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Leicestershire County Council's Cabinet has agreed the new Leicestershire Communities Strategy at its meeting in November 2014. The Strategy sets out a new, enabling approach to working with Leicestershire communities. It is based around three priorities and eight building blocks. The three priorities are: 1. To unlock the capacity of communities to support themselves and vulnerable individuals and families. 2. To support communities to work in partnership to design and deliver services, including those currently delivered by the council. 3. To develop voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations as effective...
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Leicestershire County Council has prepared a draft budget for the next four years (2015-2019). Members of the public are invited to comment on the draft budget by 12 January 2015. Leicestershire County Council will meet to consider the final budget proposals on 18 February 2015. Further details about the proposed budget can be obtained here.

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Richmond Fellowship has been awarded the contract by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust to provide mental health crisis services to support people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The service will provide short-term intensive support for individuals who need additional help during times of mental health crisis. The service will include access to telephone and face-to-face support in times of crisis as well as facilities to accommodate short residential stays for people who might otherwise be admitted to hospital. The new service is due to launch in January 2015. Further information can...
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Charnwood Connect participated enthusiastically, albeit with some trepidation, in the Donington Park Half Marathon on Sunday 23 November organised by one of our partners, Living Without Abuse.  All proceeds went to LWA, a charity offering support to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. Despite the rain and the chilly conditions there was a good turnout of runners and supporters.  Well done to LWA for a well organised event and congratulations to all the runners who took part! More photos and further information about LWA can...
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‘How many times’ is a joint campaign between Leicester City Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire, Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council. It is a new campaign to encourage survivors of domestic and sexual violence to get help and support. The campaign has been created with the input of survivors of violence and responds to national research that shows women will experience 36 incidents of abuse before seeking help. Its aim is to increase awareness of dedicated helplines and support services on...
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  The Work and Pensions Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into benefits sanctions policy.  Summary submissions are invited from interested organisations and individuals and the Committee is particularly interested in hearing about issues such as:  the appropriateness and proportionality of Employment and Support Allowance for jobseekers with ill health and disabilities; whether some groups of ESA and JSA claimants are disproportionately sanctioned; the purpose and effects of benefits sanctions; current sanctions regimes and evidence that they are working. Guidance on making a submission can be found here.    

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Working in partnership with a number of other voluntary and community organisations, the Equality and Diversity Forum has developed an equality and diversity framework. The framework is intended to help community and voluntary sector organisations to incorporate equality and human rights more effectively into their work and has guidance on elements such as performance assessment, planning ahead and tracking progress. Apart from enabling organisations to integrate and realise their equality and human rights commitments, the framework aims to spark discussion and raise staff awareness on these issues. The framework can...
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Leicestershire County Council (LCC) has announced a consultation on Leicestershire Welfare Provision (LWP) from April 2015. The consultation is about proposed changes to LWP from April 2015 if there is no further government funding for this service. LWP helps the most vulnerable people who are either facing an emergency or need support with settling into a new place. When a person makes an application for this service, depending on their individual situation and circumstances, they may be eligible for financial help. Government funding for direct support to vulnerable people in crisis may be...
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The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has won a test case on behalf of three vulnerable women in financial need who were charged a higher rate of council tax by their local authority because they had moved into the area only recently.  Until 2013, people on low income had been able to claim help with paying their council tax through council tax benefit.  In April 2013, the Government abolished council tax benefit and replaced it with local schemes set up and run by local authorities.  Each local authority had to...
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Healthwatch Leicestershire is an independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of local people who use or are concerned about health and social care services. Healthcare Leicestershire is one of 152 community-focused Healthwatches from around the country, together forming the Healthwatch England network. Between September – December 2014 Healthwatch will be out in communities listening to the experiences of service users and local communities. The hope is to engage with user groups, social groups, forums, luncheon clubs and different community organisations to capture and better understand the...
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