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Consultation – Have your say on how the Council Spends Community Infrastructure Levy

15 Aug

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Overview

The Council receives a payment called a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for new building projects, which is then used to fund necessary improvements in infrastructure.

We are seeking views on our proposals to use the Local CIL (Neighbourhood Portion) in Sheffield to:

  • promote the development of Neighbourhood Plans across the city
  • ensure that areas of higher deprivation receive a fairer overall share
  • improve how local communities are involved in the decisions on how it is spent

Why We Are Consulting

Background

What is Community Infrastructure Levy?

“A levy allowing local authorities to raise funds from owners or developers of land undertaking new building projects in their area.”

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge paid to Councils by owners or developers of land undertaking new building projects. It is used by councils to fund improvements to the infrastructure required to support new development. This could include transport, telecommunications, energy, water supply, sewerage and drainage, schools, hospitals, health centres, sports and recreational facilities and open space.

CIL is a flexible fund. Money collected from development in one part of the city can be used to help provide essential infrastructure in another part of the city. Therefore –

  • 80% of CIL goes into a central pot and the Council decides the priority city-wide projects that will receive this funding.
  • 5% of CIL goes to the Council for administration
  • 15% is called the ‘Neighbourhood Portion’ or ‘Local CIL’ and is used to fund local infrastructure needs. Local communities will decide on how this fund is allocated.

The Council started collecting CIL in July 2015. To date (August 2018) the total CIL collected is £7.4m. £1.1m of this is the ‘Neighbourhood Portion.’

This consultation is focused on the allocation of the Neighbourhood Portion.

The ‘Neighbourhood Portion’ or Local CIL

“Anything that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area”.

Where there are town and parish councils, the CIL Neighbourhood Portion will be paid over directly to them and they will spend it on their infrastructure priorities. Sheffield has three local councils – Bradfield Parish Council, Ecclesfield Parish Council and Stocksbridge Town Council.

Where there is a Neighbourhood Plan the CIL Neighbourhood Portion is increased to 25%. A Neighbourhood Plan gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. This 25% is paid to the local Neighbourhood Forum that has developed the Plan. Up to August 2018 there have been no Neighbourhood Plans adopted in Sheffield, although 3 are in preparation.

In non-parished areas without a Neighbourhood Plan (i.e. the majority of the city), the City Council will hold the CIL Neighbourhood Portion funds and ensure that it is spent within the “communities where development takes place”

What we are seeking views on

We now need your views on how the Neighbourhood Portion is allocated in non-parished areas or those areas without a Neighbourhood Plan, as well as how local communities are involved in the decisions on how it is spent.

Please see the flowchart attached to help you visualise the process we are consulting on.

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/communities-business-strategy/use-of-the-community-infrastructure-levy/

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Samaritans Lends An Ear At Wellbeing Roadshow In Sheffield – 16th Aug 2018

13 Aug

Samaritans volunteers and Sheffield City Council staff will be meeting local residents on Thursday 16 August. The charity will be running a roadshow, sharing wellbeing tips and highlighting the support available to anyone in the community who may not be coping.

The roadshow will run from 10am to 5pm, with Samaritans volunteers providing emotional support in the We Listen trailer in Barkers Pool, Sheffield.

Local mental health charities, Sheffield Mind and Sheffield Flourish are also setting up a stall to raise awareness of their local support and advice services.

Jane Hewitt, volunteer and Director of Samaritans’ Sheffield Branch said: “As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening to someone at a low point can help them feel less alone. It makes them more able to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, and gives them the time and space to reflect and move on.

People will have the opportunity to fill in a ‘Thank You for Listening’ postcard for someone who has listened to them when they needed them to. The cards will be available at the roadshow.

Samaritans hosts a range of outreach events every year throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to seek help before reaching crisis point.

Anyone can contact Samaritans any time, for free, from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. The number will not show up on your phone bill. You can also email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.

For further information, please contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org.

Job Vacancy – Dementia Project Officer (closing date 24th Aug 2018)

13 Aug

Dementia Project Officer

Heeley City Farm are looking to appoint a Project Officer to support our Dementia Team.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of Heeley City Farm’s Dementia team planning and delivering a variety of therapeutic, green and creative sessions for people with dementia, family carers and those who have been carers, both on the farm site and across Sheffield and Derbyshire

15 hours per week @ £17,972 – £19,819 pro rata depending on experience 

For an informal discussion about the post and project please contact Lee Pearse: 0114 250 5107 (leave a message and we’ll contact you) or email lee@heeleyfarm.org.uk

For further details and an application form please email ‘jobs@heeleyfarm.org.uk’ 

Completed applications must be received by 5pm Friday 24th August 2018 

Interviews will take place on Thursday 6th September 2018 

You can download a full job Dementia Project Officer Job Pack below (Note: The application form is in PDF format, if you would like it in a Word document please email jobs@heeleyfarm.org.uk)

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Building Connections Fund – to tackle loneliness is now open

13 Aug

Building Connections Fund

New fund to tackle loneliness opens to applications on the Big Lottery Fund webpage.

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.

The money is from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund announced on 19 June by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and lead Minister for Tackling Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, in response to the Jo Cox Commission’s recommendations on Loneliness.  Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and will support projects already working to prevent or reduce loneliness to increase their impact.  Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach. The money will also support the collecting and sharing of evidence and learning to increase understanding about what works to tackle loneliness.

Applications open Monday 16 July and will close on Friday 24 August. Guidance and criteria are available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Youth Strand  There will be a separate Youth Strand of funding is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog. The Youth Strand will be open to organisations with existing youth-focused activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network.

 

All grants will be announced in December 2018, with funding available to support projects until March 2021.

 

If you have any  queries around the fund please contact the Big Lottery Fund  directly on tel: 0345 410 2030

 

Sheffield Housing Survey – closes 31st August 2018

13 Aug

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Around 6,000 households in Sheffield will receive a survey form early next week.

If you do get one through your door we would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill it in and send it back in the envelope provided.  Three prizes of £100 shopping vouchers are up for grabs for those who do.

The aim of the survey is to improve our understanding of individual residents’ housing situations and their future housing requirements. It is part of work we are carrying out jointly with Sheffield Hallam University and Rotherham Council, to update the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.

If you have any questions about the survey, or need any help to complete it, the contact details are 0114 2736396 or housingstrategy@sheffield.gov.uk

Digital Inclusion – Free Courses for Council Housing Tenants

13 Aug

Free computer sessions

We know that many of our tenants don’t have the confidence or the know-how to access the internet. That’s why we have an arrangement with Heeley Trust to deliver free computer classes to help our tenants get online.

Being able to do things online like shopping, banking and socialising, can save you money and make things easier and more convenient. Importantly, from November you will only be able to apply for Universal Credit online.

How these classes can help you

If you’re a Council tenant and would like to do more on the internet but you’re not sure how to, or if you’re worried about having to apply online for Universal Credit, then why not sign-up to a class near you?

The classes are held at venues all across the city and are run by friendly, helpful advisors from the Heeley Trust who will help you gain the skills you need at a pace that suits you.

As well as help to apply for Universal Credit, the classes also cover lots of other topics like how to stay safe on the internet, staying in touch with friends and family, accessing health and other services and online banking.

Go to a computer session near you

You can book a computer session over the phone on 0114 399 1070 or email learningchampion@heeleydevtrust.com. Just pick the session you like and let us know you’re coming.

The sessions you can attend at your local library are:

  • Firth Park: Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Manor: Monday 2pm – 4pm
  • Totley: Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Central Library: Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Burngreave: Tuesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Woodseats: Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Walkley: Wednesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Crystal Peaks: Thursday 10am – 12pm
  • Greenhill: Friday 10am – 12pm
  • Chapeltown: Friday 10am – 12pm
  • More classes available across the city
  • You can also go to free classes at:
  • Balfour House (Stocksbridge): Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Emerson Community Room (Parson Cross): Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Greenland Community Centre: Wednesday 10am – 12pm
  • Hanover TARA: Monday & Thursday 2pm – 4pm
  • Langsett Community Room: Wednesday, 10am – 12pm
  • Stannington TARA: Thursday 10am – 12pm

Just call 0114 399 1070 or email learningchampion@heeleydevtrust.com to book your spot.

SCC Grant Aid and Lunch Club Funding 2017/18 – How it was Spent

13 Aug

In 2017/2018 Sheffield City Council awarded grants to support the voluntary sector across the city.

64 organisations received part of the grant pot, worth £1,598,087.

To see how it was spent, we have produced an annual report which also provides an overview of the positive impact this grant investment has made in the city. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/grants to read more about the fund, download our report and access individual reports from our grant beneficiaries.

There is a separate report which looks specifically at the contribution to lunch clubs for older people which can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk/lunchclubs

New Life Saving Defibrillator at Ecclesfield Library

1 Aug

Ecclesfield Library are please to announce that they have had a life-saving Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) installed and activated outside the library.

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About defibrillators (British Heart Foundation)

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

If you would like to know more about defibrillators including guidance on how to use them please visit: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators

Job Vacancy – Office Administrator (closing date 10th Aug 2018)

26 Jul
Opportunity: Office Administrator
Employer Name: Wates
Place of Work: Peacock Industrial estate Sheffield
Hours of Work: 9am till 4.30pm 37 hours Monday To Friday
Reporting to: Site Manager : Gary Wood, Ian Smith, Andrew Bell

 

Expected Start: TBC
Information: Wates.co.uk
Project: Aids and Adaptations /Electrical contract
Duties This opportunity will suit applicant interested in office administration

 

·       General Administration

·       Document Control

·       Answering Telephone

·       Creating and maintaining information on systems and databases

·       Creating and maintaining efficient electronic and paper filing system.

·       General Admistrative duties including filing, faxing and photocopying.

Essential Skills: ·       Excellent Timekeeping

·       Willingness to learn

·       Interest in the Construction industry

·       A good understanding of Microsoft Excel

·       Confidence with using telephone

·       Good  communication skills

·       A good knowledge of maintaining records and database.

 

Desired Skills: Previous experience in a construction environment would be beneficial but not essential

 

To Apply: Please forward CVs to maria.devlin@wates.co.uk

 

Closing date for applications : Friday 10th August 2018

Changes to how Benefits are Made – What you need to Know

25 Jul

North Sheffield Universal Credit Roll-Out, November & December 2018 – What you need to Know

Universal Credit is being rolled out in Sheffield in November and December 2018.

Universal Credit is a single benefit payment that is replacing six other benefits and tax credits.

You need to apply for Universal Credit online.

New claims and changes of circumstances

For the North of Sheffield the roll-out will start for new claimants and people with a change in circumstances, whose postcodes are under Chapeltown Job Centre Plus (JCP) and Hillsborough Job Centre Plus (JCP)

  • Chapeltown JCP roll-out is 7th November 2018
  • Hillsborough JCP roll-out is 12th December

People who need to make a new benefits claim or have a change in circumstances from these dates will need to either, make a claim online: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim or go to their local JCP who will be able to assist with making an online claim.

Do not worry if you are unsure which JCP you are under as they will let you know when you contact them.

People already claiming Benefits 

People already claiming the benefits below will migrate over to Universal credit by 2023. Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK. If you are already on benefits you do not need to do anything until you hear from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about moving to Universal Credit, unless you have a change in circumstances.

Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

Knowing if you are entitled to payments could help your finances and those of your family

You can find out if you will be entitled to universal credit before it is rolled out: https://www.learnmyway.com/courses/universal-credit-a-how-to-guide?utm_source=Online+Centres+Network+main+list&utm_campaign=8649aa4411-Members_Bulletin_1Feb2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fc825d0e1c-8649aa4411-109845357

You can find out more about Universal Credit here: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit