3,000 could lose free school meals under Government plans

Thousands of children in the Cotswolds could lose their right to a free school meal under the Conservative Government’s plans to review the scheme.

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Public meeting to discuss future of popular Cirencester playing field

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A public meeting is being held on Wednesday to discuss the future of a Cirencester playing field with an uncertain future.

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Air Balloon solution stalling

Last year the Department of Transport approved funding to Highways England for fixing the A417 'Missing Link', as part of a £15 billion countrywide road improvement scheme, but it has now been confirmed that a solution will not be delivered before 2021.

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Councillors to hold residents surgery this weekend

Cirencester’s two County Councillors are holding an advice surgery this weekend to give residents the opportunity to raise any issues they have about the local area. 

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Help for refugees welcomed by Lib Dems

content_regugeeswelcome.jpgLeader of the opposition at Cotswold District Council, Councillor Joe Harris has welcomed news that the authority is to look at what it can do to help support refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Council approves new ways to grow local apprenticeships

County Councillors have approved a report that proposes how best to promote and grow apprenticeships across Gloucestershire.

At a full council meeting council members unanimously agreed recommendations put forward by the ‘Apprenticeship task group'. The proposals include doing more to put apprenticeships at the forefront of people’s minds earlier in a young persons’ school career.

To help inform the report, the task group ran a number of focus groups with employers, schools, training providers and young people to discover the challenges facing apprenticeships. Employers across Gloucestershire were also surveyed about their experiences.

The group discovered three key issues facing apprenticeships in the county; the perception of apprenticeships among some teachers, schools, young people and parents does not match reality, young people need high quality career advice and support to develop the skills they need to start their careers in the workplace and employers need to be better informed, supported and encouraged to take on apprentices. The task group then looked into ways to tackle these issues.

The apprenticeship task group was set up following a motion to council in June 2014 led by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach) who has also chaired the cross-party initiative.

He said: “When I proposed last year that we set up a task force to boost the number of apprenticeships locally I didn't realise just how much we could achieve in a short time. Working cross-party we have seen that there's a lot of work to be done to get the message out loud and clear that apprenticeships are a brilliant way to enter the world of work.

“Now, we have come up with a set of recommendations which will give employers, schools and young people much more information about how to become an apprentice. Many employers have issues in finding the right people for roles and so getting people equipped with the right skills through apprenticeships is one way to help address this."

Using their knowledge of apprenticeships in the county the group has also been able to provide valuable advice to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on its commissioning of an apprenticeship hub.

Since 2010, 15560 apprenticeships have been created in the county.


Lib Dems slam public health budget cuts in the Cotswolds

Figures released last week by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £1,546,000 cut to the public health budget in Gloucestershire. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS. 

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Special Council meeting secured to discuss South Cerney waste site

The Liberal Democrats on Cotswold District Council (CDC) have been successful in ensuring a special Council meeting will be held to discuss the suitability of South Cerney as a home for an expanded waste vehicle depot.

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Lib Dem dismay at waste depot planning breach

Liberal Democrat Councillors in the Cotswolds have reacted with concern at news that the waste company SITA have been operating unlawfully at the firm’s waste depot site in South Cerney for over ten years.

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Tim Farron elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats

Watch Tim Farron's fantastic first speech as Leader of the Liberal Democrats below.

 

 

 


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