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Councillors are set to agree a series of measures to bring long-term empty properties across Burnley and Padiham back into use.

As part of its Empty Homes Programme, Burnley Council’s executive, which meets on 1st November, is being asked to approve compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) on nine properties at various addresses in Burnley. The purchases will result in houses which have been empty for a number of years bought, refurbished and then put back on the open market. The money raised is put back into the programme to fund further purchases.

Burnley Council is set to postpone any proposed changes to the way it deals with council tax support payments until next year.

There were concerns among councilors that the proposals would not reflect the aims of the council and would particularly impact on young working families.

The council’s support scheme has not changed since April 2015 although since then the Government has made a number of changes to the housing benefits scheme. The council was due to look at ways of bringing the two schemes into line.

Taxi drivers in Burnley have responded positively to training that will help them take part in the fight against child abuse.

Burnley Council introduced the training to raise child sexual exploitation (CSE) awareness among taxi drivers, in line with advice and guidance from national experts, in the summer.

Since then 308 drivers have completed the course and a further 242 people are booked on for training (out of 657 clients).

More than 150 people enjoyed the Mayor of Burnley’s annual charity dinner dance.

Among the guests at the Mechanics Theatre, Burnley, was double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Steven Burke. The Colne-born champion donated a signed Olympic tracksuit top which raised £210.

The evening was a resounding success, with just over £2,000 raised for the Mayor’s charities – Pendleside Hospice, the British Heart Foundation and the Samaritans.

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