Category Archives : Philippa Davey


Council to publish Equality Duty after hundreds respond to survey

Plymouth City Council will be publishing its new Equality Objectives after more than 400 people responded to an online consultation. The Objectives will cover the next four years and commit the Council to make progress in closing the gap in the average hourly pay between men and women. The Council received around 430 responses to […]


Plymouth to hold jobs fair to help Veterans back into work

A jobs fair is the latest initiative in Plymouth to help support Veterans back into work following their return to ‘Civvy Street’. The Plymouth Corporate Covenant Group, coordinated by Plymouth City Council, has organised the jobs fair for armed forces veterans, which takes place at the Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 19 July 2016 from 12pm […]


Don’t get conned by illegal puppy breeders

People in Plymouth who are thinking of getting a dog are being warned to be wary of illegally imported puppies. The warning comes after a litter of illegally imported puppies were found by a vet in the city who alerted trading standards officers. The four puppies were imported to Plymouth from Hungary with pet passports […]


Plans to introduce a late night levy in Plymouth put on hold

The City Council has decided not to introduce a late night levy in Plymouth, until the details of a Home Office review are published. The late night levy is an additional fee paid by businesses that sell alcohol from 1am, so that those who make money from alcohol contribute more to the cost of clearing up […]


Plymouth to provide sanctuary for Syrian refugee families

Following the successful relocation of three Syrian families, Plymouth has agreed to provide sanctuary to some Syrian refugee families fleeing the conflict. Since the civil war in Syria started in 2011, 12 million Syrians have fled their homes and it is estimated 470,000 people have been killed. Plymouth City Council has agreed to provide a […]


Dog microchipping becomes law next month – Has your dog been chipped?

Dog owners in Plymouth are being urged to get their pets microchipped ahead of new legislation being introduced next month. The new regulations come into force on April 6 and require all dog owners to get their dog microchipped so that specific information about the dog and owner can be stored on a database. This […]


Evening Ambassadors pilot in Plymouth is hailed a success

A pilot scheme to keep people safe on nights out in Plymouth’s Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID) has been hailed a success. The Evening Ambassadors scheme was a six-week pilot launched in December in which two teams of Ambassadors patrolled the area and used a radio network to report any issues directly to the Council’s […]


Over half of Plymouth shops tested sell e-cigs to children

  Nine out of 15 shops that sell electronic cigarettes in Plymouth failed a recent test purchase operation. New laws on selling E Cigarettes to children were introduced last year, and Trading Standards were checking whether they were being applied by retailers. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that are marketed as an alternative to cigarettes containing […]


Think before you ink project launched in Plymouth schools

Think before you ink! That’s the message to young people in Plymouth who may be thinking about getting a tattoo. Plymouth City Council have just launched a joint campaign, which warns that anyone who gets a tattoo under the age of 18 is breaking the law and could be putting their health at risk. The […]


Double award for local tattoo studio

The fight to stamp out illegal tattoo artists, sometimes known as “scratchers” in Plymouth has taken another step forward. Barbican based tattoo studio Dust n’ Bones has become the first in the city to be a member of both the Tattoo Hygiene Rating scheme and Trading Standards Buy with Confidence scheme. The new rating scheme […]


Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2016

Millions of victims of the Holocaust as well as subsequent genocides will be remembered at a series of events this week, as Plymouth City Council passes a motion to both remember the Holocaust and condemn unfair discrimination. A number of events are happening across the city this week in remembrance of the Holocaust, offering support […]


Scheme to help homeless veterans in Plymouth

A scheme is being launched to help homeless veterans in Plymouth. The Royal British Legion is providing almost £20,000 grant funding to Plymouth Access to Housing (Path), a local homeless charity, to specifically support ex-Services personnel and their families. Path is also commissioned by Plymouth City Council for homeless people generally, and the Council is […]


Plymouth celebrates Armed Covenant work as new national brand is launched

Plymouth is celebrating its work on the Armed Forces Covenant and Corporate Covenant – as a new national brand is launched to raise its profile. Nationally, the Armed Forces Covenant – which is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, to do all we can to […]


Plymouth hosts conference on prevention of extremism

Plymouth has hosted a conference on the prevention of extremism with a range of national and regional speakers. The event has been organised by Plymouth City Council on behalf of the Plymouth Prevent Partnership which is made up of the Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Probation, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth […]


Two Syrian Refugee families to start new lives in Plymouth

Two Syrian Refugee families will start their new lives in Plymouth today (Tuesday 15 December) as part of a national scheme led by the Home Office, to provide sanctuary to those fleeing conflict. The families are being accommodated in private sector housing.  We are not providing any further details on the families and their location, […]


Evening Ambassadors pilot starts in Plymouth

A new pilot scheme to help keep people safe on nights out in Plymouth’s Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID) has been launched. The Evening Ambassadors is a joint scheme funded by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Council, the Safer Plymouth Partnership, and the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner. The Ambassadors will patrol the […]


Plymouth gets national funding to improve access to domestic abuse services for BME communities

Plymouth City Council is receiving almost £50,000 from a government grant to enable victims of domestic abuse to get access to the support they need. The funding will be used in Plymouth to help victims in local Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities – who make up 7% of the local population – to access […]


Plymouth’s work with veterans featured in new Alex Polizzi series

Plymouth will be in the national TV spotlight again as a new series for BBC Two, presented by Alex Polizzi, highlights the pioneering work in the city to help veterans back into work. The presenter has been filming in Plymouth over the past few months for the new BBC Two series ‘Alex Polizzi: Hire Our […]


Plymouth to welcome its first Syrian Refugee families

Plymouth is gearing up to welcome its first Syrian Refugee families as part of a national scheme to provide sanctuary to those fleeing conflict. The Government announced in September that the UK would provide sanctuary to 20,000 Syrian Refugees over the next five years, and has confirmed a target of up to 1,000 refugees will […]


Plymouth launches new safeguarding training for taxi drivers

A new scheme aimed at keeping some of Plymouth’s most vulnerable people safe is being officially launched after a successful pilot. Plymouth City Council’s Taxi Licensing Team joined together with the Local Children and Adult Safeguarding Boards to offer training sessions to 60 of the city’s hackney carriage, private hire drivers and operators. The pilot […]


late night levy proposal back on the table

Plans to make pubs and clubs help pay to keep Plymouth’s streets safe and clean could be back on the table. Plymouth City Council is to consult again on bringing in a late night levy for businesses that sell drink from 1am, so that those who make money from alcohol contribute more to the cost […]


Consultation starts on proposed update of taxi licensing policy

A new ‘code of good conduct’ for Plymouth’s licensed drivers, vehicle owners and operators could be brought in as part of a review of the city’s taxi licensing policy. The code would set out standards of dress and behaviour for the trade so that passengers can expect a professional service when they book a ride. […]


Detection dogs pound the streets of Plymouth to sniff out illegal tobacco

Local enforcement teams and their sniffer dogs took to the streets of Plymouth this week to ask for the public’s help in tackling the sellers of illegal tobacco. Illegal tobacco is known to make it easier for children to start smoking, as it is sold at cheap prices, and is also known to make communities […]


More illegal tattoo equipment seized

Tattoo equipment has been seized as another ‘scratcher’ has been raided through the Council’s Operation Itchy. Officers from the Council’s Public Protection Service, together with the police, executed a court order at an address in the city last week in the continued crackdown on illegal tattooists, known as scratchers. Scratchers are people who have bought […]


Events in Plymouth to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week

A range of events are taking place in Plymouth to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week (10 – 17 October) and encourage local people to report hate crimes and incidents. Events are being held by organisations from across our local voluntary and statutory sector here in Plymouth. Hate crimes and incidents are targeted at a person […]


Council now running personal alcohol licence holders course

Plymouth City Council’s Public Protection Service is now running the Level two Personal Licence Holders Course. A personal licence is needed if you are responsible for the sale of alcohol for example in a restaurant, public house or shop/supermarket. This doesn’t mean you have to have a personal licence to be employed in a business […]


Good reception for ‘shh patrols’

Plymouth’s ‘shhh patrols’ had a good reception from students as they hit potential noise hot spots during Freshers’ Week. The team was out in the city centre, Mutley, Greenbank and Mount Gould to advise noisy students new to Plymouth to turn the dial down and think about their neighbours. The patrols, which involved the Council, […]


New rating scheme launched on tattoo hygiene standards in Plymouth

A new scheme aimed at driving up tattoo hygiene standards in Plymouth has been officially launched. The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme that enables the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene. Similar to the food hygiene rating scheme, following a local authority inspection each tattoo studio […]


Changes to The consumer rights act come into force

Major changes in consumer law that will affect both businesses and customers come into force next month. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 replaces eight existing laws including the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 and comes in to force on Thursday 1 October. One of the major […]


Owners of ‘Million Pound Slum’ given Criminal Behaviour Order

The owners of the ‘Million Pound Slum’ at 18 Grand Parade have been given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CRIMBO). Mr Nigel Healy and Ms Karen Chan owners of the property, were given the Interim Criminal Behaviour Order by Plymouth Magistrates. This is on the grounds of their complete failure to maintain the exterior of the […]