Shropshire Council 250-253

Views sought on plans to remove recycling bring bank sites

Start Date:
14th December 2018

End Date:
25th January 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council are seeking your views on plans to remove recycling bring bank sites. This consultation is now open until 25th January 2019.

Shropshire Council and Veolia currently provide bring banks at 120 sites across Shropshire, to enable people to recycle household waste including cans, glass, paper, clothing and drinks cartons. They are typically located in pub, supermarket and village hall car parks. The council is proposing to remove its bring bank sites to help reduce fly-tipping and littering, to encourage recycling, and to save money.

The proposals don’t affect banks provided by private organisations on private land.

To read about the proposal click on this linkhttp://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/closure-of-shropshire-council-recycling-bring-sites/

To take part in the survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bring-site-survey

 

NHS England

Consultation to decide which products should not be routinely prescribed.

Start Date:
4th December 2018

End Date:
28th February 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

NHS England continues to partner with NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses. A national public consultation was launched on 4th December giving proposals to update and review commissioning guidance on eight more products that cost the NHS more than £68 million.

In most cases there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives available to the items that NHS England is recommending should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.

The consultation closes 28 February 2019. Details of public consultation events can be found at this link: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed-update/

Here is a link to Easy Read document: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed-update/user_uploads/prescribing-gluten-free-foods-primary-care-easy-read-consultation.pdf

To go straight to the survey click here: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed-update/consultation/subpage.2017-07-19.2919311099/

If you would like any further information, email [email protected]

BBC News

BBC consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s

Start Date:
1st December 2018

End Date:
31st January 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for.

They are currently financed by a government-funded scheme, which is due to end in 2020.

It is expected the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745m – a fifth of the BBC’s current budget by 2021/22.

The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.

You can read and respond to the consultation in English here or in Welsh here.

Four options were set out in a report, commissioned by the BBC, produced by Frontier Economics. 

Proposals are: 

  • Scrap free licence fees for over-75s
  • Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 households 
  • Increase the age threshold for eligibility  ie-
  1. Raise age threshold to 77 or 
  2. Raise age threshold to 80
  •  Means-test eligibility for the concession ie
  1. Link free TV licences to over-75s who get pension credit or
  2. Link free TV licences to anyone receiving pension credit regardless of age

To read more, click this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46274054

BBC News

BBC consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s

Start Date:
20th November 2018

End Date:
12th February 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
2359

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for.

They are currently financed by a government-funded scheme, which is due to end in 2020.

It is expected the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745m – a fifth of the BBC’s current budget by 2021/22.

The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.

You can read and respond to the consultation in English here or in Welsh here.

Four options were set out in a report, commissioned by the BBC, produced by Frontier Economics. 

Proposals are: 

  • Scrap free licence fees for over-75s
  • Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 households 
  • Increase the age threshold for eligibility  ie-
  1. Raise age threshold to 77 or 
  2. Raise age threshold to 80
  •  Means-test eligibility for the concession ie
  1. Link free TV licences to over-75s who get pension credit or
  2. Link free TV licences to anyone receiving pension credit regardless of age

To read more, click this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46274054

Shropshire Council 250-253

Council Tax Support Consultation

Start Date:
16th November 2018

End Date:
11th December 2018

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.

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:Apply a minimum award of £1.50
    • 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
  • 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

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

Proposed 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’s proposed 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

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

If you’d like to respond to this consultation please contact [email protected] by Tuesday 11th December 2018

Department of Enviroment

Consultation on proposals to ban plastic straws

Start Date:
25th October 2018

End Date:
3rd December 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
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News from Disability Rights UK. A consultation is now “live” on the proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on banning the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers.

However, in relation to plastic straws, it wants your views on how best to provide for exemptions to maintain access to their supply for any groups of people that might need them (such as those with specific medical or other accessibility needs).

Plastic medical- enabling straws are used to administer (durably and safely) pre-dosed granular medicines in hospitals and homes for example, whilst flexible plastic straws are used to assist/enable drinks and liquid food consumption in older adults and people with specific accessibility needs.

You can read more at this link: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2018/october/consultation-proposals-ban-plastic-straws or go straight to the consultation here  where you will find documents on impact assessments on each item: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/plastic-straws-stirrers-and-buds/

The consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes 3 December 2018.

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