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A brand new activity for the village hall. Kelly starts her Mother, Baby and Toddler group on Monday 19th November. Sessions for babies , toddlers and pre-school. Lots of fun with music and activities. For information call Kelly on 07739 728 531.
Police funding is an important topic both nationally and particularly in Essex. There is always a demand for greater police visibility by the public – it’s a very clear message I receive via correspondence from residents and businesses and from comments made at my regular public meetings held throughout the county. As Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner I have to set a budget for Essex Police that enables the Chief Constable to deliver the best possible policing service that the public of Essex deserve.
Funding for Essex Police comes from two sources – central Government and local Council Tax. Taking these two funding sources into account, Essex Police receives the second lowest funding per resident of any police force in the country and has one of the lowest Council Tax precepts for policing. Next year we are also expecting significant additional costs from increases in police officer pay, higher insurance costs and changes to police officer pensions. There will also be costs as a result of extending the police’s Airwave radio system due to delays in the roll out of the National Emergency Services Communication Programme.
Last year, I carried out a public survey which received more than 5,000 responses. Approximately two thirds of the people who answered (65 per cent) said they would be prepared to see the police element of local Council Tax increased by more than two per cent so more money could be made available for policing in Essex. More than half were prepared to pay up to £20 more per year.
In light of the results from last year’s survey, I raised the policing element of the Council Tax by up to £12, or £1 a month, for a Band D property. This increase, as part of the £450 million in police funding secured nationally from the Government last year, allowed Essex Police to recruit 150 more frontline officers, bringing the total amount of Essex Police officers to at least 3,000. These additional officers are being recruited and trained and will be arriving in local communities by February 2019.
Prior to the setting of the policing precept for 2019-2020, I am again asking for residents’ views to help inform my approach. This survey was launched today (Tuesday, November 6) and I would ask you to encourage as many people as possible to complete it.
People can fill in the survey online via this link http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/policing-precept-survey-2018/
Hard copies are also available. People can contact my office on 01245 291600 or email email@example.com to request a copy. People can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.
The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 27.
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Scheme to combat loneliness launches in the Braintree District
MeetUpMondays is a ‘loneliness busting’, simple idea that actually has the capacity to change lives.
Local cafes, restaurants and pubs are urged to offer a couple of hours of free toast (or whatever they choose) and a cuppa to people who are fed up with their own company; whether you are a new mum, or have just moved to the area, or are retired. The meet up is for anyone and gives people a chance to meet others and connect more with their community.
Businesses are being encouraged to invite people into a warm and friendly environment where they know they are welcome and will not stand out as being alone. Businesses may also consider offering a table quiz or some games as an ice breaker to encourage introductions and let the chatter happen.
The first ‘Meet Up Mondays’ in the Braintree District will launch on Monday 29th October at Cool Beans in the Gardens at Braintree and Bocking Gardens from 9.30am-11.30am. Residents will be offered one free drink and table games will be available. The owner of Cool Beans, Rachel McMillan, is looking forward to launching the scheme, “I am proud to be the first venue in the district to offer Meet Up Mondays. We are a commercial business but we are a local business and we want to embed ourselves within our community. We are open anyway and a few extra cups of tea is something I am more than happy to offer if we can do our bit to help combat an important health issue such as loneliness.”
Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health & Communities said, “In the same week the Prime Minister launches the Government’s first loneliness strategy we recognize the importance of trying to combat this problem in our own district. Three quarters of GPs surveyed have said they are seeing between one and five people a day suffering with loneliness, which is linked to a range of damaging health impacts, like heart disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Research shows that loneliness is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2015). Around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month. By supporting businesses to open up their doors they are giving residents the opportunity to return at any time rather than just waiting for the next meet up.”
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THE POLICE, FIRE & CRIME COMMISSIONER WANTS TO LISTEN TO YOU!
WHEN? 6TH NOVEMBER 2018
WHERE? BRAINTREE TOWN HALL
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