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Campaign to crackdown on voting fraud

Elections watchdog calls for plans to restrict postal voting and introduce ballot box identity checks to crack down on polling fraud.

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Calderdale council budget meeting

Calderdale council are to meet to decide budget Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Calderdale council meets to decide its budget today - and will consider plans to restrict sick pay for all its staff.

Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors are set to unite against the ruling Labour group and want to see council employees going without pay for the first three days of any sickness absence.

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Council tax call scam

Calderdale residents are being warned about a company that is contacting people about their Council Tax bands.

Calderdale Council has received a number of calls from people who have been contacted by a Lancashire-based firm claiming that their Council Tax bands might be wrong and they could be owed money.

The firm tells people it can check their band, and tries to set up an appointment in their home. Once there, it starts charging a fee.

We want to make it clear that firms of this kind are not working on behalf of the Council, and we’re urging residents – especially elderly people, who seem to be the main target – not to give out any details if they are contacted about their Council Tax band.

The firm is charging for a service that can actually be provided for free. If people think they might be in the wrong Council Tax band, and therefore paying the wrong amount of Council Tax, they should contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which is responsible for keeping Council Tax bands up to date in England and Wales. The VOA checks banding for free. It’s not possible for anyone other than the VOA to make guarantees on the outcomes of appeals about Council Tax bands.

– Cllr Steve Sweeney

Children to perform The Sipi Tau dance

The Sipi Tau dance Credit: PA

Over five hundred primary school children from Calderdale will perform the Tongan Haka (Sipi Tau) before the Rugby League World Cup game at the Shay Stadium in Halifax. Tonga will play Italy in the final match of Group C this afternoon.

The Sipi Tau is an impressive Tongan war dance. Frank Watene, former Halifax RLFC star, has been visiting Calderdale schools in the lead up to the game and teaching the dance to the children. The schools have then been using a YouTube video to continue to practise up until the big day.

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Abduction arrest: Man is released without charge

Police investigating three allegations of attempted abductions in the Calderdale area have released a 59 year old man without charge and eliminated him from their enquiries.

Superintendent Martin Lister of Calderdale Police said they were investigating every bit of information passed on to them by the public and that local neighbourhood policing officers continued to patrol the area.

We continue to act upon the information from the public and this very much remains an ongoing investigation. I am appealing directly to the community to come forward with any information and to report any suspicious activity they see to police. If you see anything that concerns you or looks out of place then please allow police to deal with it. If you see a suspicious vehicle, for example, take a note of the registration or take a photo and let officers know.

– Superintendent Martin Lister of Calderdale Police

Councils failing children

The standard of child protection services at 20 councils and three in Yorkshire has been judged to be "inadequate" by watchdog Ofsted.

The three local authorites in our region singled out by Ofsted are Barnsley, Calderdale and Doncaster.

Here is the list of the failing local authorities:

  • Barnsley
  • Bexley
  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool
  • Calderdale
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cheshire East
  • Cumbria
  • Devon
  • Doncaster
  • Herefordshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kingston-upon-Thames
  • Medway
  • Norfolk
  • Northamtonshire
  • Rochdale
  • Sandwell
  • Slough
  • Somerset

Calderdale takeaway fined for poor hygiene standards

A Calderdale takeaway has been fined over £17,000 for having poor food hygiene and putting people’s health at risk.

Calderdale Council Environmental Health officers visited Welcome Chinese Takeaway at Southgate in Elland in April and identified a number of serious food hygiene and safety offences including filthy equipment and disrepair of equipment and fittings.

The Council say they warned the owner about similar issues at previous inspections, and had advised her numerous times on how to run her business safely.

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