Shropshire Council 250-253

Removal of the existing five hackney carriage zones – revised proposal

Start Date:
8th October 2018

End Date:
4th November 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Earlier this year we encouraged members to take part in a Consultation from Shropshire Council regarding the five hackney carriage zones. Shropshire Disability Network Management Committee also responded to it. We are aware that members who need the use of a wheelchair have experienced issues when trying to get accessible transport. 

On 3rd October 2018, Shropshire Council Strategic Licensing Committee agreed an additional period on the proposed removal of the existing five hackney carriage zones, and the application of a single hackney carriage licensing regime throughout the administrative area of Shropshire Council to commence for a period of four weeks from 8 October 2018 to midnight on the 4 November 2018.

The initial proposal to remove the existing five zones was based on an implementation date of 1 April 2019, with a two year transition period which would allow all taxi proprietors to operate their vehicles across the whole administrative area of Shropshire Council, with the requirement that all taxis are wheelchair accessible by 31 March 2021 at the latest. 

Feedback from the consultation suggested that the proposed transitional arrangements would give the taxi proprietors in zones 1, 2, 3 and 5 (who don’t already have wheelchair accessible taxis) an unfair economic advantage over proprietors in zone 4 who currently do have wheelchair accessible taxis. 

Officers have considered the responses that were received and as a result now consider that the original transitional arrangements that were proposed have changed fundamentally.

Revised Proposals: It is now proposed that any decision to remove the existing zones should still be made in 2018/19, but with an effective implementation date delayed until 1 April 2021.

This means that the trade will still have a two year transition period. However, all proprietors will continue to operate in their current zones until 31 March 2021. All existing non-wheelchair accessible hackney carriage vehicle proprietors who hold a licence on 13 December 2018 (the date the final decision will be made by full council) in zones 1, 2, 3 and 5 must replace their vehicle with a wheelchair accessible vehicle by 31 March 2021.

A copy of the full report considered by the Strategic Licensing Committee can be found at Item 7 of the Strategic Licensing Committee agenda dated 3 October 2018.

For further information including how to get involved click this link:  https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/removal-of-the-existing-five-hackney-carriage-zones-revised-proposal/

Email address to send comments: [email protected]

If you know of people who have no IT access, please tell them about this Consultation. Comments can be sent to Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND

Shropshire Council 250-253

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy review

Start Date:
1st August 2018

End Date:
2nd September 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council are consulting on “Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy review. This consultation ends on Sunday 2nd September 2018. This consultation includes vehicles which are defined as “wheelchair accessible”.

Details of the consultation can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/hackney-carriage-and-private-hire-licensing-policy-review/ We want to encourage our members as individual to take part in this, and if we get enough feedback indicating you would also like us to submit a “collective voice” reply on behalf of our members at Shropshire Disability Network, please contact us. If you would like us to do that on your behalf, please let Ann our Secretary know by email at [email protected] or text/call 07398 350255 Useful documents to download regarding the consultation: Note this one requires a separate reply to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy 2019-2023.

Shropshire Council 250-253

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy review

Start Date:
25th June 2018

End Date:
31st July 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council are consulting on “Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy review. This consultation ends on Sunday 2nd September 2018. This consultation includes vehicles which are defined as “wheelchair accessible”.

Details of the consultation can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/hackney-carriage-and-private-hire-licensing-policy-review/ We want to encourage our members as individual to take part in this, and if we get enough feedback indicating you would also like us to submit a “collective voice” reply on behalf of our members at Shropshire Disability Network, please contact us. If you would like us to do that on your behalf, please let Ann our Secretary know by email at [email protected] or text/call 07398 350255 Useful documents to download regarding the consultation: Note this one requires a separate reply to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy 2019-2023.

Shropshire Council 250-253

Business rates discretionary relief policy review and council tax discretionary discounts

Start Date:
29th July 2018

End Date:
15th August 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council is consulting on its business rates discretionary relief policy review and council tax discretionary discounts. Complex legislation governs how the amount due from business rates and council tax is calculated. However  the regulations allow local authorities some discretion to award relief and discounts in certain circumstances. The existing policy was last considered by council on 14 May 2015. At that time there was a commitment to review the policy every three years.

Click this link for more details and how to get involved: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/business-rates-discretionary-relief-policy-review-and-council-tax-discretionary-discounts/

If you wish to comment on our proposed discretionary relief policy please email [email protected]

This consultation ends on 15th August 2018

Shropshire Council 250-253

Customer service point opening hours review (2018)

Start Date:
30th July 2018

End Date:
24th August 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council are consulting on Customer service point opening hours. 

Shropshire Council’s Customer Services operates face to face offices all across Shropshire. At Shropshire Council’s 6 main offices in Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, Shropshire council staff help customers directly with the services they need. The number of customers calling into these customer service points continues to reduce so Shropshire Council would like to explore ways of making savings while continuing to ensure people receive the services they need.

We ask you to consider:

  • Will reduced opening hours at Customer Service points at Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Market Drayton, Bridgnorth and Whitchurch affect you, your family and friends?
  • By closing Customer Service points at Albrighton, Bishop’s Castle, Broseley, Church Stretton Town Council, Church Stretton Health and Wellbeing Centre, Cleobury Country, Ellesmere, Shifnal, Wem, will this affect you, your families, neighbors and friends?

Shropshire Council sayFor some time our offices have had self-service telephones and public computers installed to help customers use these alternative ways of doing business with us. We still have our Customer Service Centre which is open between 8am and 6pm daily and we are developing better online self-serve facilities and we therefore have an opportunity to look critically and sensibly at the times we have staff present in our offices and at the continuing viability of our smaller offices in view of the financial challenges we face. 

Read about the proposals and complete a survey here:
https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/customer-service-point-opening-hours-review-2018/

To go directly to the survey, click this linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSP-opening-hours-review-2018

This consultation closes on Friday 24th August 2018.

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Dementia carers hospital experience, national survey

Start Date:
1st July 2018

End Date:
31st August 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The National Audit of Dementia assesses the quality of care provided to patients with dementia when they are in hospital. If you are visiting someone with dementia in Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital (or another participating hospital) between 4th June and 21st September, please complete a survey about your experiences.

If you cannot complete the survey on-line, at this link https://rcop.formic.com/WebForm.aspx?ID=8572AA647CCE4F4286D9B0341B21FAE6 please ask a member of staff at eith the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital for a paper copy of the survey.

The survey is very important as the National Audit Team, will use the information to highlight areas of improvement that hospitals need to focus on.

If you have any questions about the National Clinical Audit, please contact the Project Team on 020 3701 2682 (9am to 5pm) or at [email protected] 

You can also visit the website at: www.NADCARER.uk

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Dementia carers hospital experience, national survey

Start Date:
4th June 2018

End Date:
21st September 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The National Audit of Dementia assesses the quality of care provided to patients with dementia when they are in hospital. If you are visiting someone with dementia in Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital (or another participating hospital) between 4th June and 21st September, please complete a survey about your experiences.

If you cannot complete the survey on-line, at this link https://rcop.formic.com/WebForm.aspx?ID=8572AA647CCE4F4286D9B0341B21FAE6 please ask a member of staff at eith the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital for a paper copy of the survey.

The survey is very important as the National Audit Team, will use the information to highlight areas of improvement that hospitals need to focus on.

If you have any questions about the National Clinical Audit, please contact the Project Team on 020 3701 2682 (9am to 5pm) or at [email protected] 

You can also visit the website at: www.NADCARER.uk

send local 250-253

Communication on SEND Services (Survey)

Start Date:
22nd June 2018

End Date:
31st July 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

A survey has been launched to hear the views of children and young people with Special Education Needs or Disabilities

Children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Shropshire are being asked for their views on how they would like to receive information about SEND services and how they could be more involved in decisions about those services. It is open until Tuesday 31st July. 

Click on this link to read the proposal: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/communication-of-send-services/

Click on this link to get involved: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/communication-of-send-services/

Here is a link to Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC) which has more information on “What is Parent Carer Participation?” http://www.paccshropshire.org.uk/about-us/introduction-participation

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Smart House Public Consultation-Telford & Wrekin

Start Date:
15th June 2018

End Date:
31st July 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Telford and Wrekin Adult Social Care have been awarded Telford 50 legacy funding to improve the lives of young and older people and those living disabilities in the Borough.

The ‘Smart House’ facility will be in a local community and open in February 2019.  It will showcase a range of products and ideas to demonstrate how people can continue to remain in their home with adaptions.

They will also use the facility to promote:

  • Information and advice on health, benefits, support groups
  • Advice and support on healthy lifestyles
  • Build on social networks and community groups to reduce social isolation and loneliness
  • Complete Occupational Therapy assessments
  • Advocacy and peer support

The public consultation will allow members of the community to have a say on a number of points including what they would use and when.  This will enable Telford and Wrekin to consider a number of locations and options prior to selection of the property and community.

To read more, click on this link: http://newsroom.telford.gov.uk/News/Details/14157

To  have your say visit www.telford.gov.uk/smarthouse

 

Gov UK

Department of Transport-Bus Services Act 2017 Accessibility

Start Date:
1st August 2018

End Date:
31st August 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The Department for Transport is seeking views on ways to improve information for bus passengers through the Bus Services Act 2017 and accessible information regulations.

They want to introduce regulations that require bus operators to provide audible and visible information on local bus services to help people identify:

  • the route and direction of services
  • each upcoming stop
  • points at which diversions start or end

This consultation closes at 11:45 pm on 16 September 2018.

To find out more click this link, where you will find all related documents   https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/bus-services-act-2017-bus-open-data

There are several ways you can respond to this consultation, they are: