Message from our councillors re Student Changeover

An update on Student Changeover, the period when many students in the area all move house.
We have had 6 enforcement Officers patrolling the whole area from 8am until 4pm since 20th June. They have been advising residents on what to do with waste, handing out warnings for presenting waste in the street and issuing fines where necessary.
This is planned to be continuing until 6th July by which time the vast majority of people moving house in this period will have done so.
We have been working on educating students, landlords and letting agents since the beginning of this year in preparation for this student changeover period.
In regards to waste clearance we have put in as much extra resource in Headingley, Hyde park and Woodhouse as possible – obviously yesterday and today are the days when most people move so we should be reaching a peak with everything improving over the next few days.
Our Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team operatives are working up until 7pm every day in this period, doing extra hours to alleviate as much pressure as possible.
As local Councillors we too are supplementing this with ward walks and reporting in flytipping and waste – we are also reporting in all that is sent to us over email or text.
If you are moving, please do not leave items out on your wall or in the street in the hope that people will want to take your things. 95% of these sort of items will not get taken and then the rest becomes illegal flytipping.
Please dispose of your waste properly, either through acknowledged donation channels or thrown away properly.
There is a huge amount to get through, so please bear with us over the next few days, and do contact us if you think there’s a street or area being missed. And thank you to all those residents for their patience in this annual difficult period!
Cllrs Walshaw, Pryor & Garthwaite

al.garthwaite@leeds.gov.uk

jonathan.pryor@leeds.gov.uk

neil.walshaw@leeds.gov.uk

Insect Hotel at Woodhouse

It was lovely to see this amazing insect hotel in the garden at Woodhouse Community Centre. It was created by the Inkwell gardening group using lots of natural and found materials, this insect hotel is the perfect home for all our beautiful bugs and perfect pollinators!

The gardening group meet on Thursday mornings 10am – 11.30am – new members welcome

Deadline for Leeds Council Tax/Energy Rebates

Friday 24th June – 5pm

Help us to help you – that’s the message from Leeds City Council to people in Leeds who have yet to make their application for a council tax rebate payment.

All households in Council Tax Band A-D have been entitled to a £150 payment as part of the Government’s response to rising energy bills.

This applies even if you do not pay council tax because of receiving full council tax support (benefit) or are exempt for another reason.

All who pay council tax by direct debit should have automatically received this payment into their bank accounts

Those who do not pay by direct debit (including those who do not pay at all) have been able to claim via an online form since 4th April. But latest figures show that around two-thirds of Leeds’s 120,000 non-direct debit households have not yet applied.

The claim form can be found here: www.leeds.gov.uk/council-tax/£150-council-tax-rebate. Staff at the council’s community hubs can help you with this process if you need it.

Also, here at Caring Together, we have been helping lots of our members to complete these applications and you can contact us if you haven’t applied yet and need some help.

Later in the year the council does plan to issue vouchers or a credit to council tax bills for those who have not received the rebate but crucially, those who proactively apply before 5pm on June 24 will get their rebate more quickly.

Litter Free Leeds

Leeds Goes Purple

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Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June

Have you seen those purple bin bags dotted around your area?

If you didn’t know, they’re being filled up by local people who are doing litter picks in your area as part of Litter Free Leeds.

We all know litter is an eyesore and can be a danger to wildlife and pets. Each year 60,000 bags of litter are collected in Leeds by people ranging from individuals, families doing a quick pick as part of a day out or dog walk, to organised groups and even businesses wanting to do something to make a difference in their area.

Litter Free Leeds is organising a ‘Leeds Goes Purple’ weekend starting today and running until Sunday 12th June to celebrate the contributions being made across the city and to spread the news to anyone who wants to join in and do their bit in and around their local communities.

If you want to join in, contact your local group – Woodhouse Womblers – oracy@ymail.com to get your purple bags.

New Measures to help with cost of living

The government has announced further measures to help with the ongoing cost of living crisis, and in particular rising fuel bills

All households will get £400 cut from the fuel bill in October, this is replacing the £200 ‘loan payment’ proposed earlier and it will not have to be repaid.  It will be credited to your electricity bill (if you are on a prepayment meter this is likely to be paid in top-up vouchers).

In addition, people over State Pension age (on 26th September 2022)  will be paid an extra £300 on top of the existing Winter Fuel Allowance.  This should be paid directly into your bank account in November or December

Households in receipt of means tested benefits will receive £650, to be paid in two instalments, one in July and one in the autumn.  This will apply to you if you get: Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support,  Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit. 

A £150 disability cost of living payment will be made in September to those receiving non-means tested disability benefits—Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Scottish Disability Benefits, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Constant Attendance Allowance, War Pension Mobility Supplement.

You do not need to claim any of these—they should be paid automatically to you.  You  will receive all of the payments you qualify for and they do not affect any other benefits and are not taxable.  They are all intended as one off measures for this year only.

This is in addition to the £150 paid via Council Tax that many people will have already received. All households in band A-D qualify for this even if you do not pay any council tax because you get full council tax support or are exempt for another reason.  If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit this should have already been paid into your bank account.  People who don’t pay by direct debit needed to claim this payment online at www.leeds.gov.uk/council-tax/£150-council-tax-rebate.  Caring Together have helped many  members to claim this but if you still haven’t claimed please get in touch with us if you need assistance to do so.

The household support fund has also been increased, and extended to March 2023.  This is money paid to local councils to help them support those most in need, with rising cost of food, energy, and water bills. You may be able to get help from this if you do not qualify for the other measures.  You can contact Leeds Welfare Support on 0113 376 0330.

If you are struggling, please ask for help. Caring Together can help our members to look at the options and to access the support that is available so please contact us.  Even if you are not a member, we can try and put you in touch with the organisations that can offer help.

Do you know the signs of dementia?

“It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill”

It’s Dementia Action Week and this year’s campaign will focus on the theme of diagnosis.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that the misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis.

With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, we want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to come to us for guidance and support and feel empowered to take the next step.

Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but we believe it’s better to know. And so do 91% of people affected by dementia.

Forgetting things from time to time is usually normal. But if memory loss is affecting your daily life, it’s a good idea to seek help. The Alzheimer’s Society can give you advice to help you understand if your symptoms are related to dementia. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/symptoms-and-diagnosis/memory-loss-dementia-diagnosis

Corn Exchange Celebration Event

If you fancy going to see what the area around the Corn Exchange looks like now after all the regeneration work has been done tomorrow is a good time to go:

There’s an event celebrating the launch of the Corn Exchange’s new surroundings. It’s at the Corn Exchange from 11am – 4pm and there’s a variety of entertainment, including:

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🎵 Live music

💃 Dance performances

🎭 Street entertainers

🎨 Children’s face painting

And much more

Nearly 1,750 square metres of public realm has been created outside the Corn Exchange by upgrading two existing pedestrian areas and removing the stretch of Call Lane that runs between New Market Street and Crown Street. New seating, trees and sandstone paving are among the design features contributing to the welcoming nature of an accessible space that can be enjoyed day-to-day by shoppers, workers, local residents and visitors alike.

Local Elections Today – make sure your vote counts

Today is the day for local elections in Leeds!

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If you opted for a postal vote, you will probably already have returned it by post, however, if not, you can hand it in at your polling station up to 10pm today (see link below to find your polling station)

If you are voting in person, polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm today so there’s plenty of time to get your vote in.

Your polling station will be on the voting card you received a while ago and you are advised to check it as the polling station might have changed.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE YOUR POLLING CARD IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. So if you don’t have it you can still go along and cast your vote (it might make it quicker if you can take it though)

You can check where you need to go here: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/

Make Sure You Get Your £150 Energy/Council Tax Rebate

(But check you haven’t received it twice 😊)

An error with the payments means that some people may have had this paid into their bank account twice. If this has happened to you, please make sure you leave the money untouched as the council WILL be recovering it.

LCC have said

“We are aware that a significant number (25,000) of council tax rebate payments have been duplicated, meaning some residents have received the payment twice.

“This is due to a process error where the same payment file was incorrectly processed twice after it was initially rejected by the bank. We are working with our bank to recover the duplicate payments so that the situation can be rectified as soon as possible.

“We would advise residents to check relevant accounts and bear in mind that duplicate payments will be recovered.”

“We would like to apologise for any confusion or inconvenience the duplicate payments may have caused. Our officers have worked hard to ensure residents receive the £150 rebate as quickly as possible, and 120,000 payments have been made correctly.”

Everyone who is responsible for the council tax in a property rated A-D is entitled to the £150 government payment to help with energy bills even if you don’t actually pay any Council Tax because you receive full council tax support (benefit). Unless you pay Council Tax by direct debit you will need to claim this by filling in the form at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/council-tax/%C2%A3150-council-tax-rebate. Caring Together can help members with this if needed.

If you have claimed, or pay by direct debit, and haven’t received payment yet – it is expected to take about 4 weeks to process claims. Payments for direct debit customers are staggered but should all be paid by mid May.