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County council under fire over plans to scrap mental health support scheme for new mums

A row has broken out over a controversial decision to scrap a mental health scheme which helps pregnant women and new mothers.The Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council says the change will help to streamline services and...

Forest versus Derby tickets, international trips and Disney on Ice – the freebies given out to city councillors

Forest versus Derby tickets and international trips are among the gifts which were offered to Nottingham city councillors in the last decade.Ice hockey and tennis tickets also made up the list of offers, as well...

City Council sets out its vision for Nottingham in the 2020s

A plan which sets out Nottingham City Council’s priorities and ambitions for the start of a new decade has been published. See full document. The Council Plan for 2019-2023 was signed off by councillors at a...

Cross-party call on Government to publish social care plan

Politicians from all parties have called on the Government to do more to provide a long-term plan for adult social care in Nottinghamshire.The issue was debated during a meeting of the county council on Thursday...

Political row over Arnold flooding continues

Severe flooding which saw torrents of water flooding down streets and caused more than 40 properties to be badly damaged has again been the subject of a political row.In June,  24 homes and 20 businesses...

Council bosses respond to £1.5 billion social care boost

Social care bosses in Notts have reacted to news that an additional £1.5 billion is set to be made available to councils to help tackle the growing funding crisis in adult social care.From April next...

Council partners with Public Health England in commitment to better mental health

Rushcliffe Borough Council has signed up to Public Health England’s (PHE) Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health to promote the wider health initiative.This will see the authority work closely with PHE to take significant...

Council says Government funding cuts are hurting local people in letter to Chancellor

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been urged by Nottingham City Council to restore the funding sources that previous Chancellors have taken away from Nottingham. Councillor Sam Webster, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, Growth and...

Council approves new school for Edwalton

At the Planning Committee held today at Nottinghamshire County Council, members agreed to grant permission for the new Primary School and Nursery at Sharphill.The committee discussed the plans at length and agreed with the officer...

Pay rise for Nottinghamshire foster carers in council’s recruitment drive

Plans aimed at attracting new foster carers and retaining current carers have been approved at Children and Young People’s Committee today (Monday, 15 July).The county council is recommending revised payment rates to foster carers in...

Call for independent review into controversial gravel pit

A controversial plan which includes a new gravel mine in Barton-in-Fabis has taken a step forward.But calls are already being made for elements of the plan to be independently reviewed alongside an examination of the...

Council trial scheme to give road verges ‘back to nature’

Hundreds of miles of road verges could be ‘given back to nature’, with less aggressive verge trimming, more trees planted, and current trees left to grow.It is hoped the scheme could save money for the...

Travellers bring ‘cloud of fear’ to Nottingham, says councillor

A Conservative councillor has likened a group of travellers heading to a planned horsefair as a ‘biblical plague’.From July 25, travellers will head to next to Junction 26 of the M1, in Nuthall after an...

Mansfield residents asked where new traveller sites should go

A project to provide more regulated places for travellers to stop in Mansfield will see four new camps set aside, it has been revealed.A total of 122 sites were initially considered, with 15 now remaining...

Labour calls for TV licences to be kept free for pensioners in Notts

Last month’s controversial decision by the BBC to ask most pensioners to pay for their TV licences is set to be discussed in Nottinghamshire, with Labour calling for the decision to be reversed.Around 3.7 million...

City Council pledges to become free of single-use plastic by 2023

Nottingham City Council is pledging to stop using single-use plastic over the next four years as part of its new Council Plan.Action includes looking at ways to reduce the use of plastics at events such...

City Council motion stands up for Nottingham’s private renters

Cllr Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Heritage took a motion to July’s Full Council to highlight the insecurity many Nottingham renters face, praised the Council’s Safer Housing Team for the good work...

Nottingham City Council to buy more homes to meet housing need

Nottingham City Council has approved plans to buy back more than 250 former council houses.The four-year scheme, which was approved at the Council’s Executive Board meeting on Tuesday 18 June, will involve more than 300...

Sports facilities get share of £600,000 Council funding

Improvements to local sport clubs, new play areas and better access for people with disabilities are among the many projects set to benefit in the latest round of County Council funding.The Local Improvement Scheme is...

Council to lobby Government about growing funding pressures

A new Council finance report reveals that Nottinghamshire County Council is spending an additional £7.5 million this year to meet a sharp rise in the number of children taken into care and requiring residential or...

County Council £7.5m over child social care budget

The rising number of children being taken into care and fostering has left the county council £7.5m over its child social care budget.The Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council is expected to pass a motion calling for...

Contractor appointed for £40m Gedling Access Road

A construction firm has been appointed for the new multi-million pound Gedling Access Road.The road, which runs past the new Chase Farm Development from the A612 Colwick Loop Road to the B684 Plains Road,...

£1.6m bonus for council from sale of land for cinema complex

Broxtowe Borough Council received significantly more than they expected for selling a plot of land.A multi-million pound development known as Beeston Square Phase Two will see a new cinema, bars and restaurants built next to...

Most disabled people in Notts out-of-pocket as care costs increase

Vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire are still considerably out of pocket, months after a controversial change to the way benefits are charged came into effect.Nottinghamshire County Council said the extra £3.8 million a year extra...

Kath Marriott assumes interim Chief Executive role at Rushcliffe Borough Council

Kath Marriott has assumed the role as Rushcliffe Borough Council’s new interim Chief Executive. Mrs Marriott starts the position from today (Monday 1 July ) from outgoing Chief Executive Allen Graham, having been Deputy CEO since...

Council adds £220,000 to salary bill over four years

The party in charge of Ashfield District Council has been accused of creating new paid jobs for its councillors after a controversial decision was approved this week.In the first cabinet meeting since they took overall...

Report potholes and access services with £90,000 council app

A new app for mobile phones which will allow people to report potholes, find out school opening times and access a host of other council services is on the way.The free app, known as MyNotts,...

Nottingham City Council statement supporting Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools

Nottingham City Council has released this statement saying that it supports Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools.Below is the city council statement in full:Nottingham is a diverse city that celebrates equality, inclusivity and respect....

City council launches consultation on increase in Adult Social Care charges

Nottingham City Council is proposing to increase charges for adult social care services – and is asking for feedback on its plans.The City Council, like all other local authorities across the country, has seen a...

Coalition control Broxtowe after Lib Dems gain two seats from Conservatives

The rainbow coalition has kept control of Broxtowe Borough Council after the Liberal Democrats won both seats in a crucial by-election.Had the Conservatives held both seats, they would have narrowly regained control of the council,...