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Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive, South West Councils

Welcome to the latest edition of  SWCouncilsNews – we hope you continue to find it useful. 

As always, please do continue to let us know what you think of this newsletter or submit stories for publication, as well as ideas for future events and please keep telling us about your successes you want to share in this newsletter. 

Yours, Bryony

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Local Economy and Finance

Public responses show overall support for £1billion West of England devolution deal
Residents have had the opportunity to have their say...

Brexit could cost Cornwall 'hundreds of millions', councillors says
Council warns it could lose out on ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ in the event of a Brexit, despite Government assurances lost EU funding would be covered....

£250 million milestone for Start Up Loans
£250 million of Start Up Loans have been made available to entrepreneurs...

Avon & Somerset Constabulary awarded £686,500
South West awarded £686,500 from the Police Transformation Fund 2016/17.... 

 
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Transport

Councils call for power to fine utility companies for road works
Local authorities are calling for tough new powers to tackle ‘rush hour gridlock’ caused by utility companies digging up roads....
 

 
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Environment and Energy

North Somerset Council considers banning drones
North Somerset Council is considering introducing a PSPO in order to ban the use of drones in public places...

Bristol opts for integrated waste service
Bristol City Council has approved plans for all its waste services to be delivered by one council-owned company....

Green Flag Awards 2016 Winners announced
South West receives 100 awards as a region... 
 

 
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HR Services

Consultation on mandatory gender pay reporting for public sector employers
This consultation seeks views on introducing mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large public sector employers....
 

 
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Training and Events

South East Coaching and Mentoring Conference
2 February 2017
Marwell Hotel, Winchester

LGA Hosts SW Regional Event on Taxi Licensing/Child Sexual Exploitation

Taxi licensing – Oversight, scrutiny, and decision making on 20 October 2016 in Taunton....

To view the Training and Event schedule, click here...
 

 

Housing

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing
The LGA has called on the Government to make urgent reforms to the Right to Buy (RTB) scheme...

Record number homes built in Bath & North East Somerset
A total of 809 new homes were built in the area in 2015-2016....

Councils launch new building control partnership
Four Somerset councils have teamed up to provide an innovative new building control partnership....

 
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Health and Wellbeing

Come Back to Social Work pilot scheme launch on 6 September
The opportunity for social workers to come back to social work....

HSE Survey
Work equipment inspection and thorough examination survey...

Future of an ageing population
A new Government report just out .......

Department of Health Consultation
DoH consultation to apply performance ratings to other sectors regulated by CQC ......

NHS - the first new joint regional chief nurse appointments
The first two joint regional chief nurse appointments have been made by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI)....

  

 
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Top Stories

 

Bath and North East Somerset Council appoints new Chief Executive
Ashley Ayre will take on the role from August 2016...

New Chief Executive for South Somerset District Council
Alex Parmley confirmed as South Somerset District Council's (SSDC) new Chief Executive....

A new Interim Chief Executive is set to join Bristol City Council
Former Birmingham boss to join Bristol City Council as Interim Chief Executive....

Consultation on unitary proposals for Dorset – why get involved?
Responding to the need to save money, Dorset’s councils are considering reducing the number of councils in the county from nine to two from 2019....

Report calls for merger of two Somerset councils
Taunton Deane Borough Council votes for merger with West Somerset...

What next for devolution?
Be part of the discussion .......

Tour of Britain coming to the South West
This will begin three days of racing in the South West after a one-year absence for the area... 
 

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Children and Young People

 

Parliament education trips for schools
Bookings being taken from schools for new Parliamentary Education Centre ......

Childcare Funding Consultation
Early years funding: changes to funding for 3 and 4 year olds...

Five ways councils can get more young people to vote
Government departments and councils should be looking at how to engage young people in the future....

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Stronger Communities

 

The Great Place Scheme
A £15 million pilot programme set up by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and Arts Council England....

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Fire and Rescue Services

 

Home Office publishes fire procurement information for the first time
The Home Office publishes data as part of transparency agenda to make the fire service more accountable to the public...
 

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