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- Recycling sacks distribution to change
- Views sought on council tax support
- South Holland says no to domestic abuse
- Food Hygiene Ratings remain at all-time high
- Audited accounts for year ended 31 March 2016
Following a recent public survey, South Holland District Council will begin a fairer way of distributing sacks from January 2017.
At present all households in the district are entitled to 52 recycling sacks a year, distributed in batches of 26 twice a year. Currently, additional sacks can be picked up for free from the council's offices in Priory Road, Spalding, as well as from other locations in the district.
From January 16th this approach will change and we will only be delivering additional sacks to households.
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for Waste Services, said: "We have made it clear that we are not reducing the number of recycling sacks in circulation, but instead want to have a fairer distribution across the district.
"It is no secret that the current system of giving additional sacks away gets abused and can also result in lengthy queues at the Priory Road reception.
"We always value feedback from the public and have used that information to inform our decisions."
The month-long survey invited residents to answer questions on the current system and have their say on whether it could be improved.
Over 73 per cent of respondents said they would like to see a fairer distribution of green sacks in South Holland.
And 71 per cent preferred having additional green sacks delivered to their property, rather than making a separate journey to collect them.
Just over 78 per cent of respondents felt that having additional sacks delivered would increase recycling in the district.
And 84 per cent said they were aware that extra recycling can be placed in other containers such as carrier bags, swing bin liners and cardboard boxes for collection.
The authority has launched a short survey which will only take around ten minutes to complete, asking for opinions on plans to alter the scheme, which will be introduced in April 2017.
Of the 3,511 residents currently eligible for reductions in their bill, the vast majority are likely to see a reduction in support of less than 77p per week.
Council tax support for pensioners will remain unaffected. There will remain provision in the scheme calculation to recognise the additional needs of the disabled, those with children and those with caring responsibilities.
Some of the proposals include:
Working age residents on low incomes entitled to up to 70 per cent rather than 75 per cent relief.
A reduction in the amount of savings and capital residents can have and still be eligible for relief.
An end to support for claimants who earn above the threshold but have low income adults living with them.
Decrease in the rate of support for those who have non-dependent adults in the household.
Cllr Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, said: "In recent years the council has experienced major financial changes due to reductions in funding from central government, volatility on financing and cost/income pressures on services.
"However, we also aim to develop safer, stronger, healthier and more independent communities whilst protecting the most vulnerable and protection in the existing scheme will not be changed but will be strengthened by the inclusion of a hardship policy.
"We value your opinions and they will help us make an informed decision, so if you are affected by these changes, please have your say."
The deadline for responses is 5pm on Wednesday, December 14. The survey will help inform the council before a final decision is made on January 18 at a full council meeting.
To complete the survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KS92CYR Paper copies will be available from reception at Priory Road.
The day is traditionally marked by the wearing of a White Ribbon, a campaign that South Holland District Council is supporting.
Cllr Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Community, said: "We're keen to raise awareness of this worthwhile campaign and would encourage anyone to get involved by wearing a White Ribbon.
"Abusers often rely on the silence of their victims, so the campaign aims to break this stigma and silence and encourage victims to seek support."
The origins of White Ribbon Day began many years ago when three sisters who were political activists in the Dominican Republic were assassinated.
They became a symbol of inspiration and in 1981 an annual day of protest was organised on 25 November in their memory.
Ten years later, the first White Ribbon Campaign was organised by a group of men in Canada after the brutal mass shooting of 14 female students at the University of Montreal. The movement spread and, in 1999, the UN officially recognised 25th November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Now part of the annual international campaign, the White Ribbon has become a symbol of hope for a world where both women and men can live free from the fear of domestic violence.
White ribbons are available for customers and staff to purchase in reception at South Holland District Council's offices in Priory Road, Spalding and at the South Holland Centre for a £1 donation. All money raised will be donated to the White Ribbon campaign.
The White Ribbon Campaign urges individuals to pledge their support to the campaign via their website, http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge, and to wear a white ribbon.
Latest figures show that businesses in the district with 3 star (satisfactory) 4 star (good) and 5 star (very good) ratings is now 98.2%.
And food lovers will also be pleased to hear that there are still no businesses in the district with the lowest ranking of zero.
Of the businesses across the district that are rated:
375 are rated 5 (very good)
146 are rated 4 (good)
76 are rated 3 (satisfactory)
4 are rated 2 (improvement necessary)
7 are rated 1 (major improvement necessary)
0 are rated zero (urgent improvement necessary)
Ratings are determined by food safety officers and show how well a business is doing overall, but also take account of the level of risk to people's health.
Cllr Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for food, health and safety, recently accompanied officers from the authority's Food, Health and Safety Team on night time inspection visits to three eateries.
Two businesses which had 3 ratings retained their scores and a firm which previously had a 3 was upgraded to a 4.
Cllr Casson said: "I am extremely pleased with ratings in the district currently which are testament to the dedicated work of our team, but we will certainly not be getting complacent.
"The protection of the public is our highest priority and we continue to work actively with businesses to assist them with standards.
"I strongly recommend that members of the public use Food Hygiene Ratings with confidence and enjoy meals out in establishments who take food safety seriously."
To check the Food Hygiene Rating of a restaurant or takeaway, look for the green and black sticker, usually displayed in a window. If you can't see one, just ask.
South Holland District Council also regularly promotes the latest 5 rated businesses on its Facebook page.
Further information about Food Hygiene Ratings can be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.
South Holland District Council's audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 are complete and can be viewed below, along with the signed audit opinion from the auditors, KPMG LLP.
If you would like to arrange to view the documents, make copies or ask questions, guidance is given in the document entitled 'Completion of Audit Public Notice'.
You can also download copies of the Council's previous statements.
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