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Consultation on waste collection changes opens

Consultation on waste collection changes opens

A four-week consultation is to be launched on Blaby District Council's plans to change its refuse and recycling collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in funding.

£740,000 will be lost from June 2018, including £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council. The remaining £235,000 of a five-year, £2 million Central Government grant awarded in 2013 to run weekly recycling collections will also come to an end. More »

The four-week consultation will run from Thursday 19 October and close at midnight on Thursday 16 November. New proposals include:

  • Moving to an alternate weekly collection
  • All households with four or more occupants, eligible to receive a replacement 240 litre refuse bin and recycling bin free of charge, an increase from the current 140 litre standard bin.
  • Households under four persons can order a replacement 240ltr recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a small one-off cost.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: "We realise that these proposals will result in a change for residents, but we want to ensure that a high quality waste collection service is maintained as it is so highly regarded by residents.

"We have worked extremely hard to come up with the best possible proposals which will still enable us to provide a quality service, as well as maintaining the many other services which are equally valued by our residents.

"However we need to hear our resident's views on the service that will work best for them from June 2018.

"Many might ask if we could simply increase our element of the Council Tax to make up this shortfall in funding. However, the Blaby District Council element of the total Council Tax that residents pay would need to be increased by over 15% to do this.

"Only 6% of councils now run a weekly collection service, and we will ensure that changes to our service are dictated by the overriding need to continue to provide a first rate service along with reducing waste to landfill and further increase the district's recycling rate.

"I strongly encourage as many people as possible to let us know their views during the consultation period."

Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018 to find out more and have their say. Paper copies will be available at local libraries and on request.

All views will be gathered and taken into consideration before a final decision is made by Councillors at a meeting planned for early 2018. Residents will be kept up-to-date with all future plans before full implementation of any changes in the summer of 2018. » Less

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:22 by Beverley Greenwood

Love Your Community? Love Blaby Lottery

Love Your Community? Love Blaby Lottery

A new lottery with a £25,000 jackpot is launching in the District of Blaby to support local good causes.

Blaby District Council's Councillors approved plans for the authority to launch its own online community lottery, Love Blaby Lottery, to benefit local community organisations across the local area.

Tickets cost just £1, with 60p given to local good causes, compared to only 28p in every pound from National Lottery ticket sales. The lottery is anticipated to launch in 2018. More »

Weekly draws will be held with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. £2,000, £250, £25 and three free tickets can also be won in each draw.

Good causes in the district will be able to set up their own lottery page to receive 50p in every pound spent by players entering. 10p is put into a general 'good cause' fund to be administered by the Council.

Players who do not support a specific cause will see 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund and distributed by the Council.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said: "The Love Blaby Lottery provides a great opportunity to help local good causes to raise additional money.

"We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our community grants scheme and other initiatives, including plans to appoint a Community Champion who will lead on this exciting initiative."

Regular updates about the launch of Love Blaby Lottery will be available on the Council's website and through its social media channels.

Local organisations can find out about how to sign up to the lottery and benefit from the money raised at two events groups can register to attend. For more information contact the Partnerships & Community Development Team via strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk. » Less

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:25 by Beverley Greenwood

Blaby District Council’s Employment Support for residents of the District

Details of the Employment Support Service

A service to help give residents in the District of Blaby the tools to progress towards employment is now available.

Employment Support now offers local residents the opportunity to build confidence and find work. The team of two experienced support workers have already succeeded in helping several people gain interviews and jobs.

The service offers a 'one stop shop' at Blaby District Council; with Benefits, Community Services and Citizen's Advice Bureau all under one roof. The team help to create tailored CV's, covering letters and filling in application forms. More »

Dee Warren, one of the Employment and Support Workers, said: "We offer a very different experience to the Job Centre as we have a more supportive voluntary service for as long as is needed, including in work support to help sustain employment.

"We are also happy to help people who are in work, especially those looking for more hours or a change of job, and anyone not on benefits."

The DWP also refer to Employment Support and time spent being supported can count towards a resident's recorded job search.

Fill out the form via www.blaby.gov.uk/employment-support or call 0116 272 7745 / 7746 to get in touch with the team. » Less

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:00 by Beverley Greenwood