Category Archives : Ian Darcy – Finance and ICT


Stonehouse Creek Centre’s future secured

The future for Stonehouse Creek Community Centre looks bright as a lease of the facility is to be granted to a new operator. Plymouth City Council invited organisations to submit expressions of interest in running the popular community centre, after the previous operators went into administration and the premises were handed back to the Council […]


Plymouth woman found guilty of defrauding council of £30,000

A woman has been found guilty of defrauding Plymouth City Council of more than £30,000. Barbara Jones, 46, of Compton Knoll Close, Plymouth, admitted 7 counts of dishonestly supplying the Council with untrue or misleading information in order to make a gain for herself and cause a loss to the Public Purse. Her husband Andrew […]


Members wanted for councillor allowances panel

Plymouth City Council is looking for local residents to sit on a panel which reviews allowances paid to its councillors. Volunteers will form part of the review panel which will meet approximately six times between April and June 2017. The panel will consider a variety of information relating to councillors’ allowances, before making their final […]


Plymouth woman ordered to pay more than £700 for social housing fraud

A woman who lied about rent arrears of £1700 has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council for social housing fraud. Katrina Sturtridge – aged 26, of Lower Polsham Road, Paignton, TQ3 2AU admitted to Plymouth Magistrates on Monday 20 February that she had lied to the Council on two occasions (on 10th September and 9 […]


Fairer fees and charges structure put into action

A fairer and more consistent approach to how the Council charges for services that people can opt to use is to be implemented in the new year. A new fees and charges policy agreed by Cabinet aims to ensure fees and charges reflect the true cost of providing the service and that future increases are […]


Man who illegally used his late father’s Blue Badge sentenced by Plymouth Magistrates

A man who illegally used his deceased father’s Blue Badge to get free parking has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team. Richard Rhodes from Crowthers Hill, Dartmouth pleaded guilty to using his late father’s Blue Badge to park in Lockyer Street on 28 September 2015 (his father died in March 2015). He […]


Council on target to deliver a balanced budget despite pressures

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver a balanced budget for 2016/17 despite having to deliver £21.2 million savings, its Cabinet member for Finance says. Councillor Ian Darcy says the Council is committed to balancing the books and so far has identified £19.2 million of savings, leaving £1.9 million to find before a 2017/18 […]


Two prosecuted for Disabled Blue Badge Fraud

Two people have been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team for Disabled Blue Badge fraud. Jocelyn Ruffle, of Chudleigh Road, Plymouth pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates on Tuesday 22 November to using the Blue Badge that belonged to her deceased husband Peter Ruffle to park in Tavistock Place in October 2015. She was […]


Council budget plans focus on modernising services

Modernising services will be focus of Plymouth City Council’s plans to deal with a projected £37 million gap in its funding for local services over the next three years. The plans are set out in a Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next three years that is due to be agreed by the Council’s Cabinet. […]


Plymouth calls on Government to take action on Housing Benefit overpayments

Plymouth City Council is working with the Local Government Association (LGA) to call on the Government to tackle the issue of Housing Benefit overpayments, which contributes to a loss of £1 million a year to Plymouth taxpayers. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pays a subsidy to councils including Plymouth to administer Housing Benefit, […]


Man who hadn’t paid council tax ordered to pay back £2,400

A man who has not paid council tax for the past two years has been ordered to pay it back and given a suspended prison sentence. Simon Trevorrow, of Bridwell Road, Plymouth was given a 45 day suspended sentence by Plymouth Magistrates on Friday 30 September on the grounds that he pays the debt  of […]


Give your views on decisions needed to close Council’s £19m budget gap

Plymouth residents are being asked to give their views about the City Council’s plans to address a £19 million shortfall in its budget for next year. The Council is running a three-week engagement exercise that includes an online survey asking people for their views on a range of proposals. They include raising income through growing […]


Investing in Plympton industrial estate to invest in jobs

A flourishing industrial estate in Plymouth has been snapped up by the Council as part of an ongoing programme of investment in business space. The Council has now completed the purchase of the estate at Bell Close, Plympton, which is part of the larger Newnham Industrial Estate. Built in the 1980s, the estate has 23 […]


Have your say on Plymouth City Council’s Council Tax Support scheme for 2017/18

Changes are being made to the Council Tax Support scheme and Plymouth City Council wants to hear your views. Every year the Council reviews how much reduction in Council Tax is given to people of working age on a low income and this is published in the Council Tax Support Scheme. The changes need to […]


Market makeover starts next month

A multi-million makeover for Plymouth’s City Market is due to start towards the end of next month (July). The Council has this week awarded the contract to Ryearch Ltd to carry out an extensive refurbishment of the listed building. The market was built in the late 1950s and is one of the busiest and most […]