Broxtowe Voluntary and Community Sector Survey
The Broxtowe Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) Task and Finish Group, have been tasked to write a CVS strategy for Broxtowe.
To help shape and inform the strategy, they welcome your input from community and voluntary organisations by participating in a short survey. The survey will be open until Sunday 5th September 2021 and a copy of the results will be available to groups and organisations on request.
The Big Nott’s Survey
How do you want Nottinghamshire to look in 10 years’ time? This is just one of the big questions being posed by Nottinghamshire County Council in their ‘Big Notts Survey’ which opened on 2 August 2021 to all Nottinghamshire residents.
The survey seeks to understand residents worries through the pandemic and what opportunities they think the recovery could bring, whilst asking everyone to consider what they want for themselves their families and their local area in the next 10 years. Feedback from the survey will form the cornerstone of the council’s new ambitious Council Plan that looks to the next 10 years and beyond, whilst setting out its detailed priorities for the next four years. This is where your views and the views of the people you support come in.
All residents will be able to take part by completing the online survey, or can pick-up a printed copy from 9 August at all county libraries, Children’s Centres and other council buildings. The council will also be inviting residents to share their hopes and concerns for the future of Nottinghamshire through its social media channels and will be engaging directly with a range of people who regularly use its services. For more information, please read its news release.
The survey will close on 19 September – Results from the survey will help inform and shape the Council Plan which will considered by the council in Autumn 2021.
The Universal Credit Uplift Survey
Are you on Universal Credit (UC) and do you know that the £20 per week uplift is due to end? If so take our survey and tell us how you feel this might impact on your household finances. Citizens Advice nationally are lobbying the Government to keep the uplift. Locally we are preparing to support people facing a reduction in their income from the reduction on the uplift and the end of the furlough scheme. Your views will help us shape that support.
From the initial findings we have discovered that over 30% of UC claimants did not known the uplift was coming to an end, therefore the reduction in income will be a shock to many in October. Of the 57 respondents 44% were in work but receiving UC as a top up for low income and over 75% said that they are already struggling to pay priority bills or will struggle if their income is reduced by £20 per week.
If you are struggling to pay bills it’s always important to check what other help might be available. Contact our advice line to speak to one of our advice workers.
As the school holidays come to an end parents on UC may be entitled to additional support with ‘back to school costs.’
Free school meals
You can see the full list of eligibility requirements on the Citizens Advice website.
To apply for free school meals you need to contact your local authority, you can check the details at GOV.UK by typing your postcode in.
If your children are aged between five to 16, your local education authority might offer free or lower cost transport if you don’t live near school or your child’s unable to walk there. You need to apply to your local education authority for help.
Uniforms and other costs
Your local education authority might also be able to help with some other costs, like uniforms or trips and activities. There may also be local charitable schemes to help with these costs, it’s worth checking with the school to see if it knows of any. Schools can also sometimes also advise on finding secondhand uniforms.
If your child is staying in education after year 11, you must tell HMRC’s Child Benefit Office if you want to continue receiving child benefit and any extra support for children within means-tested benefits. When your child turns 16, HMRC will send you a letter asking whether your child will stay in education or training. You must reply to this letter to keep getting Child Benefit.
Help for those fleeing Afghanistan – British and non-British nationals
The Government have published a website with information for those fleeing Afghanistan. Click here to view.
Private Covid tests
The government has removed 57 companies from the list of private testing travel companies on GOV.UK as they no longer exist or do not offer a private travel testing service. A further 82 companies will be warned about advertising misleading prices, which are not available when people try to actually buy the tests on their websites.