Paul Hodgkinson

Leader of the Lib Dems on Gloucestershire County Council, representing Bourton on the Water & Northleach Learn more

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Cotswold school helps community get physical

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 January, 2016

The Cotswold School, located in Bourton-on-the-Water, has unveiled new sports equipment which was part funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Active Together’ scheme. ‘Active Together’ is a grant scheme designed to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people in the county. Each electoral division in the county has £40,000 available. County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water […]

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3,000 could lose free school meals under Government plans

by Paul Hodgkinson on 20 October, 2015

Thousands of children in the Cotswolds could lose their right to a free school meal under the Conservative Government’s plans to review the scheme. Universal free school meals offer every infant child a healthy meal at lunchtime, which saves families more than £400 per child per year. Evidence shows where children have been given a […]

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Council approves new ways to grow local apprenticeships

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 July, 2015

County Councillors have approved a report that proposes how best to promote and grow apprenticeships across Gloucestershire. At a full council meeting council members unanimously agreed recommendations put forward by the Cllr Pau Hodgkinson and the ‘ Apprenticeship task group’. The proposals include doing more to put apprenticeships at the forefront of people’s minds earlier in […]

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2,200 people in the Cotswolds help hit apprenticeship goal

by Paul Hodgkinson on 7 January, 2015

Two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010 with 2,200 people in the Cotswolds getting a vital start in life. Prospective MP Paul Hodgkinson said apprenticeships offered by companies such as Renishaw in Wotton under Edge and St James’s Place in Cirencester have performed a crucial role in the local economy. Cllr Hodgkinson is heading up a task group at the […]

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Schools serve up a success at lunchtime

by Paul Hodgkinson on 16 November, 2014

Schools in the Cotswolds have been praised for dishing up a new initiative to the area’s infants. Since September all 5-7 year olds have been eligible for a free meal at lunchtime for the first time. Now, as part of National School Meals Week, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) has […]

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Call for County Council to boost apprenticeships

by Paul Hodgkinson on 22 June, 2014

On the back of a record number of apprenticeships across Gloucestershire, the County Council is being urged to go one step further. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton and Northleach) is recommending that the Council should create a cross-party task force, which would work with businesses in the county encouraging them to recruit more apprentices. The […]

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‘Bin the school waste charges’ campaign kicks off

by Paul Hodgkinson on 9 February, 2014

A campaign kicked off this week to throw Cotswolds primary schools a cash lifeline. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) is calling for primary schools to be included in Cotswold District Council’s waste collection service. At present, all primary schools are classed as ‘businesses’ and have to pay for their waste […]

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New crossing gets thumbs up

by Paul Hodgkinson on 6 November, 2013

Bourton residents have given a warm welcome to a new road crossing along Station Road. In August, the County Council installed the 24/7 safety feature on one of the village’s busiest roads. It followed on from a mass petition calling for the crossing which was presented to Gloucestershire County Council last year. A teacher at […]

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Bid to give primary schools a cash lifeline

by Paul Hodgkinson on 20 September, 2013

A call is being made to throw Cotswolds primary schools a cash lifeline. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Cotswold District Council) has publicly asked for primary schools to be included in the Council’s waste collection service. At present, all primary schools are classed as ‘businesses’ and have to pay for […]

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New safety zone on the way for village

by Paul Hodgkinson on 18 July, 2013

Gloucestershire Highways is looking to make improvements to the School Safety Zone on the A436 by Andoversford Primary School. The aim of the scheme is to try to increase driver awareness, reduce vehicle speeds and create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists on Gloucester Road in the village during peak school times. Cllr Paul […]

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