News in Midsomer Norton and Radstock

WECA committee finally votes for the £50million green recovery fund at the meeting on Friday, December 3 (Image: Weca/YouTube, free to use by all partners)

The region's top politicians finally got together in the same room and agreed something – a £50million green recovery fund – but it took a 90-minute interval to thrash it out behind the scenes.

A meeting of the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) committee was adjourned midway through when metro mayor Dan Norris told the leaders of the three councils that make up Weca that he would not agree to their demands to fund a wish-list of "unrelated projects", calling it "blackmail".

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NHS South, Central & West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW)[1] will take responsibility for the Wiltshire Child Health Information Service (CHIS) from April 2022 along with retaining CHIS for Bath & North East Somerset, Gloucestershire and Swindon after winning the tender for a four-year contract. NHS England and NHS Improvement (South West) has commissioned SCW to create a single CHIS service that combines Bath & North East Somerset, Gloucestershire and Swindon with Wiltshire CHIS, so that all child health data is managed safely and securely in one place.

SCW CHIS will ensure that all children aged 0-19 years across Bath & North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire continue to have an accurate immunisation and screening record to support health care professionals in their delivery of clinical interventions, without interruption to service provision.

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A 1,000-name petition to resurrect a "lifeline" bus service axed in the summer has been submitted to regional transport chiefs.

The number 18 from Kingswood to Bath via Keynsham was withdrawn when the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) decided not to renew the contract with First after reviewing its financial support, with metro mayor Dan Norris blaming massive cuts in government funding.

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