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An update from Hampshire County Council

October 2018

   News for local councils
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Support for Hampshire’s Parish and Town Councils work in the community with £0.5million investment

Hampshire County Council has earmarked £500,000 to help local town and parish councils get projects off the ground.

The Parish and Town Council Fund aims to encourage innovation about how some services can be delivered differently, on a much more local level. 

The new capital fund is being set up in partnership with the Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) and will invite local Parish and Town Councils as well as community groups to apply for a share of a new £500,000 pot to improve their local area.

Applicants will be able to apply to the fund from November. More information will be available on our website shortly.

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Hampshire businesses could benefit from broadband boost

Businesses across the county are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme which will give them access to gigabit, also known as ‘hyperfast’, broadband

Small and medium sized enterprises can now apply for up to £3,000 through a Government Gigabit Voucher Scheme to install and connect to a faster, more reliable and more robust broadband connection.

If you know of a small or medium sized business that would benefit from this scheme, read the full article on our website.

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New fee for banners, hanging baskets and decorative lighting

From 9 October 2018, the County Council will be introducing a fee of £25.00 for applications for banners, hanging baskets and decorative lighting. 

These new charges are being introduced as part of some wider changes to our fees for highway services. With ongoing budget pressures, we have had to look at all of our costs and are introducing these fees following a comprehensive review of the actual costs involved in delivering each of our chargeable services. This review was approved by the Executive Member for Transport and Environment on 14 November 2017.

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Adult and child Volunteers wanted to support youngsters to stay on track

Children and young people don’t always find growing up easy and this can lead to difficult behaviours or conflict within a family which, in the extreme, can lead to Children’s Services intervention and, potentially, children coming in to care.

Hampshire County Council wants to do more to avoid situations spiralling out of control leading to Children’s Services having to become involved. This is where you could come in.

We are looking for more people to join our countywide network of volunteers. By getting involved you are telling a child, young people and their families that they are not alone and that they have someone who wants to help them.

We are looking for people who can mentor young people, provide information to parents of children excluded from school or can help support parents with parenting skills.

There is a range of volunteering opportunities available, and volunteers can give as little as an hour or two per week, or more if interested, such as providing on-going family support.

All volunteers will be given full training and helped to gain experience which could help to obtain new skills, keep active, change careers or enhance an individual’s Curriculum Vitae.

For more information please email your name and contact details to: innovation.volunteers@hants.gov.uk or visit our website.

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County Council plans better targeted NHS health checks

As part of a new £9 million contract with health providers starting in April 2019, Hampshire County Council is aiming to increase the uptake of health checks by Hampshire residents, particularly those most at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, and raise awareness of dementia both across the population and within high risk and vulnerable groups.

Read more via the County Council’s web pages

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Book your winter flu jab now!

If you are eligible for a winter flu jab, now is the time to call your GP or pharmacy and book an appointment to get vaccinated. 

The influenza vaccination is considered essential protection for the over 65s, young children, pregnant women and carers, as well as those with 

pre-existing long-term health conditions or a weakened immune system. It is free of charge to these eligible groups. The virus can spread fast and lead to serious complications so make sure you are protected this winter. Read more on this.
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