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Foodbank use has surged to record levels in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with demand up as much as 50% - now there’s major concern about what the Universal Credit roll-out will do to our most deprived communities. Hear our special coverage on @bbchw tomorrow between 6-9am.


Thousands of letters are being sent to parents of high school pupils across Worcestershire - from headteachers - spelling out how concerned they are about their funding situation.

If anyone would like to donate any prizes to our harvest fete Tombola, please get in touch! Wine and chocolates always go down well.... *hint hint*

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Jolyon Maugham QC of the Good Law Project, which brought the High Court challenge, said the ruling proved the watchdog "unlawfully tilted the playing field in favour of Leave" in the 2016 referendum.


It was bizarre. One gets the impression that they view full council as a waste of time and want it to end as soon as possible. As it is one of the few occasions that opposition councillors can have a say, maybe that is not surprising.

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These are the 15 schools in the county that will be losing their school crossing patrols (Lollipop person). The rationale for this cut is supposedly not cost savings as it only costs about £3000 per year per SCP. Rather, it is because central government policy has changed and it is deemed unnecessary duplication to have a SCP if there is zebra or light controlled crossing.

Two of the schools to lose their SCP are in the St Stephen division, St Barnabas and Perdiswell.

I am very concerned about the negative impact this will have. Losing a SCP will reduce safety, even with a crossing in the area. Certainly many parents will perceive it as being less safe. As a result, some will no longer let their children walk or cycle to school and will instead drive them to school. As a result, we will have more cars, more pollution and more unhealthy children. How can this be squared with the council's responsibility for public health?

If a school wants to keep their SCP, then I will do what I can to ensure that they are retained.

This policy change seems completely pointless to me: Tiny amount of money saved; reduction in safety of children; probable increase in pollution. congestion and childhood obesity.

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