Who’s exempt from council tax ?

 There are a number of reasons why someone could be exempt from council tax. If someone’s severely mentally impaired,they will be exempt  if both of the following apply. You have to be medically certified as being severely mentally impaired.  If you have Dementia,Parkinson’s severe learning difficulties or had a Stroke. They’re eligible for at least one of the following benefits: ( these aren’t all means-tested, and you don’t actually need to claim any benefits to get the discount). -Attendance allowance under the Sec 64 of the Social Security Contributions & Benefits Act -Severe disablement allowance -The highest or middle rate of the care component of a disability living allowance –[…]

Hundreds of #Peterborough residents call for Council to #ScrapTheMayorsCar

Just in case anyone had forgotten, allow me to remind you what the Conservatives nationally and locallyhave been saying for several months now, after each and every austerity action, that “we are all in this together!” But, are we really? You can add YOUR support to the on-line campaign by VISITING HERE! The Tories at the Town Hall have recently awarded themselves a brand new jag for their ex-Leader and now Mayor, Cllr John Peach. It’s costing thousands of pounds a year to have (not including petrol or staff time), but luckily, the local Conservatives do not have to pay for it, thankfully that’s all covered for by the goodo[…]

Bonus for buses at Council budget meeting

New bus services could be running in Peterborough as early as October, following a successful budget amendment moved by Lib Dem Councillors on Peterborough City Council, at the latest budget meeting of Full Council. A cross party working group is to be set up to look at areas of the city which don’t have adequate bus services, following a cut in bus subsidy by over 50% by the Tory administration two years ago. If the working group’s recommendations are agreed, up to £75,000 could be allocated from council contingency reserves to pay for the new services. Also in the budget, Lib Dem intervention helped to stop a barmy proposal by[…]

Peterborough to become part of Cambridgeshire County Council?

There’ll no doubt be one or two questions amongst councillors after the Local Government Chronicle reported talks had taken place between the leaders of Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, regarding the possibility of amalgamating the two authorities. As some may remember, in 1998 Peterborough became autonomous of Cambridgeshire county council as a unitary authority, 17 years on, its seems there planning of reverting back? Q: A sensible idea or a complete and costly backwards step? In the article, it stated: “Cambridgeshire leader Steve Count (Con) said talks had taken place with Peterborough City Council about potentially forming a combined authority.” What do YOU think? Please post a comment below!  

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Good news on lighting and MUGA in #Walton

At the recent meeting of Full Council in the town Hall, Cllr Nick Sandford asked a question on the state of street lighting in Walton. He spoke about the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Mountsteven Avenue where the lighting has only just been repaired after a year out of action! Nick also asked the cabinet member responsible what can be done about the lights on and near the Rhubarb Bridge,  many of which had been not working for over three months! Nick said: “Its amazing what asking a question at a public meeting can do. Within days I had several council officers contacting me about the problems.  The MUGA is[…]

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Tory policy vacuum stops powers being passed back to people

A radical decentralisation of power to local communities is one possible answer to Peterborough City Council’s mounting budget crisis, says Lib Dem group leader Cllr Nick Sandford. The Council has to make savings of £22 million on its budget next year. The Government is encouraging Councils to give power back to local communities and give them responsibility for local spending decisions. Parish and community councils are not subject to Government budget capping and can raise money for local services through precepts on the Council tax. After attending a meeting (in private) at the Town Hall to discuss budget savings, Nick said: “The Tory administration says they are going to consult[…]

Would YOU like to become a City Councillor?

The Liberal Democrats have a strong and proud tradition in local government. For the Peterborough Liberal Democrats, local government is key – localism, community politics, and a real commitment to devolved power are all hallmarks of the Liberal Democrat approach. We pride ourselves on working hard “all year round, not just at election time”. If you’d LIKE to register YOUR interest in becoming a local city councillor for your area please CLICK HERE! “Every month, Liberal Democrats in Peterborough knock on hundreds of doors, deliver Focus leaflets, attend community meetings, and speak to residents to find out what local issues people really care about and how we can help them[…]

Nominations open for Peterborough’s first Civic Awards

Do you know a young person who has gone out of their way to help someone in their community? Or perhaps you know someone who volunteers their time to bring the community together? Peterborough City Council has launched its new Civic Awards to recognise residents, groups, organisations and businesses who have made a real difference to their local community.  The city council is asking people to nominate individuals or groups they think deserve to be recognised for their efforts and achievements. The categories for the awards are as follows: Young Person Lifetime Achievement Community Involvement Business Environment Contribution to Art and Culture Contribution to Sport Anyone can nominate a resident,[…]

Watch local Lib Dem group leaders explain why they opposed Cereste “coup” at Council

At the latest Annual Council meeting, an attempt was made by Cllr David Harrington (Indp, Newborough) and leader of the Peterborough Independent Forum (which now includes 3 UKIP councillors) to oust Tory leader Cllr Cereste, through a formal motion to the Council at the town hall. The best bit was, the intention to replace Cllr Cereste with ………… himself! The attempt FAILED with 32 councillors voting against the motion, 14 supporting it and 10 abstained from voting. ALL four Lib Dem city councillors voted against the motion! You can watch what Cllr Nick Sandford, group leader of the Peterborough Liberal Democrats council group, had to say on the matter by[…]

Lib Dem councillors hand in BROWN BIN tax petition

At the latest meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, Liberal Democrat City Councillors handed in a petition opposing the Conservative controlled council’s decision to charge local residents to have their brown bin collected. Commenting, Cllr Darren Fower said: “It’s just ridiculous! Its another Tory scheme that’s failed, and now they want you to pay for their mistakes. Their ability to deal with waste has meant that processing Garden Waste has not been properly dealt with and now this extra charge, on top of your council tax bill, could see more people simply placing their garden waste into their black bins. “This will mean that it will be disposed[…]