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Newport City Council e-news 29 Jan- 5 Feb

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Weekly news from Newport City Council
29 January - 5 February

Outlook is oustanding for Newport in 2016

Newport City Council recognises the challenges for the city presented by the Cities Outlook 2016 report, but this city on the rise has moved on rapidly on many counts since this data was collected.

The report shows that nearly a million new jobs have been created in British cities since 2010, and Newport has played its fair share in this positive statistic.

Unemployment across Gwent has fallen from this time last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown. In Newport, the amount of claimants fell by 945 compared with last year, which included 305 fewer young people claiming jobseekers allowance.

Official figures released by Newport City Council for the month of November 2015, have revealed a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the city centre, the highest recorded in seven years.

The statistics reveal that Newport’s average weekly footfall for November 2015 was 202,000.  This is an increase of 17% on the same time last year. The last occasion that November’s average weekly footfall was higher, was back in 2008.

These footfall figures confirm that ‘the Friars Walk effect’ is encouraging shoppers to return to the whole of the city centre and is expected to bring Newport into the top 100 shopping destinations in the country, having previously been around the 200 mark. 

To read the full story visit our website.


Rent Smart Wales

From November 2015 private landlords are required to register, and private landlords or their agents need to obtain a licence from Rent Smart Wales. 

Landlords and their agents have 12 months from 23 November 2015 to comply with the new legislation and undergo Rent Smart Wales training after which time landlords and agents found to be operating outside the system in Newport may have enforcement action taken against them.

For more information visit our website. 


Saftey at home grants

The Safety at Home scheme is administered by Newport City Council and is available to those elderly or disabled residents of Newport who live in their own home or privately rented accommodation.

The aims of the scheme are to prevent admission to hospital or long term care and enable discharge from hospital; these aims are achieved through the provision of small adaptations which help people to live safely and independently within their home.  Adaptations provided include handrails, grabrails, adjusting steps and installing small ramps.

The Council will arrange for the works to be carried out on behalf of the resident and the funding available for each adaptation is calculated on the reasonable cost of the work up to a maximum of £550.

For furtherinformation email housing.improvements@newport.gov.uk or call 01633 656656 and ask for the Private Sector Housing Team. 


Energy advice drop-ins

Drop-in energy advice sessions from the Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest Scheme will be held next month in Newport with information about saving energy, money management, fuel tariffs and benefit entitlements:

* Monday 1 February and Tuesday 2 February, 10am-3pm at Alway community centre

* Monday 8 February, 12pm-3pm and Tuesday 9 February, 10am-3pm at Maesglas community centre

* Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February, 10am-3pm at Beaufort Road community centre

* Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 February, 10am-3pm at Share centre, Stow Hill

For more information telephone 0808 808 2244 or visit the Nest web site.



Weekly roadworks 

road works.jpgThe council's website provides all the latest road works scheduled for Newport so that residents can plan their journeys accordingly.  

The weekly road works report can be viewed here.



What's on

There is lots to see and do over the coming week in Newport including:

  • Saturday 30 January at Newport Wetlands Reserve between 10.30am-2pm Big Garden Birdwatch Bonaza- Make a bird feeder for your garden, take part in a quiz and discover some top tips through games and activities to find out which feathered friends are visiting your garden.
  • Monday 1 February- Tax Help for Older People at Citizens Advice Bureau on Corn Street. Call 0845 601 3321 to make an appointment.

Plus lots more.  Visit the What's On pages on the council's website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates.



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