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14th April 2022

Following the first Direct Debit run, Shropshire Council have now processed the first batch of energy rebate payments for just under 39,000 households in Shropshire. The BACS payment run means these payments will appear in bank accounts this week and total £5.8 million. 

 

The finance team will be e-mailing recipients this week (or sending a letter where we do not have email addresses) to explain eligibility criteria.

 

As the Council Tax System is designed for income collection, not payments, there are expected to be some payments that fail for one reason or another. The team will be processing the next instalment date (7 April) for another payment file next week and also sweep up as many of those that have failed the automated match from the first run.

 

The FAQs Energy bills rebate | Shropshire Council on the webpage to be updated once the payment file has been sent.

 

Shropshire Council are working through this process, and will ensure everyone eligible gets their rebate within the allotted time period, 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022.

 

There is an e-mail address energy.rebate@shropshire.gov.uk where everyone should direct any queries.

13th April 2022

House of Lords Call for Evidence – Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of Adult Social Care

 

‘The House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee was established in 2022 to consider how to improve the planning and delivery of adult social care services in England.

The committee has launched a major enquiry, ‘Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of adult social care’. They want to hear from carers as well as individuals who use social care services.

The call for evidence has a section for family and unpaid carers to give their feedback on 7 questions relating to support that would make a difference for carers, including support to remain in or start paid work if they wish to do so and how carers’ wellbeing and resilience can be supported.

The questions and how to provide feedback can be found here

The deadline for submissions is 27 May 2022.

 

If a family and unpaid carer would like to take part they can either:

  • Respond individually through the link above, or
  • Send feedback to Margarete Davies, Shropshire Carers Manager and Carers Lead, to collate and send an amalgamated submission. Deadline to receive the feedback for amalgamation before submission is Wednesday 11 May 2022. Please email: Margarete.Davies@shropshire.gov.uk   ‘

Call for Evidence - Committees - UK Parliament

Call for evidence

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30th March 2022

Shropshire Council is urging billpayers to set up a Direct Debit to pay their council tax, to ensure those who are eligible get their £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

The energy rebate scheme was recently announced by the Government to help people with rising energy costs. This includes those who already receive assistance in paying their council tax bill through local council tax support.

All eligible households in England in council tax bands A to D will get the £150 payment from the council from April this year.

Energy rebate infographic

Energy rebate infographic

Around 73% of households in Shropshire pay their council tax by Direct Debit, and those who qualify will receive the payment into their bank account without needing to take any action.

However, that leaves around 36,000 households who do not pay by Direct Debit who will need to go through a claims process to get their rebate, which is likely to take longer.

Council taxpayers wishing to set up a Direct Debit for council tax should visit the council’s webpage (https://shropshire.gov.uk/council-tax/pay-your-council-tax/ ). To reduce the risk of fraud, the Government have suggested that the council wait until their first council tax instalment has been collected by Direct Debit before issuing the energy rebate.

For those who are not eligible for a rebate but are struggling to meet the costs of rising energy bills (including those who live in properties that fall into council tax bands E – H), a discretionary fund is also being launched by the Government and made available through councils.

The council is currently working on a discretionary fund scheme, but payments will be easier and faster for those with Direct Debits in place.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said:-

“We know that things are difficult at the moment, which is why we want to make sure that you get your energy rebate as quickly as possible.

“The best way to do this is to pay your council tax by Direct Debit. Not only will it help us to speed up your payment – it is also a much easier way to pay your council tax.

“If you can’t, you will still get your rebate and we’ll be letting you know how you can claim it shortly.”

Those unable to go online and who need help in setting up a council tax Direct Debit can contact the council by calling 0345 678 9002.

A household’s council tax band is shown on their council tax bill. Alternatively, people can check their band by entering their postcode on the Valuation Office Agency website (https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands ).

21st March 2022

The Queen’s Green Canopy

 

We are delighted to announce that a tree has been planted in Hope Burial Ground for The Queen’s Green Canopy.

 

 

3rd March 2022

Ukrainian refugees: update

Joint statement from Lezley Picton, Leader of Shropshire Council, and Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health

Shropshire Council has been watching the events in Ukraine with horror and bewilderment.  We are keen to support those fleeing the awful events that are unfolding, and have received significant requests for information and support both regarding donations and the rehousing of refugees. We will, when able, use our extensive knowledge and experience in working with and resettling Syrian and Afghan families to also support those families and individuals fleeing Ukraine.

Shropshire Council can confirm that we are still waiting on further information following the Home Secretary’s statement on humanitarian support yesterday, and will continue to work closely with the Home Office and the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership to understand the offer being made by the Government and how we can assist.

Ukraine flag

 

As of 1 March 2022:

  • 660,000 refugees have now fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries.
  • 280,000+ people have crossed into Poland from Ukraine so far and are currently being supported
  • An estimated 25,000-47,000 have arrived in Romania from Ukraine. Most people are likely to use Romania as a transit country, as they can enter as visitors for 90 days irrespective of nationality now.
  • There have been minimal numbers entering Lithuania, but there is expectation that those with previous ties to the country will start to arrive soon.
  • There is currently approximately a 60-hour wait at the Slovakia border for those looking to enter the country.

It is expected that some of those leaving Ukraine will seek to enter the UK through different channels, including seeking asylum and joining family members – British citizens, and EU nationals already living in the UK, including under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Shropshire Council will also be flying the Ukrainian flag at Shirehall to show that we stand with Ukraine.

Further information

A summary of current immigration routes and concessions available to Ukrainians can be found here – Can Ukrainians take refuge in the UK? Immigration concessions and asylum policy – Free Movement.

Home Office guidance on the concessions can be found here – Support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and here Concession to the Immigration Rules for Ukrainian nationals on family routes (publishing.service.gov.uk).

Local organisations supporting and co-ordinating help include:

A map showing Ukrainian donation points can be found here – Ukraine Donation Points – Google My Maps