Council’s Cabinet to discuss proposals to close unprecedented budget gap

Proposals to spend over £130m on services to support vulnerable children and adults in Swindon will be discussed by councillors next week (1 Feb). Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a proposed overall budget of £166.4m for the next financial year (23-24), approximately 80 per cent of which has been allocated for… read more

Supporting people to vote in the 2023 English local elections

The government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. From 4 May, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This will apply to: Police and Crime Commissioner elections UK parliamentary by-elections Recall petitions… read more

2023 review of parliamentary boundaries

There is currently a stage 2 review of the parliamentary boundaries in this area which includes Chiseldon. The current proposal would remove Chiseldon from the South Swindon constituency where Sir Robert Buckland is our MP. It would then create a new constituency of East Wiltshire where elections would be held for an MP for that… read more

Independent review of Council to be discussed by Cabinet

Swindon has the building blocks required to fulfil its potential and ambitions and these would be the envy of many places, according to an independent review of Swindon Borough Council. The comments were published in a Local Government Association (LGA) corporate peer challenge report, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (20… read more

Government’s £150 energy rebate scheme

The Government recently announced that council tax payers in Bands A to D would receive a £150 payment to help with energy bills – this will not be taken off council tax bills but will instead be given as a separate payment. There will be a number of checks that need to be made before… read more