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Road Closure!!

Be aware of a road closure on 30 November 2020

Northamptonshire Highways are intending on carrying out urgent carriageway repairs along the lane between Great Oxendon and East Farndon.   To undertake these works safely will require that the road is closed on the 30th November 2020 for one day at off peak times.

 

The closure and diversion can be viewed here https://one.network/?tm=119744824

Director of Public Health Issues Plea

Director of Public Health Issues Plea
This week’s surveillance report, an analysis of the recent Coronavirus cases and rates over the period 9 – 15 November, shows that 1,642 residents have tested positive in the county since last week and that Northamptonshire’s total cases in the last week are nearly nine times higher than the weekly averages seen last month.

 

Northamptonshire’s Director of Public Health, Lucy Wightman, issued a letter to all residents on Tuesday saying “We are currently seeing the largest rise in cases in Northamptonshire since the first national lockdown. Positive cases range across all age groups, but significantly are largest in the age groups from 10-59.”  The letter goes on to say “We all need to work hard to ensure that case numbers reduce in our local area, to ensure that we keep the people we love safe, and so that we can return to a more normal way of living as soon as possible when the national measures come to an end.

The full text of the letter is at https://www.northantscalc.com/news/2020/11/a-message-from-the-director-of-public-health

 

 

The Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme

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Important information if you are in receipt of The Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (sometimes known as Council Tax Support)

 

 

What is The Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS)?

Council Tax Support helps people on low income pay their Council Tax and was introduced in April 2013 when Council Tax Benefit was abolished and replaced by locally agreed schemes.

What is changing?

On 1st April 2021 there will be a new council called West Northamptonshire, replacing the County Council, Northampton Borough Council, Daventry District Council and South Northamptonshire Council.  This means that four different Council Tax Support schemes will be harmonized into one scheme for the new authority

Consultation on these changes.

The four existing Councils have been working together on draft proposals for a new West Northamptonshire Council. They have opened a consultation period to hear the views of residents who could be affected by these changes in Daventry District, Northampton Borough or South Northants District council areas.

How could we be affected by these changes?

Each of the current councils have a different scheme for working age people.  Because of the current arrangements in Daventry, if you receive LCTRS you might be worse off under the new arrangements.

Great Oxendon Parish Council have submitted their concerns about this directly to the West Northamptonshire consultation.  As a Council we are keen to ensure that all our residents are aware of the changes being proposed too.

What can you do if you are worried about these proposals?

There is an information page explaining how these changes may affect you, and the opportunity to submit your views as part of a consultation.  The consultation will run for six weeks from 2nd November 2020 to 13th December 2020.  Please feel free to also submit your own views or ideas through this consultation.  The more feedback the new Authority receives about their proposed changes, the better the decision they can make.

The information page can be found here:

https://futurenorthants.citizenspace.com/lctrs-west/2021-22/

If you know of any friends or neighbours who pay be affected by this, pleas encourage them to look at the website so they can understand clearly how things may change.

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

Annual Accounts – Notice of Public Rights

Annual Accounts – Notice of Public Rights

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.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The Parish Council is all prepared for the new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). It has adopted and updated its relevant policies & procedures and also appointed a Data Protection Officer. Although similar to previous legislation the GDPR does impose new burdens on the Parish Council, including new reporting requirements and the potential for increased fines and penalties.

Residents can be assured that any data held by the Parish Council will be processed lawfully and the data would only be used for the purpose which it was provided for. We do not share your data and we do not store it any longer than necessary. Any data we do hold will be secure and this will be maintained on an ongoing basis to keep our records both accurate and relevant.

If you are interested in the new legal requirements please visit the Information Commissioners web site.

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