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- Votes: 29,863
- Vote share %: 59.2
- Vote share change: +6.2
Liberal DemocratLee Howgate
- Votes: 12,114
- Vote share %: 24.0
- Vote share change: -1.1
- Votes: 6,562
- Vote share %: 13.0
- Vote share change: -5.2
- Votes: 1,239
- Vote share %: 2.5
- Vote share change: +1.2
- Votes: 648
- Vote share %: 1.3
- Vote share change: +1.3
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 17,749
- Registered voters: 75,054
- Change since 2017: -0.2
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BBC News Online
A helpline set up to deal with the coronavirus crisis is to continue with funding from the National Lottery.
The Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline launched a week before the country went into lockdown and at its peak was dealing with more than 350 calls a day.
Staff from Torbay Community Development Trust, Age UK Torbay, Healthwatch Torbay, Citizens Advice Torbay and Brixham Does Care, came together to provide support, through the helpline.
The National Lottery Community Fund and The Office for Civil Society have stepped in with a grant of just short of £100,000 to keep the helpline funded for the next six months.
A spokesperson for the newly formed Torbay Health and Wellbeing Voluntary Sector Network said: “We realised as the helpline developed that it was not just about Covid ... We can now point people in the right direction for a whole host of services, providing a way into the system whether the need is a simple one or one that is relatively complex."
BBC Radio Devon
People living in Torbay are being urged to park considerately so that the emergency services and dust carts can get through.
Rubbish was not collected in three streets in Torbay last week because of cars blocking the road.
The fire service said it's a perennial problem.
Mike Morey is a senior councillor in Torbay he said double yellow lines are being added to the road layout where there are particular problems.
BBC Radio Devon
A report has found that disadvantaged pupils in Plymouth and Torbay are almost two years behind their peers at GCSEs.
Plymouth is ranked third in England for the biggest educational gaps in the country, while Torbay is tenth.
The report by the Education Policy Institute concludes that progress in narrowing inequalities has ground to halt and the concern is that the gap will continue to grow because of the impact of the pandemic.
The gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has "stopped closing for the first time in a decade".
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Torbay Council is urgently asking the government to extend the furlough scheme for tourism and hospitality workers.
It is worried that there could be a big rise in job losses when the current scheme finishes in October at the same time as the end of the holiday season.
The partnership of Independents and Liberal Democrats running the council is also trying to persuade the government to let it keep leftover business support cash which has not been claimed.
Under the current rules, the surplus from the schemes delivered by the council has to be returned.
The last grants of £10,000 or £25,000 to businesses have to be paid out by Friday when the coronavirus support schemes end.
By the end of July the council had paid out £36m to eligible businesses – leaving about £11m in the pot.
The council’s deputy leader Darren Cowell said it was hoped that some of the money could go towards training for people losing their jobs
BBC News Online
Torbay Council says it has had a great response to its appeal for new foster carers but more people are still needed.
The council recently launched its new We Are Family fostering campaign that resulted in 36 inquires from potential foster carers and 29 new potential foster carers being assessed by the council’s fostering team.
There are currently 69 households fostering in Torbay but there are still about 340 looked after children in Torbay so more foster carers are needed.
The local authority also recently announced a range of measures to support local foster carers, including providing more training and support and increasing the weekly fee to £538 depending on the experience of the foster carer and the age of the child.
A new Resilience Fostering service was also announced, which is a direct alternative placement option for those children who are at risk of being placed in, or are currently in residential care.
This will come with an enhanced fee rate of £1,000 per week.
Councillor Cordelia Law said: "I’m so pleased these families have come forward and that our new campaign has got off to such a great start – but there is still lots of work to do and lots of children who are in need of a safe and loving home."
Torbay Registrar Office based at Cockington Court has been closed to the public in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Torbay Council said parents can claim for child benefit or universal credit before registering the birth of their child, with the current 42 day deadline for registering a child lifted.
It said parents would be able to register the births when the lockdown period comes to an end.
All marriage and civil partnership ceremonies have been suspended, and the council is not taking any bookings for citizenship ceremonies.
It said death registration appointments are being carried out by telephone.
Torbay Table Tennis Academy put this video together to urge people to stay home and stay safe during the coronavirus crisis.