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  • Single point of access for housing ()
    Article: Dec 29, 2021
    In Wiltshire Council (edited)

    Wiltshire Council is introducing a new single number for its housing enquiries from the New Year.

    From 4th January the Housing Advice Service will have a single entry point for all enquiries.

    On that date all old numbers, including different numbers for different areas, will stop working and people can ring through on one number 0300 456 0106.

    The service provides tailored advice to those with housing issues or who are at risk of homelessness. The service deals with those facing eviction or possession action, affordability issues with paying rent or mortgages, or concerns over the suitability of existing accommodation, among other housing problems. People can also contact the team by email homeless@wiltshire.gov.uk

    Our Homes4Wiltshire team remain on 0300 456 0104 for all enquiries relating to joining the housing register.

    For more information see Contact Housing Options - Wiltshire Council

  • Tory Cabinet ratings ()
    Article: Dec 28, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Conservative home, the Tory equivilent of LibDemVoice runs a cabinet league table; Essentially who is considered by the party members to be the most popular cabinet minister.

    In the latest satisfaction ratings, Johnson is in freefall, this is the Prime Minister's second consecutive month in negative ratings, his third altogether, and his lowest total of the lot. The explanation ConHome argue is likely parties, competence, Covid restrictions, Paterson, taxes and Net Zero, nothing however on the constant stream of misrepresentation and untruthfulness, dspite evidence to the contrary (think Tory Parties denialss) that emit from the Prime Minister.

  • Article: Dec 28, 2021
    In Wiltshire Times

    THERE are calls for the government to tackle a cold home crisis as new figures show there were 320 excess winter deaths in Wiltshire between 2019 and 2020, excluding those from Covid-19.

    Excess winter deaths are defined as the difference between the number of deaths recorded in the cold months (December to March) compared with the average number of deaths in the warmer four-month periods before (August to November) and after (April to July).

  • Article: Dec 24, 2021
    In New Valley News

    So much attention goes to the prepping and purchasing at Christmas, but very little to the waste we produce. 9 in 10 Britons - around 57.8 million people - celebrate Christmas, making it the biggest seasonal event in the UK with an annual spend of £24.4 billion. The UK produces over 688,000 tonnes of Christmas waste every year, making it the most wasteful national holiday with fifteen times the amount of waste compared to any other celebration.

  • Tim Farron MP in front of Westminster
    Article: Dec 23, 2021
    By Peter Dobbs

    Brexit: Australia deal will cause £94m blow to UK farming, fishing and forestry

    Government admits that the post-Brexit trade deal with Australia will damage the UK's agriculture and food sectors by hundreds of millions of pounds, according to the government's own impact assessment.

    Lib Dem MP Tim Farron comments in an article in the Independent "Boris Johnson has sold farmers down the river to make a quick buck in a misguided trade deal with Australia. Now the reality of what's on the table is clear, it's vital that parliament is given a vote on the deal."

  • r543n (Photo by T on Unsplash)
    Article: Dec 21, 2021

    On the very day the government suffered a heavy defeat in the North Shropshire by election fuelled by incompetence, local neglect and setting rules it then ignores came the news that the man appointed to investigate whether a growing number of Whitehall parties had broken covid rules in place at the time announced he was stepping down from the enquiry.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2021
    In New Valley News

    More than 370 military families from Wiltshire who have a serving person deployed this Christmas have received a free teddy bear from the charity "Little Troopers".

    The military children's charity has partnered with the Build-A-Bear Foundation to distribute more than 2,000 free teddy bears to military families across the UK as part of its Christmas Smiles campaign, to bring smiles to the faces of military children over the holidays.

  • Merry Christmas
    Article: Dec 19, 2021
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
    We wish all of South West Wiltshire's residents a very Merry Christmas and New Year.
    And look forward to the many opportunities that 2022 will bring.

  • Wiltshire Liberal Democrats ()
    Article: Dec 18, 2021
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    The Lib Dems are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including here in Wiltshire, following the historic by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire.

    The party won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary by-election the Lib Dems have won against the Tories this year, following their victory in Chesham and Amersham in the summer.
    The Lib Dems made gains in all the five Wiltshire seats in the last general election, coming second in four out of the five constituencies. The party needs much less than the 34.2% swing they achieved in the North Shropshire by-election, to win all five seats.
    The party have been winning in recent local elections.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2021
    In Wiltshire Times

    The Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire has officially opened Warminster's new ambulance station.

    As part of the opening event, SWASFT chief executive Will Warrender presented a long-service and good conduct award to local lead paramedic Gerald O'Connor.

    Gerald received his 20-year award for making a huge difference to the lives of many. As part of his committed service to the community of Warminster, Gerald has been a sole paramedic with a rapid response car and has a role in a double-crewed ambulance team.

    Commenting on the new station, Jane Whichello, SWASFT Deputy County Commander, said: "This has been a key project for the organisation during a period of significant and sustained pressure and we are incredibly proud to be able to showcase this new station. Local colleagues helped to design and equip a modern, professional workplace for staff in Warminster and the surrounding areas.''

    In addition to the Lord-Lieutenant, the event was attended by Sir Charles Hobhouse Bt., High Sheriff of Wiltshire; Councillor Denis Brett, Deputy Mayor of Warminster; Will Warrender, SWASFT Chief Executive; Tony Fox, SWASFT Chairman; Jessica Cunningham, SWASFT Executive Director of Operations, and operational colleagues.

    The station has been fully operational since March 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trust has been unable to arrange an official station opening ceremony until now.

    The station provides paramedics with the latest facilities to best deliver local emergency care needs. It is the base for two double-crewed ambulances - one of which runs 24 hours a day.

    A team of 16 crew members work from the new site, which provides good road access across Wiltshire. It is a well-equipped base for the start and end of crews' shifts as they spend the vast majority of the day on the road responding to the needs of patients across Wiltshire and beyond.

    Award for Warminster paramedic as new ambulance station opened | Wiltshire Times