Worcestershire County Council

Election 2017 Results

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Party Seats 2013 Seats 2017 Change

PartyConservative

Seats 201330 Seats 201740 Change+10

PartyLabour

Seats 201312 Seats 201710 Change−2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 20133 Seats 20173 Change-

PartyGreen

Seats 20132 Seats 20172 Change-

PartyICHC

Seats 20132 Seats 20171 Change−1

PartyIndependent

Seats 20132 Seats 20171 Change−1

PartyUKIP

Seats 20134 Seats 2017- Change−4

PartyLiberal

Seats 20131 Seats 2017- Change−1

PartyResidents' Association

Seats 20131 Seats 2017- Change−1
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Latest Updates

  1. Empty hotel rooms to be used for coronavirus patients

    Agreements with three hotels in Worcestershire have been signed to help patients recovering during the coronavirus pandemic, said the county council.

    About 150 more rooms are still needed, it said.

    The rooms are for patients well enough to leave hospital, but still need assessment for social care.

    "The hotels should have 20 rooms minimum which are en-suite and be able to provide services such as housekeeping and laundry," the local authority said.

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  2. Council makes £2m from parking charges

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here are some of the stories the Local Democracy Reporting Service has been covering in Worcestershire:

    • Worcester City Council collected more than £2m from car parking charges last year but revealed the figure was £300,000 lower than the year before.
    • A claim Worcestershire County Council performed a u-turn over installing a zebra crossing in St John's has been denied by the councillor in charge of highways, who said it was never in the plans in the first place.
    • A university must use its 'millions' to build more student accommodation on its campuses to stop student houses springing up across Worcester, a councillor's said.
    Cattle Market car park in Worcester
  3. 'Very basic' rail service due to strike action

    West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway will only be running a "very basic" service on Saturday as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union take strike action.

    Bus replacement services will run on the following routes, it said:

    And this is the timetable for their planned rail services:

    Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Chiltern Railways and Transport for Wales are due to run a normal Saturday timetable, but will be busier, it added.

  4. Crime fears over switched-off street lights

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Calls are being made to "review" a scheme that has seen thousands of street lights switched off across Worcestershire, despite it saving almost £1m over the past four years.

    Street lights

    After a trial in Droitwich Spa, the county council, which manages 52,000 street lights, decided in 2014 to switch off two-thirds of them in mainly residential and industrial estates.

    The move was to save money and cut carbon emissions with the local authority claiming it's reducing spending by £970,000.

    But people in places like Droitwich have told BBC Hereford and Worcester it's led to an increase in crime.

    Town councillor Alan Humphries said it had "led to an increased amount of drug dealing, because it was in the dark, people couldn't see what's going on".

    But the council's rejected the suggestion with cabinet member for infrastructure, Ken Pollock, saying "that's certainly not what the police are telling us".

    West Mercia Police said it understood people being concerned with lights being turned off, but officers "have not seen a definitive link between the lights being switched off and any increase in crime".

  5. Fairer funding demand from rural councils

    BBC Midlands Today

    Boris Johnson is being urged by the leaders of dozens of councils to give them a fairer funding deal.

    Shropshire Council's HQ

    They include those in charge of five local authorities in the West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

    The demand's made in an open letter to the prime minister in the Telegraph and claims counties get £240 per resident compared with £449 in urban areas.

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says councils have been given £46.4bn this year and it'll work to get councils their financial settlement for next year as soon as possible.

  6. Children's services 'require improvement'

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Children's social care in Worcestershire has improved, according to a new report by the watchdog Ofsted, but more work is still needed.

    County Hall

    It's the first inspection of the county's children's services since they were rated inadequate in 2017.

    Outcomes for many children and their families are much better, social workers caseloads have fallen, and leaders have managed to make the workforce more stable, the report found.

    Inspectors still rated the services as "requires improvement" - they say a small number of children are still struggling to get timely help, and some aged over 18 are living in B&Bs and sofa surfing.

  7. Council looks to slash printing budget

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Worcestershire County Council is looking to cut its printing budget after revealing it spent more than £380,000 in the last 12 months - printing out around 12 million pages.

    The amount of paper used was the equivalent of 750 trees and the authority says it will urge staff to "think before they print".

    Paper

    The council says it will aim to save around £700,000 over the next five years by restricting access to printers, sharing more information by email, stopping all but essential colour printing and reducing the number of agendas it prints by at least half.

  8. Auditors placed in special measures

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An auditing firm which inspects council accounts has been put under special measures for its poor performance last year after it was revealed half of its inspected audits needed 'significant' improvement.

    Grant Thornton has inspected the accounts of Worcestershire County Council since 2015 and is set to do so until 2023.

    The firm also audits the accounts for the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority and the chief constable and the police and crime commissioner for West Mercia Police as well as Wyre Forest, Redditch and Bromsgrove district councils,

    The Financial Reporting Council has put a new improvement plan in place for the company.

  9. Teenager's social service care criticised by judge

    A council's social services department has been criticised in the High Court for the way it handled the case of a 14-year-old boy who's spent much of his life in care.

    County Hall

    Worcestershire County Council's failings were described as "egregious in the extreme".

    The boy who's said to have "complex needs", and who can't be identified for legal reasons - left his mother's home nearly nine years ago.

    In a written ruling published today, Mr Justice Keehan said 22 social workers had been involved but there had been no "consistent planning" for the boy's care, and neither he nor his foster parents had been given enough support.

    The boy's mother died two years ago and the identity of his father isn't known.

    The council - which is being sued by lawyers for the boy - has accepted liability and is trying to ensure there's no repeat.

    The judge praised his foster parents and said the boy should remain living with them.

  10. Self-service libraries proposed to save council £800k

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Christian Barnett

    Several libraries in Worcestershire could become self-service, with staff numbers cut under plans to save £800,000.

    Books on shelves

    Worcestershire County Council has pledged that no branches will close but is looking to save money.

    Almost £4m has been cut from the library budget since 2011 and the plan is to save another £800,000 by 2021.

    The authority's plan would see some of the county's smaller libraries become self-service during certain periods of the day, with visitors letting themselves in and out.

  11. Former TV presenter 'bruised' in hill climb crash

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    "Bruised, shaken but very lucky" - a former TV presenter and councillor has escaped without serious injury after crashing a sports car at a hill climb event.

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    Peter Tomlinson, who's credited with creating the television show Tiswas in the 1970s, was taking part in the Shelsley Hill Climb on Saturday, near Worcester, when it happened.

    Mr Tomlinson, who's now chairman of Worcestershire County Council, tweeted that he lost control of his roadster and crashed over a safety barrier.

    He said he was only bruised, thanked safety stewards for their response and added his bank balance was "very hurt".

  12. Fresh closure plan for disabled centre

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A centre for severely disabled children is facing the threat of closure, just months after parents thought they'd ensured it would stay open.

    Protest last year over closing Ludlow Road

    Ludlow Road, which offers short overnight breaks and is based in Kidderminster, could shut after NHS managers said the six-bed centre isn't cost-effective.

    Parents have defeated two previous attempts to close it down but the latest move means Worcestershire County Council is set to start a new consultation over closing it, saying it will offer extra beds elsewhere.

    The authority's cabinet will decide on Thursday if to agree to the plan.

  13. Tiswas creator named chair of county council

    The creator and former presenter of the TV show Tiswas has been elected as the new chairman of Worcestershire County Council.

    The Saturday morning show became cult viewing for a generation of children until it ended in 1982.

    Peter Tomlinson

    Peter Tomlinson, who lives in Ombersley, has been a county councillor for three years, and a Wychavon District Councillor for eight.

    But in the 1970s, while working as a continuity announcer for ATV, he came up with the idea of what went on to become Tiswas and later became a regular presenter between 1974 and 1977.

    The anarchic series, which ended in 1982 is best known for its sketches and stunts, fronted by the likes of Chris Tarrant, Sally James and featuring Lenny Henry and Bob Carolgees.

  14. Mother fears for disabled daughter over care home closure

    BBC Midlands Today

    A mother says she fears the closure of a specialist care home in Worcestershire will have a damaging effect on the health of her daughter.

    Deborah Wood with her daughter

    Beth Hubbard, who is severely disabled, has been a resident at the Rose Orchard care home in Kidderminster for three years.

    The site is one of only two in the county which provides 24-hour nursing care but will close next month due to a lack of funding.

    Five adults with severe learning difficulties are currently cared for by staff at the site.

    The county council says it supports about 500 people with similar needs and the income needed to maintain the home far outstrips the cost of that type of care elsewhere in the county.

    Quote Message: I was so happy that I felt we'd found her 'forever home' and then suddenly, out of the blue, to be told we had to find another home, all over again, because we've done this twice before, I can't tell you how stressful it is from Deborah Wood Mother
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