Swindon Borough Council

A third of the seats in Swindon were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 29 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 26 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results
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Council could cut nearly 150 jobs

Swindon Borough Council
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Nearly 150 jobs could be lost at Swindon Borough Council next year, it has emerged.

Early proposals for next year’s council budget suggest cutting 148.5 full-time equivalent posts over the next year to save money.

Fifty-nine of those posts are vacant, but that leaves 89 filled posts to be cut.

The redundancies are part of 420 anticipated job losses over three years announced by the council last year.

Deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for finance, Russell Holland, said: “We value all of our staff and the excellent work they all do.

"Redundancies are absolutely the last resort but we have a responsibility to set a balanced budget.

"Even if the proposed job cuts go ahead, as the council’s budgeting stands at the moment, it will still have a shortfall of £5m next year."

Leader of the Labour group, Jim Grant, condemned the possible job losses.

He said: “We’ve been told it’s the end of austerity, so either Swindon’s Tories are incompetent financially and have to make these cuts, or they are ideologically driven to cut the council back to its bare bones regardless, and leave the people of Swindon with fewer and fewer services.”

Plan for Swindon tattoo parlour hygiene ratings

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tattoo parlour
BBC

Tattoo parlours in Swindon could soon be sporting a ‘scores on the doors’-style hygiene rating in the way that restaurants and cafes do.

The borough council’s Licensing Committee will discuss a plan to inspect and rate tattoo studios at a meeting this evening.

A report to members of the committee says the scheme could "drive up standards and adoption of best practice across the industry" and reduce any risk of infection.

After inspection, parlours will be rated from one – requires improvement, to four – very good.

The scheme will be voluntary with all 54 tattoo studious in Swindon invited to take part. Those that opt in will be asked to pay to be inspected and rated.

The meeting starts at 17:30 GMT at the civic offices in Euclid Street and is open to the public.

Extra help for homeless people in Swindon

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Rough sleeper
PA

Extra help is being offered to rough sleepers and people getting off the streets in Swindon.

It's after the borough council secured an extra £295,000 from central government, which means it can expand and extend its services into 2020.

The money will fund three new rough sleeping outreach workers, 12 supported housing places and mental health support for homeless people.

If the weather gets really cold for three consecutive nights, accommodation will also be offered to rough sleepers. Last year, the council was able to house 50 people during the cold spells.