A new report published this week has highlighted the state of rural services in England, showing basic mobile calls are not possible across main networks in a third of homes and residents are losing out as bus services are scrapped.

Rural England’s State of Rural Services 2018 report draws attention to the difficulties rural households face in accessing services such as broadband, public transport, libraries, healthcare, shops and young people's services. 

New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers

A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

From February, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.

Exciting support opportunity for rural communities in Warwick District!

  • What do you love about your village?
  • What could make it even better?

Warwickshire CAVA  are currently working on a project (funded by Warwick District Council) to help people living in the rural areas of Warwick District to get the best out of what their village has to offer. The aim is to reduce social isolation in rural areas.

This update, from Steve Parkinson of the The Parkinson Partnership LLP, amends our advice for VAT-registered councils with a taxable turnover less than £85,000, having sought opinions from the CIPFA VAT committee.

Where a council is not VAT-registered and reclaims using a VAT126 form, it will NOT be affected during 2019/20, nor does it seem likely this will change in 2020/21.  

Celebrate your incredible volunteers!

  • Do you know an amazing group of volunteers?
  • Do you know an outstanding volunteer?
  • Then nominate them for a Volunteer Award!

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Volunteer Awards.

PKF Littlejohn LLP have held a short webinar update for your members to access from their website.  They are recording it and the recording and slides will be available from their website from the 20th March 2019.

A call in Government by the Rural Services Network 2019

The Rural Services Network (RSN) calls on the Government to take the lead, working with other interested organisations, to produce a comprehensive, long-term and funded Rural
Strategy.

March 2019 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council includes

  • Executive Directors' foreword
  • Warwickshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Warwickshire County Councillors Grant Fund 2019/20

Elections: Addresses of Candidates Not Required to be Published

Please find here a letter from Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government, sent to local authorities regarding the publication of councillors’ and candidates’ home addresses.

In October 2018 NALC expressed its view that a local council with the general power of competence (GPC) can trade and subsequently updated its related guidance note to reflect this.  NALC has now also made clear that the same factors relate to libraries and it is the legal team’s view that a local council with GPC can contribute to a library authority (county or unitary council) towards the cost of their library service.

Overview

This survey is written by commissioners of Warwickshire’s Warm and Well fuel poverty service. This service is currently delivered by Act on Energy.

Services provided include:

Fillongley Parish Council Annual Report….Financial year 2018-19

What a busy year this has proved to be with no slowing down in sight!

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