Category Archives: Gloucestershire County Council

Primary School Places Allocated for September 2018

This year a total of 6859 Gloucestershire children have been offered a primary school place for September, with 88 per cent of pupils receiving a place at their first preference school.

On Monday 16th April, all parents of pupils going to primary school in September 2018 received an email or letter from Gloucestershire County Council, offering them one school place for their child.

Parents and carers who applied online received an email confirming their school place and they will be able to accept the place online.  Those parents who did not apply online received a letter including the place on offer and the reasons why. This letter is specific to each pupil and contains an explanation for the decision made.

Parents now have until 30th April to accept their school place or request an alternative school. Parents are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible.

If parents ask for their child’s school place to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred schools. If places then become available, they will be offered a place in line with the schools admission policy. Some places are likely to become available over the next few months as parents change their preferences.

Parents unhappy with their initial offer are encouraged to keep their place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration, their child will have a place at a school in September.

The county council will write to parents with the result of the reconsideration after 15th May, and parents will have until the 29th May to reply. Parents who are still not satisfied with their given school will be advised of the appeals procedure.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It’s that exciting time of year again when our young people find out where the next stage of their education will be. Starting primary school is a big step and I wish all pupils well for this next stage of their journey. It’s great to see such a high proportion of young people have been offered a school of their choice.”

The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

Via press release from GCC on 17 April 2018.

Half a Million More To Mend Potholes in Gloucestershire

The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed extra funding to Gloucestershire.

Following the announcement on Monday 26th March, Gloucestershire County Council will receive an additional £512,339 as part of pothole and flood resilience funding.

This is in addition to a £1,485,781 commitment paid in March 2018 and allocated as part of the council’s February budget meeting.

The money is designed to support the council’s plans to repair potholes and works have already been scheduled in to continue improving the county’s roads.

Gloucestershire County Council is driving forward with ‘Operation Road Rescue’ to keep the county moving following the adverse winter weather. ‘Operation Road Rescue’ will concentrate on fixing the worst potholes first, then patching larger clusters of defects and resurfacing routes that have suffered major damage.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for Highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is peak pothole season and our roads have taken a real battering after the recent severe weather we’ve seen this winter. Any extra funding to help tackle potholes is much appreciated, and I’m grateful to the DfT.

“We spend £3m to £4m each year on repairing safety defects and around £3m each year towards patching works to reduce potholes forming, so this funding will go a long way.

“At the same time we’re investing £150 million into our roads, effectively doubling the resurfacing programme over the next four years – our biggest ever investment in Gloucestershire’s roads.”

You can follow @GlosRoads on Twitter for daily updates on the work our crews are doing as part of #OperationRoadRescue.

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council on 4 April.

A417 Missing Link Update & Consultation

Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, writes:

Dear A417 ‘Missing Link’ supporter,

When I last wrote to you I mentioned that Highways England would be running a route options consultation early this year and I’m now delighted to let you know that the consultation will run from February 15 to March 29.

The consultation is being led by Highways England; you will get the chance to have your say on the shortlisted route options and I want as many people as possible to be able to take part.

This is a very important stage of the project to fix the A417 ‘Missing Link’ and although we need to keep the pressure on to make sure things continue to move forward, this is a key stage of the process to make sure our campaign becomes a reality.

The county council is supporting the consultation by hosting information points in some of our libraries and we will be making the plans available at Shire Hall. There are a number of events taking place in the county, here you will be able to get information and speak to Highways England about the project and the consultation.

Please get involved in this route options consultation, have your say and spread the word with family and friends and urge them to get involved. I want to send a loud message that as a county we are united in our determination to make sure that the A417 ‘Missing Link’ is consigned to history.

More information on the project can be found at
www.a417missinglink.co.uk.

Once the consultation opens on 15 February you will be able to take part by visiting Highways England’s website.

GCC: Why Your Council Tax is Going Up This Year

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council on 23rd January:

The council tax in Gloucestershire is set to rise 2.49 per cent in 2018-19 with the average band D household paying an extra £52.95p per year.

But the county council says the increase is below Government guidelines – it includes £27.9 million for business support. The total council budget is now £412.9 million.

Over 1,700 comments were made by local people when the county council asked for feedback on next year’s draft budget.
Seventy four per cent of people agreed with the overall draft budget. Eighty-nine per cent of people agreed that protecting the most vulnerable people in our county was important to them.

As a result, the council is now proposing an extra £5 million, bringing the total additional investment to £16.3 million to help the most vulnerable children and young people in the county, funding more social workers, as well as services like foster care and adoptions. £30m of capital funding is also included to pay for a new secondary school in Cheltenham.

The authority says councils continue to face pressure on social care with more and more people requiring support later in life. The government is allowing councils to increase the adults social care levy they collect to pay for things like social and residential care.
The council says it remains committed to £150 million investment in highways, and the budget also includes £2.74 million to support Highways England’s safety improvements to the A417, plus continuing the Local Highways Scheme which will provide £10,000 for every county councillor to spend on improving highways in their area.

A new Growing Our Communities Fund will also offer £30,000 over three years for each county councillor, allowing more flexibility to spend money where it is needed.

Since the draft budget was published, the government has also allowed councils to increase council tax by up to 3 per cent without a referendum. However, mindful of the burden council tax can place on Gloucestershire families, the council says it is only proposing a 2.49 per cent increase, in addition to the two per cent Adult Social Care Levy – 0.5 per cent more than the draft budget.

This means for an average band D household the proposed total increase would be £52.95 per year or £4.41 per month. Gloucestershire currently charges £46 per year less in council tax than the average county council, including the levy and £173 per year less in council tax than the highest charging council.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, said: “Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback. We have listened and made some difficult decisions. Government gave us the green light to increase general council tax by up to 3 per cent this year without a referendum. By staying well below that limit — 2.49 per cent — We have tried to find a balance that provides enough investment to protect our most vulnerable people, but also limits the financial impact on our hard working communities.”

The updated budget proposals for 2018/19 are:

  • Adult services – £133.172 million (incl. help for people with learning disabilities, older people, vulnerable adults)
  • Children & Families – £102.924 million (incl. schools, children’s services, prevention & wellbeing)
  • Communities & Infrastructure – £79.896 million (incl. highways, libraries, trading standard, fire & rescue, waste)
  • Public health – £24.271million (ring fenced grant)

The balance covers £27.917 million for business support and £44.720 million of technical and corporate (including cost of funding infrastructure investment) – a reduction of £12.867 million compared to 17/18 budget.

If approved at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, the budget is subject to a final decision at full council on 14th February.
Both meetings can be watched live at www.gloucestershire.public-i.tv/core/portal/home.