Zetland FM Local News - 10th December 2022
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is proposing measures which would address a multi-million pound budget gap next year caused by inflation and service demand;
The Council’s Health Visiting and School Nursing Service has received a good rating across the board in an independent inspection;
...and Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging its residents to put fire safety at the top of their Christmas list this year.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is proposing measures which would address a multi-million pound budget gap next year caused by inflation and service demand.
The Council faces the shortfall due to an announcement by the Government that local authority funding for 2023/2024 – which is expected to be confirmed next month – won’t reflect the current high level of inflation.
The Council is also experiencing a huge increase in demand for services – especially in social care – and the cost of providing these services has risen sharply.
If approved, the way some services are provided would change and some charges would be introduced, or increased.
It is also proposed to increase Council Tax by 1.99% and the Adult Social Care precept by 2% which, combined, is 1% below the increase assumed by national government.
Full details of the proposals are available aon the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council website.
The Council’s Health Visiting and School Nursing Service has received a good rating across the board in an independent inspection.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission made an unannounced inspection over two days and spoke to staff, patients and partner organisations and went on to give ‘good’ ratings across all five key areas of the service.
The CQC report said staff treated children, young people and their families, “with compassion and kindness,” and “staff involved children, young people and their families to understand the service and make decisions about their care and treatment.”
It also said the service, “planned and provided care to meet the needs of the local people and the communities served,” “staff felt respected, supported and valued” and the leadership team, “had the skills and abilities to run the service.”
Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging its residents to put fire safety at the top of their Christmas list this year.
The safety message comes after it was revealed that over the Christmas period last year almost a third of all fires in the home were related to cooking, followed closely by electrical issues and radiated heat.
While fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant.
Therefore, Cleveland Fire Brigade is asking people to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that their families and loved ones are protected from fire.
The public are being advised to look out for any potential hazards in the home to reduce the risk of fire.
Ensure you test your smoke alarms, switch off fairy lights before going to bed, don’t overload sockets, place candles in suitable holders and away from curtains and never leave cooking unattended.