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Sunday Lunch 20th March 2022-all proceeds for SDN

Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 are hosting this event to raise essential funds for our charity. You, Your family and friends are invited to a relaxing and leisurely Sunday Lunch on Sunday 20th March (12 noon for 12.30pm) at The Corbett Arms. A delicious 3 course lunch (can be chosen as listed on the attached leaflet downloadable in “Word” or as a PDF file), enjoy good company, amiable conversation, and raffle. This event is being held by Salopian Lodge Charity 117 in aid of the Shropshire Disability Network.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Cost: £25 per person

RSVP by Thursday 10th March 2022

Download the Menu/Booking form by clicking here for a word document FlyerRussellPriceSunday Lunch2022 (1) or if you prefer to this as a PDF document please click this link FlyerRussellPriceSunday Lunch2022 (1) 

Please return your completed booking form with your chose of menu to:
Nick Wright, 7 Lexington Avenue, Shrewsbury, SY2 6SR Telephone: 01743 248 341Together with your cheque for £25 per person, made payable to: Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 or use Bank Transfer: Account  SLOC 117 No:00182906 Sort Code 30-97-62.

Children & Young People’s mental health in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

SDN has received a press release from Shropshire Healthwatch and Telford & Wrekin Healthwatch asking that we share this information with our members.

“It has been widely reported over the recent months that the on-going Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of children and young people and this has led to a greater severity of need among many and an increased demand on services at a time when services have had to adapt to working under Government pandemic restrictions and increased staff shortages.

However, the lack of ‘Tier 4’ beds (specialist inpatient beds for the most seriously unwell) in the county means that children and young people will be admitted to either Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital, or The Redwoods Centre (an adult mental health hospital) while waiting to be moved to a suitable hospital outside Shropshire.

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin were asked to give these children and young people the opportunity to share their experiences and say what could have been done to improve the help they have received.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said, “The report highlights the need for the system to reduce waiting times and provide information, support and advice for children, young people and their families and schools while waiting for assessment, diagnosis and specialist services to prevent crisis. Alongside this there needs to be close monitoring to ensure children and young people can be prioritised according to need and closer partnership working to include schools and adult services to ensure no child or young person falls into the gaps between services. We heard from families and professionals who were calling for more awareness raising and training to help them to support the children and young people who are struggling.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “We have been aware of the pressure many children and young people are under – issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This report provides a unique opportunity to understand and act to improve services based on the knowledge and experiences of young people, as well as their friends, family members and professionals within the sector.

“A key finding within the report centres on the need for additional support for young people and their families when using the services available. Whilst the report has now been completed, we look forward to continuing to work with local providers, users and others to improve services and support people where possible.”

People can read the full report here https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/report/2022-02-09/mental-health-crisis-services-children-and-young-people-shropshire-telford-wrekin

Healthwatch is the independent health and social care champion. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Future Oswestry Masterplan Consultation

Start Date:
9th February 2022

End Date:
24th March 2022

Start Time:
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End Time:
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This consultation may be of interest to SDN member who live in Oswestry and its surround areas as well as visitors to the town.

Click here to find out more about Future Oswestry Masterplan and Vision is the outcome of collaborative work between Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID).

In 2020, a team of consultants led by Allies and Morrisons started the process to prepare the masterplan document. This included:

  • a physical analysis of the town
  • research and review of socio-economic indicators, existing policies and strategies
  • a review of the property market
  • engagement with local residents and interested people and organisations through an online survey link, workshops, Library exhibition and market stalls.
  • refining the initial masterplan proposals in light of comments received through the engagement process.

This work and the comments received has shaped and modified the vision and objectives within the masterplan document being consulted on. Please visit the Future Oswestry Masterplan consultation for more details.

To read more about what the Oswestry Masterplan includes click this link:  https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/

To get involved click here https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/

and/or visit our Events pages where you will find details of 5 events in Oswestry where you can visit exhibitions on this project.

The consultation on the Future Oswestry Masterplan will run from Wednesday 9 February to Thursday 24 March 2022 to seek the views of residents, community groups, businesses and stakeholders on the Masterplan report. The aim of the masterplan is to support the long-term regeneration of the town centre and the wider town.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Survey 2022

Start Date:
1st February 2022

End Date:
14th March 2022

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End Time:
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Over the years, some SDN members have visited this historic working farm. It is costly to continue to operate this farm so Shropshire Council are consulting everyone to give you the opportunity to say whether it should be kept or not.

The History of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.  The farm was the vision of Thomas Acton, who established the museum to demonstrate historic farming techniques. It has been operated by Shropshire Council as tenants of the Acton Scott Estate since the 1970s.

Over the past four decades Acton Scott Historic Working Farm has welcomed thousands of visitors from across Shropshire and further afield, and in more recent years gained international fame on television. Now is the time to explore a new future for the farm, a future that builds on its remarkable agricultural heritage and evolves to ensure that it is relevant and engaging to the next generation.

With the broadcast of the BBC’s ‘Victorian Farm’ television programme numbers peaked in 2009 at about 45,000. After an initial decline visitor numbers plateaued at about 20,000 per year.  Since then, the farm has operated with a deficit of £168k per annum, which has been subsidised by Shropshire Council.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is highly regarded by both Shropshire residents and visitors. Shropshire Council genuinely welcome the thoughts and suggestions of both the local community and supporters of the farm from across the county.

Why have this survey?

Regrettably, subsidising the site is no longer considered a financially sustainable option for Shropshire Council, particularly given the need for Shropshire Council to prioritise statutory services (a statutory service is one we’re required to deliver in national legislation such as social care) and publicly-owned venues. This may result in Shropshire Council no longer running Acton Scott Historic Farm.

Shropshire Council are working with the Acton Scott Estate to find an alternative operating model that provides a sustainable future for the farm and will act as facilitator in collating community feedback and proposals. These will be passed on to the Acton Scott Estate to consider as possible alternative uses for the site. To have your say, click on the ‘How to get involved’ tab on this page.

Below are documents that you may wish to read and consider before taking part in the survey.

How can you respond to this survey?

Click on this link to complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ASHWFsurvey

You can also respond to this consultation in writing:

  • Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
  • Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND

If you’d like the survey questions in an alternative format, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk and tell us of any support you need to allow you to respond.

Shropshire Plan engagement survey

Start Date:
14th January 2022

End Date:
28th February 2022

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

This survey may be of interest and important to our members as it sets the vision and purpose of Shropshire Council and the priorities for Shropshire for the three years from 2022 to 2025

The Shropshire Plan sets out the vision and purpose of the council and the priorities for Shropshire for the three years from 2022 to 2025. The priorities will shape and direct the work of the council and how it will deploy its resources to achieve them.

This survey is being carried out to get feedback on the draft priorities and what you think the delivery of the priorities would mean for you. All feedback will be taken into account before the plan goes to council.

A survey has been provided as a way of collecting feedback. Click on the ‘How to get involved’ tab to access the survey.

Documents relating ti this survey:

How you can take part in this survey: 

Click this link that takes you to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ShropPlan

Or

You can also respond to this engagement survey in writing:

  • Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
  • Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND

If you’d like the survey in an alternative format, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk describing the support you need to allow you to respond.

Sunday Lunch-All Proceeds to SDN

Start Date:
20th March 2022

End Date:
20th March 2022

Start Time:
1200 for 1230

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Sunday Lunch-Proceeds to SDN
Venue: The Corbett Arms, Uffington, Nr Shrewsbury, SY4 4SN
Name: Salopian Lodge of Charity 117
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01743 248 341
Event description: Invite family and friends for a relaxing and leisurely Sunday Lunch at the Corbett Arms. A delicious 3 course lunch (can be chosen by using the attached leaflet downloadable in “Word” or as a PDF file), enjoy good company, amiable conversation, and raffle. This event is being held by Salopian Lodge Charity 117 in aid of the Shropshire Disability Network.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Cost: £25 per person

RSVP by Thursday 10th March 2022

Download the Menu/Booking form by clicking here for a word document FlyerRussellPriceSunday Lunch2022 (1) or if you prefer to this as a PDF document please click this link FlyerRussellPriceSunday Lunch2022 (1) Please return this booking form with your chose of menu to:
Nick Wright, 7 Lexington Avenue, Shrewsbury, SY2 6SR Telephone: 01743 248 341Together with your cheque for £25 per person, made payable to: Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 or use Bank Transfer: Account  SLOC 117 No:00182906 Sort Code 30-97-62.

Future Oswestry Masterplan Consultation Exhibitions

Start Date:
9th February 2022

End Date:
9th March 2022

Start Time:
See content for details

End Time:
See content for details

Event title: Future Oswestry Masterplan Consultation Exhibitions
Venue: See content for details
Weblink: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/
Name: Shropshire Council
Email: futureoswestry@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: N/A
Event description: These exhibitions may be of interest to SDN members who live in Oswestry and its surround areas as well as visitors to the town.

Click here to find out more about Future Oswestry Masterplan and Vision  is the outcome of collaborative work between Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID).

In 2020, a team of consultants led by Allies and Morrisons started the process to prepare the masterplan document. This included:

  • a physical analysis of the town
  • research and review of socio-economic indicators, existing policies and strategies
  • a review of the property market
  • engagement with local residents and interested people and organisations through an online survey link, workshops, Library exhibition and market stalls.
  • refining the initial masterplan proposals in light of comments received through the engagement process.

This work and the comments received has shaped and modified the vision and objectives within the masterplan document being consulted on. Please visit the Future Oswestry Masterplan consultation for more details.

To read more about what the Oswestry Masterplan includes click this link: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/

To get involved click here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/

Copies of the display information and the survey form will be available at the drop-in exhibitions to read or take away. This information can also be collected from Oswestry Town Library or Oswestry Guildhall reception from Wednesday 9 February 2022. You can also return your completed survey to the Oswestry Town Library or Oswestry Guildhall reception by 5pm on Thursday 24 March 2022.

Come along to drop-in exhibitions taking place in key locations in Oswestry to meet and share your views with the team on:

  • Wednesday 9 February from 10am to 2pm at the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, 12 The Cross Oswestry
  • Wednesday 16 February from 9:30 – 2pm at the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, 12 The Cross, Oswestry
  • Tuesday 22 February from 10 – 4pm at the Memorial Hall, Festival Square
  • Wednesday 23 February from 12 – 4pm at Oswestry Library
  • Wednesday 9 March from 2 – 5pm at the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, 12 The Cross, Oswestry

Further dates are being added for meeting with key stakeholders and drop-in exhibitions – these will be promoted via the Future Oswestry webpage, local press, and social media.

Alternatively, send any comments to futureoswestry@shropshire.gov.uk or post to Future Oswestry Consultation, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND.

 

 

 

Shropshire Council Budget 2022/2023

Start Date:
5th January 2022

End Date:
16th February 2022

Start Time:
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End Time:
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Shropshire Council Budget Consultation is open to everyone to respond to. Shropshire Council spends over £554m every year delivering services to our local communities. They spend most of our budget on adults and children’s social care, protecting more vulnerable people in ever more complex and, by necessity, expensive ways. These are services that 97% of the population of Shropshire don’t access directly, yet they are growing in cost at a faster rate than any other areas.

Government funding for services has reduced year on year at the same time that costs are increasing. Income comes from council tax, but this can only go so far. Shropshire Council must set a balanced budget in law and so have little choice other than to raise income from other sources, cut our costs elsewhere, or both. This means asking our communities to pay more in council tax, more in fees and charges, and receive less in services as available funding is redirected to those vital areas most in need – adults and children’s social care.

Further cuts to existing budgets are becoming increasingly difficult. Read at this link further details https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/budget-consultation-20222023/

Shropshire Council is seeking your help in confirming that their budget plans are appropriate in terms of the council tax rises proposed and the headline savings suggested. To have your say, simply click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCBudget2022-23

You can also respond to this engagement survey in writing:

  • Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
  • Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND

If you’d like the survey in an alternative format, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk and describe the support you need to allow you to respond.

The closing date for comments to be received by us is Wednesday 16 February 2022.

Your thoughts will be considered by full council when they discuss and agree on the final budget on Thursday 24 February 2022.

Changes to giving free prescriptions to people aged 60 and over

Start Date:
1st August 2021

End Date:
31st August 2021

Start Time:
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End Time:
2359

The government is consulting on aligning the upper age exemption for NHS prescription charges with the State Pension age (SPA). In 2019, around £600 million was generated in revenue from prescription charges for frontline NHS services. Currently, people receive free prescriptions when they turn 60 in England, whereas the SPA is now 66.

The consultation is seeking views from the public and healthcare professionals on options for change including building in a period of protection so those aged between 60 to 65 can continue to benefit from free prescriptions if the upper age exemption rises.

History: Prescription charges were first introduced in 1952. They were abolished in 1965 but then reintroduced, with exemptions, in 1968 because of budgetary pressures. In 2019 approximately £600 million was generated in revenue from prescription charges which supported direct delivery of NHS services.

The Facts: In England out of 1.1 billion items dispensed in 2018, almost 90% of prescription items dispensed in the community in England were free of charge. Almost 63% of all items were dispensed free of charge because the patient was aged 60 or over. The prescription charge exemptions cover 3 broad categories:

  • those of a certain age, that is those:
    • under 16
    • aged 16 to 18 in full time education
    • aged 60 and over
  • those on low income, that is via certain Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits and tax credits (which will largely be replaced by Universal Credit) and the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those with certain medical conditions and expectant or new mothers

There have been very few changes to the exemption arrangements introduced in 1968. The only change to the list of exempt medical conditions was the addition of cancer in April 2009.

Options for change

Changing the upper age exemption for prescription items would require amendment being made to the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Regulations 2015 (the ‘Charges Regulations’). These regulations set out the applicable charges for prescriptions and some appliances and the various criteria for exemption from these charges that currently apply.

There are 2 options for change including the option to retain a period of protection for those already in the age range 60 to 65 (those who currently benefit from an age exemption).

Option A

Option A is to raise the qualifying age for free prescriptions to the SPA (currently 66) for everyone. This would mean that following changes to the Charges Regulations people aged 65 and under would have to pay for their prescriptions until they reach the age of 66, unless they qualified for another exemption.

Option B

Option B is to raise the qualifying age for free prescriptions to the SPA (currently 66) but with a period of protection, which would mean that people in the age range 60 to 65 would continue to receive free prescriptions. This would mean that anyone aged 60 and over when the changes to the Charges Regulations are implemented would continue to be exempt from prescription charges, whereas those aged 59 and under when the changes to the Charges Regulations are implemented would have to pay for their prescriptions until they reach the SPA (currently 66), unless they qualified for another exemption.

The above options would have varying impacts for people who need NHS prescriptions, and could raise additional revenue for the NHS. Option A would increase NHS revenue more quickly and by a larger amount than option B, but retaining a period of protection for those currently in the age group 60 to 65 (option B) could ensure that people have advance notice of a change and would not have to restart paying for prescriptions that they currently get free. Option A could lead to confusion about the rules, with some people potentially continuing to claim an age exemption and attracting penalty notices and penalty charges as a result and others potentially being deterred from collecting prescriptions by the unexpected cost. Option B, which would preserve entitlement for those in the 60 to 65 age group, would allow the Department for Health and Social Care (the department) to monitor any adverse impacts of a policy change.

Consultation questions (Below we show the questions in the consultation)

To enable the Government to take into account your views on these proposals, please answer the following questions which can be found in the online questionnaire that accompanies this consultation.

Question 1

Should the upper age exemption to prescription charges be aligned to the State Pension age?

  • Strongly agree
  • Agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Disagree
  • Strongly disagree
  • Don’t know

Question 2

If the prescription charge exemption age is raised to State Pension age should people in the age groups 60 to 65 at the date of change retain their existing exemption?

  • Strongly agree
  • Agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Disagree
  • Strongly disagree
  • Don’t know

Question 3

Do you think there will be any unintended consequences that a raise in the upper age exemption could have on people, pharmacies or other organisations?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

If yes, please specify.

Question 4

Do you think that aligning the upper age exemption with State Pension age could have a differential impact on particular groups of people or communities?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

If yes, please specify.

Question 5

Do you think that aligning the upper age exemption with State Pension age could adversely impact people from deprived backgrounds or between disadvantaged geographical areas?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

If yes, please specify.

This consultation is open for a period of 8 weeks and we welcome responses from members of the public, prescribers, pharmacists and other interested parties.

Responding to the consultation

This consultation is open for a period of 9 weeks.

The preferred method of receiving your response is via the online consultation questionnaire.

If you have any queries on this consultation or require an alternative format please email ageconsultation@dhsc.gov.uk.

Please submit your responses to the questions by 11:45pm on Thursday 2 September 2021.

If you do not have internet or email access, then please write to:

Prescribing Policy and Charges Team,
Department of Health and Social Care,
Floor 2, Area G, Quarry House,
Quarry Hill,
Leeds LS2 7UE

If you wish to do so, you can request that your name and organisation be kept confidential and excluded from the published summary of responses.

Click this link for the consultation and further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/aligning-the-upper-age-for-nhs-prescription-charge-exemptions-with-the-state-pension-age/aligning-the-upper-age-for-nhs-prescription-charge-exemptions-with-the-state-pension-age

 

SDN Members an event for you! Learn to love Moths!

Many of our members will know about “Caring for God’s Acre” Beautiful Burial Ground Project. Shropshire Disability Network have been fortunate to be included in various sessions they have hosted for our members ie “Archives Department at Shrewsbury, Small Mammals event, looking at wildlife in Longden and Bridgnorth cemeteries. We have always had a great time and learnt a lot from these sessions.

Now you are being offered another session so “Join the Beautiful Burial Ground Project and Moths expert Charlie Bell in the Churchyard of St Bart’s part of the National Trust’s Benthall Hall near Much Wenlock”.

This event will take place on Tuesday 24th August 2021 from 10 am – 12 noon to learn to love Moths!

Overnight Charlie will set a harmless moth trap and in the morning will show us what has been found before they are released. 

Be prepared to discover the world of moths is more interesting and colourful than you first expected!

This session is free to attend but places do need to be booked, please book yours by contacting  George george@cfga.org.uk or info@shropshire-disability.net

This session is planned with accessibility in mind and will have seating and BSL interpretation available. 

Please let us know if you have any specific access needs that we need to know about in advance to accommodate. Also if you need help with transport, please let us know.

We hope many of you will join this FREE event.

Click here for Information on Benthall Hall https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/benthall-hall

Image courtesy of Unsplash.