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Lauren Abbott - labbott@thekmgroup.co.uk

Lauren Abbott was news editor of the Dartford and Gravesend Messenger series until 2011. She then took responsibility for the KM Group's My Kent Family website before also taking on the role of Trending Content Writer across the Iliffe Media group in 2021.

School fines for absences to increase in attendance crackdown

29 February 2024
School fines for absences to increase in attendance crackdown

School fines for absences to increase in attendance crackdown

29 February 2024

Parents face higher fines for taking their children out of school without permission as the government steps up its crackdown on attendance.


MOD confirms national events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

28 February 2024
MOD confirms national events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

MOD confirms national events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

28 February 2024

The 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings takes place in June and the government has begun to unveil plans for national events to commemorate it.


Virgin Media and O2 customers face huge price rises or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees

28 February 2024
Virgin Media and O2 customers face huge price rises or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees

Virgin Media and O2 customers face huge price rises or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees

28 February 2024

Virgin Media O2 customers face a ‘lose-lose choice’ between huge bill increases in April or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees warns consumer group Which?


AA demands tax cut for car insurance as premium costs soar

27 February 2024
AA demands tax cut for car insurance as premium costs soar

AA demands tax cut for car insurance as premium costs soar

27 February 2024

Cash-strapped drivers need support from the Chancellor in next week’s budget, says the AA, which has put forward the policies it says would help.


Wham! fans face online queues as George Michael coin goes on sale

26 February 2024
Wham! fans face online queues as George Michael coin goes on sale

Wham! fans face online queues as George Michael coin goes on sale

26 February 2024

Fans of George Michael and Wham! are clamouring to get their hands on specially-released coins celebrating the singer that are on sale this week.


Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

23 February 2024
Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

23 February 2024

There could be some relief for households with new energy bill predictions forecasting a drop in the price of gas and electricity by the spring.


Supermarket extends ‘do not eat’ warnings

22 February 2024
Supermarket extends ‘do not eat’ warnings

Supermarket extends ‘do not eat’ warnings

22 February 2024

Lidl is removing more snacks from its shelves amid fears the biscuits are unsafe because they could contain pieces of metal.


Complete ban on mobile phones in school confirmed – even at break times

19 February 2024
Complete ban on mobile phones in school confirmed – even at break times

Complete ban on mobile phones in school confirmed – even at break times

19 February 2024

Schools have been told they should ban mobile phones completely but what exactly do the new rules mean for teachers, parents and pupils?


Supermarket recalls cookies over fears they contain metal

19 February 2024
Supermarket recalls cookies over fears they contain metal

Supermarket recalls cookies over fears they contain metal

19 February 2024

A supermarket is recalling various packets of cookies amid fears that the snacks could contain pieces of metal.


Car finance investigation: Could you be owed money?

09 February 2024
Car finance investigation: Could you be owed money?

Car finance investigation: Could you be owed money?

09 February 2024

Drivers who bought a vehicle before January 2021 using a car finance agreement could be entitled to make a claim for compensation and here’s why.


Why could people born after 1970 soon have to work into their seventies?

09 February 2024
Why could people born after 1970 soon have to work into their seventies?

Why could people born after 1970 soon have to work into their seventies?

09 February 2024

By 2050 workers may need to be 71 before they retire, suggests a new report, but why is the state pension age becoming such a big issue in the UK?


More children to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

08 February 2024
More children to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

More children to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

08 February 2024

A Covid-19 booster jab will be offered to millions of patients in the spring and for the first time more children will be offered an extra vaccine.


Bereaved parents risk missing out on support as claim deadline looms

07 February 2024
Bereaved parents risk missing out on support as claim deadline looms

Bereaved parents risk missing out on support as claim deadline looms

07 February 2024

Thousands of unmarried parents who have lost a partner may be missing out on vital help as a deadline for restrospevtive bereavement payments closes.


Nestle to axe two biscuit bars

07 February 2024
Nestle to axe two biscuit bars

Nestle to axe two biscuit bars

07 February 2024

Nestle says it will no longer make two biscuit bars in its range because of declining sales, just months after Caramac bars were discontinued.


Drivers of new cars advised to buy a spare tyre

06 February 2024
Drivers of new cars advised to buy a spare tyre

Drivers of new cars advised to buy a spare tyre

06 February 2024

As increasing numbers of manufacturers ditch spare wheels in newer vehicles the AA says drivers without one must consider buying an extra tyre.


Lucozade and Ribena shortages ‘inevitable’ due to strike action

06 February 2024
Lucozade and Ribena shortages ‘inevitable’ due to strike action

Lucozade and Ribena shortages ‘inevitable’ due to strike action

06 February 2024

A union is warning of shortages of two popular drinks and the possibility of empty shelves because of industrial action by factory workers.


Learner drivers face disruption as strike looms

05 February 2024
Learner drivers face disruption as strike looms

Learner drivers face disruption as strike looms

05 February 2024

Learner drivers are facing more disruption as test examiners prepare to go on strike in a row over their increasing workload.


7 illnesses that can now be treated without seeing a GP

31 January 2024
7 illnesses that can now be treated without seeing a GP

7 illnesses that can now be treated without seeing a GP

31 January 2024

Prescriptions for seven common illnesses, including earache and a sore throat, will now be available to many patients without the need to see a GP.


Amazon Prime Video to include ads unless customers pay to remove them

30 January 2024
Amazon Prime Video to include ads unless customers pay to remove them

Amazon Prime Video to include ads unless customers pay to remove them

30 January 2024

Amazon Prime is to begin adding adverts to its television and film streaming service unless customers upgrade subscriptions and pay to remove them.


Oxfam offers music fans free entry to top UK summer festivals

30 January 2024
Oxfam offers music fans free entry to top UK summer festivals

Oxfam offers music fans free entry to top UK summer festivals

30 January 2024

Free tickets to some of the UK’s top summer music festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Reading are being offered by Oxfam and here’s why.


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