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Consultation launches on Council Tax Support changes

A consultation on changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme has been launched
by Blaby District Council from 17 August, closing on 30 September 2018.

Following significant reductions in central government funding, the Council no
longer receives money based on the Council Tax support provided to households.

This money must now be found by Blaby District Council through its central budget.

In order to make up the shortfall following the funding cut, the Council has launched
a consultation on changes which could save hundreds of thousands of pounds a
year, and is seeking residents’ views.

Proposals include a 200% Council Tax charge on properties that have been empty
for more than two years. This is part of the Council’s drive to bring long term empty
properties back into use across the district.

Other changes include no longer giving an unfurnished and unoccupied property a
one-month free period of Council Tax, removing the 10% discount for second
homes in the district and no longer offering a 50% discount on Council Tax to
properties undergoing major repair or structural works.

If all four proposed changes were made it could save up to £400,000 per year for
Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police
Authority, Leicestershire Fire Authority and local parish councils.

The consultation also includes proposals on Council Tax Support Scheme.

Currently around 5,000 households receive a means-tested discount. All
households currently pay at least 15% towards their Council Tax bill.

Four options are being considered in the consultation, including reducing the maximum support from 85% to 83%, 80% or 78%. A reduction to 78% would save around £300,000 per year.

There will be no change to the amount of help for people of pension age credit, the
25% single person discount or the exemption for those who are severely mentally
impaired and living alone.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is an
important consultation and we want as many residents as possible to have their say
to help us shape the difficult decisions we have to make.

“The consultation is open until 30 September and we encourage people to read the
booklet which gives clear information on the proposals and savings that could be
made before having their say.

“Any savings would be shared between ourselves, Leicestershire County Council,
the Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and Parish Councils.”

Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/consultation to find the consultation booklet
and fill in the online consultation form. A paper copy is also available on the website
or via request on 0116 272 7510.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Two fined for collar and tag offences

Dog photo

Two people have been fined for failing to ensure their dog has a collar or tag
containing updated contact details.

Fran Lee of Broughton Astley had her German Shepherd picked up as a stray by
the Council in Cosby. The dog failed to have a tag on in a public place as per The
Control of Dogs Order (1992).

A dog must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.

Miss Lee didn’t enter a plea and was fined £220, ordered to pay £140 in costs and
a £30 victim surcharge by Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Rebecca Bennett of Sharnford had her Cocker Spaniel picked up near Sapcote,
with the dog failing to have a collar on. She pleaded guilty to the offence and
offered mitigation to Leicester Magistrates’ Court, who fined her £50, with £50 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Cllr Hewson:  Fines could have been avoided

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “Both of these fines could have been avoided had these dogs been wearing the appropriate items as required by law.

“Every time we pick a dog up as a stray it costs the Council money that could be better spent elsewhere.

“We’re pleased with these results and hope it is a deterrent for anyone whose dogs are walking in public places across the district without the right collar or tag on.”

A summer family dog day will be hosted on Narborough Park on Thursday 23
August from 10am-2pm giving dog owners the chance to get a collar and/or tag, as
well as ensure their pet has an up to date microchip. Activities for children, including
face painting and Dog’s Trust educators will also be at the event.

Tags can be bought and engraved from as little as £2.50 online, or from pet shops
across the local area. To find out more about the law visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs.

Nominations open for fifteenth Achievement Awards

Celebrating its fifteenth year, nominations are now open for residents to nominate inspirational people and groups across the district.

The Council is once again encouraging friends, family and workmates to nominate individuals and groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community before Midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018, in one of four categories:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Sponsored by Countryside Properties
Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Marriott Hotel
Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Ford & Slater
Best Community Group/Achievement – Sponsored by Fosse

Finalists and their guests will be invited to the prestigious ceremony, sponsored by Davidsons Homes, at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 04 October. The evening will celebrate and honour the finalists. £750 of prize money will be available in each category.

Guests at 2017 achievement awardsGuests at the 2017 Achievement Awards Ceremony

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “To be marking our fifteenth year highlights how well regarded the Achievement Awards are across the district. It’s our chance to honour inspirational people who have contributed to making this district great.

“We are proud to welcome Davidsons Homes back as our main sponsor of the night, as well as thanking all of our returning sponsors. I encourage everyone to nominate the person or group they think deserves to be recognised.”

Cllr Richardson at last year's award ceremony
Cllr Richardson at last year’s award ceremony

The Achievement Awards are funded entirely with the generosity of sponsors. New main sponsors Davidsons Homes will be sponsoring the awards presentation evening; Countryside Properties, Fosse, Ford & Slater and Leicester Marriott Hotel returning as category sponsors.

For more information on each category and to nominate visit www.blaby.gov.uk/awards. To request a paper copy e-mail public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7577.

£20,000 fine for compliance failures in Sapcote

Mobile Homes[Photo: Google]

The owner of a mobile homes park in Sapcote has been ordered to pay over £21,000 and issued a Criminal Behaviour Order following failure to comply with 10 improvement notices.

Henry Johnson was found guilty in his absence of the ten offences at Leicester Magistrates’ Court. He was ordered to pay a £20,000 fine, £988.41 in costs and a £170 Victim Surcharge.

Mr Johnson was also served a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which compels the defendant to comply with the compliance notices served. Failure to comply will breach the CBO, an offence which can carry penalties of an unlimited fine and/or up to five years in prison.

The mobile park in Sapcote, which contains 36 homes, was issued with ten compliance notices back in the summer of 2017 following lengthy investigations and inspection of the site by Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health team. The compliance notices required Mr Johnson to:

Upgrade the electrical supply
Improve the gas supply infrastructure
Install street lighting
Install a noticeboard displaying documents as per the Caravan Site Licence
Upgrade the water supply
These works had not been completed by the deadline of 13 November 2017. It is an offence under section 9B of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, as amended by the Mobile Homes Act 2013, to fail to comply with a compliance notice.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We are pleased with the ruling and expect Mr Johnson to undertake the necessary works to ensure residents can live on the site safely.

“Compliance notices are issued for a reason, and on this occasion the extremely poor facilities were not acceptable. We also had to carry out emergency electrical works on this site as it had been identified as an imminent risk.”

This is the first Criminal Behaviour Order issued by Blaby District Council. CBOs are issued when the Court is satisfied that the actions of a Defendant cause, or are likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress and the order would further present anti-social behaviour.

For more information on the work undertaken by the Council’s Environmental Health team, visit www.blaby.gov.uk.

Fine for Glenfield landlord

Glenfield fine for landlord[Photo: Blaby District Council]

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5000 after being convicted of four offences under the Housing Act.

was fined £4,250 at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, and told to pay the Council’s full costs of £867.53 as well as a Victim Surcharge of £125. The £5,242.53 will be paid in £500 instalments.

The property on Dominion Road, Glenfield, Mr Phull’s former home, was converted into three flats without planning permission or Building Regulations approval and was considered to be a House in of Multiple Occupancy.

Part of the property was inspected by Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health Team on 10 October 2017.

A follow up visit was made three days later with a Fire Prevention Officer from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Council’s Planning Enforcement team.

The condition of the property resulted in two Emergency Prohibition Orders being issued, with two of the flats immediately prevented from being used as residential accommodation.

A total of 12 failures were found under regulations 4, 7, 8 and 9 of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. They included:

Fire detection, means of escape and fire separation were inadequate and posed an imminent risk of serious harm to any occupants of flats 9B and 9C.

The landlord was unable to state which electricity supply fed the lights in communal areas and the boiler as it was provided on three separate prepay meters. As a result occupants were in danger of the communal lighting and boiler running out.

Three live exposed electrical conductors were found in flat 9A, two at reachable height.

Insufficient waste disposal facilities were provided, with waste left at the front of the property as a result.

Mr Phull also owns the Victoria Hotel on London Road, Leicester, an electrical shop and is currently in the process of converting a property into a Bed and Breakfast.

In mitigation, Mr Phull’s barrister referred to him as “not a professional landlord.” He has also subsequently carried out sufficient works to the property to ensure the Emergency Prohibition Notices Order was revoked.

Cllr Iain Hewson
Cllr. Hewson

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “This ruling once again highlights our message to landlords that we will not tolerate poor living conditions in the district.

“As the owner of a hotel Mr Phull should be fully aware of fire safety, particularly in the wake of terrible tragedies such as the Grenfell Tower incident. We urge anyone living in rented accommodation that thinks may not comply with the law to contact us so we can investigate.”

Anyone concerned about the condition of the property they are renting within the district can contact the Environmental Health Team via 0116 275 0555 or email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk.