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  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    Today we woke to a deeply divided country. Fear has beaten hope, fiction has beaten fact and our country has been catapulted into the unknown.

    Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept.

    An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain's future.

    Already today a thousand new members have joined the Liberal Democrats in a spontaneous act of those who refuse to allow Farage's vision of a bitter Britain to win.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2016

    Following the resignation of Cllr Keith Humphries from his position as a member of cabinet, Jane Scott has announced the appointment of Cllr Jerry Wickham as the cabinet lead member for Health (including Public Health) and Adult Social Care.

    Keith has tendered his resignation due to family commitments.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2016

    The decision by Wiltshire Conservatives to charge charities for using the Household Recycling Centres was 'called in' by Independent councillor Chris Caswill, with the backing of a dozen other opposition councillors.

    A special meeting of the Scrutiny Committee was called for June 21st to consider the call-in.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2016

    "This morning with my kids all I could think about was the family who've woken up with their lives changed forever.

    Yesterday a mum, who left home to do her job to serve her constituents, was cruelly and brutally taken from them. Her husband and their children are in my thoughts and prayers.

    When something terrible happens, I feel it. I am not one of those who shies away from emotion. And I, like so many others, am really feeling it today.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2016

    The Basic Broadband Commitment scheme has been designed to provide support to the homes and businesses that are unable to receive broadband speeds in excess of 2 megabits per second (Mbps) and who will not be benefitting from the superfast broadband rollout.

    The scheme was previously referred to as the Universal Service Commitment (USC).

  • Article: Jun 13, 2016

    Following Wiltshire Conservatives' decision to cut the opening hours of our recycling centres and to impose charges for garden waste collections, incidents of fly tipping are on the rise. Here's an extract from a report to the WC 'cabinet':

    "The final quarter of 2015/16 saw a rise in the number of fly tipping incidents reported. There were over 800 between the start of January and the end of March which was 10% higher than the same period in the previous year. During the whole of 2015/16 the relevant service dealt with a total of more than 2,700 reports of fly-tipping.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2016

    "I've just paid the council tax but the link I use normally off the homepage (Pay>>>Pay your Council Tax) is broken and I had to navigate through the old site to get to the new site's payment page.

    What's more, at the bottom of the 'Contact' page is a 'Help us to improve this site' feedback form which I tried, but that's broken too and doesn't submit! Please ask them to use my council tax to PAY THE FLIPPING WEBSITE PROGRAMMER or get an intern to do it or something. Half their links still go to the old site which looks like it was built in the 20th century, it's just embarrassing."

  • Article: May 25, 2016

    Today the Electoral Reform Society and leading universities are pleased to announce the launch of 'A Better Referendum' - a new online democratic tool to create a more informed EU referendum debate.

    Many believe the EU debate has so far been focused too much on personalities, so we are working to ensure there is a vibrant and lively debate about the EU looking at the issues: from health and education to the economy and immigration.

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    Article: May 25, 2016

    Wiltshire Conservatives have decreed that charities must pay if they want to take their waste to Household Recycling Centres. Up to now the service has been free. Those most affected are charities with shops where unsaleable donated goods have to be disposed of.

    The fee will be £44 for six visits per year, or £70 for up to 12 visits. Some schools and housing associations will also be expected to pay.

  • Article: May 20, 2016

    Just Debate was launched in November 2014 with the publication of simple, short and impartial articles helping young people understand politics. The site grew over time and eventually secured a large investment to help strengthen their brand and vision.

    Here's a message from co-founder Benjamin Fisher.