This department is responsible for running the council.
It is organized into units for adult education, community safety, cultural development, emergency planning, libraries and archives, the Kent drug and alcohol team, Kent scientific services, Kent Volunteers, registration services (births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships), sports development, Kent Trading Standards, the Turner Contemporary, youth offending service, and youth services.
This encompasses the Kent Youth County Council which provides the young people of the county to have a voice on the issues that matter to young people aged 11–18.
Successes of the youth council include the introduction of the Kent Freedom Pass, which allows unlimited travel around Kent for a year at the cost of £100.
The Youth County Council holds its elections every November, and four young people from each of the 12 districts are elected to a two-year term.
Kent County Council is a county council that governs most of the county of Kent in England.
It is the upper tier of elected local government, below which are 12 district councils, and around 300 town and parish councils. The chief executive and chief officers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council. Kent County Council is currently controlled by the Conservative Party and the official opposition is the UK Independence Party with 17 seats.
It is one of the largest local authorities in England in terms of population served and the largest local authority of its type.
The County Council is made up of 84 elected county councillors.
The full council meets seven times a year to agree the council's Constitution and amendments to it, appoint the Leader, and approve the policy framework and budget (including the level of Council Tax). The cabinet is responsible for the strategic thinking and decisions that steer how the council is run.
The cabinet meets monthly and take decisions collectively.
Local boards are local community groups that hold regular public meetings across Kent so that the people of Kent to voice issues that affect their community. There are 12 local boards in Kent, and every county councillor is required to be a member of one local board.