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Scilly’s Council Will Need Temporary Loan To Pay Staff And Suppliers

Scilly’s Council Will Need Temporary Loan To Pay Staff And Suppliers

Scilly’s Council has been issued with a formal notice to improve its financial controls and has been told it will need to borrow up to £3m to pay its staff and suppliers in the last two months of the financial year. It will also use surplus money raised by services such as the airport and water […]

Scilly’s Council Could Borrow ‘Up To £4m’ To Plug Black Hole In Budget

Scilly’s Council Could Borrow ‘Up To £4m’ To Plug Black Hole In Budget

Scilly’s Council could borrow up to £4m and raid cash kept aside for other services in order to fill a looming hole in its budget. Councillors again discussed the growing crisis at the Finance, Audit and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday, where Head of Development Diana Mompoloki told them the authority is likely to be overspent […]

Inquest Into Death Of Tresco Estate Worker Halted Following New Evidence

Inquest Into Death Of Tresco Estate Worker Halted Following New Evidence

The inquest into the death of a Tresco Estate worker has been halted after a witness claimed he saw him having an altercation with other staff on the day he went missing. The body of 23-year-old Josh Clayton was found on the uninhabited island of Tean on 23rd September 2015, ten days after going missing […]

Could Scilly’s Council Go Bankrupt?

Could Scilly’s Council Go Bankrupt?

At last week’s Full Council meeting, Scilly’s councillors found out that the authority’s General Reserve Fund, which it uses to cover unexpected expenditure such as significant overspends, was much lower than they had thought. Back in March, they were told this fund stood at £1.08m. But following investigations by the external auditors from accountancy firm […]

‘We Don’t Know Where We’re Going’ – Scilly’s Councillors Face Up To Looming Financial Crisis

‘We Don’t Know Where We’re Going’ – Scilly’s Councillors Face Up To Looming Financial Crisis

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is facing a financial crisis because it doesn’t know how much it is spending, what it has got in its savings account and its councillors are unable to make decisions on what to do next. Those were the views expressed at last week’s Full Council meeting, where the […]

Five Islands School Board Of Governors To Resign

Five Islands School Board Of Governors To Resign

The governors of the Five Islands School have said they will resign. The school was given an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted last month and subsequently placed under special measures. In a letter sent to parents, Chair of Governors Ben Julian said the governing body was inviting the local authority to set up an interim executive […]

Concern As Financial Watchdog Uncovers Bigger-Than-Reported Year End Loss At Scilly’s Council

Concern As Financial Watchdog Uncovers Bigger-Than-Reported Year End Loss At Scilly’s Council

The budget crisis facing Scilly’s council is deepening after its financial watchdog uncovered that their overspend last year was over ten times more than first reported to councillors in September. It means the authority, which is already making significant cuts to its expenditure, has even less cash in reserves than it thought. The finding was […]

Governors Call Special Parents’ Meeting As Five Islands School Rated Inadequate By Ofsted

Governors Call Special Parents’ Meeting As Five Islands School Rated Inadequate By Ofsted

Teaching and leadership at Scilly’s Five Islands School is ‘inadequate’ according to the latest Ofsted inspection report, published today. That’s the lowest grading that inspectors can give and a step down from the previous ‘requires improvement’ rating given in 2014. And the Chief Inspector says the school now requires “special measures” to be put in […]

Five Islands School Rated Inadequate In Latest Ofsted Inspection

Five Islands School Rated Inadequate In Latest Ofsted Inspection

Scilly’s Five Islands School has been rated as ‘Inadequate’ in the latest Ofsted inspection report, published today. Inspectors highlighted problems with leadership and management as well as the quality of teaching. We will bring you a full report when we’ve had a response from the governors and the Local Education Authority.