Council committed to helping children improve their reading and writing

Plymouth City Council will now be working more closely with schools to help more 11 year olds to reach the standard of literacy they’ll need to be successful learners.

In May 2014 the Council's Cabinet set out 50 new pledges all aimed at making Plymouth a better place to live. One of those pledges was to increase the number of children leaving school with the ability to read and write...

Spring plant giveaway for budding gardeners

A free spring plant giveaway is taking place in Plymouth to encourage green fingered locals to get growing.

Budding gardeners are encouraged to get down to the Sundial on Armada Way on Wednesday 29 April from 3pm to 7pm. Those who take away seeds will be encouraged to bring back their produce during Allotments Week (10-16 August 2015), with prizes to be won for the best ones.


Council garage secures contract to service Amey vehicles

Plymouth City Council has been awarded a contract worth £120,000 to provide vehicle servicing and maintenance for over 50 Amey vehicles, creating more jobs and helping to reduce overheads.

The Council’s fleet and garage team will be responsible for the service schedules, vehicle maintenance and breakdown repairs for plant vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and vans.

As a result of...

Lord Mayor Designate announces deputy

Lord Mayor Designate Councillor Dr John Mahony has announced that Councillor Richard Ball will serve as his deputy next year.

Councillor Ball was born in Plymouth in 1946 and has represented the Compton ward since 2008. He will be supported in his role by his wife of 47 years, Dianne. The couple have two children and three grandchildren

He trained as an electronic technician...

Fuel Debt Advice service helps 300 people during first year

A service which was established to help people struggling with fuel debt and provide advice on more affordable energy has helped 300 people to date.

The Fuel Debt Advice Service is part of Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), a Community Benefit Society owned and run by its’ members. PEC supports the Council’s ambitions for a greener Plymouth, helping to make homes more energy efficient,...

Plans to reach even more young carers in 2015

A Plymouth project has so far helped and supported 73 young carers in Plymouth since April 2014, but many more could be left unrecognised by agencies in the city.

The Barnardo’s Young Carers Service, managed on behalf of Plymouth City Council has been running since 2012 and supports children and teenagers who have to take responsibility for cooking, cleaning, shopping and providing...

Plymouth turns the spotlight on child sexual exploitation

Plymouth City Council is asking people to pledge to make a difference on National Child Sexual Exploitation Day today (Wednesday 18 March).

Plymouth’s Safeguarding Children’s Board has joined forces with the Council’s Youth Services team, NSPCC and Barnardos to launch a public pledge for action by asking everyone to consider the warning signs of sexual exploitation and reporting them...

Full steam ahead for CCTV plans

Plans to keep Plymouth’s shoppers and visitors safer under the watchful eye of a new state-of-the-art CCTV control centre have taken a major step forward.

The Council has today announced the contractor who will be responsible for the work, which includes separating the Civic Centre from the Council House as well converting the basement for the CCTV system to be installed.


Council launch plan to develop a more skilled and flexible workforce in Plymouth

An ambitious plan to develop a more skilled and flexible workforce in Plymouth will be officially presented for approval to the Council’s cabinet this month.

Plymouth’s Plan for Employment and Skills is needed to ensure the skills of the city’s workforce keep up with the demands of employers.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Plymouth is a world class leader in marine, science...

£60,000 for local projects as Crowdfund Plymouth launches

Plymouth community projects and social enterprises will be able to tap into funds as part of a pioneering crowdfunding scheme launched today.

Plymouth City Council has set aside £60,000 for projects on Crowdfund Plymouth – as part of Crowdfunder Local, a nationwide initiative, launched by Crowdfunder - the UK’s leading crowdfunding platform.

Crowdfunding is an alternative...