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Vacancy – Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer – 4 hours per week

 

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Salary is in accordance with the National Salary Scales dependant on experience and qualification. This is currently £10.68 per hour. (Under review) A weekly home working allowance of £4 per week is also paid. (This is paid on a quarterly basis)

The Clerk is the proper officer of the Council.

The Clerk works from home and is responsible for –

  • Preparing Agenda for the monthly meeting
  • Recording minutes of the meetings
  • Maintaining financial records including budget setting and monitoring
  • Data Protection
  • Maintaining the Parish Councils website and its Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • Keeping the Parish Council noticeboard up to date and relevant
  • Organising any day to day admin tasks including correspondence.

The applicant must have good organisational skills, numeracy, communication and IT skills. Knowledge of local government would be an advantage.

The appointed person will be expected to manage confidentiality of information in an independent objective and professional manner.

The successful applicant will receive relevant training from the Northants County Association of Local Councils.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter setting out evidence of the relevant skills and experience to the Chairman of the Great Oxendon Parish Council – rosiesteedman@outlook.com

The closing date for applications is 9th August 2020.

For further details or questions please email the current clerk at parish.council@greatoxendon.org

Publication of our unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return – Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2020

Each year the Great Oxendon Parish Council prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).  The AGAR has now been published and can be viewed on-line here.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to the Parish Clerk.

The Notice of Public Rights can be viewed here. This can also be viewed on the village noticeboard.

You can view all of our financial documents for 19/20 by clicking here.

The period of inspection commences on Monday 15th June 2020 and ends on Friday 24th July 2019.

Have you renewed your garden waste collections yet?

grass cuttingResidents have just a few weeks left to ensure they have renewed their garden waste collections for the year ahead.

The annual charge for the fortnightly service from the start of June 2020 until the end of May 2021 is £37 per bin. Households wishing to continue with the service must ensure they have renewed their subscription by Friday, 15 May to ensure no disruption to their collections cycle.

Residents can renew or sign up for the service using their credit or debit card or by direct debit by following the sign-up link at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/…/waste-and-rec…/garden-waste/

Those who sign up will then receive a permit sticker to place on their bin or it won’t be emptied. Residents who do not wish to renew the service for 2020/21 will receive their last garden waste collections during the week beginning 25 May 2020.

The service is not paid for by Council Tax and was made optional and self-funding so it could continue for only those who want it.

A new Coronavirus support line

A new support line has been launched to support the most vulnerable members of our community.

The new support line – which can be reached on 0300 126 1000 (Option 5) – allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.

There are a large number of people across Northamptonshire who are currently in isolation for various reasons. These include individuals displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant or those aged 70 and above.

The Customer Service Centre at Northamptonshire County Council will be managing the helpline, ensuring that each call is appropriately triaged so that individuals receive the care and support that is appropriate to their needs.

The Community Resilience Service will co-ordinate requests for help in conjunction with the District and Borough Councils, mapping those requests by area and linking them up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number:

0300 126 1000 (option 5)

Or fill in our online form

Find out more about the range of support on offer during this time on our Coronavirus advice pages

Coronavirus UK

Fowash-hands-300x294llowing a recent briefing on Monday (16th March) the following measures have been announced:

  • Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others … and those ‘others’ should also stay at home for 14 days
  • Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others
  • People should work from home where they can
  • People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres
  • People should stop all unnecessary travel
  • By the 21st March, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks

……….… and of course, everyone should regularly wash their hands and avoid contacting the NHS unless it’s essential.

If you apply the above measures to your private and working lives, we should be able to delay the epidemic.

Annual Accounts – Notice of Public Rights

Publication of our unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return – Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2019

Each year the Great Oxendon Parish Council prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).  The AGAR has now been published and can be viewed on-line here.

It will not be reviewed by the appointed auditor, since the Parish Council has certified itself as exempt from the appointed auditor’s review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to the Parish Clerk.

The Notice of Public Rights can be viewed here. This can also be viewed on the village noticeboard.

You can view all of our financial documents for 18/19 by clicking here.

The period of inspection commences on Monday 17 June 2019 and ends on Friday 26 July 2019.

 

 

 

Look out for your new waste collections calendar

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Residents are being encouraged to keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats district-wide later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 festive collection arrangements including changes for Christmas Day and Boxing Day properties plus an extra seasonal recycling collection for all homes.

Alongside the new calendars, residents can look up their new collection days by typing in their postcode in the search bar of the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Those with mobile phones or tablets can also check collections and set reminder alerts by downloading the popular free Daventry District Council app, which is available from Google Play and the Apple Store.

Twelve months on and the new service has boosted recycling rates, thanks to the efforts of residents. The first six months saw a 65% increase in food waste collected and 20% more recycling collected, with the amount of rubbish in black bins reducing by 28%. Over 20,000 homes also signed up to receive the garden waste service in 2018/19, which starts again for its second year this month – residents can renew their subscription for the year ahead (which runs from 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020) at a cost of £36 per bin at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder said: “Since the new collections service was introduced last June, we’ve been really impressed by how residents have stepped up their efforts to recycle more of their rubbish. With the national spotlight on excessive waste in the environment, our District has a strong track record of embracing waste and recycling changes and we’re proud of the way residents have adapted.”

The 123+ waste and recycling collection service is delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.