Warwickshire County Council has approved a Safe Accommodation Strategy, which provides safe accommodation and support for women, men and children who are at risk of, or have experienced domestic abuse.
The three-year strategy is a requirement of the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021. The Act requires Local Authorities to have a comprehensive strategy that provides both an immediate and a longer-term solution to vulnerable domestic abuse victims.
To help deliver the strategy, Warwickshire County Council has developed a ‘Safe Accommodation Working Group’ which includes representatives from across the county including Refuge – Warwickshire’s Domestic Abuse service provider, colleagues from the county’s five District and Borough Councils and Warwickshire Police
New strategy to support victims of domestic abuse is approved – Warwickshire County Council
Public Contact Survey 2021
We appreciate it can be a traumatic and difficult time when you may need to contact the police and therefore we are continuously seeking ways to improve the experience, not least at the very first point of contact you have with the force.
To help inform our understanding of how people wish to contact and engage with the force and the services provided, we invite you to participate in answering our Public Contact Survey by clicking on the link below.
You do not need to have ever used any of these services before to complete this survey but we would like you to consider how you would contact the police should you need to do so. This will inform how we improve our services in the future.
Please remember the questions asked are specifically in relation to Warwickshire Police and not any other force or the police generally.
From 6 September to 24 October 2021 this consultation will be conducted involving a questionnaire open to all, a telephone survey of a representative sample of 600 residents as well as a series of focus groups with residents, our businesses, parish and town councils, voluntary and community groups. Direct feedback from stakeholder organisations will also be sought. Responses will be used to inform Councillors when in December 2021 they decide whether to make a submission to the Government for permission to merge and create a new District Council serving South Warwickshire.
Why are we asking these questions?
Both Councils face significant financial challenges. The impact of dealing with the pandemic, when combined with the increased costs of delivering existing services, such as waste management, as well as responding to the climate emergency, present a challenge not seen since our Councils were formed in 1974. We have identified a range of options on how best to respond and concluded that merging the Councils is the most effective option available to meet this challenge. It is vitally important that before the Councillors come to a decision, we hear the views of the wider community on whether you believe a merger is the right option to take or not.
Why is the merger of the Councils the preferred approach?
Merging our Councils will give the new combined District Council a sustainable financial basis for delivering the services we all value without significant cost increases to council tax-payers. This option will also make our local government more resilient and better able to help local communities tackle challenges such as the climate emergency or a future pandemic, while also continuing to improve our current services by:
Follow the link below
South Warwickshire Consultation
Plans to build a brand-new leisure centre at Castle Farm in Kenilworth have been given the green light.
Following approval by Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee on 15 September, work is set to start next year to replace the existing recreation centre with a multi-million-pound dry sports facility featuring a sports hall, 80 station gym and fitness studios as well as a new HQ for local scouts and guides.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, Councillor Liam Bartlett, commented:
“This really is great news for the people of Kenilworth and the whole District, and we are delighted that we can now move forward with our plans to make this substantial investment which will bring some of the best leisure facilities in the country to the town.”
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright