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£16,000 cash boost to local children’s charity from the Morrisons Foundation

Authored by Mary

The Morrisons Foundation has donated £16,000 to Care for Kids North Devon, a charity that helps families who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

The support from the Morrisons Foundation will fund the refurbishment of cubicle 4 at the Caroline Thorpe Children's Ward. The much-needed grant will transform this individual bedroom, making it a more comfortable place...

Motorcyclist dies after Plympton crash

Authored by News Desk

A motorcyclist has died following a collision in Plympton yesterday [4 May].

Emergency services were called at 11.05am following the collision between a white Vauxhall Combo van and a black KTM 690 motorcycle at the bottom of Cot Hill on Plymouth Road.

The motorcyclist, aged 60 and from Plympton, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital by air...

SW firms missing out on “cash mountain” that could help them grow further

Authored by News Desk

South West firms could be missing out on a ‘cash mountain’ that could help them to expand, says Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking after new figures found they were tying up millions of pounds in excess working capital.

The research shows that businesses across the south and the east of England have at least £138.3billion tied up in excess capital, as business growth continues to soar....

Third of working families in SW one pay cheque away from losing their home

Authored by Mary

Over a third of working families in the South West could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter reveal today.

With little or no personal savings to fall back on, the Shelter and YouGov study found that this means a staggering 318,000 working families in the region could be just one paycheque away from losing their...

Plymouth awarded £60,000 to tackle rogue landlords

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £60,000 of Government funding to deal with rogue landlords.

The news comes after the council submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government's Rogue Landlords Fund. The additional funding will support existing work and enable more to be done with trading standards, voluntary providers supporting tenants, and working with...

£5m for councils to stop rogue landlords

Authored by Mary

Councils across the country are to receive a £5m cash boost to tackle rogue landlords in their area, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today.

Forty eight councils will share the funding so they can take on the irresponsible landlords that force tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties, making their lives a misery.

The cash will also allow councils to root out...

Crimebeat grants available for Devon groups

Authored by Mary

Applications are now open for groups in Devon to apply for grants of up to £3000.

Grassroots Grants up to £500, Connection Grants up to £1000 and Action Grants up to £3000 are available for projects that can prove they will have a positive impact on vulnerable young people and will help cut crime, especially anti social behaviour, substance abuse or school absenteeism.

Funding...

Do you know who's on your bank notes?

Authored by News Desk

Large proportion of those in the South West fail to be ‘on the money’ when it comes to who’s who on bank notes

They are some of the most important and “noteworthy” figures in British history.

But according to a new survey, over three in five people living in the South West (62%) admit they struggle identify the famous faces who appear on our banknotes.

Researchers...

Trampoline club are jumping for joy

Authored by Mary

Trampoliners at a Plymouth club are jumping for joy after receiving a cash injection from a leading house builder.

The City of Plymouth Trampoline Club has received a £1,000 windfall from Persimmon Homes South West as part of its Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 being given to support local groups and charities over 12 months.

The club intends to use...

Extra cash for local computer club!

Authored by Sarah Parker

Councillor Tudor Evans has handed over a cheque for £330 to the Ferndale Community computer club as part of Plymouth City Council’s community grant scheme.

Each Councillor has an annual grant allocation of £3,500 to fund community activities and projects in their wards. Councillors can combine their grants to fund one or more projects or various community activities, if they wish....

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