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  • Fovant Church
    Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Churches and other places of worship can apply for grants from a new £15million fund made available for the repair of roofs and guttering.

    The Coalition announced the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund in the Autumn Statement and grants between £10,000 and £100,000 will be available to places of worship of all faiths and denominations across the UK, where roof repairs are deemed to be urgent and necessary.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A proposal from Gladman Developments Ltd to build 110 homes at the Melksham end of the village next to Great Parks has been sent to the parish council. Cheshire-based Gladman say they'll be undertaking consultation with nearby residents by distributing a booklet detailing their proposals. They've also asked the parish council to consider any community benefits which could be provided.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    REDUCTIONS IN SERVICES AND STAFFING ON GREAT WESTERN RAIL SERVICES

    The RMT Union have written to draw our attention to their campaign regarding the new InterCity Express Programme trains

    They suspect government and train operating company plans for implementing the multibillion pound Intercity Express trains, which will ultimately be funded by the taxpayer and fare-payer, could see significant staffing and service cuts to the Great Western rail service.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2014

    Chief Constable sets out custody review plans

    The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Pat Geenty, has announced that the Force will be reviewing its custody needs for the central and southern parts of the county.

    Since the closure of Wilton Road Police Station in Salisbury in June this year, the Force has been carrying out a feasibility study into a potential site for a new custody unit in the Churchfields area of the city.

  • money
    Article: Dec 14, 2014

    Wiltshire Council has a £5million hole in its budgets, according to the latest revenue monitoring report. (Cabinet agenda item 19)

    Adult Social Services are overspending by £2,106,000. Children's Social Care is £330,000 over budget, with the cost of agncy staff identified as the main reason.

    Rubbish has a colossal £2,700,000 overspend, and the council admits it doesn't understand the volumes and costs of waste collection and disposal in the current financial year.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2014
    By Kevin Hannon
    If the UK leaves the EU will that reduce immigration into the UK? Yes, but the side effects could reduce much more than the UK population. The effects of UKIP policy could well unfold as follows.

    Phase 1) The UK economy wrecked. Immediately after the UK decides to leave the EU there's a run on the pound. Devaluation triggers price rises of imported goods, most immediately petrol and gas. Share values, especially of UK firms, fall sharply. Foreign direct investment ceases, as does most domestic investment. Many international companies leave the UK. They are be joined by others who have not yet gone public in their views. Foreign trade drops because trading relations with the EU (½ our foreign trade) are thrown into a legal limbo. There are negotiations, confusion and uncertainty to add to the exchange rate volatility of the pound. Pricing of trade goods and services into and out of the UK becomes uncertain, hazardous and expensive.

    Phase 2) EU migrants and UK workers leave. With currency, stock market, investment, trade all in turmoil unemployment rises as the economy contracts. Almost all EU migrants are in the UK to work: so if the work goes they go. EU migrants are mainly young, active, mobile people. Many are well educated, and with the whole of the EU to go to. As the UK economy crashes they return to the EU to find work there. Many non-EU migrants also leave to find work. Many young UK workers, especially the well-educated and skilled, with get-up-and-go attitude, leave to find work abroad. If the UK economy is in turmoil and contraction, putting millions of people out of work, then many people will leave the UK. That would be a UKIP success.

    Phase 3) Drastically reduced government spending. With a contracting economy, rising unemployment and tax-payers leaving the country there is a fall in UK tax revenues. At the same time the financial uncertainty about the UK future forces up the cost of UK treasury borrowing. It is like after the 2008 financial crisis only worse. We have the sort of crisis that hit Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, but without the ECB to help. The multiple whammy against UK government finances forces drastic cuts in public expenditure. Public services have to be cut.

    Phase 4) Pensioners hit. Pensions fall in size and purchasing power. Private pensions fall because the stock market falls reduce the value of pension funds and their payouts. The state pension has to be frozen or reduced because of cuts in government spending. Smaller pensions meet rising prices, especially for heating and food. Result - falling living standards for most pensioners, and a cut back NHS. The less well off and people on fixed incomes are usually the hardest hit by price rises and cuts in services.

    These are the most immediate and obvious economic effects we risk from leaving the EU. The long term effects are incalculable but would certainly be serious.

    Leaving the EU would be a huge gamble for the people of the UK. We would risk having an economic crisis and contraction. And for what? Our daily contribution to the EU is 30 pence per person. In comparison paying the interest on the national debt is about £2 per day per person and government spending is about £30 a day each. To risk wrecking the national economy for the sake of just 30p a day is crazy. UKIP leaflets should have a health warning on them: "This party can seriously damage your wealth."
  • unemployment
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in South West Wiltshire have welcomed a fall in unemployment in the region of 43,000 compared to 2013. The figures also show a fall of 13,000 in June to August compared to the previous three months.

    SWWilts prospective parliamentary candidate Trevor Carbin said, "These figures are encouraging but there's a long way to go to rebalance the economy. We need to cut income tax for people on low and middle incomes, invest in apprenticeships for young people, keep interest rates low and cut the deficit."

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    The Inspector has issued his final report into the examination of the Wiltshire Core Strategy. He provides a summary as follows:

    "This report concludes that Wiltshire Core Strategy provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the county over the plan period providing a number of modifications are made to the Plan. Such modifications have arisen over the course of the Examination and are provided in the Appendix at the end of this report. The majority have been proposed by the Council who specifically requested that I recommend any modifications necessary to enable them to adopt the Plan.

  • elderly resident holding hands with young care worker
    Article: Dec 12, 2014
    By Trevor Carbin

    The report by the Burstow Commission on the future of the home care workforce has been produced and can be read here.

    It gives a bleak picture of the state of home care, with exploitative providers, a demoralised and impoverished workforce, cash-strapped councils squeezing providers, and a poor service being given to the people who receive home care.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014
    By WC

    All waste and recycling collection days will change over the festive holiday period, as there will be no collections taking place on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

    You can check your revised collection dates and print off a waste calendar

    There are no garden waste collections between Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, January 6.

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