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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]

New employment support in Blaby District

A brand new service to help give residents in the District of Blaby the tools to progress towards employment is now available.

Employment Support now offers local residents the opportunity to build confidence and find work.

The team of two experienced support workers have already succeeded in helping several people gain interviews and jobs.

The service offers a ‘one stop shop’ at Blaby District Council with Benefits, Community Services and Citizen’s Advice Bureau all under one roof. 

The team help to create tailored CV’s, covering letters and filling in application forms.

Dee Warren, one of the Employment and Support Workers, said:

“We offer a very different experience to the Job Centre as we have a more supportive voluntary service for as long as is needed, including in work support to help sustain employment

“We are also happy to help people who are in work, especially those looking for more hours or a change of job, and anyone not on benefits.”

Dee and Justin of the Employment Support team

[Photo: BDC]

The DWP also refer to Employment Support and time spent being supported can count towards a resident’s recorded job search.

Fill out the form via www.blaby.gov.uk/employment-support or call Tel: 0116 272 7746 to get in touch with the team.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Sight loss charity Vista launches mobile support service and heads to Blaby District

VistaLocal sight-loss charity ‘Vista’ has launched a brand new Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss in Leicestershire.

The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will tour the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.

During October it will visit a variety of locations across the Blaby region (a full list can be found below).

1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Vista will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.

Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:

  • Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
  • Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
  • Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.

The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.

The charity provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

As well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services, Vista also provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.

Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said:

“This exciting new project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people. We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’re taking our services on the road.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available on the Vista website at www.vistablind.org.uk/mobilesupport


Mobile Support Service -Blaby District

October Dates

2nd – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Leicester Forest East Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LE3 3JE
2nd – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Leicester Forest East Library, Rushmere Walk, 76 Stafford Leys, LE3 3LH
6th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Glenfield Memorial Hall, Stamford Street, Glenfield, LE3 8DL
6th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Kirby Village Hall, Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2EN
9th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Huncote Community Hall, Denman Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BS
12th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, LE3 1LE
12th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Thorpe Astley Community Centre, Lakin Drive, LE3 3RU
13th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Thurlaston Village Hall, Desford Road, Thurlaston, LE9 7TE
19th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Elmesthorpe Village Hall, Wilkinson Lane, Elmesthorpe, LE9 7SG
19th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Whetstone Memorial Hall, High Street, Whetstone, LE8 6LP
20th – 10:00 – 12:30pm: Narborough Park Car Park, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EL
20th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: St Johns Community Centre, Packhorse Drive, Enderby, LE19 2RP
23rd – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Stoney Stanton Playing Fields, Carey Hill Road, Stoney Stanton, LE9 4LA
26th – 10:00 – 12:30pm: Enderby Leisure Centre, Mill Lane, Sportsfield Lane, LE19 4LX
26th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Huncote Pavilion Leisure Centre, Sportsfield Lane, LE9 3BN
27th – 1.30pm – 3:15pm: Sapcote Methodist Church, Leicester Road, Sapcote, LE9 4JE
29th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Countesthorpe Village Hall, Station Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5TB
29th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm – Cosby Library, Park Road, Cosby, LE9 1RN
30th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Glen Parva Village Hall, Dorothy Avenue, Glen Parva, LE2 9JD
30th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Sharnford Evergreen Hall, Leicester Road, Sharnford, LE10 3PZ

November dates:

23rd – 10:00 – 12:30pm – The Winstanley Arms, The Glade, Leicester, LE3 2WB
27th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Croft Village (outside Post Office), Pochin Street, Croft, LE9 3HA
30th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – outside St Peter’s Church, Lychgate Lane, Aston Flamville, LE10 3AF

Free support for Blaby District enterprises

cogsLocal growing businesses can benefit from a free package of business support worth up to £500 to help kick start their expansion and improvement plans.

Details of the Growth 4 Enterprise scheme will be shared at the “Blaby District Means Business” event on Tuesday 25 February, at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester.

The free support package includes a business assessment, followed by one-to-one professional advice and access to a choice of training master classes.

The scheme will be open to applications from independent small firms located in Blaby District who have plans to develop and grow and currently employ less than 50 staff.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy at Blaby District Council, said:

“The Council is providing funding so that ten ambitious independent firms can access a bundle of free business support and get on the right track to success and growth.

“We recognise that our local businesses can benefit from support and encourage them to attend our local business breakfast to find out more.”

Blaby District Council is working in partnership with Nottingham Business Venture to run this pilot business support scheme.

The “Blaby District Means Business” meeting starts at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival followed by a brief speaker programme, with news of apprenticeships plus free skills development and support programmes for businesses in the area.

Book your free place for the breakfast meeting by emailing economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7735.

For more information please visit www.blaby.gov.uk/business-grants-and-loans

A Blooming great success for local support group

The South Leicestershire Fundraising Support Group piled on the £££s recently for Marie Curie Cancer Care by raising over £1,500 at a Blooming Great Tea Party held in Enderby.

Fundraising volunteer Joan Rampton opened her gardens for the event and was supported by local neighbours who provide a selection of plants for sale.

BGTP 1a

With traditional tea and sumptuous home made cakes, Tombola, cards, a raffle, bric-a-brac, jewellery, handbags the event was enjoyed by many friends, neighbours and supporters.

Raffle held to win this remarkable cake.
Raffle held to win this remarkable cake.

One raffle was held to win an incredible cake donated by the daughter of fundraising supporter and host of the event, Joan Rampton.

Volunteer Cara Ackerman said:

“Many local people came and supported the event in the sunshine. The group could not be so successful without the help of local volunteers who work very hard to help raise funds and to reach such an amazing amount for the charity.”

Given the choice, most of us would want to die at home, surrounded by the people and things we love and Marie Curie Cancer Care makes that choice possible for patients and families – right here in Leicestershire.

To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information, please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.