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Advertise your business or event If you’re looking for alternative ways to promote your business or upcoming event then consider sponsoring one of the city council’s roundabouts or advertising on lamp posts. Sponsoring one or more of our roundabouts is an effective way to place your business name and message in highly visible locations across the city for thousands of motorists to see 365 days a year. Prices for a minimum year commitment vary depending on the location and size of the roundabout, but on average your message can be seen for just £4 a day. Roundabout sponsorship can be accompanied by advertising your message on lamp post banners. Pricing is determined by the number of lamp posts you’d like to advertise on and the duration of your campaign. For more information about roundabout sponsorship, email email@example.com For lamp post advertising, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with the community to tackle: Anti-social behaviour ● Violent crime Domestic abuse ● Sexual offences Hate crime ● Road safety Drug and alcohol misuse
Peterborough Together. Supporting victims, reducing crime, building safe and confident communities. For more information visit www.saferpeterborough.co.uk
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Good for the environment and money-saving too, that’s recycling! Did you know that hundreds of thousands of pounds can be saved if we all continue to improve the way we re-use and recycle waste? Better waste disposal and more recycling is not just good for the environment, it means a significant financial boost for our city too. Peterborough is already on the map for its aspiration to be the environmental capital of the UK, leading the way with the opening of the Energy Recovery Facility in Fengate last year. This sees all non-recyclable waste turned into electricity - enough to power over 16,000 homes and save up to a £1million a year. But we’re hoping residents will help us take it one step further by achieving a 65 per cent plus target by 2020. This is our commitment to recycle, compost or recover more than 65 per cent of discarded household and garden materials and use the remaining materials as a fuel for local use. There’s loads of information on our website about how, where, when and what you can recycle, but here’s a brief reminder: Food waste caddy - this can be used for any type of waste food excluding liquids and is collected every week on your usual collection day.
Black bin - nappies, black bags, polystyrene, shredded or tissue paper.
Green bin - plastics (including bags), foil, metal, paper, cartons and glass. Help us by swilling any dirty items first and putting them in the bin clean.
Small household and bulky items - For a small fee the council collects small household items. Larger items can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre on Welland Road.
Brown bin - garden waste including leaves, trimmings, old flowers and plants, windfall fruit. Find out more on page 10.
See the website for more on what these categories cover and the items you can’t include www.peterborough.gov.uk/WhichBin
New community benefit fund Operators of the state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) Viridor have launched a new fund to benefit local community good causes. The Viridor in Peterborough Community Benefit Fund sees £20,000 up for grabs each year for organisations running community-led projects in the area.
Applying is easy, just visit www.viridor.co.uk. The £20,000 will also be supplemented with £1 for every non-Peterborough City Council tonne of waste brought to the ERF.
What’s it all about: Devolution, the Combined Authority and your Mayor There has been much talk recently about ‘devolution’, ‘the Combined Authority’ and a ‘Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’. Ahead of the mayoral election which takes place on 4 May, we’ve brought together a guide to explain what’s happened so far and why you should make your vote count. Through a process known as ‘devolution’, councils across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire now have powers to directly control what happens in our area. Decision-making powers about travel, infrastructure and housing will be transferred from Central Government to a newly formed Combined Authority based here in our region and which understands the real issues we face. Peterborough City Council will remain a unitary authority and continue to deliver services for residents as we do currently.
Who are the Combined Authority?
The Combined Authority is made up of representatives from eight organisations. These are Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, the five district councils in Cambridgeshire and the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership. Representing Peterborough City Council is Leader of the council, Councillor John Holdich. The Combined Authority will be chaired by a Mayor, who will be elected by you on Thursday 4 May.
The importance of your Mayor
The Government has been very clear that an elected Mayor must chair the Combined Authority to secure millions of additional funding. A Mayor will give the Combined Authority a focal point and will be the contact for Government, working hard to ensure the organisation works closely with them to deliver the best results for local people. By having a Combined Authority and a Mayor in place, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will receive a range of new powers and funding, including: • £100million to deliver new homes over a five-year period in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire which includes affordable, rented and shared ownership housing • £20million a year funding over 30 years to boost growth in the region. There are a number of candidates who will be standing for Mayor and they will all have different thoughts on the best way to do the job. It’s now down to you to figure out who you think would be the best. For more information on voting, the election and candidates visit: www.peterborough.gov.uk 4
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Regeneration of city continues to gather pace A number of new restaurants, bars, shops and businesses all opened their doors in Peterborough’s city centre during 2016. Food lovers are now able to sample the culinary delights of Wagamama, the Pizza Parlour and Cote Brasserie amongst others and people can relax and unwind with a drink in the Stoneworks, Bumble Inn and Puzzles bars. Other additions including the Tamu, Kaspa’s and Creations dessert lounges, will be joined this year by Middletons Steakhouse as well as a new pub and restaurant on St John’s Square. These new ventures have all been attracted to the city centre following a wide range of improvements to regenerate the area, and lots more is to come. Work has started on the new £120million Fletton Quays development on the city’s neglected South Bank area. This will bring 280 homes, offices and a hotel. The plans for redeveloping the council-owned former Whitworth Mill have started to be drawn up (which will deliver facilities that include a new arts and culture hub) and represent the final piece of the jigsaw in Fletton Quays’ comprehensive redevelopment. Once complete, we expect footfall to increase between the city centre and the south of the city. In readiness for this works are taking place to enhance the look and feel of Lower Bridge Street.
This has included new paving to highlight the entrance to the Rivergate Shopping Centre and improved lighting and surfacing through the underpass which links to the river and Embankment. In addition, upgrades are being made to the pedestrian crossing which connects Bridge Street with Lower Bridge Street. The works are expected to be completed by the summer. Also in the pipeline are improvement works to Broadway, Midgate and Northminster. The works will bring these areas in line with other locations in the city centre, including Bridge Street, Long Causeway, Cathedral Square, St John’s Square and Cowgate. Another area of the city centre in line for comprehensive redevelopment is North Westgate. The council will invest up to £15million of capital funding over the next three years to buy land and property in this area so that it can take a lead role in its redevelopment. While a £7.5million investment in Millfield and New England is proposed for a wideranging regeneration project to benefit residents and businesses in the area. Similarly, the council is actively working to increase the availability of homes in the city, and has partnered with Cross Keys Homes in a new joint venture company that will build accommodation both for sale and rent.
Artist’s impression of Fletton Quays
With the green light also given to major developments at Queensgate and Serpentine Green itâ€™s very positive to see investment in the city going from strength to strength. Peterborough is unrecognisable to what it was just 10 years ago and the works that are ongoing or due to get underway this year will make Peterborough an even more attractive place to live, work, visit and enjoy.
Share Peterborough Do you have meeting rooms to share where you work? Could you offer unused office equipment to help another company? Taking inspiration from well-known sharing economy platforms such as Airbnb, Share Peterborough is a free online sharing platform where businesses can exchange products, skills, services and under-utilised resources with each other. Delivered in partnership by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council, Share Platform enables local organisations to maximise the use of resources by exchanging goods and services that are under-used or no longer needed. Share Peterborough is free and exclusive to Peterborough businesses. To become a member visit www.sharepeterborough.com
Transport investments are also a high priority, with work on the horizon to include a major scheme at the Rhubarb Bridge junction (the A47 and A15 roads). This will improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists as well as continue to improve the cityâ€™s parkways.
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Safer streets for a safer city October saw the new SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES) launch and in just a few months the combined team of council, police, fire service and prison staff is already having success in making the city’s streets safer and cleaner.
Flytipping and graffiti a blight on our streets
The 112- strong PES team - who are in new uniforms so the public can identify them - are tackling issues that matter to residents including littering, graffiti, begging, housing and parking enforcement.
If you see someone fly-tipping or spraying graffiti please report it using the details on this page. Make a note of as many details as possible that will help us identify those responsible including things like vehicle registration and the location.
In addition to existing housing and parking enforcement powers, the council officers who are part of the team now have delegated Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers which enable them to take on-the-spot action on a wider range of community issues and anti-social behaviour. Adrian Chapman, service director for adult services and communities, said: “The new team is able to tackle issues quicker because we have combined our resources. They are also working to prevent longerterm problems such as drug dealing and arson.” You can access and help the team by reporting any issues or concerns via the MyPeterborough App or calling 101 or 01733 747474. Police officers who are part of the PES retain their full powers while a full list of the enhanced powers of other PES officers is available at www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/ saferpeterborough/pes/
Over £250,000 was spent last year on clearing our streets of graffiti and fly-tipped rubbish - and we need your help to combat this anti-social behaviour.
Anyone caught fly-tipping will be fined £300. They also risk being taken to court where they could receive a maximum fine of £50,000 or a prison sentence. Residents can dispose of their waste responsibly using the Householders’ Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe. In addition, we offer a bulky waste collection service for £23.50 per collection - that’s a one-off charge and not per item!
High cost of littering
Over £750,000 was forked out by taxpayers last year to clean our streets of litter. As part of the budget we will be trialling with a private enforcement agency to crack down on litter louts in part of the city. So to avoid a fine just put your rubbish in a bin!
Parking enforcement for childrenâ€™s safety
An extra push on road safety around schools resulted in over 600 patrols taking place last year. In a bid to reduce problems in these accident hotspots, officers acted as a visual deterrent, spent time educating and moving on drivers from restricted areas and issued over 250 penalty notices.
Housing and environment improvements
Our new selective licensing scheme for private landlords in certain areas of the city is starting to improve standards of accommodation. The initiative means that landlords now need a licence to rent their property and to get one they now have to prove that certain living standards are being met.
Supporting rough sleepers
A new drive to support rough sleepers helped 27 people leave the streets over the last year. With many towns and cities experiencing a rise in the number of homeless people, the councilâ€™s housing needs department and the PES tackled the challenge together by promoting the ethos that nobody in Peterborough needs to sleep rough - there is support available for everyone.
Illegal traveller encampments
The PES team provides a joined up approach to manage illegal traveller encampments in the city. The team ensures that illegal camps are moved on as quickly as legally possible to limit disruption to the cityâ€™s residents and businesses.
New award recognises inspirational women Nominations are open for a new awards event which recognises women who have contributed to the growth of their own particular sector and the ongoing success of Peterborough. The first Women Leaders awards ceremony to take place in the city will be held on Friday 10 November at Peterborough Arena. The awards are the brainchild of Jan Flawn CBE, founder of specialist neurological care provider, PJ Care, based in Bretton.
People can make nominations online at www.womenleaderspb.co.uk and it is free of charge to do so. Nominees who are successfully shortlisted will then be invited to attend a judging day on 13 September 2017. Funds raised from the awards will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, an organisation that brings trauma doctors, critical care paramedics and advanced medical equipment to victims of road accidents or medical emergencies in the region. 9
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Sign up to the 2017/18 Garden Waste Collection Service
Renew or subscribe for the first time from 3 April 2017
Receive garden waste collections throughout the year for £39 The 2017/18 service will run from 22 May 2017 – 18 May 2018. Sign up before the 30 June and you can pay by Direct Debit in three instalments.
How to sign up…
by phone 01733 747474
Visit us online www.peterborough.gov.uk/brownbins
If you do not re-subscribe to this service your brown bin will not be emptied after 19 May 2017. You can also take your garden waste to the Householders’ 10Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe.
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Investing in Peterborough’s future Every year we face the unenviable challenge of managing increasing demands on our services with a reducing amount of money. This year has been no different. The city council has seen its Government grant cut by over 50 per cent since 2010 - a reduction of £57million. This era of reduced funding comes at a time when the demand on services which many residents rely upon, especially Adult Social Care, is ever increasing. I’m pleased to say that we have risen to the challenge and have delivered a balanced budget without any reductions to services. Furthermore, we are investing in the services which are most important to our residents and supporting the continued growth of the city. We’ve listened to residents and are investing in additional street cleaning. This follows extra funding for shrub cutting and city parks agreed at the end of last year. A £7.5million investment will be made in a wide-ranging regeneration project for Millfield and New England, and there’s further money being invested in city centre improvements and major transport infrastructure projects. Nationally Adult Social Care is facing unprecedented financial pressures resulting from the rising costs of care and the increasing needs of a growing older population; the situation in Peterborough is no different. As a result we are levying an Adult Social Care Precept of three per cent on council tax for 2017/18. However, the council’s investment in social care services far exceeds the money generated by levying this precept. Overall council tax will increase by 4.99 per cent which will mean that most residents will be paying about an extra 88p a week. We understand council tax rises are not popular and that is why we have worked hard to keep rates low over recent years. Even with the proposed increase residents will still be paying the lowest council tax anywhere in Cambridgeshire. 12
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Council tax bills have been kept low by our commitment to be an efficient and effective council. This has including sharing services, such as planning, with other local councils. We generate income by selling services to other councils and make efficiencies through our innovative use of technology, which for example has enabled every single library in the city to remain open while reducing their overall cost. In addition, the growth of the city supports services through additional business rates and a government bonus that we receive for new homes that are built. We hope residents understand why we have had to increase council tax this year, as the alternative is having to make even more savings which will inevitably lead to service reductions or some services being removed altogether. People on low incomes remain protected with the only difference to our Council Tax Support Scheme being changes to mirror those in Housing Benefit rules. Pensioners in receipt of council tax support will continue to be protected from any reductions applied to working age claims. Peterborough continues to go from strength to strength. This city is increasingly attractive to a large number of businesses which has resulted in major investments being made in Peterborough and seen the number of people in work rise dramatically. The city’s rate of building new homes is the best in the country but we are determined to build more, partly through our new housing development company. We remain one of the fastest growing cities in the country and as an authority we are spearheading major regeneration programmes at Fletton Quays and North Westgate. The financial challenge for all local authorities will continue in the years to come and therefore we are focussed on finding new ways to generate income in order to protect the wide range of services that we deliver for residents.
Where council funding comes from The council sets its budget each year to establish how much it needs to spend in order to provide services to the community within the resources available.
For 2017/18 the council needs to make £28m of savings in order to deal with service pressures and remain within its funding levels.
A significant proportion of the total expenditure is met from general and specific government grants including grants for schools. The council also retains a proportion of business rates and receives other income such as fees and charges and the remainder (15.8 per cent) is met from council tax.
Further reductions in government grants are expected for 2017/18 onwards and the system for funding is to change within the next few years as the government implements its new Business Rate Retention scheme.
The total amount the council needs to spend in 2017/18 is £432.6m including precepts from parish councils and levies from levying bodies. This is shown in the table below which compares this year’s figures to those of 2016/17. To arrive at the amount of money the council needs to raise from council tax payers (£68.2m), income from government grants, business rates and other service income needs to be deducted. The table shows an increase in the amount raised from council tax which is due to a 1.99 per cent general increase in council tax and a 3 per cent Adult Social Care precept (see below). However, Peterborough continues to have one of the lowest levels of council tax in the country and there are no service reductions for 2017/18.
In deciding where the savings will be made the council has maintained its commitment to its priorities of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, improving educational attainment, promoting growth, regeneration and economic development, supporting culture and the environment, keeping our communities safe, cohesive and healthy and achieving the best health and wellbeing for the city. Prior to the approval of the final budget the budget proposals went through public consultation.
Service income (including grants)
Government support - revenue support grant
Locally retained business rates
Council tax requirement
Cost of services Gross expenditure Less:
Adult Social Care precept The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to Adult Social Care authorities. (â€œAdult Social Care authoritiesâ€? are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.) The offer is the option for an Adult Social Care authority to be able to charge an additional precept on its council tax from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on Adult Social Care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this precept at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019/20. Peterboroughâ€™s population indicates an increase of 17 per cent by 2021, of which people aged 85 and over are expected to increase by 40 per cent and those aged 55 and over by 26 per cent. As life expectancy increases, older people are living with multiple long-term conditions associated with ageing. For example, supporting people with dementia is a growing pressure on Adult Social Care budgets in the UK.
Like many other councils, Peterborough has experienced pressure on its Adult Social Care budgets due to a combination of the increasing cost of providing care, the rising demand for services, including those with more complex needs and has also had its grant funding cut. Therefore, the council has decided to levy the Adult Social Care precept to help protect services going forward. Money raised from this precept will be spent, and continue to be spent, on Adult Social Care services. This includes managing increasing demand for mental health and physical disability referrals, helping the growing numbers of older people and adults with learning disabilities, who require support, as well as a number of other Adult Social Care services.
Balancing our books The majority of the council’s funding (68 per cent) comes from the government and comprises specific funding for schools, a revenue support grant (RSG) and individual grants for specific purposes, such as housing benefits. The council’s other main sources of income are council tax and a proportion of the business rates collected.
Where does the £432.6 million (£436.4 million) come from?
An analysis of the gross income for 2017/18 is shown in the chart below.
What will be provided for £432.6 million (£436.4 million)?
An analysis of the gross expenditure for 2017/18 is shown in the chart below. 0.3%
0.1% 1.8% 2.6% 4.7%
0.5% 30.7 %
10.1% 15.3% 59.3% 15.4%
*Note: Figures in brackets represent the corresponding values for 2016/17
Schools funding £132.8m (£129.4m) Council tax £65m (£62.8m) Adult social care precept £3.2m (£1.2m) Specific grants £35.9m (£35m) Revenue support grant £19.8m (£27m) Housing benefit subsidy £66.7m (£69.8m) Locally retained business rates £43.6m (£49.1m) Other income £38.6m (£37.4m) Income from fees and charges £27m (£24.7m)
Chief Executive department £0.3m (£0.3m) Public health £11.5m (£11.5m) Governance £7.7m (£7.3m) Growth and Regeneration £20.5m (£20.2m) People and Communities £256.5m (£247.4m) Resources £66.1m (£72m) Business rates tariff £2.1m (£6.7m) Housing benefit £66.7m (£69.8m) Levies and precepts £1.2m (£1.2m)
The main expenditure is incurred in the People and Communities directorate, which includes Children’s Services, schools and Adult Social Care.
Resources includes major external contracts for waste management, cultural services and support services and capital financing costs.
Growth and Regeneration covers other major services including planning, transport, engineering and highways.
Chief Executive includes some support and project costs.
Governance includes legal services, democratic services and performance management.
Levies paid to other organisations by Peterborough City Council Levies are statutory payments made to other organisations who are funded by local taxpayers. The total levy issued is shared in proportion to the taxbase of all contributing local authorities.
To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee recommends through the Environment Agency a local levy.
The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 2,292 kilometres of main river, and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion.
A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which residents contribute. The total levy raised by this committee has stayed the same.
The majority of the funding for flood defences comes from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding.
Internal drainage boards manage an extensive network of watercourses, embankments, pumping stations and other water control assets within the local area in order to maintain water levels and mitigate the risk of flooding. Under the Land Drainage Act 1991 the boards can raise income from the areas for which they provide water level management to maintain and improve their assets, and this is partly achieved by a levy on local authorities.
Environment Agency Anglian Region
Welland and Deepings Drainage Board North Level District Drainage Board
Change in council levy
How much is council tax? We set the council tax by adding together the amounts needed by Peterborough City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority and your parish council (if you have one).
We collect the total tax on behalf of the other organisations. We set the charge for band D properties. We then set the charges for properties in other bands in proportion to this, as set by an Act of Parliament. 2016/17 Band D
2017/18 Band D
Adult Social Care Precept (ASC)
Peterborough City Council (PCC)
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire (Police)
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority (Fire)
2016/17 Band D
2017/18 Band D
Plus the parish council charge, if you have one - see below. Precepts 2016/17 £
Precepts 2017/18 £
Band D parish charge 2016/17 £
Band D parish charge 2017/18 £
Bainton & Ashton
Newborough & Borough Fen
Council tax discounts If only one adult lives in a home, we reduce the bill by a quarter. In some cases, we do not count some groups of people when adding up how many adults live in a property. These groups of people include students, apprentices, some student nurses, certain care workers and carers, youth trainees and people with severe learning disabilities. You may also qualify for a reduction in your council tax if you have an annexe occupied by a family member or as part of your main home. You have to claim the single person’s discount as it is not automatic. So, if you think you should receive a discount please visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/counciltax where you can complete the relevant application form on-line. If you already receive a discount, you must tell us within 21 days about changes to the people living in your home affecting your discount (for example, someone who lives with you becoming 18 or someone else coming to live in your home). If you do not tell us, you may have to pay a £70 fine. Who pays council tax? There is a council tax bill for all homes. The person who has to pay council tax is usually the adult householder. The amount of council tax you pay reflects the value of your home, so the more expensive your home the more council tax you have to pay. The person who is highest in the box to the right is the person who has to pay. If there are two or more people at the same level for example - joint owners or joint tenants - they are all responsible for payment.
Responsibility for payment This list helps us decide who is the liable person: • the resident owner (freeholder) • the resident leaseholder • the resident tenant • the resident licensee • the resident Where a couple is living together, both people are responsible for paying the bill. If nobody is living in a domestic property the owner has to pay, this includes periods between tenancies. The owner also has to pay if the property is: • a residential home • lived in by religious communities (for example a monastery or convent) • a house in multiple occupation – occupied by persons who do not constitute a single household • the main home of someone employed by the owner in domestic service • lived in by certain ministers of religion • provided under Section 95, Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Council tax instalments are usually payable over 10 months. You now have the right to request your instalments over 10 months and to do so you must apply by email to email@example.com or by writing to the council by 7 April 2017. Any written applications received after this date will be entitled to be spread over the number of full months remaining in the year.
Council tax support
Council tax exemptions
If you are having difficulty paying your council tax you may be entitled to some help. Many people may be entitled to reduced council tax, for example those receiving Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit.
Exempt homes Some homes are exempt from council tax, meaning that no one has to pay.
If you receive one of these benefits, or are on a low income, you can check your entitlement to support using the online calculator or make an online claim for council tax support on our website. • you may qualify even if you are working • both tenants and owner-occupiers can apply • people of state pension age can get up to 100 per cent reduction in their council tax. Those of working age can get up to 70 per cent reduction • if you pay for childcare we can disregard up to £175 (for one child) or up to £300 (for two or more children) from your earnings • the amount of council tax support may be reduced if there are other adults living in your home. Hardship scheme We can also help with any other individual circumstances that may cause significant financial hardship. For more information about this and to apply for support through a discretionary scheme, please contact the Citizens’ Advice Bureau on 0344 499 4120 or go to www.citapeterborough.org.uk
This includes homes: • lived in only by students • where all the residents are under 18 years old • where all the residents have severe learning disabilities • that are owned or leased by a diplomat or a member of visiting armed forces • that are empty, including the following: - are owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months) - left empty by someone who has gone to prison, hospital or a nursing or residential home - left empty by someone who has died (exempt up to six months after grant of probate) - have been repossessed, or are the responsibility of a bankrupt person’s trustee - awaiting to be lived in by a minister of religion - empty caravan pitches or boat moorings. The council no longer offers any discount for empty and unfurnished properties. You could also be charged additional council tax if you are the owner of a property that has been empty and unfurnished for more than two years. Help with council tax for disabled people We may be able to reduce your bill if you, or an adult or child who lives with you, has a room, an extra bathroom or kitchen or extra space in your property to allow the use of a wheelchair that is needed to meet the special needs of their disability. Please contact us for more information. Contact If you are unsure about whether you can get help, please visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/counciltax in the first instance for FAQs and on-line forms. If you still require assistance call 01733 452258 for further advice. The quicker you ask, the less you may have to pay. 19
Valuation bands The government has put all homes in one of eight bands depending on their open-market value as at 1 April 1991. This cannot take account of any changes in the price of property (either up or down) since April 1991. The council tax is set at the level of Band D properties. Other bands pay in proportions of ninths, as shown opposite.
Proportion of band D payable
Up to £40,000
£40,001 to £52,000
Council tax banding appeals The listing officer of the Valuation Office Agency (part of HM Revenue and Customs) values a home for banding.
£52,001 to £68,000
£68,001 to £88,000
£88,001 to £120,000
If you think that your valuation band is wrong, you must contact the listing officer. The address is:
£120,001 to £160,000
£160,001 to £320,000
More than £320,000
The Listing Officer Council Tax East, Valuation Office Agency Ground Floor, Ferrer’s House Castle Meadow Road Nottingham NG2 1AB Email: firstname.lastname@example.org National helpline: 03000 501501
Council tax liability appeals You can appeal if you think your bill is incorrect – for example, if you are not the resident, if you think you should have an exemption, or there is a mistake in working out your bill. You may appeal in writing to us, giving your reasons so that we can look at your case again. Please note: Making an appeal does not allow you to stop paying the council tax that is due. If your appeal is successful, you will be entitled to a refund of any council tax you have overpaid. If you would like more details of the appeals procedure (including the role of valuation tribunals), please visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/counciltax. If you still require assistance call us on 01733 452258.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority is responsible for providing an efficient and effective fire and rescue service. This is achieved by responding to 999 emergencies along with balancing resources across fire safety in the home and at work. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service continues to be one of the lowest financing fire and rescue services in the country, yet continually strives to improve the service it provides to the public.
Background The fire authority has continued to face significant financial challenges for the past few years. The grant funding received from the Government was reduced by 46.6 per cent over the previous Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) (2013 – 2016) and will be further reduced for the current CSR by a further 13.5 per cent.
What does it mean? The budget has been prepared for the next four to five years after making a number of assumptions, which are: • a 1.92 per cent increase in council tax for 2017/18
• a reduction of £3.9million in government funding over the next four years (including inflationary pressures) • an increase of one per cent per year due to inflation. In summary, the authority will receive revenue support and business rate contributions of £7.4million. This is a reduction of £1.3million from the grant received in 2016/17, equivalent to 12.3 per cent.
Budget The fire authority has approved a budget of £28 million for 2017/18. This is equivalent to a Band D council tax contribution of £66.78, which equates to £1.28 a week. The fire authority will have estimated general reserves of £2.2million at the end of 2016/17. This is to fund excessive operational costs that might arise. For more information about your fire service visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk.
What is the money spent on?
Supplies and services
Where does the money come from?
Non-ringfenced government grant
Council tax requirement
Non-ringfenced Government grant
Use of/addition to reserves
Council tax requirement
Council tax at Band D
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Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner recognised the good work and positive steps that the constabularyâ€™s officers and staff are doing every day to make Cambridgeshire a safe place. This year will bring lots of challenges and new areas of responsibility. We need to think innovatively about how we work with others to provide the public with effective, joined up services and continue to transform the way we work through collaboration and new technology. I have spent much of the year out and about, meeting as many people as possible in order to get a firm understanding of the issues faced by people living, working and travelling in the county.
I am a big fan of keeping things simple so my new Police and Crime Plan focuses on four key themes: victims, offenders, communities and transformation. The plan has people at the heart of it: focussing on the most vulnerable members of society, putting victims at the centre, bringing offenders to justice and deterring them from re-offending.
My job is to hold Cambridgeshire Constabulary to account on behalf of the public, set police and crime objectives, and issue crime and disorder reduction grants. I am responsible for the police budget but I do not run the police force. That is the job of Chief Constable, Alec Wood, who is responsible for delivering an effective and efficient police service.
A copy of the full plan can be found on my website at www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk Both the Chief Constable and I remain committed to providing a police service we can trust and be proud of. To achieve that we need to embrace all the new opportunities available to us and continually seek out new ways to deliver our services. It is only by working together that we can keep Cambridgeshire safe.
Cambridgeshire is one of the fastest growing counties in the country both in terms of its economy and its population and remains one of the lowest cost forces in the country at just 43p per person per day. With 76 per cent of officers on front line services, I am pleased that the latest HMIC Efficiency report in 2016
Police and Crime Plan - Community Safety and Criminal Justice VISION
Working together to keep Cambridgeshire safe
Victims Safeguarding the vunerable
Deliver a victim first approach
Victims and witnesses are placed at the heart of the criminal justice system and have access to clear pathways of support
Offenders Attacking criminality
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Communities Preventing crime Reassuring the public
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Transformation Achieving best use of resources
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What the money is spent on
The 2017/18 budget will see a 1.28 per cent reduction in policing grant on the previous year, which is £1.02million less in terms of money. Despite ongoing budget pressures, the total number of police officer posts in the constabulary establishment is budgeted to remain virtually the same, going from 1,352 in 2016/17 to 1,349 in 2017/18. We have been able to balance the budget with a 1.97 per cent increase in the policing element of the council tax for 2017/18, meeting our commitment to achieve value for money policing and ensuring frontline services continue to be protected. Looking further ahead we face similar budget reductions over the next few years with an estimated additional £8.8million of savings to be found by 2020/21.
Police officer pensions
Supplies and services
Where the money comes from 2017/18
28.5% 51.8% 4.7% 0.7% 2.9%
The Commissioner has a capital programme (premises and other assets) for 2017/18 of £1.2million which includes historical and new commitments such as: • programme Metis, ICT, finance and communications projects to replace current systems with updated and integrated ones • major repairs to buildings and the replacement of the vehicle workshop • replacement of vehicles • collaborated Unit projects.
Despite another year of funding reduction, police officer numbers have remained virtually the same. The total number of police officers budgeted for will be 1,349 in 2017/18 with 1,047 of these being local policing officer posts. A total of 803 police staff and 150 PCSOs have been included in the budget. Our target for special constables remains at 300. Through collaborating with Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Constabulary also have access to additional officers if needed.
If you need to contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, please write to: The Chief Executive Office of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner PO BOX 688 Huntingdon PE29 9LA Follow the Commissioner:
General reserves are held in the event of any unforeseen high impact policing operations. The Commissioner will have estimated general reserves of £7.2m (5.5 per cent of net budget) at the end of 2016/17.
Reserves have been built up over the last few years specifically for the financing of capital (via the Capital Reserve). The Capital Reserve has been applied to fund legacy schemes (schemes approved pre-2013) and use of the Capital Reserve in this way reduces the pressure on the revenue costs required to fund the capital programme. An ICT Development Reserve was created in 2015/16 to ensure that the necessary resources are available for the replacement of the Airwaves police communications system by the Emergency Services Network; the balance on this reserve currently stands at £458k. The Budget Assistance reserve which stood at £9.8m as at 31 March 2016 will also be used to assist with the financing of capital projects.
To receive regular local policing updates, register at www.ecops.org.uk To subscribe to the Commissioner’s monthly newsletter visit: www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/newslettersignup/ Telephone: 0300 333 3456 Email: email@example.com Website: www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk
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Sign up to access council services online A new and improved self service tool which will allow residents and businesses to access information about their council tax or business rates account online will be launching this year. The new tool is part of the council’s Digital Front Door project which offers a new way for residents and businesses to access services and support independently through digital technology. First and foremost, it will allow residents to access information and services via the council’s website and MyPeterborough App. An online customer account will be available where people can log on and access services. Web chat and interactive guides will also be developed to support customers online.
This will allow them to sign up for ebilling, check their account balance, make payments and view their account history. People who want to register their interest in an online council tax or business rates account can do so by using the ‘contact us’ section of the website www.peterborough.gov.uk/contact-us
One of the first services which will be improved this year will be the opportunity for people to access their council tax and business rates accounts online.
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A healthy new service for Peterborough Residents will soon be able to access a new Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service, including support around stopping smoking, weight management, health checks and physical activity. The new Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service launches on 1 April 2017 and will be delivered by Solutions4Health healthcare company. The service will provide Peterborough residents who are at risk from an unhealthy lifestyle with the best possible support through one single point of access. Rather than focusing on individual unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, they will develop a joined-up lifestyles system which supports people holistically across their wider needs. This makes best use of the wealth of available assets and resources in the city and surrounding rural areas. Dr Liz Robin, director of public health for Peterborough City Council, said: â€œImproving the lives of all our residents and tackling the health issues that they face is one of the councilâ€™s biggest priorities. Smoking, not eating healthily, not getting enough exercise, and drinking above recommended limits can cut your life short or lead to poor health and illness. But by
making just a few changes in your lifestyle, you can live healthy, and live longer.â€? The Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service will empower people to access healthy lifestyle services online or face to face in their local community with health champions popping up all over the city. For those who find it more difficult to change their lifestyle, a coach will provide extra support and referrals to specialist support where needed. Health trainers will be available through GP surgeries and also in some community centres, schools and workplaces. The trained team will work with individuals to understand exactly what their health and lifestyle goals are, and then help them work towards achieving these goals for a healthier, happier life. For further details and to access support call 0800 376 56 55, visit www.healthypeterborough.org.uk, or follow the Healthy Peterborough Facebook page or @HealthyPboro Twitter.
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Charity to run council’s fostering and adoption service Making sure our children and young people in care have the best possible start in life is a top priority for Peterborough City Council. From April this year, the UK’s largest dedicated fostering and adoption charity – The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT) – will run and manage all the council’s fostering, special guardianship order, adoption and kinship placement services for the long-term. TACT, founded in 1993, is a leading and highly experienced national charity in this area of care and the ten-year partnership is the first of its kind in the country. As well as the extra investment in services, the partnership with TACT is expected to deliver savings of up to £1 million a year for the city council, which will be reinvested in services.
The new service will recruit new foster carers and improve support for existing carers so that more children in care can be looked after locally. Andy Elvin, TACT’s chief executive, said: “If you would like to know more about the opportunities to foster in Peterborough we would love to hear from you. We’re looking for new foster carers from across Peterborough and surrounding areas. “There are very few restrictions; all we ask is that you have space in your home and space in your heart. In return, we will give you first class support, training and the right conditions to achieve great things together.” Residents interested in finding out more about fostering and adoption in the city can call 0330 123 2250 or visit www.tactcare.org.uk/peterborough
Peterborough Opportunities for Peterborough’s young musicians continue to flourish and Peterborough Music Hub is working with music making organisations across the city, providing training and performance events that support progression and develop skills. The Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians opened in October 2016 and young instrumentalists now have the opportunity to train locally in association with one of the world’s leading conservatories. PCYM is a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, working in collaboration with Ormiston Bushfield Academy and Peterborough Music Hub. PCYM offers music training on Saturday mornings throughout the academic year and welcomes musicians aged between 7-18 years. The centre is not for the complete beginner - but seeks talented young
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Entries gathering pace for city’s half marathon The Perkins Great Eastern Run is gearing up to be the biggest ever with more than 1,000 entries already committed to the 8 October event, which is now in its 12th successive year.
At one stage during the event more than 10,000 people gathered on The Embankment as runners crossed the finish line to cheers from an emphatic crowd of supporters and spectators.
Last year the city council-organised race had the highest turnout of runners in its 34-year history, with 4,262 runners competing in the half marathon and 1,257 people taking part in the Anna’s Hope Fun Run.
Unlike many UK half marathons, the Perkins Great Eastern Run takes in plenty of sights along the way making it an attractive course. Starting and finishing in the heart of historic Peterborough, it offers a fast, flat course giving runners an excellent chance of a personal best.
Entries for both the half marathon (5,224) and fun run (1,398) also eclipsed the previous highest totals recorded in 2013. The event had the strongest-ever representation from elite runners and there were six wheelchair entries. Runners came from all over the UK and, indeed, the world, with entries from the USA, Netherlands, Italy and France.
Runners also welcome the high-quality goody bags that are given out at the finish line, which include a technical t-shirt, commemorative medal and other running-related treats. The half marathon action starts at 10.30am, following on from the wheelchair race at 10.25am and the Anna’s Hope Fun Run at 10am. It’s never too early to start training for the big day. From July runners can take advantage of the race’s free weekly training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. The sessions cater for runners of all levels of fitness and experience and it’s an opportunity to meet raceday pacers who lead runners around the course at different times from start to finish. For more information about training and to enter the race, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk 33
What’s on Here is just a snippet of the events that are in store for our city this year. For a full list of what’s on in and around the city visit www.visitpeterborough.com/events
March 12 Mar3 Apr Mart Fair - Pleasure Fair Meadow Car Park 25-26 Medieval Cooking - Flag Fen
Diesel Gala - Nene Valley Railway
13-17 Annual Easter Beer Festival - Charters
10 Dragon Boat Festival - Peterborough Rowing Club 10-11 The 80s Music Festival - Peterborough Arena 11 Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night Tour - ABAX Stadium
17-21 Exploring Easter Family Activities Peterborough Cathedral
17-18 Heritage Weekend - City centre
18 The Wizard of Oz - Easter 2017 - The Cresset
Just Dogs Live - Peterborough Arena
The Illegal Eagles 2017 - The Cresset
20-21 Beauty And The Beast - The Key Theatre 21-23 National Motorhome Show Peterborough Arena 28 Apr1 May Uncle Sams American Circus Embankment 30 Apr1 May Truckfest - Peterborough Arena
Mayday Cheese Rolling Fair - Stilton
9 Remembering Fred - Dance Tribute With Strictly Stars - The Cresset 13-14 Viking Re-enactment Group - Central Park
July 8 Battle Proms Concert - Burghley House & Gardens 17-18 Heritage Festival - City centre 22-23 Classic Car Weekend - Nene Valley Railway 22-23 Portuguese Festival - Peterborough Rugby Club 26-30 Burghley Film Festival - Burghley House & Gardens 28-30 Peterborough Sausage & Cider Festival - Elton Hall
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22 May3 June Peterborough Arts Society ExhibitionSt John The Baptist Church, Cathedral Square
9-13 Equifest - Peterborough Arena
28-29 Living Heritage Game and Country Show - Burghley House & Gardens
22-26 40th Peterborough Beer Festival Embankment
31 Aug3 Sep Land Rover Burghley House Horse Trials - Burghley House & Gardens
1-18 Exhibition of work by Crispin Heesom City Gallery, Peterborough Museum 2-4 NVR 40th Anniversary - Nene Valley Railway
10 80’s Greatest Hits Show - Burghley House & Gardens
11-13 Green Meadows Festival - Elton Hall 19 Lions Centenary Celebration Cathedral Square
5-26 Cherry Fair - Embankment
2-3 Peterborough Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show - Embankment
Motorcycle Event - Cathedral Square
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9-10 Italian Festival - Cathedral Square
9-10 September Steam Gala - Nene Valley Railway 14 Dreamboys 2017 - The Cresset
18-31 Spooky Tours and the Burghley Pumpkin Traill - Burghley House & Gardens
21-23 The British Invention Convention Peterborough Arena
23 Oct5 Nov Mr Fips Circus - Embankment
28 Sep8 Oct Bridge Fair - Embankment
29 Abba Forever - The Key Theatre
Firework Fiesta - Peterborough Arena
The Bowie Experience - The Cresset
Armistice events - City centre
Remembrance Sunday - City centre
29 Magic of Motown - The Cresset Theatre 29-30 Peterborough Festival of Antiques Peterborough Arena
18 Christmas Lights Switch-On - Cathedral Square
October 6 From The Jam “The Gift” 35th Anniversary Tour 1982-2017 - The Cresset
8 Perkins Great Eastern Run - Embankment 8 Autumn Food & Country Fair Peterborough Arena
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Your Peterborough magazine brings you the latest stories from Peterborough City Council, also includes details of Council Tax.
Published on Mar 15, 2017
Your Peterborough magazine brings you the latest stories from Peterborough City Council, also includes details of Council Tax.