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Councillor Adrian Birch appointed co-deputy leader

Councillor Adrian Birch has been appointed co-deputy leader of Forest of Dean District Council, alongside Councillor Andy Moore. He replaces Councillor Jackie Fraser who has reluctantly decided to step down from her role for personal reasons.  

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Cabinet Members agree on amended budget proposals

Following consultation with residents, Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet Members have agreed on an amended draft budget for 2024/25. The proposed budget maintains local services in the face of reducing funding and plans for further expected cuts to local government finance. 

FODDC Lunch Club Grants

Forest of Dean District Council to help fund local Lunch Clubs across the Forest

Forest of Dean District Council is providing £20,000 to fund 24 lunch clubs across the district.

Business Grants-2

Up to £25,000 available to local businesses through REPF grant

Businesses in the Forest of Dean are being invited to apply for a second round of Rural Business Grants to develop and grow their business. This funding is available for a limited time, so businesses are being encouraged to act quickly so they do not miss out. 

Family Home

Council to contribute over £160,000 to Community Led Affordable Housing Scheme

The Forest of Dean District Council has agreed to provide £160,529 of unallocated affordable housing funding to a Community Led Housing Scheme in Longhope. 

Household Support Grant (1)

Over £147,000 provided to support residents in need across the Forest of Dean

Since April 2023, Forest of Dean District Council has provided over £147,500 to those most in need in the Forest, with a further £82,500 to be supplied before April 2024 as the cost of living continues to rise. The funding has been distributed by the Council on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, from the Household Support Fund.  

Money Environmental Growth

Over £22,000 awarded to two local businesses

Forest Deli in Coleford and Plump Hill Farm in Longhope have been granted over £22,000 in Rural Business Grant funding to make improvements to their businesses. The funding comes from the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF).  

Councillor Jackie Dale

Forest of Dean District Council welcomes new Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities

Councillor Jackie Dale has been appointed to the Council’s cabinet as Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities. 

Climate Adaptation Project

Project to help protect neighbourhoods from effects of climate change begins

Nature-based solutions such as planting trees to reduce rainfall run-off or to help keep urban areas cooler, are measures residents could see implemented as part of a collaborative project to make the Forest’s towns and parishes more resilient to the impacts of climate change.  

Cllr Andy Moore - Christmas Recycling

Forest council continues tree recycling tradition for households

Forest of Dean residents opting for a real tree this Christmas will be able to have it collected from the convenience of the kerbside once the festivities are over.


Council approves Ethical Investment Policy

Following approval of an Ethical Investment Policy, the Forest of Dean District Council will only invest in financial products that are aligned with its social and environmental goals; and avoid ones deemed unethical. 

FODDC - Budget 202425

Residents invited to have their say on Forest of Dean District Council budget

Forest of Dean District Council invites residents, businesses, and organisations across the district to give their views on the Council’s spending plans, with a consultation for the budget for the next financial year beginning 22nd December 2023 and running until 19th January 2024.