We understand that things are very difficult at the present time for everyone. We want to assure all our residents that if it’s local issues that affects our community, we will, as your District Councillors, continue to be at the forefront, working for the benefit of residents.
That is what we believe you would expect of us.
All through the COVID 19 pandemic we have been active in the community, working in new ways to deal with all local issues, opportunities and concerns such as:
Councillors Pam Redford & Trevor Wright – Cubbington and Leek Wootton Ward
Warwick District Council.
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL NEEDS AND PROVIDING LOCAL SOLUTIONs
We are pleased to confirm that payments have started to be made to residents eligible for the £150 energy rebate, with £1.3m paid out so far.
The government announced in March 2022 that most households in England in Council Tax Bands A to D will be eligible for a £150 rebate to help with the soaring costs of fuel bills, to be administered via the Council Tax system.
Payments have started to be made based on the date on which residents pay their Council Tax, with those who pay their Council Tax by direct debit at the start of the month receiving theirs first. The payments will appear on bank statements as ‘WDC Energy Rebate’.
For those residents that don’t pay by direct debit, they will soon receive a letter confirming what they need to do to claim the payment.
Councillor Jan Matecki, Cabinet member for Homes, Health and Wellbeing said:
“I’m pleased that the many households in our District that are struggling financially with spiralling fuel bills will soon be receiving their energy rebate payment. The team have been working hard on this additional task at the same time as dealing with their current workload, and they’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that these payments have been made as quickly as possible, whilst ensuring all the necessary checks are in place to prevent fraudulent claims.”
DONT FORGET THOSE ABOVE BAND D CAN BE SUPPORTED.......
A discretionary scheme for those households not eligible for this payment is currently being worked up, and details of this will be available on the Council’s website.
The Council politely requests that residents do not try to contact them at this time, as a significant number of payments will need to be made over the next few weeks to all eligible households. Updates will regularly be added to the Council’s website.
There is also information here
with regards to government and local support packages, as well as organisations that are able to offer advice during these difficult times.
Applications are now open for garden waste permit
Residents who wish to have their garden waste collected can now apply for a permit under a new subscription scheme which has been introduced by Warwick District Council. From 1 August households who would like to have their grass cuttings, weeds, leaves or branches removed from their green wheeled bin will need to have registered and paid a fee to the Council in order to receive their permit.
The cost of the new fortnightly service from 1 August 2022 to 31 March 2023 is £20, with a revised annual fee (to be confirmed) applicable from April 2023.
Councillor Alan Rhead, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Neighbourhood Services commented:
“There has been a significant rise in the cost of the waste collection service due to various external factors, it has therefore not been possible to maintain a free garden waste collection service paid for through Council Tax. As a result we are regretfully having to introduce a fee for this discretionary service. The initial £20 charge to April 2023 equates to about 60p per week and will be reviewed later this year, as we endeavour to keep it as affordable as possible.”
“Households in the district who do not wish to subscribe will continue to have the option of taking their garden waste to the Recycling Centres at Princes Drive in Leamington or Cherry Orchard in Kenilworth. Alternatively some residents may prefer to home compost their uncooked food and garden waste and at the same provide themselves with a free soil conditioner. Further information on composting is available from Warwickshire County Council.”
A new South Warwickshire 123+ refuse collection system starting from August will see the introduction of separate kerbside food waste collections every week in addition to a fortnightly co-mingled recycling service.
Applications for Garden Waste permits (which will be valid from 1 August 2022) can be made by visiting
. A full list of FAQs on the 123+ Waste and Recycling service is available on the Warwick District Council website. For home composting details please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/composting.
We are very pleased to be able to inform you an initial 406 residents their £150 energy rebate payment.
This was achieved due to the dedication and hard work of several people including in ICT and finance. Which has helped to get these initial payments over the line.
We recognise that this is a small number, but it was felt that an initial small batch was the right way to go to confirm the process worked. We will now push on and try and make payments every day, we are paying them to the Direct Debit payers first and starting with those that paid their DD to us on 1st April, we will then move on to those who paid on the 5th, then 10th and so on. For information, there is c. 32,000 of these to pay and we have a daily limit on payments (due to system constraints) of 4,900 payments a day. As I’m sure you can all imagine there is also a large amount of manual intervention required before the payment file can be submitted to finance, ensuring eligibility is validated.
Once the bulk of this work is completed, we will be contacting all those eligible residents who do not currently pay via DD, they will receive a letter from WDC asking them to complete an online form (on the WDC website) enabling us to then verify the details supplied and commence payment of these too c. 13,000.
If you have any specific questions around this, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Following a meeting between Council Leaders and Chief Executive’s on 14 April, Cllr Jefferson, Leader of Stratford on Avon District Council wrote seeking a delay in the Government’s decision on the proposed merger with Warwick District Council to allow for due diligence to be completed. The letter was sent without the agreement of Cllr Day Leader of Warwick District Council, who had been invited to be a co-signatory. It was understood by Cllr Jefferson that in writing to the Government unilaterally seeking to extend the current period of uncertainty would end the Council merger process.
On 13 December 2021, both Councils formally agreed merger plans and submitted a proposal to Government requesting permission to form a new joint Council by May 2024. In advance of this key political step, Councillors received detailed advice including an independent Financial Impact assessment. This Local Government Association report recommended that a supplementary review was commissioned by Stratford on Avon District Council in relation to a company wholly owned by Warwick District Council.
Given that a response from Government was anticipated by the end of May in respect of the merger decision, Cllr Jefferson considered there to be a material risk that the further due diligence work would not be completed in time and if the Minister was minded to support the merger, there would be limited opportunity for Stratford on Avon District Council to withdraw at that point.
Cllr Day considered that the decision to merge had been made last December and that ongoing due diligence did not prevent the service integration progressing as planned. To ask Government to delay matters would create further uncertainty for all staff, especially those facing redundancy, and residents seeking assurances about local services. In Cllr Day’s opinion, making a request for further delay would result in trust being undermined, making it untenable for the two authorities to further integrate services or merge.
The Leaders jointly concluded that the proposed merger cannot go ahead as anticipated. There is a significant difference between the approaches and ambitions of the two councils that have proved to be irreconcilable and this means that a joint request, subject to Council approval, will now be made to the Government to stop the merger process. Recommendations will be made to an extraordinary meeting of Stratford on Avon District Council, and the AGM at Warwick District Council on 11 May 2022.
This is a disappointing outcome, but it should not mean the end for the positives that this process has generated; we have learned a lot and wish to carry on as good partners. It is anticipated that some of the joint working arrangements already put in place will continue, such as legal services and business rates collection. However, others including the Joint Management Team and the service integration programme will end. Each council will continue to keep residents, councillors, and staff engaged in the process of updating our working arrangements.
Thank you for the many contributions and the positive commitment made to supporting the future of both councils.
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