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Sefton Council’s Housing Standards Enforcement Policy update approved

Sefton Council’s Housing Standards Enforcement Policy, which sets out the Council’s continued commitment to improving housing standards across all tenures has been updated and approved.

The Policy sets out how the Council’s Housing Standards Team can ensure that tenants of private landlords and Registered Providers of Social Housing live in homes free from significant hazards that pose a risk to their health, safety and wellbeing.

It also states how the Enforcement Team can ensure properties do not present a statutory nuisance and do not present an unacceptable risk to health and safety.

It enables them to ensure houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are safe and well managed and where necessary, properties are licensed. And it makes sure all properties in Sefton comply with the legal requirements in relation to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm regulations.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This policy update ensures our Enforcement teams are able to go out and work to ensure that tenants in all types of housing are safe and that landlords are meeting their requirements.

“The Policy covers all categories of rented accommodation and all landlords including social landlords and we have reviewed it as part of our response to the to the tragic death of Awaab Ishak in Rochdale from mould inhalation.

“Updating the policy is part of Sefton Council’s ongoing commitment to working with landlords to ensure tenants’ safety and follows on from recent five-year extension of our successful Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes, which have helped us remove over 3,000 serious health and safety hazards from rented homes since 2018.”

You can find out more about housing in Sefton at www.sefton.gov.uk/housing

Sefton communities invited to hold street parties in honour of King Charles III’s Coronation

Community spirited Sefton residents thinking of hosting a street party for the Coronation of King Charles III are being asked to contact the Council as soon as possible.

While food, drink and tablecloths may be high on any party planner’s list for the celebrations on Saturday May 6th, many residents may not be aware of the legal need to close off their street.

If a street party is going to affect vehicle access, organisers need to apply to Sefton Council by filling out a Road Closure Request. 

Request

A formal closure allows provisions to be put in place to reduce the amount of disruption to vehicle access and pedestrians.

There is no cost involved for this service but party organisers will need to let Sefton Council know of their plans by Friday 14th  April. This gives the Council the time to put the required measure in place.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: 
“Sefton Council is keen that as many people as possible enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime special occasion and we know that for many closely knit communities, that means a street party!

“In order for street parties to take place, Sefton Council has a legal duty to formally publish notice of any road closures required.

“Already we have been contacted about a number of Coronation celebration road closures and we would urge anyone thinking of doing the same to get in touch with us as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.

Warm-hearted

“Organising a street party has many different rewards and brings together neighbours and local communities, showing off Sefton at its very best as a warm-hearted and caring Borough.

It will not be possible to process any street closure requests for the Coronation celebrations after the Friday 14th April deadline.

A new community grant scheme for Sefton-based voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups who wish to host a range of activities and events is also due to be announced.

The fund is a joint initiative between Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), local fundraising platform Sefton 4 Good and Living Well Sefton.

Organisers will need to provide their contact details, proposed closure dates and the road or section of road they wish to close.

Although application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis event organisers  are reminded that all parties should take place away from busy roads, such as main roads and bus routes.

Anyone wanting to apply for a temporary road closure in Sefton, should visit www.sefton.gov.uk/coronation2023 or call 0345 140 0845.

Your help wanted to shape the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership Strategy

Cover of Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership Interim Strategy.Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership wants the views of its partners, people and communities on the priorities within its Interim Strategy. 

You can find the Interim Strategy here.

The development of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine efforts and resources to make real improvements to people’s lives.

They want to hear your thoughts on their priorities and experience of living and accessing services in Cheshire and Merseyside.

You can review the interim strategy and answer some simple survey questions here.

Your feedback will be reviewed and uses to finalise the Partnership’s strategy and develop a more detailed delivery plan (a Joint Forward Plan) by the end of June 2023.

As well as providing your own feedback, the Partnership wants you to help spread the word and gather as many views as possible by sharing widely within your organisation, networks, and communities.

Think Twice, Think Abuse this Child Exploitation Awareness Day

Sefton Council are marking Child Exploitation Day by promoting a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to ‘think twice, think abuse’ in their everyday life to ensure abuse does not go unrecognised, unchallenged or unreported.  

The campaign highlights the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

The focus this year is Child Sexual Exploitation, a type of abuse that has significant impact on a child for the rest of their life, causing intense trauma and can impact future development and relationships.

Communities can tackle exploitation together and should know the signs to look for and the vulnerabilities that put young people at risk. The right support at the right time can be crucial in preventing abuse. Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to promote the message that safeguarding is a concern of everyone in the community. If you have concerns, contact the police or the local authority who will work together to follow up those concerns. If you see something, say something.

This type of abuse is just one form that will be the focus of work for the MySpace team based in Sefton Council and including professionals from health, police and other agencies. Named by cared for young people, the new team (Sefton Protection and Child Exploitation) will work on preventing abuse and safeguarding children. The team will be holding an official launch in May where professionals will gather together with the sole objective of improving preventative services and the services they offer to those suffering abuse.

 

Cllr Mhairi Doyle, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care:

“Child exploitation is an awful thing that can be happening to children and young people with very few obvious signs. It is heartbreaking to think that abuse can go unchallenged and unreported for a long time and the impact this has on individuals and families can extend for decades.

“All of us in Sefton are throwing our weight behind this campaign and urging people in the community to consider safeguarding as a top concern in their day to day life. We all have a part to play and if we ‘think twice, think abuse’ then I know we can all make a difference in our communities.”

Community Groups invited to apply for Eurovision Funding

With Eurovision just around the corner, Liverpool City Region is amping up the celebrations and Sefton’s communities are being invited along for the party.

Local celebrations

A Eurovision graphic with text that says Euro Street Community ProgrammeCulture Liverpool, in partnership with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, has launched EuroGrants, which will support local groups to host their own Eurovision celebrations. Grants of up to £2000 are available for community groups, non-profit organisations and schools across Sefton to fund projects which will take place in May or June.

Communities are encouraged to submit applications for projects and events that are inspired by Eurovision, focusing on local cultures and heritage. Events that are run by non-profit organisations will take priority and should be free or low cost to attend.

Plenty of opportunities

Meanwhile, anyone interested in job or volunteering opportunities during Eurovision can visit a pop-up shop, hosted by Sefton@Work and Job Centre Plus, in Bootle Strand.

Open Wednesdays and Thursday between 10am and 2pm until mid-April, the Eurovision Pop-Up Shop is the place to find out about the wide range of opportunities at the May events.

Eurovision Pop-Up shop at Bootle StrandSpeaking about the opportunities available, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration said: “Although sadly, it is not possible for the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival to take place in Ukraine as it should, holding it here is creating a whole host of opportunities for local people, including those Ukrainian people who are currently staying in Sefton.

“So, if you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the Eurovision Song Contest but have been having trouble making your mind up, visit our Pop-Up shop at Bootle Strand on a Wednesday or Thursday.

“They won’t offer you a glass of Bucks Fizz, but they will help you find a Eurovision role that might be suitable for you.”

There are plenty of opportunities available, including hospitality, catering and cleaning, in both paid and volunteer roles.

The closing date for EuroGrants applications is 5pm on Wednesday 29th March. Successful projects will be notified at the start of April. To apply for a EuroGrant and for a full list of conditions visit the Culture Liverpool website.

To find out more about volunteering and job opportunities, email seftonatwork.info@sefton.gov.uk or call the Sefton@Work team on 0151 934 2610.

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