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Sefton pays tribute to victims of Manchester Arena bombing

Sefton this week will pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing by lighting up civic buildings.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Clare Carragher, said: “May 22nd marks five years since the heart-breaking Manchester Arena attack.

“In the weeks following the tragedy, Sefton united as a borough and vigils and memorials were held across our communities. The message remains the same: ‘Nobody should go to a concert and never come home.’

“As with previous years, our thoughts will once again turn to the family and friends of those innocent lives which were lost that evening.

“In their memory we will be lighting up both Bootle and Southport Town Halls throughout the weekend of Friday, May 20th – Sunday May 22nd.”

Almost all Sefton’s Council Tax band A to D properties eligible for £150 energy rebate, reminder

Energy RebateNearly every Sefton property in Council Tax bands A to D, is entitled to the payment, which was announced by the Government in February.

Eligible

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said today: “We want everyone who is eligible, and that’s almost everyone whose Council Tax band is in A to D, to get this Council Tax Energy Rebate.

“If you get a letter from Sefton Council asking you to register your bank details, it’s because you are due that £150, so please follow the guidance on the letter and register today.”

By the end of last week, around 15,600 households in Sefton had registered after receiving a Council letter.

Sefton Council has now paid out almost £10 million of the one-off, £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate payments to around 65,800 of the Borough’s households. The Authority is now working hard to ensure the remaining eligible addresses receive theirs as soon as possible.

Payments

Payments so far have been to those households that pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit. Approaching 40,000 letters have also been sent to households that don’t pay by Direct Debit or where Council Tax and bank account details aren’t an exact match.

Cllr Lappin added: “The letters, on Sefton Council Headed Paper each contains a unique, 14-character key code made up of a mixture of numbers, upper-case and lower-case letters, along with details of where to register.

“If anyone is in doubt, I urge them to visit www.sefton.gov.uk/energyrebate where there’s lots of information about the scheme, who’s eligible and how to register if you receive a letter.

“We’ve even got a video there to help people make sure the letters are genuine.”

Exceptions

The few exceptions that are not eligible under the national scheme are:

  • those who did not live in Sefton on 1st April;
  • second home-owners;
  • houses in multiple occupation where the Council Tax bill is in landlord’s name.

Mechanism

Last week Cllr Lappin explained that since the the Government announced the one-off £150 payment to help people facing soaring household fuel bills alongside rising prices, increases at the petrol pumps and additional National Insurance payments the Council been devising the mechanism for making the payments.

She said: “We have needed to come up with a system that sees the £17,000,000-plus payments reach the people who need it and ensures we don’t see large amounts of public money falling into the wrong hands.”

Find out how you can get the Council Tax Energy Rebate.

Consultation and Engagement Panel consider Sefton’s coastal PSPO proposals

Today, Monday 16th May, Sefton Council’s Public Engagement and Consultation Panel are being asked to consider proposals for a consultation on a Public Spaces Protective Order (PSPO) across coastal and visitor areas.

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Although the vast majority of visitors know how to behave, sadly there are some who can act in an inappropriate manner that cause distress and disturbance to local residents and businesses, as well as causing damage to infrastructure in the area.

PSPOs along Sefton’s coastline help the Council’s officers and its partner agencies by making clear what is acceptable and unacceptable.

Officers are developing the list of restrictions to be included in the PSPO, including the right to confiscate alcohol from those causing anti-social behaviour in certain locations. These will be based on the existing Sefton Byelaws and in line with legislation associated with the protected status of the Sefton Coast.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “While the majority of visitors do respect Sefton’s natural coast, we are keen to explore more ways to support Council officers and partner agencies manage those few who behave inconsiderately and who could cause damage to our unique Natural Coast.

“We want all people coming to our beautiful coastline to enjoy their visit but also to do their bit to protect the environmentally sensitive site for other people, for local residents and for generations to come.

“I encourage all residents and visitors alike to share their thoughts and take part in the consultation.”

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “The use of Public Spaces Protection Orders are favoured by many local authorities as there is the opportunity to issue fixed penalty notices at the time of the offence being committed, allowing Officers more powers in managing visitor behaviour.

“Please take the time to read the proposed order and tell us what you think about it.”

Have Your Say

The public consultation will run for five weeks from Friday 20th May to Friday 24th June, with the aim for the order to be active from July 2022 to July 2025.

The survey will be available online on the Council’s consultation portal, Your Sefton Your Say.

Hard copy versions of the questionnaire will also be available and will be in Easy Read format.

Further detail about the public consultation and proposed PSPO will be added to the Council’s website in the coming days.

Dementia Friendly Sefton urges people to get a diagnosis this Dementia Action Week

Organisations including Sefton Council and Sefton CVS have come together as part of Dementia Friendly Sefton to call on the community to get a diagnosis this Dementia Action Week, which runs from the 16th-22nd May.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness and encourage action around those living with dementia and those people who care for them.

This Dementia Action Week, there is a push to encourage those who might be living with, or close to someone who might be living with, with undiagnosed dementia to:

  • Be able to understand and recognise potential dementia symptoms
  • Contact the Alzheimer’s Society for guidance and support
  • Feel empowered to take the next step
  • Improve the diagnosis process for both them and healthcare professionals.

With a sustained drop in dementia diagnosis rates for the first time ever, research was conducted to understand the key barriers and benefits to getting a diagnosis.

As well as the misconception around memory loss just being part of getting old, research found being in denial, and referral times to specialists, are big barriers for those experiencing symptoms to seek a diagnosis.

 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Chair of Dementia Friendly Sefton said:

“I am so proud to celebrate Dementia Action Week and I take this opportunity to thank the huge number of organisations from across Sefton that help create a place where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

“A diagnosis can be incredibly meaningful to someone with undiagnosed dementia, it can be a gateway to support, guidance and self understanding. It is daunting but it is the first step to dealing with the condition. I urge everyone in Sefton to consider themselves and their family members this Dementia Action Week.”

 

Justine Shenton, Deputy Programme Manager, Living Well Sefton said:

“It is important to raise awareness this Dementia Action Week of the condition and how to recognise signs and symptoms that go beyond what we all consider symptoms of ‘old age.’

“Being diagnosed with dementia can be daunting but with the right care and support, that fear can be allayed. In Sefton, there is some amazing support out there and I’m proud to be a part of Dementia Friendly, making our community a better place for people living with dementia and in doing so, enable them to live the lives they choose to live.”

 

Dementia Friendly Sefton are a group of organisations and individuals who are determined to maintain and improve Sefton’s ‘Dementia Friendly’ status.

In October 2019, thanks to the work of Sefton’s Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), the borough was officially recognised by The Alzheimer’s Society as ‘working towards becoming dementia friendly’. This status means that Sefton is a place where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

 

For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website

Waste Collection Update 12/05

Sefton Council’s Head of Operational In-House Services, Michelle Williams has described reported incidents of abuse aimed at refuse collection teams and reception staff by members of the public over delayed bin collections as ‘completely unacceptable’

Michelle said:

“We understand the frustration felt by many residents over the delays that have resulted from a combination of successive Bank Holidays and significant staff absences in addition to operational issues.  We are working hard to catch up on missed collections as soon as we can.

“We want to thank our teams for the considerable effort that is going into achieving this but to say that incidents of abuse they have received as they go about their work is entirely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“These are the same teams who people praised and came out to clap for their work throughout the COVID pandemic, and we would ask people to now treat them with that same respect.Waste Collection Officer

“We would like to reiterate our apologies to those who have been affected by these delays and thank the overwhelming majority of residents who have shown patience and understanding.

“I can reassure them we are doing everything we can, including deploying extra resources, to clear backlogs and get collections back to normal as soon as we can.”

Michelle went on to say reports of abuse about the delays to bin collections aimed at reception staff at Council buildings was also unacceptable.

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