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Government funding announcement confirms unfair settlement for Nottingham

The Government has announced what funding they will give to councils in 2016/17 with Nottingham City Councils main grant cut by 15.4m to 58.4m.

The figure has halved in the last two years and has dropped by 102m over the past five years a much harsher drop than for many more affluent places.

Anticipating the cuts draft proposals for the 2015/2016 budget  have been drawn up. These can be found under item 7 here:

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Robin Hood Smartcard

Robin Hood smartcards: making travel cheaper and easier

A new pay-as-you-go travel smartcard is now available from Robin Hood Network ticket machines. Using the card is a hassle-free way of getting around Nottingham on bus or tram even when using different transport operators.

As part of its introductory first phase, the smartcard will run on buses and trams to ensure everything is working properly across the network.

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Nottingham named UNESCO City of Literature

On 11 December, UNESCO awarded Nottingham with the status of City of Literature.

This accolade was the result of a bid process that was initiated approximately two years ago.

Nottingham joins eleven other UNESCO Cities of Literature across the globe: Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reyjavik, Norwich, Krakow, Heidelburg, Granada, Prague and Dunedin.

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Official opening of multi-million pound Heathfield Primary

The new 5.3m Heathfield Primary School has been officially opened.

This is all part of the City Councils ambitious expansion plan, which saw the school in Basford split into two sites, creating an additional 420 places, plus 52 nursery places. The school has already been admitting extra children for the last two academic years ahead of the expansion and now the site is fully open.

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Nottingham City Council welcomes breath of fresh air from Defra

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced its plans to help Nottingham City Council improve air quality in the city centre by introducing Clean Air Zones by 2020.

The City Council is developing far-reaching measures to tackle city centre air pollution, by targeting the main vehicular causes of pollution whilst at the same time minimising the impact on car drivers and businesses.
Nottingham is one of five cities that will have Clean Air Zones by 2020, covering buses, coaches and taxis.

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News in Brief:

Plans to give more children a voice in Nottingham

Plenty to keep children and teenagers entertained over Christmas

Works finish in time for Christmas shopping

Parents given pre-Christmas warning about dangers of online grooming

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