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  • Article: Apr 27, 2022
    By Lib Dems

    About 12% of families* in Wiltshire rely 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.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2022

    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.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2022
    By Wilts Police

    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.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022

    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.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2022

    An application to build an 80-bed care home north of Bath Road, Pickwick, was refused by Wiltshire Council and has now been dismissed by an appeal inspector.

    The main reason for the decision was the impact on the Conservation Area, but the question of the five year land supply was also considered in some detail by the inspector.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2022
    By WC

    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.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2022

    Household energy bills are set to rise by another £96 per year because of the government's plans to build eight new nuclear power plants, new figures have revealed.

    This comes as the government has released its long awaited energy strategy which focused on expensive, new nuclear rather than onshore wind, one of the cheapest forms of renewables.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2022

    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.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2022
    By Lib Dems

    A typical family in the county is set to pay an extra £260 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as the cost of living crunch hits harder.

    Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with a £49m tax hit.

    Lib Dems are demanding an emergency VAT cut to put money back in the pockets of families.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2022

    The government's COVID grant support schemes have come to an end. In Wiltshire £183m has gone to businesses to help them through the pandemic.

    In total, 32,000 payments have been made since March 2020.

    This includes grants to support rate-paying businesses, non-rate paying businesses, hospitality and leisure grants, retail grants, and discretionary grants.