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  • Council Budget - desperate times require desperate measures

    Council Budget - desperate times require desperate measures

    Labour’s leader in South Gloucestershire today outlined the Labour Group’s priorities for the council’s budget in the next financial year. In the debate at the council's annual budget-setting meeting this evening, she highlighted the huge financial pressure being faced by the council, slamming the Coalition Government and stating that desperate times require desperate measures. Councillor Pat Rooney outlined the...

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  • Kings Chase councillors welcome Kingsmeadow improvements

    Kings Chase councillors welcome Kingsmeadow improvements

    Labour councillors in one part of Kingswood are today celebrating the success of their work to improve open space facilities in their ward. The councillors for Kings Chase ward attended the opening of a further phase of open space improvements at Kingsmeadow Green, which they have been pursuing for over two years. Work has taken place over that time to...

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  • Police support reprieved - for a year

    Police support reprieved - for a year

    Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are welcoming their success in proposing the reprieve of 9 Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) posts that were earmarked to be cut in the coming year. South Gloucestershire Council is having to cut its spending by £80 million over the decade, and to implement those cuts councillors were faced with having to slash £277k...

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  • Welcome progress on Independent Living Fund

    Welcome progress on Independent Living Fund

    Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are welcoming the success of pressure that they helped to apply to ensure that the district’s recipients of Independent Living Fund (ILF) payments have an extra year to deal with the withdrawal of the scheme by central government. The ILF is a central government fund to assist people with disabilities to undertake aspects of everyday...

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  • MP criticised for ignorance over Cossham

    MP criticised for ignorance over Cossham

    The councillor who chairs South Gloucestershire’s Health Scrutiny Committee has criticised Kingswood Tory MP Chris Skidmore for “parading his ignorance” over the committee’s powers. Yesterday South Gloucestershire’s Health Scrutiny Committee formally referred the local NHS Group’s decision not to open a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital to the Secretary of State for Health for reconsideration. The committee had...

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  • Kingswood development goes ahead after 4 years

    Kingswood development goes ahead after 4 years

    A housing developer wanting to build 370 homes in Kingswood has finally got the go-ahead after signing a legal agreement with the local Council. Douglas Homes South West Ltd who submitted plans to build 306 homes, a 28-bed sheltered housing scheme and a 40-bed nursing home on the site of the former Douglas motorcycle works in Kingswood have been granted...

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  • 'Government blackmail' ends Grange fight

    'Government blackmail' ends Grange fight

    Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire say that government blackmail has resulted in the Council’s decision last night to close the Grange School and Sports College. Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors outvoted Labour to close the school after an impassioned debate which saw pupils, parents, former staff and union reps plead for the school to be kept open. Labour describes the...

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