Changes To Waste Collections Christmas 2019

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Tuesday 24 December. Crews will NOT be working on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January.

As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 20 January 2020.

Crews will be working on three Saturdays – 4 January, 11 January and 18 January – to catch up.

The collection days will change as follows:

View Waste Collection Calendar 2B >>

Be On Alert For Bogus Council Tax Enquiries

Cotswold District Council has issued a warning to residents to be aware of fraudulent council tax phone calls and emails after receiving several reports from residents.

People are receiving cold calls and emails about council tax from individuals who are claiming to be council staff. In each instance the persons were told that their council tax direct debit had failed and that payment was required over the phone.

Fortunately, the offenders did not succeed in obtaining correct bank details from residents and no money was stolen.

Police Sgt Garrett Gloyn, from Cirencester Police, said: “We received reports that scam calls have shown the call as coming from the district council’s telephone number. This was not the case and the way the calls were made is being investigated.

“We advise you not to engage with cold callers seeking your bank details even if you believe you know the number from which the call is being made.”

Cotswold District Council has confirmed that any residents who miss a payment of their council tax would receive a letter rathan that a telephone call.

What do you need to do?

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot and they will never ask for your PIN.

Report phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

ENDS

Give Your Views On Changes To Council Tax Support

Go straight to the consultation >>: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/CTRS

Cotswold District Council is calling on residents to give their views on proposed changes to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme. The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their Council Tax payments.

A consultation on the changes runs until Friday 15 November and is open to all residents in the district, not just those in receipt of support. If agreed, the changes would come into effect on 1 April 2020.

Changes proposed include:

  • Introducing a new income-banded scheme to take account of different groups, from single occupants to couples and families with children.
  • Introducing an ‘extended period’ of up to eight weeks to support the transition of households whose increased income sees them move into higher banding.
  • Removal of the two-child limit to help larger families have more disposable income
  • Introducing an increase to the maximum amount of savings claimants can have, from £6,001 to £10,000.

Around 3887 households in the Cotswolds are provided with Council Tax support at an annual cost of just over £3.9 million.

Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader of Cotswold District Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “This consultation is vital to understanding the views not just of those who rely on Council Tax support, but also the wider communities we serve. I’d encourage anyone who can spare a few moments to fill out the survey and help us to ensure any changes made best suit the needs of residents. Ultimately, we want to achieve a scheme that is simple to understand and effective in ensuring people in greatest need are receiving the right support.”

Following the consultation, a report will be considered by councillors before a decision is made.

The survey can be found online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/CTRS, while paper copies can be found at Cotswold District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX and the Moreton Area Centre and Tourist Information, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AZ.

Based on a press release from Cotswold District Council on 7 October 2019

Community Activities Support Grant Round 2 is Open

Cotswold District Council’s Community Activity Support Grant scheme is inviting applications from groups across the district, with a deadline of midday on Monday October 14th.

Grants are available to support a wide range of community projects that bring people together in the Cotswolds and contribute to the quality of community life. A pot of £2,500 is on offer to each ward.

All applications must come from:

  • Constituted voluntary organisations
  • Town and parish councils
  • Registered charities
  • Excepted charities
  • Registered museums
  • Community Interest Companies

Only projects which contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents and the quality of community life are eligible.
Grants awarded will normally be between £100 and £1000 but in exceptional circumstances, or where the project benefit will be across multiple wards, larger grants may be considered.

Thirteen projects have been supported by the scheme, including the Avening Cafe Project, which aims to tackle social isolation amongst older residents and other groups in their community, and Cirencester’s Ozone Hub, a one stop shop for young people which offers volunteering opportunities for all ages along with employment support and training, has also been awarded a grant. Each project received £1,000.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Mike Evemy said, “We hope people from across the whole district will apply for funds to support events, activities or projects which will enhance the quality of life for local people. I’m particularly keen to support projects involving young people and those which will improve the quality of our environment by taking action to combat waste and climate change.”

To find out more and apply for a grant visit https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/communitygrants.