Frank Little

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Community project

by franklittle on 29 March, 2017

Does any reader have an idea for a community project in Blaenhonddan? Good Energy has up to £500 to give away. The company says: We’d love to help you do something good for your local community – that’s why we’re giving you the chance to win up to £500 to spread some goodness. It could be […]

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Government initiative to save time for the bereaved

by franklittle on 16 November, 2011

“Tell us once” is a scheme launched this week on behalf of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), and operated by local authorities.  Neath Port Talbot and Swansea unitary authorities are collaborating on the local roll-out. This follows successful pilot trials in several English councils – more details here. The aim is that, at […]

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Resurfacing near Bryn Catwg junction

by franklittle on 17 April, 2011

In case anybody has not picked this up via the local press or the council’s web-site, please see

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Afan Lido rebuild

by franklittle on 11 December, 2010

The Labour cabinet has decided against a simple restitution of the Afan Lido after last year’s fire. Their proposals for a replacement are on the county borough’s web-site. Comments are invited. Liberal Democrat members will be looking at the budget implications, needless to say.

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WAG grants an inefficient use of money

by franklittle on 25 November, 2010

Veronica German, AM, draws attention to the predilection of the Welsh Assembly Government for doling out time-limited grants for specific activities. Neath Port Talbot is very effective at attracting such grant money, but, in addition to the administrative overhead Veronica draws attention to, there is also the drawback that these schemes do not provide lasting […]

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Council budget cuts

by franklittle on 3 November, 2010

The latest news is that the Welsh Assembly Government will reveal its draft budget on 24th November, at least a month later than last year. This is going to mean a very tight timetable for setting the county borough’s budget. It will be even worse if WAG actually cuts in cash terms its settlement on […]

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Bonfire could singe consumer protection

by franklittle on 15 October, 2010

Earlier this week, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude announced the results of the review of arm’s length public bodies (quangos). The coalition government believes that people are fed up with important decisions being made about their lives by people they can’t elect, they can’t hold to account and they can’t vote out. The aim is […]

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CAB availability

by franklittle on 4 October, 2010

Drop-in sessions at 44 Alfred Street, NEATH SA11 1EH Mondays 9.30 – 11.00 Tuesdays 12.30 – 14.00 Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.00 Fridays 12.30 – 14.00 Telephone service available on 08444 77 20 20 Monday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00 There are also information kiosks  at various points throughout the county borough, including Resolven Building Blocks.

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by franklittle on 3 October, 2010

As usual, the Neath Citizens Advice Bureau Annual General Meeting was full of interest. The 2010 event was probably the last before the merger with Port Talbot CAB and certainly the last at which Jenny Simmons acts as bureau manager and company secretary, after more than a decade of invaluable service. It was the first […]

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Tradesmen you can trust

by franklittle on 2 October, 2010

The new Conservative minister for the construction industry, Mark Prisk, has confirmed the coalition government’s continuing support for the TrustMark scheme. This helps homeowners find reliable and trustworthy tradesmen to carry out, for instance, repairs and improvements to houses. If a firm displays the TrustMark logo, you know that they have been subject to an […]

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