Monthly Archives: October 2019

Council Tax Reduction-Consultation by Telford & Wrekin Council

Start Date:
1st October 2019

End Date:
31st October 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

People in Telford and Wrekin are being asked for their views on planned changes to the scheme that offers support to residents of working age on lowest incomes with the costs of council tax.

Since 2013, councils have been responsible for their own Council Tax Support schemes for working-age residents.

Telford & Wrekin Council are proposing to make significant changes to our local scheme from 1 April 2020.

The council are keen to give everyone, whether claiming support or not, the opportunity to have their say on the proposals before any changes are decided.

Consultation starts on 30 September 2019 and ends on 10 November 2019 to meet the Council’s budget setting timetable and to allow sufficient time for responses to be considered and evaluated.

Please give your views by completing the questionnaire, Councillors need these to decide on the final changes to our Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. To complete the questionnaire click on this link. https://telford.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=156950358441

For further information on the proposals, click on Telford & Wrekin website:  https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20240/consultations/3907/council_tax_reduction_consultation

If you have additional questions regarding the consultation or require information in an alternative format please email CTRconsultation@telford.gov.uk or ring 01952 383838 and select option 3 followed by option 5.

New support group for people living with dementia and their family carers

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) is expanding its support groups for people living with dementia or memory loss and the family members who care for them.

Shrewsbury Care and Share Group will launch on Friday 8th November at St. Peter’s Church,  Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury SY2 5BL, The meet ups offer “mutual support”-partners take turns to have a break while their loved ones are safe and happy in the company of the rest of the group.

At present there are four Care and Share groups in Shropshire. They are at Church Stretton, Market Drayton, Albrighton and Ludlow. Members meet every fortnight and take part in activities including memory games, crafts, gentle exercise, reminiscing, listening to speakers and socialisng with each other.

The groups have been set up by Shropshire RCC as a result of receiving a grant from a fund set up by the Government to help tackle loneliness.

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining a Care and Share group, please contact Project Officer Nickie Long on 01743 237888 or call/text mobile 07816 297795 or email nickie.long@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

 

Care by Communication

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Email: carebycommunication@gmail.com

Telephone: 07722 628442

Address: 17, Ash Tree Leasow, Telford TF1 6NT

Have you ever wishes you could check in on your loved one’s for piece of mind at any time? Would you like to go out of your home but are concerned about the welfare od a dependent?

Care by Communication is about having the right technology enables you to Care when you can’t be There.

Care by Communication provides a service that uses the latest technology to improve quality of life for Carer’s and their family.

Care by Communication enables by the use of the latest integrated monitoring technology you can now:

  • Communicate with your family if they cannot use the phone.
  • Monitor the home when you are not there.
  • Answer the door internally without leaving your chair or remotely from another location.
  • Reduce concerns for family with early onset dementia. You can now see who is calling at their home.
  • Confidentially manage the home when unoccupied for short periods. You can remotely switch on security in their home until they return.

Services we can provide:

A comprehensive Consultation:

  • To find solutions for remote caring that match your needs.
  • Help you use technology that is out there.
  • Software installation and configuration of a product
  • Providing ongoing maintenance and ad hoc call services for support as required * (Service contracts available on request.

Call Janet now on 07722 628442 to book a consultation. (There will be a small fee for consultancy)

 

Carers Rights Day

This year Carers Rights Day is on Thursday 21st November 2019. The theme for the day is “Helping you find your way”

Having the right information at the right time can make all the difference when you are caring for someone. Each year Carers UK holds Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local communities know their rights and find out how to get help and support they are entitled to.

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, Carers UK believe that it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps us:

  • ensure carers are aware of their rights
  • let carers know where to get help and support
  • raise awareness of the needs of carers.

Every day 6,000 people in the United Kingdom become carers, something few have been able to plan for. From the start, they may find themselves needing to talk to health and social care providers; to negotiate with their employers on how to juggle work with caring; to deal with the intricacies of the benefits system or to consider how to fund future care costs. All of this while they are coming to terms with their new caring responsibilities. It’s no wonder that caring can feel overwhelming, bewildering and stressful.

To find out more about Carers Rights UK and the work they do, click this link:  https://www.carersuk.org/home

To find out what is on locally, visit our events pages: https://shropshiredisability.net/events/

Your Voice Autumn 2019

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Your Voice!

This edition highlights the valuable work of Shropshire Disability Network (SDN) members – Headway Shropshire, Shropshire ME Group, and the local branch of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS).

It also introduces SDN’s new Chair, brings news of activities for you, including an Accessible Churchyards Workshop in Shrewsbury and SDN’s Christmas Members’ Meeting in Wellington, and plenty more!

Log in to the Members’ Area at the top right-hand side of this page, and then download your copy of Your Voice by clicking on the link below. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please email newsletter@shropshire-disability.net . We would love to receive your comments or ideas.

Your Voice Autumn 2019

Take Charge of your life

Taking Charge of your Life is a five-week course (one day a week), providing participants with techniques to help improve their confidence and self Esteem,  meet new people, share experiences in a safe environment and to realise their true value.

Every day, people are faced with difficult circumstances; they battle with bereavement, poverty, mental health, childcare responsibilities, illness, lack of confidence, social isolation and learning barriers that prevent them from engaging in employment, education or just in general.  We want to bring hope to individuals to be able to look forward to the future and set achievable goals, giving them the vision to make positive changes in their lives.

Courses are run in the following areas. Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Bridgnorth

Taking Charge of Your Life Courses

For further information about Taking Charge of Your Life click to download a word documentTCOYL – info & 5 wk outline

 

Council Tax Reduction-Consultation by Telford & Wrekin Council

People in Telford and Wrekin are being asked for their views on planned changes to the scheme that offers support to residents of working age on lowest incomes with the costs of council tax.

Since 2013, councils have been responsible for their own Council Tax Support schemes for working-age residents.

Telford & Wrekin Council are proposing to make significant changes to our local scheme from 1 April 2020.

The council are keen to give everyone, whether claiming support or not, the opportunity to have their say on the proposals before any changes are decided.

Consultation starts on 30 September 2019 and ends on 10 November 2019 to meet the Council’s budget setting timetable and to allow sufficient time for responses to be considered and evaluated.

Please give your views by completing the questionnaire, Councillors need these to decide on the final changes to our Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. To complete the questionnaire click on this link. https://telford.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=156950358441

For further information on the proposals, click on Telford & Wrekin website:  https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20240/consultations/3907/council_tax_reduction_consultation

If you have additional questions regarding the consultation or require information in an alternative format please email CTRconsultation@telford.gov.uk or ring 01952 383838 and select option 3 followed by option 5.

Shropshire Council tax support consultation 2019

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.

The basis of 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:
    • 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
  • Apply a minimum award of £1.50
  • 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

Click the link to 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

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 was agreed 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

Proposed changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2020

With effect from 1 April 2020 we’re proposing that our council tax support scheme is amended as follows.

  • We’ve defined a council tax reversal as an amount of council tax support to which the claimant wasn’t entitled, and we’ve clarified what action the council will take depending on whether the reversal is caused by claimant error or official error.
  • We’ve clarified that where a reversal is due to claimant error the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • We’ve clarified that where the reversal arose due to official error, that where the claimant or their representative could reasonably have been expected at the time to realise that the assessment had been made in error, the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability. Otherwise, the amount of the reversal won’t be chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • In the event of a council tax reversal, we’ll consider any underlying award that the claimant should have been entitled to provided evidence is received from the claimant within one month of the claimant being notified of the reversal, or where an appeal against a recoverable reversal is made
  • We’ve clarified the definition of ‘pensioner’ in accordance with new benefit rules for mixed age couples and eligibility for local council tax reduction schemes
  • Any payment made by the Home Office under the Windrush Compensation Scheme or the Windrush Exceptional Payment Scheme will be disregarded as capital

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

You can comment on these proposals by emailing benefits@shropshire.gov.uk

This consultation ends on Friday 22nd November 2019

 

Shropshire Council tax support consultation 2019

Start Date:
11th October 2019

End Date:
22nd November 2019

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.

The basis of 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:
    • 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
  • Apply a minimum award of £1.50
  • 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

Click the link to 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

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 was agreed 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

Proposed changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2020

With effect from 1 April 2020 we’re proposing that our council tax support scheme is amended as follows.

  • We’ve defined a council tax reversal as an amount of council tax support to which the claimant wasn’t entitled, and we’ve clarified what action the council will take depending on whether the reversal is caused by claimant error or official error.
  • We’ve clarified that where a reversal is due to claimant error the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • We’ve clarified that where the reversal arose due to official error, that where the claimant or their representative could reasonably have been expected at the time to realise that the assessment had been made in error, the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability. Otherwise, the amount of the reversal won’t be chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • In the event of a council tax reversal, we’ll consider any underlying award that the claimant should have been entitled to provided evidence is received from the claimant within one month of the claimant being notified of the reversal, or where an appeal against a recoverable reversal is made
  • We’ve clarified the definition of ‘pensioner’ in accordance with new benefit rules for mixed age couples and eligibility for local council tax reduction schemes
  • Any payment made by the Home Office under the Windrush Compensation Scheme or the Windrush Exceptional Payment Scheme will be disregarded as capital

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

You can comment on these proposals by emailing benefits@shropshire.gov.uk

This consultation ends on Friday 22nd November 2019

 

 

Council Tax Reduction-Consultation by Telford & Wrekin Council

Start Date:
30th September 2019

End Date:
10th November 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

People in Telford and Wrekin are being asked for their views on planned changes to the scheme that offers support to residents of working age on lowest incomes with the costs of council tax.

Since 2013, councils have been responsible for their own Council Tax Support schemes for working-age residents.

Telford & Wrekin Council are proposing to make significant changes to our local scheme from 1 April 2020.

The council are keen to give everyone, whether claiming support or not, the opportunity to have their say on the proposals before any changes are decided.

Consultation starts on 30 September 2019 and ends on 10 November 2019 to meet the Council’s budget setting timetable and to allow sufficient time for responses to be considered and evaluated.

Please give your views by completing the questionnaire, Councillors need these to decide on the final changes to our Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. To complete the questionnaire click on this link. https://telford.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=156950358441

For further information on the proposals, click on Telford & Wrekin website:  https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20240/consultations/3907/council_tax_reduction_consultation

If you have additional questions regarding the consultation or require information in an alternative format please email CTRconsultation@telford.gov.uk or ring 01952 383838 and select option 3 followed by option 5.