Special Guardianship Allowance Scheme- Consultation Results

Warwickshire County Council held a public consultation in the spring of 2015 about proposed changes to the way in which the Special Guardianship Allowance scheme is managed and in the amount that is awarded.

Special Guardians are people, who have secured parental responsibility for a child or young person with a specific legal order. This would have been through a social worker assessment and the court process. In these circumstances a Special Guardianship Order Allowance assessment could be completed and may be paid to some, but not all, Special Guardians.

Please click on the link below for a copy of our report on the consultation.

Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Marston Greenway – Consultation Results

Between January and March 2015 the Council consulted on proposals to introduce charges for parking at the Stratford upon Avon to Long Marston Greenway. The results of the consultation are available in the attached report.

Consultation report available here

 

Transport Policy Statement 2015/16; Consultation Results.

Between 22 April and 22 May we asked for your views on Warwickshire’s Post 16 Transport Policy Statement. There is a legal requirement to have such a statement which ‘specifies the arrangements for the provision of transport or otherwise that the authority considers necessary to facilitate the attendance of all persons of this age receiving education or training’.

No responses were received during the consultation period. Our Post 16 Transport Policy Statement for 2015/16 has therefore been finalised and the arrangements are unchanged from the version we consulted on.

 

 

Warwickshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres – Your views please

 

** This consultation is now closed**

 

We are looking for your views about any of our nine Warwickshire County Council run Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), and in particular what you think of the service you have received when visiting them.

Our nine centres are:

Lower House Farm, North Warwickshire
Judkins, Nuneaton
Hunters Lane, Rugby
Princes Drive, Leamington
Cherry Orchard, Kenilworth
Stockton
Wellesbourne
Burton Farm, Stratford
Shipston

The results from this survey will help us shape the future direction of the service to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of its customers.

You can complete the survey online by clicking on the link below, or alternatively there will be a chance to share your views in person at each of the HWRCs over the coming weeks throughout March. If you would like to be sent a paper copy of the survey please call 01926 412 593 or email waste@warwickshire.gov.uk

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2W6Q5CB

Please complete the survey which should only take a few minutes of your time, and the closing date is the 31st March 2015. Alternatively, you can leave any comments you have about HWRCs below. Thank you!

Scrutiny and outcome of proposed changes to Integrated Disability Service

FeedbackThe Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee is holding a special meeting on Wednesday 16 July to scrutinise the proposed Local Offer Framework and Personal Budgets for Social Care and Short Breaks for children and young people with special education needs or disabilities. This was subject to a public consultation exercise during June 2014 and the Committee will be hearing the outcome of the consultation and what proposals are being put forward.

The Committee has closely monitored the review of this service since Council approved a £1.76 million reduction in the budget for the Integrated Disability Service and has received representations from local family groups, such as Family Voice Warwickshire, about the impact of the changes on parents, carers and the children and young people with specific needs.

At the meeting, the Committee will consider the proposals in order to form a collective view and submit recommendations, if considered appropriate, to Cabinet on 22nd July 2014.

Do you want to know more?

The meeting will commence at 11am in Room 5, Northgate House (Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JL). A copy of the agenda and the reports can be found here. If you have a question that you wish to ask at the meeting, please contact Georgina Atkinson on georginaatkinson@warwickshire.gov.uk at least 3 working days before the meeting. Otherwise, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting and ensure that the Chair is aware of the matter on which you wish to speak.

Warwickshire All Age Autism Strategy – Results of Phase Two Consultation

icon-feedbackDuring the Spring of 2013, Warwickshire County Council launched a major public consultation to help find the best ways to support people living with autism and their families. The aim was to get as many people as possible fully involved in the in-depth consultation, which will inform and shape a new three-year ‘All Ages Autism Strategy’ for the county. A variety of consultation tools were used to encourage people to contribute their views and aspirations, including an innovative creative consultation element that helped young people share their opinions. The results from this consultation can be found here.

Following the analysis of the consultation, a second engagement exercise was undertaken, Phase Two, to ensure the information received from the first consultation had been understood and interpreted correctly. Two versions of the Phase Two consultation were made available, a full version and an easy read version.

You can find the report here which summarises the responses received from the two questionnaires of the Phase Two consultation. The Phase One and Phase Two consultation results will be used to develop a strategy that puts people, rather than processes, first and channels available resources where they are most needed.

The 2nd consultation ran from mid-October until end of Nov 2013, and we received a total of 108 completed questionnaires. A profile of the respondents to each survey can be found at the back of the report.

Feedback from the ‘Let’s Talk’ Public Engagement

icon-feedbackAgainst a national backdrop of reductions in public spending, setting the budget for Warwickshire County Council will require difficult decisions and choices to be made.  Given the size of the financial challenge, it was important to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire and seek their views on where money might be saved and what their service priorities are.

You can find the report that was presented to Cabinet on the 12th December here which sets out the detailed analysis from the different mechanisms of engagement that took place.

The overall key messages were:

  • Overall, a total number of 661 people engaged with the Council through the various channels available in the ‘Let’s Talk’ public engagement programme.
  • The majority of respondents expressed a wish to hold Council tax at 0%, overall they chose to reduce spending by on average 26% across all service areas.
  • Findings from all routes indicate that there is a moderate degree of tolerance by Warwickshire respondents for a council tax increase to ensure the delivery of services to off-set the proposed savings required although the level of  increase is minimal.
  • Overall, the results highlight that the public are not overly concerned about protecting absolutely one service over another when allocating resources.
  • The securing of employment and job opportunities for residents in Warwickshire received a slightly greater priority.
  • A significant proportion of all respondents regardless of engagement method consider that extra savings should be made through more efficient use of school transport services and switching off streetlights as well as the provision of adult social care services.
  • Positively, the Leader and other Cabinet Members had approximately 130 conversations with Warwickshire residents at the 8 Let’s Talk events, 4 which were in shopping venues and 4 at libraries.  Key areas of importance highlighted at these events included protecting front line services for the most vulnerable, library services and children’s centres. The majority of respondents in many of these sessions were parents with young families or older people.

Warwickshire County Council would like to thank all those who took the time to provide us with their views on the direction of travel for the authority as it looks to set a balanced budget for 2014/15 and over the medium term.

The information presented in the Cabinet report will be among the information considered by the Executive of Council when they propose a budget at their meeting on 28th January 2014.

The final decision on the 2014/15 budget and Council Tax will be made by Full Council at their meeting on 6th February 2014.

 

 

 

Sub-regional Green Infrastructure Strategy

icon-feedbackEarlier in the year we asked you for you comments and opinions on the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Green Infrastructure Strategy Consultation.  Thank you for your comments.

We have addressed all the comments and some are being taken to the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Green Infrastructure Partnership (WCSGIP) and Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Association of Planning Officers (CSWAPO) for their consideration.

Comments relating to Annex A – Biodiversity Offsetting have been separated and are being taken forward within the Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull (WCS) National Pilot we are undertaking on behalf of the Government.

All your comments and our response to these can be found here.

If you have any queries about this please contact David Lowe (Principal Ecologist) at planningecology@warwickshire.gov.uk.

 

When did you last visit your library?

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We have been asking people in Warwick whether we still need libraries and when they last used their library?  Hear what Warwickshire people are saying:

When did you last visit your library? Let us know below.

 

What are Warwickshire people saying about smoke alarms in their home?

icon-feedbackYou are 4 times more likely to die if you don’t have a working smoke alarm.

Every Tuesday is ‘Test it Tuesday’ so test your smoke alarm today.

Here’s what people in Warwickshire are saying about smoke alarms in their homes.

Do you have a smoke alarm in your home?  How often do you check it’s working?  Let us know and share your views with others.