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Benefice Newsletter 17th June 2022

  1. Reminder – Council Tax Energy Rebate Payments

If you are eligible to receive an energy rebate payment (Council Tax bands A-D) and have not yet received it, you can claim now. SWT will make payment into your bank account. Payments cannot be made by cash or cheque.

For those households who do not submit a claim by the end of June, £150 will be paid direct to their Council Tax account and a revised bill will be issued showing the effect this has made to their account. Please click here to find out more information and submit a claim for energy rebate.

Claims can also be made over the telephone on 0300 304 8000 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm. The same details will be required as for online claims.

2. Somerset Waste Partnership Services (SWP)

Don’t hedge your bets, renew garden waste now

Tens of thousands of residents are being reminded to renew their price-frozen garden waste collection. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is sending reminders to the 56,000-plus green-fingered subscribers. For the second year in a row, the price for the 25-collection annual service is £57.20.

Most subscribers need to renew by 4 July to ensure an uninterrupted service for the next 12 months. For those due to renew on 4 July the reminder email or letter will arrive by the middle of June and for the first time these have been sent by SWP rather than district councils. But there is no need to wait for the reminder, subscribers can renew now and the quickest and easiest way to sign-up again, 24/7 is online  somersetwaste.gov.uk/garden-waste-collections/

New subscribers can now sign-up to the service at any time of the year and will be reminded to renew roughly a month before their subscription expires.

A 10-pack of 90-litre garden waste sacks can also be ordered at a cost of £28.30, with requests for collection made online.

Customers unable to use the internet can also renew their garden waste subscription, sign-up for the service or order garden waste sack collections by telephoning their district council.

6am starts for crews as temperatures soar

Recycling and rubbish collections have been starting an hour earlier this week in response to rising temperatures. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking residents to make sure their waste is ready for collection from 6am putting it out the night before if needed.

Waste collection is hard, physical work and early starts help limit the time crews spend working in the hottest part of the day. The early starts may continue into next week, depending on forecasts.

 A good way of keeping up with collection news is to use the My Collection Day feature on the SWP homepage somersetwaste.gov.uk

You can use it to download your collection days into the calendar on your laptop or mobile device – it works for Apple and Android devices and sets up automatic reminders, so you need never miss a collection again.

3. New Council for Somerset

Have your say on how Somerset should prioritise £7m UK Shared Prosperity funding

A questionnaire is now open giving Somerset residents and businesses the chance to have their say on how more than £7m of funding should be spent to help build pride in local communities and increase life chances. Somerset has been allocated a total of £7.26m of funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to invest in the area between 2022 and 2025.

The funding forms part of the Government’s national Levelling Up agenda, and now Somerset is developing a Local Investment Plan to support the key objectives of the fund.

SCC are seeking thoughts from Somerset businesses and residents on how they think the funding should be prioritised. A questionnaire is now live, and can be found on the UKSPF page on the Somerset County Council website: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (somerset.gov.uk).

The questionnaire will be open until 24 June 2022. The responses will help inform the priorities for the Local Investment Plan, which will then be submitted to Government for consideration. SCC hope to be able to begin delivering activity in Autumn 2022.

Please click here to read the full press release.

4. Somerset Wildlife Trust –The Great Somerset Wildlife Count 2022 (17-26 June)

Somerset Wildlife Trust are running a big wildlife count over the next week and would love people to take part. All the information gathered will be used by conservation organisations across Somerset.

Take part in the Big Count by spotting and counting as many of our 12 species between 17 – 26 June. When you are out on a walk, exploring your local green space, on school grounds, at work, on a nature reserve – anywhere – Somerset Wildlife Trust need you to keep your eyes peeled for the special twelve! Take a snap and log it on the iNaturalist platform.

If you visit the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s webpage you can also see photos of all the species plus other information about why these species have been picked. Big Count Species | Somerset Wildlife Trust

Carry on afterwards – Although the big count is for one week only, the team would love to see observations being logged all the time. If you haven’t already you can join the National Parks Lookwild project on iNaturalist and carry-on longer term as well. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/national-parks-uk-lookwild.

5. Somerset Activity Sports Partnership (SASP) –Unbreakable Men

This week is #MensHealthWeek and the SASP Unbreakable Men is an online project where the main aim is to raise awareness around Men’s Mental Health in Somerset.If you want to get involved simply download the Manual, watch the videos and get cracking on the Unbreakable Men challenges. Please click here to find out more information.

 6. Spark Somerset – Somerset Mental Health Hub – Networking Event

Thursday 30 June at 10.00am – 1.00pm

Bridgwater Rugby Club, TA6 4TZ

The Somerset Mental Health Hub is the leading voice for the local VCSE organisations working in the area of mental wellbeing. The aim is to provide a space for collaboration, peer support and learning and the opportunity to share your views with local commissioners and decision-makers. Join this live event for the chance to network with other groups and charities working to improve mental health and wellbeing in Somerset.

Please click here to find out more and register for this event.

7. Action Fraud –Tesco gift card scam emails

Action Fraud has received 172 reports this month about fake emails purporting to be from Tesco. The emails state that the recipient has been “selected” for the chance to win a £500 Tesco gift card. The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

  • Your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact them directly.
  • Spotted a suspicious email? Forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) – report@phisinh.gov.uk

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