Cuts to spending on children’s mental health services deeply disappointing, say NSPCC

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Only a quarter of the country is set to benefit from the roll-out of new school-based mental-health support teams say the NSPCC.

Friday, 12th April, 2019 9:11am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Number of young suicidal Islanders reaching out has doubled

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Head of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust says many young people feel like they don’t belong, that the community doesn’t think much of them.

Thursday, 4th April, 2019 6:10pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

£1 overnight parking charge locations on Isle of Wight (updated)

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The definitive list of every location the Isle of Wight council are planning to charge you £1 to park in the evening. Each street, road and car park, to help you avoid unwanted parking tickets.

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 6:54pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Celebrate and embrace our differences on World Autism Awareness Day

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It's World Autism Awareness Day and many people on the Isle of Wight are hoping this year sees a turnaround in the support given to children on the spectrum.

Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019 9:33am

By Sally Perry

All Saints’ dropping off test at St Saviour’s results in ‘chaos and misery’

Traffic chaos at St Saviours

Some parents of pupils at All Saints’ Primary tested the proposed journey to school they would have to take if the Isle of Wight Council closes their school. See photos and videos within.

Monday, 1st April, 2019 1:05pm

By Carly Wyre-Nock with 2 readers' comments

Law Centre say IWC tender was ‘designed to exclude them’

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The Law Centre say the Isle of Wight council always knew they would not be able to bid for the full contract as it would mean losing their independent Law Centre status.

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 2:14pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Parents challenge council figures over potential All Saints’ closure plans

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Parents protesting last night accused Isle of Wight council officers of ‘fudging the figures’, and said the school was ninth out of 44 schools for improvement on the Island, and was ranked second out of all schools on the Island for Key Stage 2 performance.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 3:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Councillor and daughter ‘victims of online bullying’ over cross-Solent travel scheme plans

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Cllr Mosdell says the abuse that she and her daughter were subjected to during the consultation to scrap the cross-Solent travel scheme was unacceptable.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 10:37am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Cabinet unanimously agree to keep cross-Solent travel scheme

Clare Mosdell

Concern was raised by Cllr Mosdell that the scheme as currently penned, only covers patients needing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and renal dialysis, but not those, for example, with significant neurological issues.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 10:01am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

How much has Jay Jayasundara ‘saved’ from PFI contract you asked – Here’s what we found out

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He’s been paid an extra £95,000 for six months’ work to find areas to cut from the Highways PFI contract (he originally received a £180k+/year package to design), but just how much will he be saving the council, OnTheWight asked.

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 4:18pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

‘Anger and disbelief’ at heated school closure consultation meeting

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The mood of the meeting was anger and disbelief, with huge cheers and rounds of applause for those who stood up to speak and question the decision by Isle of Wight council officers to focus on the future of one school only.

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 11:07am

By Vix Lowthion with one comment

£60,000 travel scheme for cancer treatment looks set to be saved

Yes on paper

The Isle of Wight council had planned to cut the £60,000 Cross-Solent Travel Scheme funding, but following a 3,000+ strong petition and Healthwatch survey, the Cabinet member is recommending it is retained and gifted to the NHS to administer.

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:54pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter