Latest Council News

12 Feb 2016
No Mayor proposed for HIOW devolution
No mayor proposed for devolution bid

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight devolution partnership has all but completed the work required to unlock a devolution deal for the formal consideration and agreement of the partners' main decision-making bodies. At the request of the government, the 19 partners, including the 15 local councils, two Local Enterprise Partnerships and two National Park Authorities from the area, have provided additional details about their proposals on a number of topics including low-cost housing delivery, funding for vital infrastructure such as roads and schools and how the decisions that would be passed down from government would be taken at a local level.

11 Feb 2016
Council welcomes government position on future funding
Commitment to funding review welcomed

The commitment from Greg Clark MP to undertake a needs-based review which recognises that the Island faces unique costs, has been welcomed by the Isle of Wight Council. 

09 Feb 2016
Zero extra funding for the Island from government
Island's call for financial help snubbed

The Isle of Wight Council will receive absolutely no further support from government according to the terms of the Island’s final Local Government Financial Settlement, announced yesterday (8 February) and due to be voted on by MPs on Wednesday 10 February. The government announced an additional £415.6 million of transitional funds be divided between councils nationally over the next four years, but none of this money is to be offered to the Island. 

05 Feb 2016
Council disappointed at PM view on finance settlement
Disappointment at PM's view on finances

The Isle of Wight Council is grateful to MP Andrew Turner for raising the issue of the Council’s finances and the potential effects of the draft financial settlement on the Island.

05 Feb 2016
Island Line report published
Island Line report published

The Isle of Wight Council has submitted a report to the Department for Transport in response to its consultation on the South Western rail franchise regarding the future of Island Line.

04 Feb 2016
Strategic health and wellbeing partnership signed
Strategic partnership with NHS signed

A landmark partnership agreement has been signed by the council and Isle of Wight NHS Trust for the integration of health and wellbeing services on the Island. 

03 Feb 2016
Education improving across the board
Island schools improve across the board

A report noted by the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive on 26 January 2016, demonstrates the improvement taking place across the Island and at all levels of education.

01 Feb 2016
Executive changes
Changes to council's Executive

Isle of Wight Council leader, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, has announced a reshuffle of the council’s Executive.

29 Jan 2016
Brading Down
New arrangements for countryside

Popular beauty spots such as Brading Down and Golden Hill have been secured for the future following a deal between the Isle of Wight Council and local charity Island 2000.

29 Jan 2016
Cowes fire confirmed as accidental
Cowes fire was accidental

While investigations are still being completed, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service identified at an early stage that this was an accidental fire.

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