Labour Group Call on Lydiard Petition to be Debated by the Council

Cllr Jim Grant, Leader of the Swindon Labour Group, has today called upon council leader, Cllr David Renard, to ensure the 8,000 signature online Lydiard petition is debated at the next council meeting on 21st January and that the petition organiser, Mike Bowden, is able to address Council on this issue. Because the online petition […]


Councillor Fay Howard Urges Parents to complete the Consultation on Swindon’s Children’s Centres

Councillor Fay Howard Urges Parents to complete the Consultation As Swindon Conservative Council Propose to Close ALL Swindon’s Children’s Centres   The Council says financial pressures are forcing them to review the provision of children’s centre services.   Among savings being proposed for the 2016/17 budget is the decommissioning of the five remaining children’s centres. A very […]


Conservatives Set to Close Remaining Children’s Centres

Further Children’s Centres in Swindon are set to close next year as the Conservative administration on Swindon Council proposes to close children’s centres located at Parks, Pinehurst, Gorse Hill, Moredon and Drove.   During the last round of Children Centre closures, the Conservative administration had said these centres would be protected but now have broken their promise on the issue.   […]


Councillor Fay Howard ‘ sleeping out ‘ for Threshold

This Friday 4th December, Councillor Fay Howard (Liden, Eldene & Park South Councillor) is sleeping out in the annual fundraiser for Threshold, Swindon’s homelessness charity. The sleep-out will be at the Emmanuel Church Car Park on Upham Road. Councillor Howard said: “Threshold  do an amazing job throughout the year supporting our homeless population. It’s important to […]


Labour Group Support Lydiard Park Petition

The Swindon Labour Group has come out in support of a petition created by the Friends of Lydiard calling for the Council to not hand over Lydiard Park to the commercial sector. The link to the petition is below: The Labour Group’s Leader and Shadow Lead for Country Parks, Councillors Jim Grant and Jim […]


Government New Homes Bonus Cuts to Leave Swindon Short by £3m

The chancellor’s joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement, says that the government will consult on reforms to the New Homes Bonus, “including means of sharpening the incentive to reward communities for additional homes and reducing the length of payments from six years to four years”. The document adds: “This will include a preferred option for […]


Labour Warn of Secondary Results Declining in Swindon

Local statistics presented to the Children’s Health, Social Care and Education Committee show Swindon’s GCSE results have significantly declined over the last three years.   In the last three years, Swindon’s average GCSE results have dropped from an average of 56% of Swindon students achieving 5 A*-C GCSE results (Including English & Maths) to 52% […]


Labour Group Leader to Respond to Chancellor’s Statement

In a response to the Chancellor’s Statement, the Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Jim Grant, said:  “The Chancellor’s Statement shows a record of failures, cuts and u-turns. He is failing to meet his targets on the deficit and the debt which he justified for his austerity programme, with Government borrowing showing that they are […]