County Councillor Barry Stone reports, July 2016

Barry Stone – County Councillor for the Loddon Division
Parish Council Report – July 2016

Key Issues

Devolution Update
A final proposal for devolution has been agreed by the leaders of the 16 authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk which has replaced the original deal including Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Norfolk County Council endorsed this deal on Monday 27th June and South Norfolk Council has their special council meeting on Thursday 30th June. Providing the other 14 councils also endorse the offer it will be submitted for public consultation starting on the 4th July.

The main points of the deal are as follows:

The Deal – in summary

  • £25m a year single pot for the next 30 years
  • £130m Housing Investment in total allocated over five years
  • A guaranteed £225m annual transport budget for the next five years
  • Control of an existing c£20m a year Adult skills funding
  • Control of an existing c£2m a year Apprenticeship Grant for Employers
  • More control and influence over investment in key roads across Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Norfolk and Suffolk wide approach to flood & coastal risk management

The Scheme of Governance – in summary

  • Combined Authority & Directly Elected Mayor in place by May 2017
  • Elected Mayor will act as Combined Authority Chairman
  • Each authority and LEP will have one representative on the Combined Authority
  • Mayor and Combined Authority role and responsibilities will be developed and agreed by all authorities covered by the Deal.

Norfolk County Council will be sending an information leaflet to every household to help residents to have all the facts and then direct then to the online survey. If it would be helpful to call a public meeting to further explain the devolution deal I would be happy to come along and answer any questions that residents may still have.

Boundary Review
The Boundary Commission has agreed to the proposal from South Norfolk to allow the Council to move forward by retaining 46 councillors. This means that each councillor will look after approximately 2500 electors each. The next stage is for the Boundary Commission to evaluate the actual boundaries and numbers for each ward and where necessary re-draw these boundaries. There is a proviso, however, that the new boundaries will not cross Parish boundaries.

Safeguarding adult work
Parish and town councils play a vital role in safeguarding adult work, and are key partners in helping to make Norfolk a safer place.  To support ongoing links with parish and town council colleagues, NSAB is hosting two partnerships events, one in September and another in November this year.  You are very welcome to attend (please see the attached flyer).

Carer’s emergency card
If you are caring for someone, it is important that you get a Carer’s Emergency Card to ensure that that person will be safe if you are caught up in an emergency.

How to get a card
Create your Carer’s Emergency Plan by phoning the Carers Helpline on 0808 808 9876 or Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 (textphone 0344 800 8011). You will be sent a Carer’s Emergency Card, which you should carry. The card clearly states that you are a carer and that someone is relying on you to keep them safe and well. It also has your Emergency Plan number on it and the emergency helpline number 0344 800 8020.

What happens in an emergency?
You, or someone on your behalf, should ring the emergency helpline number 0344 800 8020 and give the number of your Emergency Plan.

Your named emergency contacts will be contacted to help by the emergency helpline service.

The service will help even if the named contacts cannot be reached, or you do not have any people who can help nearby. Care workers will provide an initial response, to allow enough time to plan what will need to happen next.

What is an emergency?
Examples include:

  • You (or someone close to you) are taken ill or have had an emergency
  • You have had an accident or your car has broken down

The emergency services know what to do if they see your Carer’s Emergency Card.


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