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Green light for Standish cycling project
Friday 19th January, 2018
A project to restore an old mineral line in Wigan Borough has been given the go ahead after an objection to the scheme has been withdrawn. ‘The Line’ is a former railway track and heritage feature for Standish, providing a key route into the village and to Standish High School, which isn’t currently used to its full potential. The planned works, by Wigan Council ...More

Apprentices celebrate council leader’s living wage pledge
Friday 19th January, 2018
More than 50 apprentices are celebrating a significant boost in their earning power thanks to a living wage pledge by the leader of Wigan Council. Lord Peter Smith has increased the rate of pay for more than 50 apprentices at Wigan Council to the national living wage rate of £7.50 an hour. This has meant an increase in pay of more than £1,500 a year for some appr...More

Fighting the stigma through fashion
Friday 19th January, 2018
Matthew Peet found strength in fashion and design after his mental health began affecting his daily life. In 2015, Matthew, 28, from Wigan, was diagnosed with depression after being plagued with feelings of uselessness, negativity and suicidal thoughts leading to social isolation and not wanting to go on. After seeking help, Matthew now wants to help others on thei...More

Weight loss programme gives Sandy a new lease of life
Tuesday 2nd January, 2018
Sandy Mottram enrolled onto the Lose Weight Feel Great programme shortly after his 32nd birthday, and hasn’t looked back. For two years Sandy had been taking prescription pain killers every day due to the damage caused through putting pressure on his knees, this was down to his weight gain. At the time he weighed around 18 stone, which was the heaviest he had ever ...More

Parking is FREE after 3pm for Wigan and Leigh Christmas shoppers
Tuesday 14th November, 2017
Christmas shoppers are to benefit from free car parking sessions in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres. Wigan Council has once again introduced the free periods to support local retailers and businesses as well as shoppers in the run up to Christmas. The offer includes: • free parking after 3pm from Monday 13th November until Monday 8th Ja...More

More free short-stay parking introduced in Wigan
Tuesday 14th November, 2017
Extra free short-stay parking has been introduced in Wigan to help people picking up parcels in the run up to Christmas. The short-stay spaces have been introduced at Mona Street car park close to the Royal Mail delivery office in Hallgate. On-street parking has been limited in the area to accommodate some temporary bus stops in the town centre, which are in plac...More

Wigan Council officially one of the most efficient councils in the country
Monday 13th November, 2017
Wigan Council has been shortlisted as one of the most efficient councils in the country in the leading awards for UK local government. The council is shortlisted as a finalist in the efficiency category in the 2018 LGC Awards thanks to its work through The Deal – a ground-breaking informal contract between the council and its residents which has transformed services...More

New hub to support victims of domestic abuse in Wigan Borough
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
A new approach to tackling domestic abuse in Wigan Borough has been launched. A skilled multi-agency hub will support victims while also getting to the root cause of the abuse to prevent it happening again. The team includes police officers, independent domestic abuse advisors, Citizens Advice workers and volunteers as well as victim support officers. Victims will...More

Recognition for young care leavers
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
The achievements of young care leavers have been recognised at Wigan Borough’s annual Care Leaver Awards. Eleven young people won awards and many more were nominated for achievements including contributions to their local communities, commitment to education courses, parenting skills, showing resilience and overcoming adversity. Chad Grundy, 20, from Ashton, won ...More

Government misses opportunity to make gambling safer
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
Yvonne Fovargue MP has criticised the Government’s failure to bring down the maximum allowed stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2 Labour MPs, including the Makerfield MP, have been campaigning for many years to tighten control on FOBTs gaming machines which have been described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ and have caused huge damage to famil...More

Foster children could have their work published
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
Children and young people in foster families across the North West and Yorkshire could have their writing published by entering You Can Foster’s ‘Inspiring Stories Competition’. Wigan Council supports the regional foster service’s competition, which encourages people in foster families to tell their stories to inspire a new generation of adults to sign up as foster...More

Pooling health and care budgets
Wednesday 11th October, 2017
Wigan Council and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are set to pool a significant proportion of their budget under plans to integrate health and social care commissioning in the borough. The move, if approved by councillors at the its cabinet meeting and the CCG body meeting in October, would see the creation of a single commissioning function, compl...More

Town centre businesses given £500,000 boost thanks to The Deal
Wednesday 4th October, 2017
A £500,000 boost to support small businesses and start-ups in Wigan Borough's town centres is to be launched. The Business Booster fund will be unveiled by Wigan Council at the Wigan Business Expo this Friday (Oct 6th). The Expo is the biggest business event in Wigan Borough and attracts more than 1,000 delegates from across the North West. At the event Wigan Coun...More

Undercover exercise prompts warning to sunbed salons
Tuesday 3rd October, 2017
A warning is being issued to sunbed salons in Wigan Borough after an undercover exercise found children were illegally being allowed to use the facilities. Wigan Council’s Trading Standards recently carried out the exercise which showed five out of 12 shops allowed a child to use the sunbed without asking for proof of age. A 15 and 16 year old were used in the un...More

Wigan Footballers Walking the Walk on Sky Sports
Tuesday 3rd October, 2017
A group of Walking Footballers from Wigan are set to take centre stage on primetime Sky Sports viewing this week. The programme features Wigan Walkers, the borough’s first walking football team, at a highly successful over 50’s session provided by Inspiring healthy lifestyles on behalf of Wigan Council. Growing in popularity amongst Wigan and Leigh’s football comm...More

Top That!
Thursday 7th September, 2017
Ashton Leisure Centre’s £2.8M transformation hit a landmark moment this week with an official “topping out” ceremony. Traditionally held when the last beam is put in place, it marks the completion of the structural phase of work by Warden Construction. Wigan Council's lead member for leisure, Cllr Jim Moodie said: "Work is progressing very well and we are grateful ...More

Nice-Pak sign Wigan Borough’s armed forces covenant
Thursday 31st August, 2017
The company behind a world class manufacturing base in Wigan, has pledged its support to the armed forces community. Today, Nice-Pak International met with Wigan Council’s armed forces keyworkers and deputy leader, Councillor David Molyneux, to sign the local armed forces covenant, promising to provide equal employment opportunities for veterans enabling them to s...More

Million-pound investment pot up for grabs once again
Thursday 31st August, 2017
A further £1.5m is up for grabs for local people in Wigan Borough as the council bucks the trend and continues to invest in its communities. The latest investment will bring Wigan Council’s total investment in community groups and organisations to £9m since 2013. From helping to get people into work, to improving their health and reducing social isolation, the Deal...More

New bin calendars available ahead of collection changes
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Bin calendars for the next two years are now being delivered to residents of Wigan Borough. The new calendars will start from Monday 25th September when new collections are introduced and every household should receive a calendar before then. From this date households will get a green bin collection every two weeks and a blue, black and brown collection every three...More

Find out how you can take that first step toward adoption
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Find out more about the new adoption service for Wigan Borough at a pop-up shop coming soon. Together for adoption is the new organisation which supports anyone interested in taking those first steps towards adoption as well as supporting families once they have completed the process. It brings together the adoption services for five local authorities – Cheshire We...More

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