Bridgend County Borough news round-up 29 August

Success for local schools on GCSE results day

Studying throughout the pandemic hasn’t been easy for learners, with many students having to adapt to different methods of learning and different examination procedures.

Lots of pupils have achieved fantastic grades in schools throughout the county borough, with many choosing to continue their education in sixth form or college, while others have chosen to begin an apprenticeship or delve into the world of employment instead.
If you didn’t quite get the results you were hoping for and are unsure what the future holds, don’t panic! There are lots of options available:

  • Talk to your school
  • Visit the Careers Wales website for advice
  • Take a look at some of the current job vacancies on our website
  • Consider an apprenticeship where you can work alongside industry professionals, earn a wage, and develop your skills

Visit the council website for more on GCSE Results Day 2022.

Bank Holiday changes

Awen, who manage libraries on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council, have confirmed that all of their libraries will be closed on Monday 29 August.

Also, there are changes to opening times of leisure centres and swimming pools in the county borough. Please visit the Halo website to confirm arrangements.

There will be no recycling and waste collections on Monday 29 August (Bank Holiday Monday) and all collections will be one day later than normal including Saturday 3 September.

Please place your recycling and/or waste at the kerbside before 7am on your revised collection day.

Community Recycling Centres will be open as normal on Monday 29 August.

Visit the council website to find out more about recycling and waste collections.

Pupil Development Access Grant available for uniform and equipment ahead of new term

Parents and carers are reminded that help is available to buy school uniforms and other equipment for children ahead of the new term.

Funding is available to pupils who are eligible for free school meals and is offered to year groups from Reception through to Year 11 as well as pupils in special schools, special needs resource bases and pupil referral units.

Visit the council website to find out more about the Pupil Development Access Grant.

Last chance to apply for £150 cost-of-living payment

The small minority of residents who have not yet applied for the £150 cost-of-living payment are urged to do so before the payment deadline.

The council has recently issued reminder letters to all remaining eligible households who have yet to claim the one-off payment – applications must be made within 30 days of the date on the letter.

The easiest way to claim the payment is to visit the cost-of-living payment page on our website, which will take you to a short, online form that can be completed in a few minutes.

For more information on applying for the payment, please visit the council website.


Council welcomes Pension Scheme’s commitment to the environment

Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that the Local Government Pension Scheme is committed to reducing and withdrawing investments in fossil fuel holdings.

The scheme is administered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council but also includes Bridgend County Borough and Merthyr. This means that the council’s official pension provider is dedicated to reducing carbon exposure across the fund.

As part of the fund’s arrangements, there is an investment strategy in place that covers responsible investment.