Passengers using taxi’s licensed by Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Councils can be safe in the knowledge that all their drivers must now undertake mandatory safeguarding training.
The training is to improve public safety and identify potential risks to vulnerable adults and children. The training covers the following key areas:
- Understanding the need to protect vulnerable adults, young people and children
- Identifying possible victims of abuse and exploitation by understanding indicators of risk
- Identifying sources of advice and how to report concerns
- Understanding responsibilities in relation to personal safety and security
Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Street services, Councillor Brian-Murray-Carr said, “Drivers need to command the highest level of confidence before they transport passengers – especially those who may be vulnerable. It is essential that we take seriously our responsibility to determine whether someone is a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence.”
In addition, Councillor Michael Gordon, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Licensing at North East Derbyshire District Council said, “Everyone is becoming aware of the well-publicised issues relating to Child Sexual Exploitation. These are awful crimes, and we have a duty to assist the Taxi and Private Hire Trade and the public in tackling this issue and to protect those who are vulnerable. We need the help of taxi and private hire drivers and operators to identify those who commit these crimes and to identify vulnerable people who are at risk.”
The decision to introduce the training was made following the publication of the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the subsequent Casey report into Rotherham Council’s exercise of its functions on governance, children and young people, and taxi and private hire licensing.
Both reports indicated that licensed vehicles played a prominent role in the issues in Rotherham. As a key element of the local transport system, taxi and private hire drivers are well placed to identify vulnerable people who may need support.
The feedback received from the taxi trade so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
A taxi driver attending one of the sessions, said, “I welcome this training which will help me to identify signs that someone may be vulnerable and in need of help.”
We have increased our share of council tax by 2.99% for 2018-2019.
Councillors met on Wednesday 21 February 2018 and agreed the rise, which works out as a £4.97 increase for Band D households, equating to 9.5 pence per week.
With a budget requirement of £12.285m for next year, the extra £106,710 raised from this increase will help us continue to deliver good quality and efficient services such as leisure, waste and recycling and business growth and develop our partnership working to get best value from our services.
We have managed reductions in government grants since 2010 and need to find a funding shortfall of £1.183m up until 2022.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The decision has not been taken lightly and we have had some lengthy debates about it. Tough decisions have got to be made, but we have financial plans in place that show we are planning for the future, that we are a responsible Council and that we will continue to do our best to protect jobs and services.
“Since the austerity measures were introduced, we have taken a pro-active and well-managed approach of investing in our services to maximise income. Our Go! Active leisure facility, B@Home council house building programme and extension to the Tangent Business Hub are just three prime examples of where we invest in schemes so we can reap the long-term benefits.”
We are the billing authority, but only receive around 10pence of every pound of Council Tax collected, with the remaining 90pence going to the County Council, the Police and Fire authorities, Town and Parish Councils.
Households across the District are being reminded that their green bin collections are due to start again in early March 2018.
The green bin collections were suspended over the winter months as people are less active in the garden and there is little green waste being produced.
However, with spring on the horizon and people wanting to get back into their gardens the collections will start again.
Residents can place items such as leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, branches and prunings, grass mowings, weeds and cut flowers. They can also place cooked and raw food waste (peeling, bones, fish, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, etc) into their green bins as part of our efforts to improve recycling and composting across the area.
Residents are also asked not to put any black or burgundy bin type wastes in their green bin to help avoid contamination.
The green waste is taken to a composting facility where it is then turned into valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill. Materials can be used for recycling or composting, with the rest of the waste being used to generate heat and power instead of it just going into the ground.
Depending upon which week your bin is collected they will start again on either 6 or 13 March 2018.
Residents should check the waste and recycling calendars that where distributed before Christmas for their exact start dates.
We are on the lookout for the stars and unsung heroes of the sporting world from the past year.
Nominations for our 2018 ‘Bolsover District Sports Awards’ are now open where the aim is to recognise and reward the top local sportsmen, women, volunteers and clubs from across Bolsover District.
Once again we have teamed up with the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership to include more emphasis on schools and young people. The categories are split into two sections – Community and Schools – and with 33 awards such as Sportsperson of the Year, School Sport Organising Crew, Young Sports Leader and Lifetime Achievement Awards up for grabs, there is sure to be an award for you.
This could be anyone from a top athlete, coach, club or team, a school volunteer or Sports Leader who deserves to be recognised for their achievements and commitments during the past year (September 2017- up to August 2018).
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor John Ritchie said, “We have opened the nominations early to give people more time to put forward their choices and tell us why they feel a person or a team deserves to be recognised.
“These awards are our way of saying ‘well done’ and ‘congratulations’. You don’t have to be a world beater or have won every medal in your sport – as it is also about the enjoyment and contribution people make to sport in general that we want to acknowledge. So, if you know someone who you think deserves to be recognised, then get in touch with us and nominate them for an award.”
The deadline for nominations is 7 September 2018 and the awards ceremony will take place in October 2018.
Application forms will be sent to all sports clubs and schools in Bolsover District asking for nominations and they can also be picked up from the Council’s offices, by telephoning 01246 242366 or can be downloaded - Community Nomination Form - Schools and Young People Nomination Form - Eligibility criteria.