Ditch paper receipts as VAT goes digital, says HMRC

computer keyboard

HMRC is urging businesses to join the digital tax revolution by ditching paper receipts and signing up for Making Tax Digital.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 3:25pm

By Roger Kasper with one comment

Moon’s influence was undoing of yacht sailing in the Beaulieu River

rnli lifeboat

The yacht, with five people aboard, had gone hard aground at the entrance of Beaulieu River when, thanks the gravitational pull of the moon, there was an exceptionally low tide.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 8:42am

By George Chastney

Purpose-built home for Shanklin’s ‘pregnant’ squirrel

New squirrel tree house

A red squirrel that has set up home - possibly as it prepares to give birth - in branches of a tree that needs to be cut down as it's blocking a path, has been offered a "swanky new home".

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 5:27pm

By Gavin Foster

Council tax rise, overnight parking charges and more: See the detail


Papers with the finalised detail of the Isle of Wight council budget for 2019-20 have been issued by officers ahead of next week's big budget meeting. See the detail in the council papers within.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 4:37pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Southern Vectis increase some fares by double the rate of inflation

Pound coins

Although some fares are being frozen, Freedom tickets and multi-day bundles are subject to increases from next month, some double the rate of inflation.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 2:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Voluntary sector bid farewell to Lord Lieutenant

Lord Lieutenant and Lady White

After 13 years in service as the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Maj. Gen. Sir Martin White was bid farewell by the voluntary sector.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 1:42pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Elderly dementia patient sent to wrong care home without medication or clothes

St mary's hospital

Agency staff are being blamed for the 73-year-old man being moved to the wrong care home without any of his medication, including his insulin, or his clothes, without the knowledge of his family.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 11:40am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Malfunction on floating bridge takes it out of service

floating bridge out of service

The Isle of Wight council advised earlier this morning that the Cowes floating bridge was out of service due to a malfunction. A passenger launch is in operation. Vehicles are diverted via Newport.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 9:55am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Latest figures: Isle of Wight out of work benefits and universal credit

job centre plus

There’s been another rise in the number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits, and a rise of 280 since same time last year. The figures now also include new Universal Credit claimants.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 9:38am

By Sally Perry

The Isle of Wight needs an ‘Island Act’ not ‘Island Plan’, says Cllr

dormouse looking through the undergrowth

This Isle of Wight councillor says Islanders "need to rise up and demand legislation, so we control our own housing, environmental and economic needs" and not be dictated to by "blinkered politicians".

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 8:28am

By Michael Lilley with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight NHS campaigners pledge support in Supreme Court case

save nhs at pride 2018

Isle of Wight NHS campaigners pledge support in Supreme Court case. Controversial changes to NHS funding are unlawful, they believe.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 8:02am

By Christine Lightbody with one comment

Portsmouth skyline to change when two landmark towers torn down after failed inspection

Leamington House

The skyline of Portsmouth looks like it's going to changing soon. Here are the details of the two tower blocks coming down and why.

Monday, 18th February, 2019 5:51pm

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment