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‘Tackling climate change is something that we must all take responsibility for’ says Councillor Richard Rout

Thousands of carers across Suffolk and Norfolk are to be given additional training and progression opportunities as part of a £7.5million investment.

Suffolk’s authorities have offered assurances that necessary decisions can still be made during the coronavirus pandemic, despite councils unable to meet.

The efforts of carers during the coronavirus lockdown are being recognised by social care chiefs – and the public is being urged to show its support too.

Repairs and maintenance on Suffolk’s roads are continuing during the coronavirus pandemic – but highways chiefs have asked the public not to approach workers.

Timetable changes have been confirmed for dozens of Suffolk bus services, amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Following the Prime Minister’s latest isolation measures unveiled on Monday night, Suffolk’s councils have unveiled further changes to public services. See below each council for what the latest measures are:

Bus services in Suffolk are the latest to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as reduced timetables are being rolled out.

Completion work for the new archive office in Ipswich has been pushed back to May after delays at the start of the year – and coronavirus means the formal opening could be much later.

The old adage that the worst of situations can bring out the best in people couldn’t be more apt right now.

Fresh questions have been raised over the care of some of Suffolk’s most vulnerable children, following an ‘inadequate’ report for a council-run children’s home.

Time restrictions on bus passes for older and disabled people have been lifted during the COVID-19 crisis.

Frequent cannabis use, two months of missed medication and alcohol abuse are among a host of issues raised by Ofsted in an inspection of a Suffolk children’s home.

More than 5,600 Suffolk youngsters are being taught in ‘inadequate’ schools, according to latest data.

More than 600 flooding problem spots on Suffolk’s roads are in need of work, new data has revealed – with 100 new issues raised this autumn and winter alone.

Suffolk’s fire service has been inundated with hundreds of applications for just 30 full time firefighter jobs, new data has revealed.

A cheque for billions of pounds, poised finely on a bridge spanning a lake in Lowestoft – as much at risk of staying put as falling into the water.

The opt-in process for parents to secure school transport for their children has begun – but parents have reported issues within just a handful of hours of the system going live.

Suffolk leaders have made a plea to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for better funding ahead of the upcoming Budget, as data reveals a £700million economic hit per year from A14 delays.

A children’s home in Beccles is to be sold and a replacement site found because costs for repairs will be too high.

Multi-million pound plans to overhaul Suffolk’s street lighting with LED lights have been given the nod by county chiefs.

Just one child in Suffolk referred for an autism assessment was seen within the mandatory 13 week period in 2019, shock new figures show – with waiting times nearly double what they should be.

The one-time finance chief at Suffolk County Council, who walked away last year because he couldn’t back another council tax rise, issued a damning assessment of his former colleagues’ budget.

Half a million pounds has been pledged by Suffolk Highways for fresh road markings and signs outside schools ahead of a changeover in parking laws.

Calls for a Suffolk authority to increase funding in Citizens Advice and reverse cuts to health visitors and bus subsidies have failed to secure agreement.

Measures which aim to improve the implementation of the school transport application process in Suffolk have been outlined - but there will be no changes to policy in time for the beginning of the next school year.

Education chiefs are to form a task force to revamp a key strategy which aims to raise educational standards in Suffolk.

Fresh investment in health visitors and a commitment to restore Citizens Advice funding in full are among the challenges being presented to Suffolk County Council this week.

A Suffolk councillor who reportedly left a female lorry driver “scared” and “intimidated” has been ordered to apologise for his actions while a formal complaints procedure investigates his conduct.

Lollipop ladies and men in Suffolk are to be equipped with body cameras to catch “unacceptable” drivers who fail to stop for kids crossing the road.

Lollipop ladies and men in Suffolk are to be equipped with body cameras to catch “unacceptable” drivers who fail to stop for kids crossing the road.

A catalogue of errors have been found in the launch of a controversial new school transport policy last year, a new report has found.

Plans to introduce permits for utility firms carrying out roadworks have been given the green light, which aims to reduce disruption for motorists.

Suffolk education campaigners have welcomed plans for Ofsted to scrap its inspection exemptions for ‘outstanding’ schools – but raised fears that some may not have been assessed in 17 years.

Major plans to boost Suffolk’s literacy are in the pipeline, as the county’s education chiefs aim to team up with a leading charity.

Plans have been unveiled to bring up to 20 council sites forward for housing developments – with nearly £11 million pledged to kick start the scheme.

The third phase of Suffolk’s superfast broadband programme has been given approval to begin, which aims to target the hardest 2% to reach.

Council chiefs have objected to proposals for two offshore windfarms on the Suffolk coast, claiming it will do “untold damage” to the area.

Changes to parking enforcement powers in Suffolk, which are expected to bring tougher crackdowns on nuisance motorists, have been laid before Parliament for the final go-ahead.

Public satisfaction with Suffolk’s roads has improved in the last year, new figures show – but nearly two thirds are not happy.

Plans to revamp Suffolk’s children’s centres - which could see two closed - are not about saving money, council leaders are insisting.

Fears have been raised that Citizens Advice Bureaux in Suffolk are being forced to change their structure despite performing a vital service.

Councils in Suffolk are preparing for a busy 2020. Suffolk local democracy reporter Jason Noble takes a look at the big issues that are coming up.

There is money available to tackle flooded roads, highways chiefs have said – despite telling one street the drainage issue they reported could not be fixed until at least 2021 because there was no budget for it.

The first 10 new specialist units under £45 million plans to boost special educational needs in Suffolk have been announced.

Free council services such as libraries, archive access and recycling centres are not being eyed for charges to be introduced, finance chiefs have said.

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