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Why localism has disappointed?


Via BBC Worldwide, classic stuff from Yes, Prime Minister: All too true, I imagine.

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Extra £2.5 million to help repair roads


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Via a Bucks County Council press release, welcome news on our roads, which are at last improving: Buckinghamshire will receive £2.5 million from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) £140 million road repair fund. This follows a bid by Buckinghamshire County Council in response to the DfT’s announcement on March 9 making the money available to highway authorities to help repair damage to roads caused by the recent storms and flooding. The County Council’s bid highlighted areas for repair following the recent […]

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Scottish and Southern Energy announce proposals for 15% cut to its distribution costs in energy bills.


Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) has submitted proposals to Ofgem to deliver a 15% cut to its distribution costs in energy bills. The proposals, for the period 2015 – 23, will be assessed by Ofgem whose role is to ensure that companies running local electricity networks strike the right balance between investing in their networks and keeping costs down for customers. Increasing network reliability, which is currently 99.9%, and protecting it from extreme weather are part of the […]

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Bucks County Council release report into bridging the educational attainment gap


A number of recommendations have been made by a Buckingham County Council select committee to help narrow the achievement gap for disadvantaged children. The Education, Skills and Children’s Services Select Committee, have produced a report after reviewing what is being done across Buckinghamshire to help narrow the gap in attainment between disadvantaged children and their peers. Their report and recommendations will be discussed at the Council’s Cabinet on 24 March. Although Buckinghamshire has some of the best schools in the country […]

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Communities crucial to better health and wellbeing


A new report from Buckinghamshire’s Director of Public health highlights the impact that the local community has on health and wellbeing. There are some key themes to the ways in which the local community plays an important role in health and wellbeing: Social networks – knowing people locally prevents loneliness and isolation, and is good for physical health and mental wellbeing. Centres for social activity include community centres, local shops and places of worship Support – local groups can often […]

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