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  • Persistence pays with care home U-turn

    Persistence pays with care home U-turn

    Labour’s Lead Councillor for Adult Services in South Gloucestershire has welcomed a decision today to undertake a tendering exercise to develop new Elderly Persons’ accommodation providing nursing or dementia care at two sites in the district, having been advised just 4 months ago that the sites were no longer needed. Councillor Andy Perkins (Labour, Woodstock) is heralding the U-turn...

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  • Council gives ultimatum to housing developer

    Council gives ultimatum to housing developer

    A housing developer wanting to build 370 homes in Kingswood has been given two months to sign a legal agreement with the Council or have planning permission refused. Douglas Homes South West Ltd who submitted plans to South Gloucestershire Council in 2010 to build 306 homes, a 28-bed sheltered housing scheme and a 40-bed nursing home on the...

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  • Labour seeks sharper focus on skills

    Labour seeks sharper focus on skills

    Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have spoken out to urge the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to sharpen its focus on improving the skills of workers across the West of England. At a Council meeting earlier this week, several councillors raised the importance of developing current and future workers, so that local people are able up to take up opportunities...

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  • Living Wage plans “beefed up” by councillors

    Living Wage plans âbeefed upâ by councillors

    Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have helped to progress work on extending the scope of the Living Wage in South Gloucestershire at a meeting today. South Gloucestershire Council started to pay its own employees at least the Living Wage rate of £7.65 an hour last October, as a result of a Labour budget proposal. In tandem, Labour has...

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  • Councillor petition "a phony campaign"

    Councillor petition "a phony campaign"

    South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors are criticising UKIP for falsely suggesting that the Council has not looked to make savings by reducing the number of councillors, when in fact a cut has already been voted for in the Council’s long-term budget. UKIP has set up a petition which inaccurately states that “To date, there has been no mention of...

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  • Tories offer no costed alternative to bin charge

    Tories offer no costed alternative to bin charge

    A South Gloucestershire Council Committee has reluctantly agreed to endorse the charge introduced for green waste collections earlier this year after being told a U-turn would create a financial gap of up to £1.4m. The £36 annual charge was introduced in April as a contribution to the Council’s overall cuts programme, which will amount to £80m over the...

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  • Labour comments on election of new Tory leader

    Labour comments on election of new Tory leader

    Responding to this evening’s news that Councillor Matthew Riddle has been elected as the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council’s Conservatives, Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney said: “I congratulate Matthew on his election as Conservative Group Leader and wish him well in the role. The different parties have historically had effective working relations in South Gloucestershire,...

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