Category Archives: Gloucestershire County Council

Join ‘The Big Conversation’ to Shape Gloucestershire’s 2050 Vision

Via press release from Cotswold District Council.

Ambitious plans for the future of our County over the next 30 years will be unveiled at the launch of the Gloucestershire 2050 Big Conversation on Thursday 1 February, which takes place from 3pm to 6pm at Cheltenham Racecourse. Cotswold District Council is urging local residents, businesses and organisations to be there so that they can help to shape the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision.

The event will include the announcement of eight potential ambitions for the future of the county and six major projects that could radically transform the county’s reputation on the national and international stage, as well as delivering significant improvements in the quality of life for local people.

The Big Launch will also mark the opening of a six-month programme of public engagement activity to develop the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision, and collect alternative ideas from residents and organisations.

CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, is looking forward to the launch: “The Gloucestershire 2050 Vision is a very exciting venture, and it is of vital importance that the Cotswolds is represented effectively at the Big Launch by both those in the 16 to 25 year age group and also older residents. The organisers want the conversation to evolve into an agreement on what people want Gloucestershire to be like by 2050 and how people can come together to overcome potential obstacles and realise ambitions. There will be many opportunities to engage, including the use of social media, video, and attendance at action days.”

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, added: “Gloucestershire is a fantastic place to live with bustling towns, a historic city, innovative businesses and beautiful countryside. But we face some major challenges over the next 30 years that will have a significant impact on all our lives if we don’t take action to address them. 400 people in the 18-30 age bracket are leaving the county every year to seek work elsewhere. Our working age population is only increasing by 1.4% a year but we’re expecting the number of people aged over 65 to increase by 66.8% by the year 2039. We need to make sure that Gloucestershire offers a great quality of life for every generation, based upon shared values, and that means we need to explore some big ideas for how we could do things differently.”

Tickets to the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision Big Launch on 1 February are free. Book your place now!

 

The Big Launch has been organised by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Leadership Gloucestershire, a partnership of the county’s leading public sector organisations. The exhibition-style event will include stands hosted by a range of innovative local businesses and organisations that are shaping the way that Gloucestershire residents will live, work and study in the future.

For more information visit www.glos2050.com.

Have Your Say On County Council Spending 2018-19

We have been asked to make you aware of the county council’s budget consultation, via the following press release from Gloucestershire County Council, on 20th December 2017.

Council welcomes Local Government Finance Settlement

Proposed changes to the way local government is funded have been announced by Sajid Javid MP in the House of Commons.

This afternoon the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government discussed plans to consult on proposals for a new way of funding local government from 2020/21.

The speech recognised that the way councils receive funding needs to be updated to reflect the changing communities that local government serves. This would give local authorities the freedom they need to make decisions in the best interests of local people.

In his speech the MP also acknowledged the need for local councils to have greater control over the money they raise. As part of that, pilot schemes for 100% business rate retention have been announced in ten authorities, including here in Gloucestershire.

The full details of the proposed changes have yet to be published, but they would not come into effect until 2020/21.

The county council’s own public consultation into the budget for 2018/19 is currently live, giving residents the chance to inform how the council uses its £407.16 million budget.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We welcome this announcement from the Secretary of State and look forward to seeing exactly how this will benefit Gloucestershire when full details are published in due course.

“News of a review of the fairness of government funding for councils is particularly welcome – for a long time Gloucestershire has lost out when compared to other areas.  It is very good news to hear this will be addressed.

“By having more control over how we use the money available to us, we can continue to deliver the vital services that really matter to our residents.”

Residents can have their say on the county council’s proposed 2018/19 budget until Wednesday 17th January at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/budget2018.

 

GCC Consultation – Reshaping Services for Families with Young Children

A message from Cotswold District Council

GCC Consultation – Reshaping Services for Families with Young Children – coonsultation closes 11th April

Gloucestershire County Council is currently reviewing its provision of Children and Family Centres (which are staffed by health and social care professionals) across the county.  The consultation document “Reshaping services for families with young children” is currently available at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/extra/birth-11-pre-engagement.  This service needs to be reduced in response to budget cuts, but we have noted that the proposals for Cotswold District would remove 80% of the provision, leaving us with only one centre in Cirencester.  This means that many families in pockets of deprivation in the north of our district – who are the very people that this service is targeted to reach – will be more than 30 miles from the only Centre staffed by County professionals.  As Cirencester has no public transport links with the north, the Centre would be inaccessible for many families from that part of the district.  The Council is urging GCC to reconsider the equity of these proposed cuts, especially since areas such as Gloucester City will retain almost 50% of their current service whilst they also benefit from much better public transport services.