Electric Blanket Safety Tests for Older People – Warwickshire County Council

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service will be running an Electric Blanket Testing Campaign (1st to 5th October 2018).

If people cannot get to any of the venues for health or disability reasons, lack of transport etc, we will do our best to arrange collections within local communities.

Please the attached poster and flyer for details.

Electric Blanket Flyer 2018

Electric Blanket Poster 2018

Warwickshire Switch and Save

There has never been a better time for Warwickshire Residents to save money on their gas and electricity bills with Warwickshire County Council’s new collective energy switching scheme: Warwickshire Switch and Save.

Following a successful reverse auction between competing gas and electricity providers on the 22nd of May 2018, it has been revealed that residents signed up to the scheme are set to save an average of £177 on their utility bills.

In Warwickshire, about 300 households have registered so far with the scheme and the county’s Switch and Savers have been combined with 37 other similar initiatives from all around the UK to create a consumer collective of over 25,000 registered households.

Residents across Warwickshire have started receiving their personal offer letters or emails letting them know if they will be able to make savings against their current energy deal and, if so, exactly how much money will be going back into their pockets. In total, 75% of people who registered for the scheme in Warwickshire could save on their energy bills if they choose to switch, meaning lots of happy residents in the county.

One Leamington Spa resident contacted Warwickshire County Council to let them know how overjoyed he was when he recently received his personal offer highlighting a £401 saving on his electricity bill!

The message is clear: Don’t delay, sign up today to receive your free, no obligation, offer from Warwickshire Switch and Save –   https://bigcommunityswitch.ichoosr.com/Product/index.rails?utm_medium=web&location=warwickshire

More information about the scheme can be found here:  https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/switchandsave

Have your say on health needs in your area!

A survey has been launched to find out more about the unique health and wellbeing needs of Warwickshire’s various local communities.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and its partners recognise that the needs of different communities throughout the county will differ greatly depending on a range of factors such as population demographics, infrastructure, community safety and many more.

As part of a larger project to gain more insight into life in Warwickshire’s communities, a survey has opened for residents to let the county council know what, in their opinion, the current health and wellbeing needs of their area are and any ideas they have for improvement.

The responses to this survey will form part of the 2018-2020 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and will help inform service delivery and development.

Councillor Les Caborn, WCC Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Understanding people’s needs on a local level and improving our knowledge of existing community and third sector provision in local areas will enable us to ensure the right service is delivered in the right place at the right time to the right people. There is no-one better placed to tell us about the needs of a community than the people who live there – whether you have a lot to say or there’s just a couple of things you want us to know, we want to hear from you.”

The survey will close on Sunday 15 July and takes about ten minutes to complete. To have your say, go to http://bit.ly/JSNAResidents.

Parish Council Recruitment

Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer

Part-time (10 hours per week)

Some evening meetings

National salary rate: £9.81 – £10.30 per hour (depending on experience)

  • Do you have a genuine interest in helping our forward thinking and energetic Council develop and deliver timely, quality and innovative services to the local community and work towards Quality Parish Status?
  • Can you ensure all legal, statutory, financial and other governing provisions relating to the Council are observed, meetings are properly administered and decisions effectively implemented?
  • Could you develop healthy working partnerships with key local and regional bodies?
  • Are you CILCA qualified (or be willing study and become qualified), highly motivated, enthusiastic and community focused?

Cawston Parish Council is looking for someone to bring sound leadership, proven management experience, a strong track-record delivering administrative and financial services with superior organisational skills. We are looking for someone who:

  • Can ensure the effective and proper management and control of the Council’s financial affairs
  • Will comply with all requirements of Internal and External Audit, managing all aspects of insurance and the asset register, reporting to the Council and Working Group
  • Is a good team player, flexible and “hands on” in approach; consistently able meet tight deadlines
  • Ideally at least CIPFA, ACCA or equivalent part-qualified.

Cawston Parish Council offer the standard, nationally-agreed terms and conditions of employment for Parish Clerks, an individual training and development plan and pro-rata annual leave. You will also enjoy the support and professional benefits of membership to both the Warwickshire & West Midlands Association of Local Councils (WALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).

To apply or request further information: Please email Cllr Horton at alan.horton@cawstonpc.org for a recruitment pack and an application form or drop a note into the mailbox at Cawston Community Hall.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 9th July 2018. Interviews to commence week beginning the 16th of July 2018.

Reminder for residents to be a good neighbour as freezing temperatures continue

With freezing temperatures set to continue, Warwickshire County Council is urging people to think about how cold weather could affect vulnerable members of our community.

Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can kill. Older people, those with chronic health conditions and people who have a disability, are particularly at risk during the cold weather. The council is encouraging people to be good neighbours, to check in on friends, relatives and those nearby who may be vulnerable to the cold and make sure they have enough food and medications when the weather gets colder.

Top tips on staying healthy and safe during cold weather include:

• Keep warm – heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F)

• Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.

• Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm, so try to have regular hot meals and hot drinks throughout the day

Cllr Les Caborn, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care said:

“It is expected that temperatures will struggle to get above freezing for several days. While for many of us it is a simple case of wrapping up warm and turning up the heating, the reality for the more vulnerable member of our communities is quite different. This time of year can be particularly risky for health but by taking some practical steps, seeking help and reaching out to others we can all play a small part in helping each other to take care. I would encourage people to check on vulnerable neighbours or family members, particularly in rural areas, and make sure their homes are heated, they are stocked with warm food and drinks, can access medication if they need it and have a clear access to and from their homes to help prevent them falling.”

All residents are also reminded to check the conditions before they travel. Warwickshire’s fleet of gritters was poised and ready to take on the snow when it arrived to help keep roads moving across the county.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport & Environment “Gritting is a vital service and our Highways team has been doing a fantastic job of keeping Warwickshire’s roads moving. When the cold weather hits, safety on the roads is of paramount importance and this week our fleet have 29 gritters have spread around 750 tonnes of salt, covering a distance of more than 6,500 miles!

“We’re well prepared to keep Warwickshire moving, but we would ask people to always drive according to the conditions and to check their onward travel arrangements and weather information in case rail services or flights are affected before they set out.”

For anyone living in Warwickshire who needs advice and is worried about keeping their home warm, there is a free service, run by Act on Energy. The service can also help with fuel bills and benefits advice entitlements, including whether you are eligible for heating and insulation measures, so call 0800 988 2881 or see information leaflet.

Residents 16 or over whose financial circumstances make it difficult to purchase food or fuel are also invited to enquire about the County Council’s welfare scheme on 01926 410410 or online at warwickshire.gov.uk/welfarescheme. The scheme supports people with responsibilities for others and limited means to support themselves.

For information about any closures or disruptions, gritting updates and driving advice visit https://warwickshire.gov.uk/snow