Archive | September, 2019

Council Housing Event

27 Sep

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Zest Couch to 5k Course

26 Sep

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Private Sector Housing Strategy Feedback and Consultation

24 Sep

Phase 1 Consultation

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the Private Sector Housing Strategy Survey which took place in June and July 2019. A total of 217 households responded, 125 home owners and 92 private renters. Below is some feedback from the consultation and our response.

You told us:

  • You want more housing advice and information on our website and for us to promote it through social media.
  • You would find it helpful if we provided the following advice and support:
  • Help to make your home more energy efficient, sustainable and low carbon through better insulation, renewal energies and upgrading heating systems
  • A handy person scheme to carry out small repairs and home and garden maintenance
  • Home security advice
  • Help to find more affordable accommodation especially in the private rented sector
  • More landlord regulation and greater tenancy security for private rented tenants

Following feedback from this consultation the challenges identified in the Strategy are:

  • Challenge 1 – Limited awareness of the support available to home owners and private renters
  • Challenge 2 – Poor condition of private sector housing
  • Challenge 3 – Climate change
  • Challenge 4 – Managing the private rented sector
  • Challenge 5 – People living in unsuitable homes which is affecting their health
  • Challenge 6 – Increasing numbers of long term empty homes
  • Challenge 7 – Rising house prices and private rents
  • Challenge 8 – Sustainable neighbourhoods

Priorities

To address these challenges and support private residents in their homes we have identified four priorities for the Strategy. These have been revised following feedback in the first phase of consultation.

 

  Proposed priorities in the consultation Proposed revised priorities
1 Provide the right housing advice and support to home owners and  private rented tenants Provide the right housing advice and support to home owners, private rented tenants and landlords
2 Improve the condition of private sector housing Improve the condition, safety and energy efficiency of private sector housing
3 Support vulnerable people to live healthy and independent lives in their home Support people to live healthy independent lives in their home
4 Make the best use of existing homes in the city Improve access to affordable housing in the private sector to sustain neighbourhoods

The full draft Strategy is available to download below

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Please take the time to read this document and give your views. This feedback will be considered when developing the final Private Sector Housing Strategy and will help to make sure that our proposed plans meet the needs of home owners and private rented tenants living in Sheffield.

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Draft Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy

24 Sep

The draft Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy will set out the types of assistance available to private occupants, home owners and private rented tenants, to improve their living conditions and enable independent living.

The main focus of the assistance will be for low income households that do not have the means to make home improvements themselves and disabled people that need assistance to live independently in their home through the provision of adaptations, equipment or assistive technology.

In this consultation we want to know your views on our definition of a ‘low income’ household and the proposed assistance to include in the policy. The attached summary table is a brief description of each product and full details can be found in the Assistance Policy.

Proposed low income household definition

A low household is defined as having a gross income of no more than:

•             £19,200 for single person

•             £21,600 for a couple with no children.

•             £25,200 for a single person or couple with dependent children.

•             Have savings of no more than £6,000

And/or may be in receipt of at least one of the principal means-tested and/or disability related benefits. The income related benefits include those stipulated by the Department of Working Pensions as at April 2019, which are:

•             Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

•             Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

•             Income Support

•             Pension Credit

•             Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)

•             Housing Benefit

•             Council Tax Support

•             Social Fund (Sure Start Maternity Grant, Funeral Payment, Cold  Weather                               Payment)

•             Universal Credit

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Free Community Health Course

17 Sep

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Consultation on plans to vary street lighting levels opens

17 Sep

Sheffield residents are being asked to give their views on a proposal to vary the street lighting levels across Sheffield, following the start of a trial in three areas of the city.

The proposals, which support the recently launched Climate Emergency plans, encourage approaches in support of a lower carbon economy, greater resilience to climate change and cleaner growth.

From Monday 19 August until Friday 13 September, street lighting levels in Crosspool, Endcliffe and Meersbrook will be reduced on a trial basis.

During this period, street lights will switch on responsively at 80% instead of the current 84% before midnight and reduce from 54% to 40% at midnight until 6am.

Lighting levels will be adjusted when footfall and traffic is at its lowest and the council will continue to work with South Yorkshire Police, and other stakeholders, to assess and evaluate any impact on communities.

If implemented city-wide, as well as achieving a 380 tonne annual reduction in Co2 emissions, the changes will also see a number of other environmental benefits including minimising the negative effects on residents’ sleep patterns, certain nocturnal animals, plant species and people’s enjoyment of the night sky.

Importantly, the lighting levels will remain in line with the current standards, providing adequate levels of lighting on the highway.

The consultation will close on Sunday 22 September when the views of those in the pilot areas will be assessed alongside the views from respondents across the city.

The city-wide consultation can be found here.

More information about the proposal, including a link to a briefing report and associated maps of the trial areas, can be found at: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetlights

Lindsey talks about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy

17 Sep

As part of International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day, Sheffield City Council is highlighting the effects of drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

Lindsey, grandmother to Nathaniel who was born with FASD, spoke to us about the effects of mothers drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

Lindsey said: “I started to notice Nathaniel acting differently by the time he went to school, he would be withdrawn, he would have extreme emotional reactions to situations, he would lose control of what he was doing, and in some instances he reverted back to being incontinent.

“Nathaniel is a beautiful, warm-hearted young boy who struggled to express his emotions. Due to fear and unease, incontinence was a way for Nathaniel to express his distress; I would have to leave work and pick him up, which resulted in him feeling much safer.

“The school were fantastic with him; he was referred to CAMHS where we went through a long process of elimination trying to determine Nathaniel’s diagnosis. I had always had a feeling it wasn’t ADHD and he wasn’t on the Autistic spectrum, but we had to make sure we covered all areas.

“By chance, someone who had worked alongside Nathaniel had suggested I read about FASD. I spent the evening researching and immediately knew this was what had affected Nathaniel. This was extremely distressing as I came to the realisation that my lovely grandson had been born with a brain injury, one that required a lifetime adjustment.”

FASD is not always identifiable in babies as they don’t always show physical markers, this can result in misdiagnosis.

In Nathaniel’s case, there were physical markers but this was not picked up by healthcare professionals at the time as FASD was not so widely known.

Lindsey added: “Nathaniel was born with a suspected heart murmur; there was a difference in his facial features which I am now able to recognise. During my daughter’s pregnancy, she never confessed to drinking as much as she did, she was presentable and she always attended her appointments sober.

“Life now can be extremely difficult for Nathaniel, he has to have routine, he has short-term memory loss and he has very little empathy. I make sure I am patient with him, that he has support and that I also have a lot of support, I am very lucky to have the support that I do have. My family are brilliant and so is the school that Nathaniel attends.

“It is hard when people assume he is misbehaving, he is not doing this intentionally and his incorrect choices are not done wilfully; he doesn’t have the ability to make correct choices all the time. This is the sad part of FASD, while he does listen to me, he is just unable to access certain parts of his brain that other people can do so easily.

“My message to expectant mothers is this – FASD is totally preventable if people don’t drink. You don’t have to be an alcoholic, you don’t have to binge drink, one drink whilst cooking your meal at home can have a lifetime effect on your baby.

“If you drink when you’re pregnant, your baby is drinking too.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families and Baby Safe Champion at Sheffield City Council, said:

“We know that drinking alcohol whilst pregnant can have a major impact on the health of your baby, and Lindsey and Nathaniel’s powerful story helps us all to understand the real impact this has had on their lives.

“As a baby safe champion for Sheffield, my message to all expectant mums is please don’t drink whilst you’re pregnant. Keep you and your baby healthy to give you both the best possible start in your new lives together.”

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. If you or anyone you know needs help or support about this issue, call Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (START) on 0114 305 0500 for free, confidential support.

For more information on how to keep you baby safe, please visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/babysafe

Sheffield drivers reminded to put safety first around roadworks

17 Sep

The plea comes from Sheffield City Council’s Highways Maintenance contactor, Amey, following a survey into road workers safety, where Sheffield scored just above the national average.

However, despite achieving an above average score for overall road worker safety, 62% of Sheffielders have admitted to not being as safety conscious as they should be when negotiating roadworks – compared to a 59% UK average.

The research, which was carried out on behalf of Amey,  reveals a majority of UK road users admit to driving in ways that put themselves, workers and other road users at risk of injury or even, death.

Melissa Wise, Operations Director at Streets Ahead said:

“Whilst the figures for Sheffield are just above the national average, there’s still a long way to go to ensure that our workers feel completely safe when carrying out their job on the city’s roads.

“Our programme of works is vast and we’re often working across multiple locations throughout Sheffield at one time. What’s more, we regularly carry out work during night time hours to avoid further disruption during peak travel times. However, this poses its own challenges for our teams, particularly during the winter when it’s darker and weather conditions are more unpredictable.

“The majority of people do drive responsibly but there has been a number of incidents where restrictions or diversions have been ignored, which is not acceptable or safe.

“We know diversions and disruption can cause frustration for drivers, but it’s sometimes essential for us to close roads and that’s usually when we see a rise in incidents. Our workers are there to do their job and it’s not right for them to face fear of injury whilst on site.”

Recently, in Sheffield, where a road closure was in place during resurfacing works, a car attempted to drive through the closure and, despite attempts by on-site workers to inform the driver of the closure, the driver continued, parking up further down the street only to obstruct ongoing work.

Unfortunately, in addition to dangerous driving, Streets Ahead employees have also experienced offensive behaviour, with many having suffered physical and verbal abuse whilst doing their jobs on the streets of Sheffield.

“We’ve had numerous incidents involving threats of physical violence and actual physical violence to our workforce and our sub-contractors. We’ve also had operatives who have been clipped by cars as they’ve sped past,” added Melissa.

“With the number of vehicles on our roads continuing to rise each year, and with darker nights and wintry conditions on the horizon, we want to remind Sheffield drivers to take extra care when travelling around roadworks and always put safety first.”

The findings echo recent research undertaken by Highways England, which revealed a catalogue of serious incidents and near misses across the country, ranging from motorists driving into coned-off areas, to physical and verbal abuse of workers.

As part of the city-wide highways maintenance Streets Ahead contract, roads and pavements across Sheffield are being upgraded and maintained by Amey until 2037, creating a much improved infrastructure for years to come.

To find out more about the Streets Ahead programme of works visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead

Be ready for winter in good time this year by visiting www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter to find out more about our service.

Final Notification on the Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area

13 Sep

Final Notice – Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area

 We initially consulted on BTs proposals to remove several payphones in the Sheffield Area from 14 June to 16 July 2019.  A further consultation was then undertaken from 9 August to 9 September 2019 on a ‘First Notification’ draft decision to object to the proposal.

We have now issued a ‘Final Notification’ which is our final decision on whether to object or consent to the removal of the payphone equipment at the 31 proposed locations across the city.

A copy of the final notification can be seen here. The response to the consultations can be viewed at https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-planning/further-citywide-consultation-on-removal-of-bt/

 

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield and Venice

11 Sep

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