About 12% of families* in Wiltshirerely on heating oil to keep their homes warm, meaning they aren't protected by the energy price cap and are vulnerable to soaring prices.
Prices of heating oil have more than doubled to around 95p a litre, compared to 45p in August 2021. It means the cost of heating oil for the average household is expected to increase by between £700 and £1,700 this year.
A previous meeting of Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee saw a split between the Conservative councillors, who all voted in favour of the incinerator, and opposition ones who all voted against. Since then there's been a lot of lobbying, including from Andrew Murrison MP, so when it went back to committee they voted to defer the application, against the officer recommendation to permit it.
Wiltshire Police is looking for people to 'be the difference they want to see' in their communities. The Force opens police officer applications on Monday 25 April, the last round of recruitment in Wiltshire as part of the Government's pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers by March 2023.
Since the start of the national Uplift recruitment drive in autumn 2019, Wiltshire has welcomed 297 student police officers, with a further 140 places available over the next 12 months. The three-year Uplift programme is funding an additional 163 police officers in Wiltshire, over and above the Force's normal recruitment to replace leavers and retirees.
Wiltshire has made good strides in improving workforce diversity, encouraging more women and ethnic minority communities - who are underrepresented in policing - to consider a career in policing, but there is still more to do.
After some uncertainty about the process, Wiltshire Council has started to pay out the £150 government energy rebate to some households, but residents are asked to be patient as this will take time.
In February, the Government announced that all households in England whose primary residence is in council tax bands A to D are entitled to a one-off council tax energy rebate payment of £150. Around 150,000 households in Wiltshire are eligible.
Taxi drivers are disappearing, so Wiltshire Council is trying to get people to take up the trade.
Not only are taxi drivers needed by the community, but Wiltshire Council also needs drivers to fulfil its growing number of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) school and social care contracts. These contracts offer regular work and hours.
Wiltshire Council has lots of contracts available which start at around £30 a day for short routes, increasing to £250+ a day for longer routes. Drivers are free to combine these contracts with rank work.
The move to electric vehicles will accelerate over the next couple of decades as it becomes ever more difficult and expensive to run petrol cars. This will lead to new problems and significant changes to our roads and streets.
For those with nice driveways or garages there's no problem. It gets tricky in areas where people rely on on-street or communal parking.
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