Worcester City Council sets £10.5m budget

Worcester City councillors have approved a £10.5 million budget for 2019/20, including a range of initiatives to deliver the ambitions in the City Plan.   The City Plan aims to build a successful future for Worcester and money has been set aside in next year’s budget to improve the city centre environment, reduce litter, help people facing hardship and support local business people ...
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History festival returns to Worcester

This February, the annual Love Worcester festival returns to the historic city.   A variety of heritage venues are taking part in the two-week heritage festival, showcasing Worcester’s shared history, creativity, culture and innovation, from the prehistoric to the mid-20th Century. From live re-enactments, special exhibitions and chances to get crafty to engaging tours, there...
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Council looks to support residents waiting for Universal Credit payments

City councillors are set to consider offering a £15,000 grant to the Worcester Foodbank every year for the next three years, when the Communities Committee meets on 4 February. Councillors will also decide whether to extend the reach of the City Council’s Exceptional Hardship Fund, to include claims from residents who have applied for Universal Credit. “Our priority is to ensure that...
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Consultation on anti-social behaviour powers to be considered

Worcester city councillors are set to consider consulting the public on the potential introduction of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre. The move could lead to fines or exclusion orders for people who are under the influence of drugs in the city centre, cycling or skateboarding in an inconsiderate way in the daytime, or begging aggressively. A report to the...
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Councils urged to be brave to transform high streets

Councils across South Worcestershire have been urged to be ‘brave’ by a regeneration expert to help the area’s high streets become fit for the future. Jackie Sadek, Chief Executive of UK Regeneration, told a Retail Seminar hosted by Wychavon that local government was at the heart of the debate about how to help town centres find their place in the 21st Century. Last Friday’s event...
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Advice for EU citizens and businesses on Brexit

Advice for EU citizens living in the UK If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the  EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or...
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City Council considers acquiring flats and houses to help people at risk of homelessness

Worcester City Council is considering long term proposals to purchase or lease 62 flats and houses, in a bid to provide more temporary accommodation for people who are at risk of homelessness. The City Council has seen a 40% increase in demand from people in need of housing assistance since the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came in to force last April.  This has increased the...
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