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Green fingered volunteers have transformed a patch of bare grass in Calderdale into a beautiful and functional new community space.  Calderdale Council’s Community Task Force Environmental Volunteers have been working alongside staff from Pennine Housing 2000 to create a community garden at Field Lane, Rastrick.  The previously bare patch of land has been transformed, with… read more … about Volunteers create community garden>>

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Calderdale Council has frozen its Council Tax for a second consecutive year after the Council approved the budget on Monday 23 February 2015 at Halifax Town Hall. The budget covers the next three financial years, from 2015/16 to 2017/18 and includes measures which will boost tourism and economic growth. Halifax Borough Market and Todmorden Market… read more … about Calderdale Council Tax freeze confirmed>>

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It’s now six months since Calderdale Council launched its Live Chat facility in the contact centre – an instant messaging service providing customers with support with online services.    The launch of this service has been a great success, with the contact centre team dealing with around 3000 chats since August 2014. That’s 3000 enquiries dealt… read more … about Go Live for support online>>

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Universal Credit, the Government’s major new scheme, will be introduced in Calderdale from Monday 27 April 2015, for single people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. Calderdale Council is working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to help residents through the changes that this will bring.  Over the past two years, the Council has been working… read more … about Supporting local people back into work>>

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Budding young authors in Calderdale are being encouraged to show off their creative flair as Calderdale Council launches its own local writing competition to coincide with the BBC’s 500 words contest. BBC Radio 2 has recently launched its national competition to encourage young people to write a fictional story of no more than 500 words,… read more … about Kids get creative with 500 words>>

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A new housing scheme to support people between leaving hospital and returning home has welcomed its first residents. Heatherstones Court at Skircoat Green, Halifax, has 12 self-contained apartments and offers care, support and the chance to rebuild independence and remain in the community after leaving hospital. The scheme, which opens officially on Wednesday 4 March,… read more … about New housing scheme helps people stay independent>>

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Parents of young children in Calderdale are being given a helping hand with their childcare arrangements, as Calderdale Council is offering free early years education places to around 40% of the borough’s two year olds.  More than 900 two year old children across Calderdale are expected to benefit from the free offer of early years… read more … about Free education places for two year olds>>

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Businesses are being reminded that support is available to help cut their business rates bills. Calderdale Council gives discounts to local businesses who qualify. There are several types of discount and the Council is urging businesses to get in touch to see if they are eligible. Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Marcus Thompson,… read more … about Helping businesses with their rates bills>>

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