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General news

General news and event news.

Council to set its budget commitments for coming year.

Councillors are set to consider a series of financial reports about Burnley Council’s proposed budget for the coming year.

The reports will go to the council’s scrutiny committee on 11th February and Executive on 15th February for debate and then on to a meeting of the full council on 24th February for final debate which will then set the budget for 2021/22.

Among the proposals is an extra £50,000 for the streetscene unit to be spent on tackling environmental issues such as dog fouling and flytipping.

Covid-19 protective screens to be fitted to taxis

Burnley Council is working with the borough's private hire trade to provide protective screen in their vehicles.

The council has secured funding as part of its overall Covid-19 response to supporting local businesses to allow private hire vehicles to be fitted with screens to help protect passengers and drivers from the spread of the virus. The funding includes the cost of the screen and fitting.

IT devices to help Covid lockdown youngsters study at home

Burnley Council has teamed up with the local voluntary sector and schools to provide funding for devices or broadband to allow children to study online during the Covid crisis.

The council worked with Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services (BPRCVS) and 20 schools across the borough to provide much-needed IT support to struggling families.

In all around 600 children in the borough will benefit from the scheme.

Burnley Mayor appointed to House of Lords

The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Wajid Khan, has been appointed to the House of Lords as a Life Peer.

The appointment was announced by the Prime Minister's Office yesterday (Tues 22nd).

Coun. Khan was nominated for the honour by the leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer. He becomes the youngest Opposition Peer in the House of Lords. Coun. Khan also becomes the borough's first Peer since Willis Jackson was appointed Baron Jackson of Burnley in 1967.

Coun. Khan's official title will be decided shortly.

Make it a Christmas cracker for recycling

Burnley Council is urging residents to make it a cracker of a Christmas when it comes to recycling.
 
With Christmas almost here it’s more important than ever for people to start thinking about recycling over the festive period. By doing this people can help protect the environment and cut down on the amount of waste going into their general household waste bin, preventing it from filling up too quickly.
 

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