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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 […]

Councillors ‘Concerned’ Over Plans To End Funding For Islands’ Partnership

Councillors ‘Concerned’ Over Plans To End Funding For Islands’ Partnership

The Council will continue to run Scilly’s airport after the deadline for finding a new operator expired. But councillors have expressed concern over plans by the authority to withdraw funding for the Islands’ Partnership, the organisation set up to promote tourism and business-related activities. Councillors made the controversial decision last year to hand back the […]

Plans To Merge Park House With St Mary’s Hospital Move A Step Closer

Plans To Merge Park House With St Mary’s Hospital Move A Step Closer

Plans to merge Park House with St Mary’s hospital have moved a step closer after councillors voted in favour of developing the scheme. It follows an appraisal of the options for the care of elderly and vulnerable residents on the islands, produced by Five Square Solutions, a consultancy firm based in Plymouth. The report was […]

Detailed Plans To Balance Budget ‘Not Fully Developed’ Says Council’s Auditors

Detailed Plans To Balance Budget ‘Not Fully Developed’ Says Council’s Auditors

The Council still doesn’t have detailed plans in place to save over £670,000 – the amount required to balance this year’s budget. These are the findings of the authority’s auditors from Grant Thornton, whose report was presented to yesterday’s Special Full Council meeting. The savings were agreed by councillors back in March and included plans […]

Boundary Commission Says Number Of Scilly Councillors Should Be Cut

Boundary Commission Says Number Of Scilly Councillors Should Be Cut

The number of elected members on Scilly’s council could be reduced to sixteen, with a single councillor for each off-island. Those are the recommendations published today by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, who are asking locals for their views on the proposals. They’ve started an eight-week consultation on the new democratic arrangements for […]

Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK

Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK

The Council’s website has been ranked second to last out of 191 UK local authorities for its lack of readability and clarity. The research was carried out by the internet experts VisibleThread. They graded council sites on how well they’re meeting the new government guidelines, issued in 2014, for the way public bodies are expected […]

Cornwall Council Preparing To Take On Raft Of Scilly Council Services

Cornwall Council Preparing To Take On Raft Of Scilly Council Services

Scilly’s Council could ask Cornwall to provide a raft of essential services to the islands as it prepares to plug a 40% hole in its budget. The details were revealed in a report to Cornwall’s Resources Policy Advisory Committee at their meeting last Thursday. The report says Scilly’s Council is facing “significant budgetary pressures in […]

Dog Owners Who Don’t Clean Up After Pets Could Face £1,000 Fine

Dog Owners Who Don’t Clean Up After Pets Could Face £1,000 Fine

Councillors have voted unanimously to introduce tough new penalties for dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. The so-called Public Spaces Protection Order was agreed at the recent Full Council meeting, following a public consultation with islanders earlier this year. Under the new order, dog owners could face a fine of up to […]