Why is Isle of Wight council spending £41k a year on Amazon? Better to spend locally says Island Labour

Amazon warehouse in Spain

Island Labour say that in 2015 the Isle of Wight council signed an accord with the Island Federation of Small Businesses which pledged to, where possible, use small businesses to provide goods and services, but in the last year they have spent £41,000 with Amazon.

Saturday, 8th December, 2018 11:09am

By Simon Perry with 16 readers' comments

Mainland fire crew called to Isle of Wight on standby

Fire engines

The chair of the FBU said “It’s very concerning when there are not many appliances on the run and it seems to be getting worse".

Friday, 7th December, 2018 9:51am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Law Centre say IWC’s response over funding cuts is ‘meaningless’

angry bird bully

The row over a funding cut to the Isle of Wight Law Centre carries on with the IWC saying they can bid for new contracts. The Law Centre respond.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 3:18pm

By Sally Perry

Saving of £70k per annum could cost Isle of Wight council between £1.5-£2m, say Law Centre (update 2)

Axe in wood:

With the lack of Legal Aid on the Isle of Wight, the Law Centre is the only place that provides assistance to those facing eviction. They say that if the Isle of Wight Council is serious about homelessness prevention, it should be increasing their core funding, not terminating it.

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 12:12pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council planning to shed responsibility for two Island harbours

ventnor harbour

The council papers justifying it say the approach of the private sector investors/developers interested in acquiring the harbours, "is to be welcomed".

Monday, 26th November, 2018 12:01pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Crowdfunding appeal launched to save Local Area Co-ordinators

Image: (L-R) Steve, Adam and Rich

There has been public outcry at the Cabinet decision to scrap the Local Area Coordination Scheme from next year - one Islander has started an appeal to crowdfund the money needed to keep the service going.

Monday, 26th November, 2018 9:00am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Islanders unfurl banners at Isle of Wight council meeting in protest at cuts to public services

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Members of the public opposing cuts to public services made their feelings clear at last night's full council meeting with these banners. OnTheWight hears the reaction from councillors and politicians.

Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 4:36pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillors vote to reconsider proposed parking charges

county hall

Almost the entire council voted to reconsider the charges, after a petition of 3,851 signatures was put before last night’s full council meeting by Ryde town councillor, Karen Lucioni, including Cabinet members.

Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 11:36am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Live reporting: Isle of Wight council debate parking petition, changes to council tax support, Red Box Project and more

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Find out what your councillor has to say about the issues being debated at the November Isle of Wight full council meeting.

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 5:50pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Users fear mental health day centres could be axed

Unhappy teenager

The Isle of Wight Council said no decision about the future of the service had been made, but users of the mental health day centres fear closure as part of the planned reconfiguration of the service.

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 4:48pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Islanders to protest against Isle of Wight council cuts

Stop the Cuts Lollypop:

A group of Islanders unhappy about proposed cuts to council services, such as the Local Area Co-ordinator Programme, the loss of fire service personnel and the potential end of the travel subsidy for patients attending mainland appointments, will be protesting outside County Hall.

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018 5:21pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Firefighters boycott training exercise in protest at job cuts

Fire engine - IW Fire service name in full

Firefighters say that as a whole-time crew, workforce morale is at an all time low. They marked themselves as 'unavailable' on Saturday in protest at the seven crew whose contracts are being terminated at the end of the year.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 6:20pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter