Landmark report on future of Mechanics’ Institute to be discussed by Council

Preparations could soon be underway to bring Swindon’s historic Mechanics’ Institute into public ownership. If approval is given at next week’s Cabinet meeting (Wed, 25 March), officers at Swindon Borough Council could begin to make the preparations that are necessary to allow the authority to make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), which could secure the… read more

Universal service obligation for broadband

From 20 March, homes and businesses in the Borough will have a new legal right to a request a decent and affordable broadband service under the new Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband. This was legislated for in 2017 as a service that has at least 10 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload. BT… read more

Eligible Swindon businesses to receive business rate relief from next month

From Swindon Borough Council: Swindon businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality industry who are eligible for the Government’s 12-month business rate holiday will see it reflected in their bills from next month. Swindon Borough Council will be administering the financial help to all firms who qualify following a package of support announced by the… read more

Donations wanted for Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue

We are always so very grateful for any donations that are brought to the centre, especially of newspapers during the winter months (at the moment over 210 hedgehogs are being cared for!), cat and dog food (no fish!) and of course money or online donations which all go a long way in supporting our work… read more

Are you ready to be our community’s superhero?

I am a Citizens Advice Volunteer – that’s my secret superpower ”The best thing about volunteering at Citizens Advice is being able to help people, who through bad luck, lack of knowledge or confidence issues, really need our help. It’s an honour and a privilege to be given an opportunity to do that.” Citizens Advice… read more

Council ensures families get access to vital funding for two year olds

Ninety-eight per cent of two year olds in Swindon who are entitled to early education have received it thanks to the Council’s Early Years team. In Swindon, there are approximately 750 children aged two who are entitled to 15 hours per week of early education and childcare from the term after their second birthday. Nationally,… read more

Support in place for Honda staff and supply chain workers

A package of measures has been put in place to support workers affected by the closure of Swindon’s Honda factory in July next year. Almost a year after the Japanese carmaker announced it would be closing its South Marston base, a co-ordinated programme of welfare support is established with Honda itself leading the way to… read more

Trace Lost Pension

Over the years it’s easy to lose track of different pensions, especially if you’ve changed jobs, moved house, or if pension companies merge or change name. Pension Tracing Service is free and can help you trace a pension that you’ve lost track of, even if you don’t have the contact details of the provider. Visit… read more

Happy New Year from everyone at Total Towers!

The new year brings the first of your monthly newsletters for 2020, and this month’s is jam packed full of money saving offers, local events, new years resolutions, and so much more – so you can start your new year off right! Looking to get fit for summer and shed some festive pounds? Well, you’re… read more