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Potteries Gold Benefits Newsletter (February 2016)

Mon 15 Feb 2016

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The February 2016 edition of the Potteries Gold Benefits Newsletter is also available as a download

Contents

1. Bedroom Tax Cases

2. Benefit Cap

            - Exemptions for Carers and Guardians

            - New benefit cap to be introduced in the Autumn 2016

            - Benefit Cap Statistics

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Home Energy Advice Tamworth Offering Fully Funded New Central Heating Systems

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Home Energy Advice Tamworth are offering fully funded new central heating systems if individuals meet the following criteria.

  1.  They live in a CSCO low income or rural deprived area. This can be checked at this website, or in the enclosed link. https://csco.locationcentre.co.uk

AND

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Talent Match Support 7 People into Employment in One Week!

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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Talent Match has made a cracking start to February with seven people supported into employment in the first week alone. This has been possible due to the great links made with local businesses willing to work with charities to help the community whilst meeting their own recruitment needs.

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Moorlands VSCE Locality Forum - 1 March 2016

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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The next meeting of the Staffordshire Moorlands VCSE Forum will be on Tuesday 1 March from 2pm to 4pm in the Dove Room at Moorlands House, Leek ST13 6HQ.

Items on the agenda include:

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Update from ESIF Committee

Fri 12 Feb 2016

The Stoke and Staffordshire LEP ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) Committee met on 21 January 2016. There are 24 ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) bids progressing to full application stage but none have been approved so far.

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Staffordshire LEADER Funding Update

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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Eleven bids were considered by the Local Action Group on 29 January with most being invited to progress to full application.

It was also decided that the 2nd call would be across all priorities (which include enhancing rural services, and cultural and heritage activity) and would probably go out mid- March with a deadline for bids in May.

More information can be found on www.staffsleader.org.uk

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Workshops on the Transfer of Community Assets

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Through discussions at the Staffordshire Rural Forum Community Themed Action Group, it has been suggested that it could be useful to organise some workshops on the transfer of community assets covering such issues as:

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East Staffordshire Voluntary Sector – Public Statement 12 February 2016

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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In response to the decision announced by East Staffordshire Borough Council to make no voluntary sector grant awards in the coming financial year, the local voluntary sector would like to make the following collective public statement:

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Hedge-laying Training on Offer!

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership is offering a two day hedge-laying course at Tittesworth Reservoir on the 27 and 28 of February.

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East Staffordshire Organisations Sponsor Volunteer Star Awards

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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Support Staffordshire would like to thank the following organisations and companies for so generously sponsoring awards at our Volunteer Star Awards which took place in Burton on Friday 26 February 2016:-

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