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Remember to register with reminders

Remember to register with reminders

Reminder forms are being sent to 14,431 voters across South Northamptonshire urging them to confirm or update their details on the electoral register.

Back in August, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) wrote to 40,309 properties across the area as part of the national electoral registration canvass which requires people to update their details every year.

Those who failed to respond will now be sent a reminder form asking them to confirm their details ahead of a door knocking campaign which will commence at the end of October. More »

Yvonne Rees, Returning Officer for South Northamptonshire, said: "We don't want anyone to miss the opportunity to update their details, so as well as receiving a form you may well meet one of our friendly officers knocking on your door.

"Forms can go missing or get hidden under piles of paperwork, so if you see it - fill it in!

"By updating your details not only are you getting the right to vote, it can also improve your credit rating.

"It is a legal requirement to keep your details up to date, so by taking action now you've got one less thing to worry about."

People can confirm or update their details online, by using the text or phone numbers provided or by returning a signed form in the enclosed self-addressed envelope.

Those who live in new-build properties may not have received a registration letter or reminder letter as the address may not have been included upon the system. Anyone who is unsure should contact the council directly to request a form or check if their details have been included.

From Friday, 27 October, electoral canvassers employed by SNC will begin a four week door knocking campaign to target properties which have not responded to either the original or reminder forms. The team will be identifiable by high visibility jackets and photographic identification containing the council's logo.

Anyone who has not received a form by Wednesday, 11 October should contact SNC by emailing elections@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk or by calling 01327 322128 to request a form to be sent out manually.

To register online, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote » Less

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:28 by Deborah Rush

Recycle Week lifts lid on blue bin contents

Recycle Week lifts lid on blue bin contents

This week is Recycle Week 2017 and South Northamptonshire Council's (SNC) recycling experts will be on the road promoting their green message.

The council is supporting national Recycle Week 2017, and the recycling team will be visiting Brackley Piazza on Wednesday, 27 September from 10am until 4pm and Farthinghoe Recycling and Reuse Centre on Saturday, 30 September from 9am until 5pm.

The team will be especially focussed on items which often miss out on going in the blue recycling bin, such as plastics from the bathroom and aerosol cans. Also during Recycle Week, additional blue bins will be on sale for the reduced price of £18. More »

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC's portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "This year's Recycle Week theme is 'Recycling – It's Worth It', highlighting what a tangible difference recycling can really make.

"The team will be on the road, doing their utmost to get the message out there that taking the time to recycle pays dividends to our lives and to the planet.

"If you see them, do go over and say hello, you might find out something new about recycling that could continue to help us all make a difference."

Recycle Week 2017 is promoted nationally by The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) under its brand Recycle Now and, during the week, the council will be sharing lots of the organisation's best facts and figures on its social media channels to encourage people to recycle more.

For more information on recycling in South Northamptonshire please visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.htm

For press enquiries please call 01327 322096 or email eleanor.roberts@southnorthants.gov.uk » Less

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:48 by Deborah Rush

Make a difference – become a foster carer with Northamptonshire County Council

Make a difference – become a foster carer with Northamptonshire County Council

Could you offer a looked after child a stable, loving home?

Northamptonshire County Council is looking to recruit more foster carers to provide homes for some of the 1,000 looked after children in the county.

There's a particular need to find loving families for sibling groups, older children and children with complex needs.

John Heron, of Northamptonshire County Council's fostering service, said: "Fostering a child can be challenging but our carers tell us it is also one of the most rewarding things they have ever done. More »

"All you need to make a great foster carer is the ability to be flexible, consistent, patient, tolerant and have an understanding of children's needs and development. A sense of humour definitely helps and a spare room in your home is essential.

"I would encourage anyone who has been thinking of becoming a foster carer to contact us for an informal chat to find out more."

There are many different types of fostering, including short term, permanent, emergency foster care, remand foster care, providing homes for siblings or even short breaks for parents of children with disabilities.

Northamptonshire County Council offers a full training and support package for its foster carers, and carers receive a competitive weekly payment which is higher than the government recommended rates.

There is no upper age limit for our foster carers, providing you have the physical and mental fitness to look after a child or young person, and you must have the time and living situation to foster a child or young person.

To find out more, visit www.fosterme.co.uk, call 0300 126 1009 or text FOSTER to 80010.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:25 by Deborah Rush

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