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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Progress on improvements to Worcester’s support for rough sleepers

Worcester City Council is working with partner agencies who support rough sleepers to implement recommendations made in an independent review into the death of a rough sleeper in the city.   The independent review into the death of 74-year-old rough sleeper Cardon Banfield, who died in 2016, was published in May last year and made 10 recommendations for improvements to rough sleeper...
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Council considers £144K investment in ‘green’ litter bins

Councillors will consider purchasing 28 new bins for Worcester’s city centre – including a number of recycling bins and solar powered bins designed to hold more - when the Environment Committee meets on 29 January. In the summer the Council conducted a seven-week trial of “Big Belly” solar-powered compaction litter bins, which hold up to eight times more waste than standard bins. The...
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Co-working space opens for creatives and entrepreneurs

A new co-working space for creative and technical entrepreneurs is proving popular with Worcester’s self-employed professionals.  Eight businesses have  rented a hot desk or office space since The Kiln 0.5 officially opened its doors in December 2018 – with a further eleven enquiries in the pipeline.  The Kiln 0.5 is based in the Guildhall on Worcester’s High Street and...
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Government awards £3m to transform Worcester’s railway arches

Members of the  Worcester Cultural Partnership celebrate the funding announcement at Worcester's Arches Worcester’s railway arches are set to be transformed into a major new cultural destination for the city, providing a hub for business and creative skills development. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright MP, has today awarded £3m in...
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Worcester City Council bans single-use plastics

Worcester City Council has agreed to end the purchase and use of ‘single-use plastic’ products, such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws, for any council-related activity. And the organisation has joined forces with the Plastic Free Worcester action group in a bid to encourage other organisations, businesses and event planners to take action in 2019. “As the organisation...
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