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Herts health officials review residents affected by infected blood scandal

23 May 2024
Herts health officials review residents affected by infected blood scandal

Herts health officials review residents affected by infected blood scandal

23 May 2024

More than 30,000 people in the UK were infected with HIV and hepatitis C after being given contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.


Herts County Council showcases investment and development opportunities

23 May 2024
Herts County Council showcases investment and development opportunities

Herts County Council showcases investment and development opportunities

23 May 2024

The UK’s Real Estate, Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) – acts as a platform for the public sector.


Council considering £2,500 charge for utilities to work on Herts’ busiest roads

23 May 2024
Council considering £2,500 charge for utilities to work on Herts’ busiest roads

Council considering £2,500 charge for utilities to work on Herts’ busiest roads

23 May 2024

Lane rental schemes enable local authorities to charge up to £2,500 a day for works that can cause congestion on critical parts of the network.


‘Police have reputational issue’ says councillor as he warns against PCC taking control of fire service

23 May 2024
‘Police have reputational issue’ says councillor as he warns against PCC taking control of fire service

‘Police have reputational issue’ says councillor as he warns against PCC taking control of fire service

23 May 2024

Morris Bright, county councillor responsible for Herts Fire and Rescue Service, was speaking 19 days after police and crime commissioner election.


East Herts’ Green leader believes his party can win Hertford and Stortford

23 May 2024
East Herts’ Green leader believes his party can win Hertford and Stortford

East Herts’ Green leader believes his party can win Hertford and Stortford

23 May 2024

Cllr Ben Crystall says unseating Conservative Julie Marson in the July 4 General Election is “a real possibility”.


Parent sparks police probe into misconduct in public office at council

10 May 2024
Parent sparks police probe into misconduct in public office at council

Parent sparks police probe into misconduct in public office at council

10 May 2024

Hertfordshire Constabulary is investigating if officials are guilty of misconduct in public office over education, health and care plans (EHCPs).


Waste officials set to delve deep into Herts’ household rubbish bins

01 May 2024
Waste officials set to delve deep into Herts’ household rubbish bins

Waste officials set to delve deep into Herts’ household rubbish bins

01 May 2024

The last ‘waste compositional analysis survey’, in autumn 2020, found that 44% of household rubbish could have been recycled or composted.


Council must pay £2,800 after boy, 5, went without ‘proper education’ for a year

23 April 2024
Council must pay £2,800 after boy, 5, went without ‘proper education’ for a year

Council must pay £2,800 after boy, 5, went without ‘proper education’ for a year

23 April 2024

Investigation by Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman highlighted Herts County Council delays as it processed child’s EHCP.


Profit and loss questions over council’s stationery company accounts

23 April 2024
Profit and loss questions over council’s stationery company accounts

Profit and loss questions over council’s stationery company accounts

23 April 2024

Herts Fullstop Ltd, a county council company that supplies stationery to the private sector, opts not to publish full financial details for 2022-23.


Barrister to review how Herts handles applications to support SEND children

17 April 2024
Barrister to review how Herts handles applications to support SEND children

Barrister to review how Herts handles applications to support SEND children

17 April 2024

Concerns have been raised about the number of EHCP applications turned down at the first stage of the process – before reaching the assessment stage.


Council closer to selling 7.7-acre site in Hertford for housing

17 April 2024
Council closer to selling 7.7-acre site in Hertford for housing

Council closer to selling 7.7-acre site in Hertford for housing

17 April 2024

Herts County Council resources and performance cabinet panel backs plans for Cala Homes to be preferred bidder to acquire Leahoe House site.


27 people died in road traffic collisions in Hertfordshire in 2023

17 April 2024
27 people died in road traffic collisions in Hertfordshire in 2023

27 people died in road traffic collisions in Hertfordshire in 2023

17 April 2024

Sixteen of the 27 deaths recorded on the county’s highways in 2023 happened in July, August and September.


Herts extends school holiday supermarket vouchers for struggling families

11 April 2024
Herts extends school holiday supermarket vouchers for struggling families

Herts extends school holiday supermarket vouchers for struggling families

11 April 2024

A scheme that offers struggling families supermarket vouchers for food in school holidays is to be extended until the end of September in Herts.


Herts County Council set to sell land next to County Hall for new homes

10 April 2024
Herts County Council set to sell land next to County Hall for new homes

Herts County Council set to sell land next to County Hall for new homes

10 April 2024

Officers revealed last year they had earmarked the 771-acre site – including the derelict Leahoe House and gardens – for redevelopment.


Hertfordshire’s school meals service made £1.27m loss in a year

10 April 2024
Hertfordshire’s school meals service made £1.27m loss in a year

Hertfordshire’s school meals service made £1.27m loss in a year

10 April 2024

Hertfordshire Catering Ltd was set up by the county council in 2013 to supply “healthy and nutritious” meals to hundreds of schools and colleges.


Over 2,400 Hertfordshire children being educated at home – up 22% in a year

10 April 2024
Over 2,400 Hertfordshire children being educated at home – up 22% in a year

Over 2,400 Hertfordshire children being educated at home – up 22% in a year

10 April 2024

In December, 2,422 children were studying outside schools – 22% higher than in the same month in 2022.


Average 32-second wait for callers to council’s customer services

09 April 2024
Average 32-second wait for callers to council’s customer services

Average 32-second wait for callers to council’s customer services

09 April 2024

According to the latest data, 81,017 calls were made in the three months October to December, of which 93% were answered and 7% abandoned.


Bill for Hertfordshire county councillors’ allowances tops £1.45m

09 April 2024
Bill for Hertfordshire county councillors’ allowances tops £1.45m

Bill for Hertfordshire county councillors’ allowances tops £1.45m

09 April 2024

All 78 county councillors are eligible to claim a basic allowance of £11,751 annually and the bill was £914,774.59 in 2023/24.


Hertfordshire County Council reports 28% drop in annual carbon emissions

09 April 2024
Hertfordshire County Council reports 28% drop in annual carbon emissions

Hertfordshire County Council reports 28% drop in annual carbon emissions

09 April 2024

Latest estimates suggest that in 2022/23 the authority produced 12,727 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).


Cardboard, paper and tyres sent from Hertfordshire to India for recycling

25 March 2024
Cardboard, paper and tyres sent from Hertfordshire to India for recycling

Cardboard, paper and tyres sent from Hertfordshire to India for recycling

25 March 2024

More than 33,000 tonnes of paper, card and cardboard from homes in Hertfordshire were sent overseas for reprocessing in 2022-23.


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