Category Archives : Previous cabinet members


Council-backed Social Work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates who are passionate about working with children and families and who are looking to make a career move into children’s social work can now apply to the latest intake on a successful City Council backed training initiative. The regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme aims to enlist a record number of candidates in 2019 to […]


iMayflower gets £3.5million from DCMS to make Plymouth more amazing

An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 […]


More details unveiled about care leavers support

Young people leaving care in Plymouth could get a helping hand to lead an independent life under proposals discussed at Cabinet today (15 January). The proposals recommend 18 to 24-year-olds who live in Plymouth and are leaving the care of the local authority are exempt from Council Tax until their 25th birthday. Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet […]


Four sites earmarked for Public Space Protection Orders

Four patches of land in Plymouth are set to be the first to benefit from the Council’s new policy for dealing with unauthorised encampments. The new policy was agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday and looks at the way that Public Space Protection Orders can be used as part of the deterrent to unauthorised encampments. […]


Work on Charles Cross set to begin

Works on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will begin on Monday 4 February. Charles Cross roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network and accommodates the majority of the city’s bus routes as well as high volumes of traffic. It is also well-used by pedestrians. […]


Next steps announced for Plymouth National Marine Park

  Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 January […]


Torn from home: Plymouth comes together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Residents in Plymouth are being invited to participate in this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. There will be a special public ceremony at the Peace Garden on Plymouth Hoe from 2pm on Sunday 27 January 2019, the date of Holocaust Memorial Day, to remember all those who have died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. […]


We’ll keep on caring pledges Council’s finance lead

The man in charge of the city’s finances vowed to continue caring for Plymouth’s children and elderly and to campaign for a better deal – despite the Government’s support grant shrinking to just £9 million. The revenue support grant has been cut from £76.6 million in 2013/14 to only £9.5 million in 2019/20, leaving local […]


New policy for unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council is taking a fresh look at the way it handles unauthorised encampments. The previous policy, presented last November, listed plans to provide several temporary stopping places (TSPs) around the city as well as placing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on sites historically occupied by encampments. That policy was never implemented and so […]


Charities to work with Council on innovative alliance to help vulnerable people in Plymouth

Charities in Plymouth are going to work with the City Council in a more joined up way to help vulnerable people such as the homeless, those with mental illness and other complex needs. Plymouth City Council will be awarding a £7 million contract to an alliance of local charities to provide services to people with […]


Care leavers to get help with bills

Young people leaving care in Plymouth will not have to pay Council Tax until they reach the age of 25 under plans being announced as part of this year’s budget. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Some of these young people have had an extremely difficult start in life and we want to […]


Broadening Bath Street for Boulevard

Moves to make Bath Street wider will get underway this week as part of the council’s regeneration plans to make Millbay happen. A service ramp on the Pavilions site is to be ‘shaved off’ as part of a complex demolition programme that will enable the boulevard between the city centre and the sea to be built. […]


Ofsted publish inspection findings on services for children in Plymouth

The findings of the recent inspection by Ofsted of Children’s Social Care Services, including education and inclusion for children in care in Plymouth have been published today (Monday 7 January). Inspectors have found that since the Single Inspection Framework (SIF) Inspection in 2014 and the Focused Visit in May last year, senior leaders have taken […]


‘Scrooge’ health minister called out by Council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has accused the health minister of being the ultimate Christmas ‘Scrooge’ by ‘sneaking’ in £85 million cuts to public health funding on the last day of the parliament. The Public Health team in Plymouth is now being forced to make £405,000 cuts for essential services that help our local population to […]


(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

Council backs bungalow scheme

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years. Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city. In partnership with Westward, this 100 per […]


Campaign for city’s children is working

A campaign for more funding for children with special education needs has been partially successful, with an extra £350 million promised over the next two years. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation today gave a cautious welcome to this week’s announcement from Nadhim Zahawi MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children […]


New winter shelter for rough sleepers

Rough sleepers will have somewhere to go this Christmas and throughout the winter thanks to some new accommodation. Plymouth City Council has joined forces with partners BCHA, PATH, Shekinah and Plymouth Soup Run to open the currently disused Stonehouse Creek Community Centre overnight from Friday 21 December. With some of the colder nights of the […]


New blue plaque honours Plymouth’s first female doctor

A new blue plaque honouring a pioneering female medic has been unveiled on the University of Plymouth’s campus. Dr Rosa Bale was born in Barnstaple in 1864. She became Plymouth’s first female doctor, and possibly the first one west of Bristol, in either 1895 or 1896, having qualified at the London School of Medicine for […]


City wide walking competition sends Plymouth pupils over the moon!

The winners of Plymouth’s first ever Classroom To Moon Challenge have been announced. Prizes included a visit from mobile planetarium Space Odyssey for winning schools or new scooter storage from Scooterpods, providing a real incentive for clocking up those space-minutes. Small prizes of water-bottles, pens or reflective keyrings along the way rewarded ‘Walker of the […]


Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council and Steve Preddy, Unite’s South West Regional Secretary, with the new Construction Charter

Council work with Unite to protect construction workers

A £40 million construction project in Plymouth was the venue for signing a new charter that will ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of Plymouth City Council meet the highest standards. The charter commits the city to working with the Unite union to ensure direct employment status and […]


Plymouth increases efforts to recruit foster carers and adoptive parents in run up to Christmas

Plymouth City Council is stepping up its efforts to attract more people in the city to become foster carers or to adopt. The Council is giving a boost to its foster carer recruitment campaign, which will include a group of looked after children who are recording a Christmas radio message thanking everyone who made an […]


Contract awards set final phase of works at Elizabethan House in motion

The final phase of design works to the historic Elizabethan House has been given the green light with the appointment of two internationally experienced companies to lead on the interpretation design and installation. The overall design and installation contract has been awarded to The Hub Limited. The specialist contractor has already been appointed to lead […]


Funding approved for Plymouth Road works

Junction improvements in the east of Plymouth have been given the go-ahead. The scheme will see ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road in Plympton replaced with the latest technology and will also provide more road capacity whilst making pedestrian and cycling improvements. A major part of the scheme is an extension to the eastbound, […]

Plymouth Road

Digital Declaration promises better Council Services

Plymouth City Council has joined a number of other local authorities and public sector organisations who have pledged to work together to improve digital services for their residents. The Council has officially signed the Digital Declaration, which was initiated by the UK Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) and publicly commits to embracing […]


Your views on school admission arrangements

Parents are being asked to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. The Council is working with schools to encourage parents for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for the start of the 2020 academic year. While 2020 seems a long way off, schools are already making sure that applying […]


New strategy for children’s home procurement

Steps are being taken to stop private companies cashing in on vulnerable children. A report which sets out a clear set of guidelines for providing residential placements for young people in care, will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet next week. Plymouth, like most local authorities, is subject to the national trend of decreasing budgets […]


Council opposes Public Health funding cuts

Plymouth City Council is standing up to projected funding cuts for Public Health. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 every local authority will have less to spend on public health than the year before and by 2020-21, the Government plans to phase out the Public Health Grant altogether. Following on from a Motion on Notice at last […]

Councillor Ian Tuffin and Councillor Tudor Evans sign the letter to Steve Brine MP

New service launched to help people recover at home

More people will be helped to stay at home safely and recover from illnesses and injury thanks to a new service that has started this week.  An average of 150 people a week will benefit from Plymouth’s new Independence@Home service, run by Plymouth City Council with support from Livewell South West. The service is designed to […]