Ofsted highlights “steady and positive” progress in Children’s Services

Government inspectors have reported that “steady and positive” progress is being made to improve the services children and their families receive from Swindon Borough Council. The recognition came in a letter published this week following Ofsted’s latest visit to the authority in May to monitor the Council’s progress in delivering an improvement plan finalised last… read more

Solar Together – Wiltshire & Swindon scheme that offers solar panels and battery storage at reduced costs.

Following the success of the 2022 and 2023 schemes, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are working in partnership with iChoosr, independent experts in group buying, to launch the third Solar Together scheme. Solar Together gives residents the opportunity to invest in renewable energy from a trusted provider to save on energy costs and improve… read more

Pothole information from SBC

It’s a fair question: Why do we spend money on reactive pothole repairs – isn’t it better to tackle the root cause by resurfacing roads, rather than fix them with a ‘sticking plaster’? In an ideal world we’d have the money needed to keep potholes at bay, by resurfacing and upgrading roads as they wear… read more

Extra £1.5 million funding to support residents impacted by high living costs

SBC is administering an extra £1.5 million in Government funding to support Swindon residents most impacted by high living costs. Originally announced by the Chancellor in the Spring Budget, the six month extension to the Household Support Fund (April to September 2024) came after Councillor Jim Robbins, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, joined more than… read more

New war-time exhibition open at Lydiard House Museum

  Families looking to immerse themselves in the history of the Second World War over the Easter holidays should head to Lydiard House. A brand-new exhibition, ‘Lest We Forget’, is now open at Lydiard House Museum and explores the Black contribution to the World Wars and the links to Wiltshire. In 1943 the American 101st Airborne division constructed… read more

Swindon Borough Council to install 600 new electric vehicle charging points

Earlier this week, the Council secured more than £2.3m to install up to 600 new electric vehicle charging points, following a successful government funding bid. The network of 7kW charging points will be installed early next year, primarily on residential streets. It’s part of the Council’s priority to support the Borough to achieve the UK-wide 2050 net… read more

Councillors call for Thames Water to answer questions on its performance

Burst water mains, flooding, and sewage being pumped into local waterways are just some of the issues councillors want to question Thames Water about at their next meeting. At Swindon Borough Council’s Scrutiny Committee meeting on Monday (18 March), councillors demanded answers following the severe disruption caused to local residents and motorists following the recent… read more

2024/25 Council Tax bills

From Friday, 8 March, hard copies of 2024/25 Council Tax bills will start to be delivered to Swindon households. From that date, updated information will also be available on the Council’s website to help residents understand the composition of their bill and find out more about the council’s income and expenditure. We’re also encouraging residents… read more

SBC budget approved, with plans to close £32.9 million budget gap

Councillors last night (22 Feb) approved the Council’s budget for the next financial year, which includes plans to close a £32.9m budget gap. A financial health review by the Local Government Association last summer described the Council’s finances as being on a ‘cliff edge’, highlighting how the Council needs to bring its Children’s Services budget… read more