School, Early Years and SEN to Receive Increased Funding

Schools, early years settings and special needs provision will benefit from an increase in funding next year after Wiltshire’s Schools Forum agreed the schools budget for 2021 – 2022. Under proposals agreed at the Schools Forum the Department for Education’s Dedicated Schools Grant of £406.342m will mean a 3.55% increase for schools, 4.96% increase for early years and a 9.68%…

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Wiltshire Council Uses Government COVID Funding to Provide Support for Early Years

Early years settings in Wiltshire will benefit from a £1m grant and targeted support after a Wiltshire Council decision to use government funding to support the sector. The DfE expects early years providers to remain open to all children during the lockdown and there are concerns providers could struggle financially during the pandemic. A one-off grant will be made to…

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Salisbury City Hall to Become Vaccination Centre

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will now benefit from the introduction of two large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres. Based at Salisbury City Hall and Bath Racecourse, the two venues, which open their doors to patients with pre-arranged appointments from today, will be capable of delivering thousands of life-saving vaccines each week.…

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Local Area Board Funding Boosts Community Projects

Salisbury’s local Area Board last night approved funding of almost £27,000 to local groups working in our community. The funding was distributed to the following: ArtCare – £2500 – Project Description:  To establish a designated ArtCare link on Hospedia bedside TVs at Salisbury District Hospital SDH to broadcast well-being activities such as live music theatre storytelling art and craft tutorials.…

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Positive Inspection Report for Fire Service

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) has today (22 January) received a positive inspection report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). It details how the Service has responded to the pandemic, maintaining vital services to its communities, and working to support partner agencies. The letter, which follows a virtual COVID-19 inspection, shows…

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Wiltshire Council Release Their Spending Plans

Wiltshire Council has released its plans for the spending for the next financial year. They released the following information: Following a year that has presented challenges like no other, Wiltshire Council has outlined its £412m financial proposals to help the county and its residents get back on their feet – including setting aside a £4m fund over four years to support…

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