Support For Local Residents From Cambridgeshire Hearing Help

Cambridgeshire Hearing Help provides NHS hearing aid maintenance services for local residents who face barriers to accessing mainstream NHS audiology services because they are older, frail, have other disabilities and/or live in rural areas.

The charity runs 43 free community-based NHS hearing aid maintenance drop-in sessions across the county. At these sessions they will clean and re-tube your NHS hearing aids, supply you with NHS hearing aid batteries, and offer information/advice about hearing loss. All you need to do is find out what days and times your local sessions run, and drop-in. You do not need to make an appointment. For more information please visit: https://www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/core-services/community-nhs-hearing-aid-maintenance-sessions/

They also provide free home/residential home NHS hearing aid visits for those who are housebound or in a residential homes. They will clean and re-tube your NHS hearing aids, supply you with NHS hearing aid batteries, and offer information/advice about hearing loss, in your own home. Please contact them to arrange a visit.

Other free services they provide include:
– NHS hearing aid batteries by post
– Hearing loss awareness-raising talks to community groups
– Lip-reading classes in Cambridge & signposting to other classes
– ‘Living Well with Hearing Loss’ workshops for those with a newly acquired hearing loss
– Peer support & signposting to other peer support groups
– Rewarding volunteering roles

Visit their website for more information: www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk or contact them directly Tel: 01223 416141 Text: 07852 699196 Email: enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk Office opening hours: Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 1.30pm (closed bank holidays)

CHH A5 Signposting Booklet

St Neots Museum: New Exhibition ‘A State of Change’ – One Man’s View of the A14 Upgrade!

Please find enclosed a press release about a fabulous new exhibition at St Neots Museum. No photograph can do justice to the amazing paintings on display which, according to the Curator, have an amazing depth and warmth in real life! Do try and visit the Museum to see them. The Exhibition takes place from from 13th March til 27th April. Remember entrance to the Museum is free to Great Paxton residents.

St Neots Museum Curator Liz Davies says:
This exciting new exhibition by internationally known artist, Michael Murfin, reveals the massive civil engineering project that is the A14 upgrade, in all its complexity. Michael Murfin’s work is almost always rooted in the real world and the people who inhabit it. Whether looking up at the clouds, back to classical antiquity or observing men at work, his beautiful paintings are a masterclass in modern realism and his new paintings capture the dramatic tension of the A14 upgrade – a state of change indeed.
You can see more of Michael’s work on his website at:
http://www.michaelmurfinartist.com

St Neots Museum Michael Murfin PRESS 2019

Important News: A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Route Announcement

The latest information on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme is published below.
After consideration of the responses received during the consultation period led by Highways England, they have now announced the selected route for this scheme. To view more details on the selected route and to read their consultation report, please see the scheme web page that follows. Click on the heading to access.

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

Local Bus Services

The County Council has advised that bus services across Cambridgeshire will be discussed at their Economy and Environment Committee meeting this week (7th February). Whilst the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus review continues and options are worked on, both authorities consider that it is important that existing bus services are protected. So, from April, the County Council are proposing that all currently funded bus services should continue. The Combined Authority has also asked the County Council to continue providing bus service policy and delivery on its behalf for one more year while opportunities for radical reform of the network are explored.

You can read more here – www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/bus-services-set-to-continue-across-the-county

NALC Press Release

MEDIA RELEASE | PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY BACKS NALC CALL TO STRENGTHEN STANDARDS REGIME FOR 100,000 COUNCILLORS

A year-long Parliamentary inquiry into ethical standards in local government, published today (30 January), has backed calls from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) for reforms to the current regime aimed at improving behaviour in 10,000 local (parish and town) councils.

NALC has campaigned for a range of measures to be introduced to support high standards of conduct by its 100,000 local councillors, including the re-introduction of sanctions, greater emphasis on training and development, and a single code of conduct for all tiers of local government based on NALC’s own model code.

However, the national membership body – which represents the first tier of local government in England – has issued a plea to the Government to address the report’s failure to recommend and promote more councillor training and development. NALC has been pressing for greater encouragement and support for induction and regular refresher training for local councillors on standards, coupled with new investment in a national training programme.

Measures recommended in the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life report on ethical standards in local government, presented to the Prime Minister, include:

  • a new power for principal authorities, such as district and county councils, to suspend councillors from all tiers of local government
  • revised rules on declaring interests, gifts and hospitality
  • an updated model code of conduct, in consultation with representative bodies of councillors and officers of all tiers of local government
  • a right of appeal for suspended councillors to the Local Government Ombudsman
  • greater transparency about the number and nature of complaints.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “NALC is fully committed to promoting and supporting the highest standards of conduct by local councillors and officers in the first tier of local government, which is increasingly playing a bigger role in communities including the delivery of public services and community facilities.

“Since the Localism Act was introduced in 2010, NALC has long-called for its review, including the standards regime it introduced, and therefore strongly welcomed this inquiry into local government ethical standards.

“Whilst the present regime is not fundamentally flawed, it does require some strengthening, therefore I am pleased the Committee on Standards in Public Life has listened to the concerns of NALC, county associations of local councils, and local councils themselves.

“The Committee rightly acknowledges it is a minority of local councillors who engage in bullying or harassment, or other highly disruptive behaviour, therefore NALC is delighted the Committee agrees with our proposal for the regime to have more teeth through the re-introduction of sanctions for breaches of the code.

“However, NALC is bitterly disappointed at the report’s failure to support local councillors by helping them develop a better understanding of the standards regime through councillor training such as induction and regular refresher training. That is why I am urging the government to go further and work with NALC to encourage and support training for local councillors, and to provide investment to support a national training programme comprising a range of initiatives including a member development charter. Such investment could come from existing funding into local government improvement.

“We support the recommendation to develop an updated model code of conduct to reflect the proposed changes, but given over half of local councils and many principal authorities use NALC’s model code of conduct, this should be the foundation for the development of an updated model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. NALC looks forward to further dialogue and engagement with the Committee and the government over taking forward the report’s recommendations.”

 

More information and contact

Justin Griggs, head of policy and communications, on 020 7290 0317 or 07894 937885 or email justin.griggs@nalc.gov.uk