Compulsory Dog Microchipping - are you ready?
Dog owners across the District are being reminded that new legislation will come into force on 6 April 2016, meaning that their pet must be micro-chipped in addition to wearing a collar and tag.
We have done a lot of work over the past few years to educate people and get them prepared for this change in the law, so it is important that dog owners are ready.
The new legislation will improve animal welfare by making it easier to return a stray dog to its owner and also will help to deter dog theft.
Owners will need to:
- Have their dog micro-chipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available;
- Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away;
- Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip databases.
The microchip, the size of a small piece of rice, is inserted in between the dog’s shoulder blades and coded with the owner’s details. Any owner who does not comply could face fines of up to £500.
We provide a microchipping service in addition to most veterinary practices and to arrange for your dog to be microchipped, please contact the Dog Warden on 01246 242424. For a limited period only, if your dog wears a collar and tag inscribed with the owners details, we are able to microchip your dog free (on a first come first served basis).
Date issued: 14 March 2016
Below Inflation Rate Council Tax Increase for Bolsover DC
We have set a below-inflation rise, equivalent to 4 pence a week for a Band A property, to our portion of the Council tax bill.
Councillors took the difficult decision to increase our portion of the Council Tax bill by 1.95% in 2016/17 – the first rise since April 2010.
The increase was necessary to cover the further reductions in government grant, following the Local Government Finance Settlement in December 2015.
For next year, Central Government has cut our Revenue Support Grant by £0.645m and has withdrawn its financial incentives to those Councils which do not increase Council Tax.
There are further cuts in Revenue Support Grant of £0.550m from April 2017and £0.350m from April 2018. As part of its Localism Agenda the Government has made it clear that more costs will need to be picked up locally by authorities.
While we have taken action both to reduce our expenditure and to increase locally generated revenue, it is facing financial shortfalls of nearly £100,000 next year, rising to an identified shortfall of £1.4m in two years time.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The decision to raise Council Tax has been a difficult one which has required us to balance the impact upon households who are struggling financially, against the need to continue to provide good quality services to our local communities.”
It means residents living in a Band A property will now pay £107.49 for 2016/17 – an annual rise of £2.06 – towards the cost of district council services, while people in a Band D property will pay £161.23 a year, an annual rise of £3.08.
Councillor Syrett continued, “We have managed our finances well over the past few years but the continuous reduction in our funding meant we had to take account of both the need to balance our budget and provide a range of services including supporting job and wealth creation, improving our towns and villages, collecting waste, keeping our streets clean, providing leisure, planning, housing and supporting vulnerable residents.”
The Council Tax bill is made up of the following precepts:
- Derbyshire County Council – 68 %
- Derbyshire County Council : Adult Social Care – 1%
- Parish Councils – 7 %
- Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner – 10 %
- Derbyshire Fire and Rescue – 4 %
- Bolsover District Council – 10 %
Date issued: 7 March 2016
Devolution Deal Update
School Pupils Row For Rio
Thousands of school children joined Olympic Gold medal rower Zac Purchase at Bolsover Castle recently to launch a ‘Row to Rio’ challenge.
Over 10,000 children from 44 schools across the area are aiming to row the distance from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in just 88 days.
The schools will receive 4 rowing machines for 2 days each and will be aiming to jointly cover the 5,830 miles.
A fun chart will be displayed where the children can track how far they have travelled in the form of a boat/Rio logo which shows the start and finish destination and how the school has contributed towards the end goal.
The challenge is a partnership between ourselves and Bolsover School Sport Partnership that aims to run alongside the popular Five 60 programme and tackle inactivity and childhood obesity in schools.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “Tackling inactivity and childhood obesity is a national issue but by giving children challenges such as this to do it adds a fun element and is something they want to do rather than having to do it.
“We were delighted that Zac could come and help us launch the challenge and all the kids were in awe of him and his medals. I mean who knows he may have inspired them so much that we have a future Olympic champion sat right here today.”
School Sport Partnership’s Development Manager, John Barker said, “The Olympics provide a wonderful opportunity for us to engage and inspire young people in our district to get active in sport.
“This initiative launches links between School Sport Partnership and the Rio Olympic Games. We will use the values of the Olympics to create physical and learning opportunities.
“It is great that such a renowned Olympian such as Zac can help us in our efforts.” Thanks also goes to Physical Activity Development Co-ordinator, Craig Barnes, who set up this challenge on behalf of Bolsover District Council and School Sport Partnership.”
Olympic Gold medal rower, Zac Purchase said “It’s fantastic to get 44 schools involved in this challenge to promote a healthier lifestyle and what better way of doing it than rowing all the way to the Olympics Games in Rio!”
Each school will record their distance and the school with the farthest recorded distance will receive a prize.
The challenge will officially start on 7 March and finish on 15 July 2016.
Date issued: 26 February 2016