With all the focus on Brexit, it is easy to forget the bread and butter issues that affect our daily lives. However jobs, money, homes, better healthcare, safer streets and great schools matter to us all as well.
Reinstating bus services in villages around Dover and Deal was top of the agenda during crunch talks with Stagecoach bosses. The firm's South East acting managing director Mike Watson and commercial director Matthew Arnold met with me to discuss recent changes.
Children are putting their lives at risk by "surfing" on trains departing from Deal station, staff have warned me. Station manager Kyle Miller said that anti-social behaviour was an increasing issue on the platform.
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