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Council To Close Park House In June

Council To Close Park House In June

Scilly’s Council has announced that it will close the islands’ only residential care home, Park House, in June, despite councilors expressing “no appetite” for the service to end. At the last Full Council Meeting on 7th March, Senior Officer for Community Services Aisling Hick told councilors that the decision to close Park House, based on […]

Park House Future In The Hands Of Council Officers, Elected Members Told

Park House Future In The Hands Of Council Officers, Elected Members Told

Scilly’s Senior Officer For Community Services has said she will make the decision on the future of Park House, not elected members. Aisling Hick was speaking at the recent Full Council meeting in response to a question from Cllr Gordon Bilsborough, who wanted a guarantee that the islands’ only care home would remain open, despite […]

Plans For Radical Restructure Of Scilly’s Council Rejected

Plans For Radical Restructure Of Scilly’s Council Rejected

Councillors have rejected a plan to restructure Scilly’s Council, which would have seen most of the existing committees being abolished and replaced by monthly Full Council meetings. They’ve asked for more detailed plans to be brought back for review following the election of new members in May. The proposals put forward by the Council’s Democratic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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