Monthly Archives: March 2019

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

The latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions has revealed that a record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid.

This means that 70% of all ‘poor’ children were from working families, which is up from 67% on last year. The age of children in poverty has also changed, with 53% of all children living in poverty aged under 5.

The figures show that the high cost of housing in the UK is pushing more and more working families over the poverty line. According to calculations by the National Housing Federation nearly a third of all children in the UK are living in poverty because of spiralling rents and mortgage costs. They are calling for the government to urgently invest more money in social housing.
The government have said that tackling poverty is a priority.

Expansion of Rainbow Resource Scheme

Expansion of Rainbow Resource Scheme

Organisations and attractions across the South West are being invited to join a scheme designed to raise awareness and offer support to families with a child who has an additional need or disability (SEND). By signing up to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Rainbow Resource Scheme, participants agree to accept a special card as… Read More…

People encouraged to have their say as extended consultation on vision for special schools in Wiltshire goes live

People encouraged to have their say as extended consultation on vision for special schools in Wiltshire goes live

The extended consultation on how Wiltshire Council can best invest at least £20m into providing special school education in the future is now live. People are encouraged to have their say on the consultation https://surveys.wiltshire.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=155361849666 which will be live until 6 May 2019. Wiltshire Council has taken the decision to extend the consultation after an… Read More…

Wiltshire Council submits exciting Future High Street Fund bids for Chippenham and Trowbridge

Wiltshire Council submits exciting Future High Street Fund bids for Chippenham and Trowbridge

Wiltshire Council has submitted expressions of interest for the Government’s Future High Street Fund to boost the town centres in Chippenham and Trowbridge for residents, businesses and visitors. The Future High Streets fund is a £675m central government fund that is open for applications from towns and cities throughout England. The fund recognises the continuing… Read More…

Quicker, more direct and more reliable buses coming to North Somerset

Quicker, more direct and more reliable buses coming to North Somerset

Bus operator First West of England will be making improvements to its North Somerset services from Sunday 28 April.  The changes include route and timetable alterations to improve reliability and punctuality and provide quicker, more direct routes for the majority of customers across North Somerset. The changes have been introduced after a series of customer roadshows,… Read More…

Brave Man will Skydive for Children and Families of Frome

Brave Man will Skydive for Children and Families of Frome

Purple Elephant Productions, the people behind the Children’s Festival and Toy Library, are very excited that one of their loyal volunteers is being exceedingly brave and doing a skydive to help raise funds for their work, bringing free activities to the children and families of Frome. Local Frome resident, John Clarke, has already helped at… Read More…

Help needed to save Wiltshire children’s centres

Help needed to save Wiltshire children’s centres

6 MORE CHILDREN’S CENTRES THREATENED WITH CLOSURE.   A campaign has started to fight the proposed closure of Westbury’s Children’s Centre. Wiltshire Council has proposed closing 6 more Children’s Centres (formerly known as SureStart centres) only 3 years after a reorganisation that saw nearly half of all such centres close. Following the launch of the… Read More…

Best cities for relocating families

Best cities for relocating families

With so many factors—from job opportunities to cost of living— to consider, deciding where to put down roots can be a minefield. Trying to pick the right place to build a life when you have a young family is even more challenging. You want to raise your family in the best environment possible, so when… Read More…

New future for Youth Connect

New future for Youth Connect

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s youth support service, Youth Connect is to become an independent Public Service Mutual. Youth Connect supports young people helping them to participate fully in education, training and employment and to improve their confidence, mental health and relationships. Last year, staff from the service successfully applied for government funding to… Read More…

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