Monthly Archives: November 2018

Citizens Advice -Telford and Wrekin

Website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Advice line: 03444 991100 (24 hours a day)

The registered office of national Citizens Advice is: Citizens Advice,  3rd Floor North, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD

This is an administrative office and no advice is available here. 03000 231 231 (admin only no advice available on this number)

Telford and Wrekin

Website: https://telfordcab.co.uk/visit-us

Telephone: 0300 300 1165

Address: 40, Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford TF1 1HW

The Citizens Advice service helps people to:

  • resolve their legal, money and other problems
  • provides free, independent and confidential advice
  • influencing policymakers

Every Citizens Advice is a registered charity reliant on trained volunteers and funds to provide these vital services for local communities.

In Telford and Wrekin here you will find details of where to get help:

Visiting an Outreach Session Our outreach sessions work on an appointment only and drop-in service, dependent on the location.

  • First Point, TWC, Southwater One, Southwater Square,Telford TF3 4JG Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. To book an appointment call 01952 459268
  • Madeley Library, 21-22 Russell Rd, Madeley, Telford TF7 5BB (Supported by Madeley Town Council) Every Tuesday appointments – 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. To book appointments call 01952 382950.
  • The Sambrook Centre, Grange Avenue, Stirchley, Telford TF3 1FL (Supported by Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council) Every Wednesday, Drop-in service – 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • The Guildhall, High Street, Newport TF10 7AR (Supported by Newport Town Council) Every Thursday, Drop-in service 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Brookside Central, Bembridge TF3 1ND (Supported by Big Local) Every Thursday, Drop-in service 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Dawley Christian Centre, High St, Dawley, Telford TF4 2EX (Supported by Great Dawley Parish Council) Every Friday, Drop-in service 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

We will give you a short interview so that we can identify the situation and the next steps necessary to provide you with the appropriate assistance. If we are able to offer you advice on the day, we will. If however your case requires further investigation or specialist advice, we may make an appointment for you to attend at the bureau in Wellington or to return to the outreach at another time.

Find us on Face Book @TelfordCAB and Twitter @TelfordCAB

Registered charity number 279057

Shropshire Disability Network Christmas Cards on Sale now.

By kind permission of The Churches Conservation Trust charities many charities including Shropshire Disability Network/Safe place Shropshire are able to raise cash for their well deserved cause by selling their cards. The Charity Card Shop is open at St. Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF from Monday to Saturday 10 am-4 pm until Wednesday 5th December. They will also be open on Sunday 2nd December this year as there is another event taking place at the Church.

If you have not visited the card shop yet, please do. You will find the largest selection of Charity Cards in Shropshire. 40 Charities are taking part this year, many are local branches of National Charities but there are small charities like ours that need value support by buying their cards. It is also a good opportunity for us to raise awareness of our work. There are also diaries and wrappings for sale. The shop is staffed by volunteers from each of the charities, this is organised by a small committee and they do an excellent job. We thank our members who have volunteered to help at the card shop this year.

This year we have introduced two new cards, designed by our own members. They are the winning designs of the Christmas Card Competition we held earlier this year. Carole Lawrence won the competition with an oil painting of a Robin. Sam Taylor was runner up with his entry of Branches in Snow. Packs cost £3.99 for 10 cards and envelopes.

2017 Cards. We still have cards from 2018 (see below) but stocks of Porthill Bridge in Snow are very low. These packs are £3.99 for 10 cards and envelopes.

2016 Cards. A Bargain Buy, the packs below have been reduced to £2.00 a pack for 10 cards and envelopes.

Our Christmas Cards can be purchased from the Charity Card Shop at St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. They will be available at our PRH Awareness Day on Thursday 29th November, Safe Place Table Top Sale at Edgmond Village Hall on Saturday 1st December, Alan Ward Charity Christmas Market on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December and at our meeting at The Movement Centre, Oswestry on Thursday 13th December.

You can also purchase directly from us by emailing secretary@shropshire-disability.net or calling either SDN mobiles 077808 52229 or 07398 350255

Thank to to all who have supported our work by buying our cards. 

Inclusive Carol Service -8th December 2018

You are invited to an INCLUSIVE CAROL SERVICE Saturday 8th December 2018 1pm

Shrewsbury United Reformed Church will be hosting ‘Disability and Jesus’, a group from the north east, who will lead an inclusive and accessible carol service. They very much look forward to welcoming you to share in this Celebration of the Birth of Christ.

The church is accessible for wheelchair users and the following will form part of the service:
* BSL (British Sign-language)
* MAKATON
* LARGE PRINT
* BRAILLE
* CLEAR PRINT
* A quiet space

The service will be suitable for adults and children. Refreshments will be served.

If you are planning to bring a group of 10 or more, please let us know in advance.

If you have specific needs, or questions, do get in touch with Phil Ramsbotham
by email: pramsbotham.t21@btinternet.com or buy telephone: 01743 240465

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Successful Launch of Book Club for people living with chronic illness or disabilities

Last month Shrewsbury Library successfully launched a Book Club for people living with chronic illness or disabilities. Carer(s) are welcome to accompany anyone who wishes to go along.

The next session is being held on Monday 17th December at 14:00. The book they will be reading is A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen and can be collected from Shrewsbury Library. There is no need for potential members to have a library card themselves and the library does have a couple of Quick Read editions and one DVD left.

Key points of the group are:

  • – The Group is an hour-long but split between a half hour ‘coffee and chat’ (refreshments provided) and half hour book discussion. This is to cater to those who may struggle with concentration and to encourage a relaxed group.
  • – Where possible, books will be provided in several formats (quick reads, DVD’s etc).
  • – The group is run by someone living with chronic illness.
  • – You can make recommendations can be made for future books.

Click here for more information on a PDF that you can download. Book Group poster

Shropshire Together

Website: http://www.shropshiretogether.org.uk/

Email: shropshiretogether@shropshire.gov.uk

Telephone:  01743 253934

Address: Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

What is Shropshire Together?

We are a collection of partners working to improve the health and well-being of people living and working in Shropshire.  Partners include; Shropshire Council, the NHS and other health organisations, the voluntary and community sector, businesses, young people and our communities. 

Our vision is ‘For Shropshire people to be the healthiest and most fulfilled in England’ Organisations from across Shropshire are working together to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and well-being of the local population.

Health and Wellbeing Administrator: Hayley Barnett-Hook
Email: hayley.barnett-hook@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01743 253934

Health and Wellbeing Officer: Val Cross
Email: val.cross@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01743 253994

Business Manager, Shropshire Childrens’ Trust; Lorraine Laverton
Email: lorraine.laverton@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01743 253991

Find us on twitter:@ShropTogether

Swan Hill Therapy & Training Hub

Website: http://amicasalt.com/?p=605

Email:  amicasalt@gmail.com

Telephone: 01743 240 004 or 07989 746 333

Address: 5, Swan Hill Court, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NP

My Chat Youth. Do you or a young person you know struggle to make friends, form relationships or find social situations tricky?

Would you like to meet up with like-minded people and enjoy yourself? Want to know more or find out if this is the right group for you? Then please email Ami amicasalt@gmail.com or swanhilltraininghub@gmauk.com or call Ami 07989 746 333

 

Find us on Face Book and Twitter

BBC consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s

Start Date:
1st December 2018

End Date:
31st January 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for.

They are currently financed by a government-funded scheme, which is due to end in 2020.

It is expected the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745m – a fifth of the BBC’s current budget by 2021/22.

The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.

You can read and respond to the consultation in English here or in Welsh here.

Four options were set out in a report, commissioned by the BBC, produced by Frontier Economics. 

Proposals are: 

  • Scrap free licence fees for over-75s
  • Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 households 
  • Increase the age threshold for eligibility  ie-
  1. Raise age threshold to 77 or 
  2. Raise age threshold to 80
  •  Means-test eligibility for the concession ie
  1. Link free TV licences to over-75s who get pension credit or
  2. Link free TV licences to anyone receiving pension credit regardless of age

To read more, click this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46274054

BBC consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s

Start Date:
20th November 2018

End Date:
12th February 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
2359

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for.

They are currently financed by a government-funded scheme, which is due to end in 2020.

It is expected the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745m – a fifth of the BBC’s current budget by 2021/22.

The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.

You can read and respond to the consultation in English here or in Welsh here.

Four options were set out in a report, commissioned by the BBC, produced by Frontier Economics. 

Proposals are: 

  • Scrap free licence fees for over-75s
  • Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 households 
  • Increase the age threshold for eligibility  ie-
  1. Raise age threshold to 77 or 
  2. Raise age threshold to 80
  •  Means-test eligibility for the concession ie
  1. Link free TV licences to over-75s who get pension credit or
  2. Link free TV licences to anyone receiving pension credit regardless of age

To read more, click this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46274054

BBC launches consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for.

They are currently financed by a government-funded scheme, which is due to end in 2020.

It is expected the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745m – a fifth of the BBC’s current budget by 2021/22.

The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.

You can read and respond to the consultation in English here or in Welsh here.

Four options were set out in a report, commissioned by the BBC, produced by Frontier Economics. 

Proposals are: 

  • Scrap free licence fees for over-75s
  • Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 household
  • Increase the age threshold for eligibility  ie-
  1. Raise age threshold to 77 or 
  2. Raise age threshold to 80
  •  Means-test eligibility for the concession ie
  1. Link free TV licences to over-75s who get pension credit or
  2. Link free TV licences to anyone receiving pension credit regardless of age

To read more, click this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46274054

Council Tax Support Consultation

Start Date:
16th November 2018

End Date:
11th December 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The former national Council Tax Benefit Scheme was abolished on 31 March 2013 and replaced with a new system of localised council tax support. This requires each billing authority to design and implement its own scheme for awarding council tax discounts to working age customers on low incomes, while accommodating a 10% reduction in government funding.

Our current scheme was approved by council on 14 December 2017. The changes that were agreed that took effect from 1 April 2018 were:

  • Make changes to our current scheme to align with housing benefit changes:Apply a minimum award of £1.50
    • Removal of the family premium
    • Applying the two child limitation
    • Restricting backdating to a maximum of one month
    • Bereavement support payments and payments from either the ‘We Love Manchester Fund’ or the ‘London Emergency Trust’ to be disregarded in full
    • Absence from home to be limited to four weeks when outside GB
    • Beneficial changes to be reported within one month of date of change
  • Introduce a de minimus amount of £10 per week for claimants in receipt of universal credit
  • Apply a minimum 20% payment in council tax support

Take a look at the report considered by council, including a summary of the scheme.

In order to ensure that the most vulnerable groups in society are protected it was agreed that the following would be exempt from the 20% minimum payment:

  • Claimants in receipt of severe disability premium
  • Claimants in receipt of the support component of employment and support allowance
  • Claimants in receipt of war pension

Proposed changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2019

We went live with universal credit full service in May 2018. The severe disability premium doesn’t exist in universal credit. Employment and support allowance doesn’t form part of universal credit. This means that claimants who have moved into universal credit who would otherwise have been exempt from the 20% minimum payment won’t be exempt. 

In order to ensure that affected claimants who have moved into universal credit retain the exemption from the 20% minimum payment it’s proposed that:

  • Claimants or couples who have moved into universal credit but meet the qualifying criteria for the severe disablement premium will be exempt from the 20% minimum payment
  • Claimants or partners in receipt of the limited capability for work-related activity element in universal credit (that’s the equivalent to the support element of employment and support allowance) will be exempt from the 20% minimum payment

There is no expected cost or saving as a result of this amendment.

If you’d like to respond to this consultation please contact benefits@shropshire.gov.uk by Tuesday 11th December 2018