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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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Health and Wellbeing

Councils welcome fall in number of teenage pregnancies

Council leaders have welcomed the fall in the number of teenage pregnancies but have warned more needs to be done to tackle inequalities between wards....

 
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Housing

Benefit cuts ‘fuelling’ rising homelessness, charity warns

A housing shortfall and Government benefit cuts are ‘fuelling’ rising homelessness as councils warn they are struggling to find social tenancies for homeless people...

 
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Stronger Communities

Councils urge public to report suspicions of modern slavery

The public needs to be more aware of modern slavery, council chiefs warn as figures reveal the ‘hidden crime’ soaring....

16 places across England will collectively receive £20 million to put arts and culture at the heart of their communities.

16 places across England will collectively receive £20 million to put arts and culture at the heart of their communities....

"From suffrage to citizenship" project launched

The ‘From suffrage to citizenship’ project has been established in order to celebrate the lives and contributions of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. Pioneers that worked hard for women to win the vote and who then went on to use their new political voice to improve their own communities....

Nine in ten children now live in working households

The number of children living in workless households has fallen to an all-time low, with nine in children living with at least one working adult...

 
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Local Economy and Finance

Heritage body announces £6m investment in historic sites

A multi-million pound investment in English heritage sites will support councils in reviving local economies, public body says....

 
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Top Stories

 

Survey Finds Local Councillors Are Not ‘Digital Dinosaurs’

A survey of over 800 elected Councillors investigates the attitudes and perceptions of Councillors towards digital technology and leadership...

Councils call for powers to ban pavement parking

Council chiefs have called for laws banning pavement parking in London to be rolled out across the country in order to crack down on motorists endangering lives....

Assembly Rooms and Roman Baths win UK Wedding Awards

Two Bath & North East Somerset Council-run venues have been recognised in the UK Wedding Awards 2017....

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Environment and Energy

 

Coastal communities given £40m cash boost

Coastal and fishing communities are set to share £40m in new funding to help create new jobs and boost local economies....

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Transport

 

Council chiefs have called for laws banning pavement parking in London to be rolled out across the country in order to crack down on motorists endangering lives....

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