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Weekly news from Newport City Council
5 - 12 February 2016 


Can you foster for Newport?

Families and individuals who are prepared to offer help to vulnerable youngsters in need of a loving stable home are being sought by Newport City Council's social services department.

The Fostering Service is in need of foster carers who are able to offer these children a safe place in which to live.

The focus of the work of the Fostering Service is at all times trying to ensure that we place Newport children with our foster carers in order that they can remain within the area, continue to attend the same school or education provision and receive support from local staff.

You can read more about two of our foster carers in this month’s Newport Matters.

For further information on fostering for Newport City Council visit the fostering pages on the council website. 

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Disabled facilities grants

If you are older or disabled and experiencing difficulties with activities of daily living within your home (for example going up and down the stairs or getting in and out of the bath), a Disabled Facilities Grant may be available to help fund adaptations to your home.  To be eligible for funding, you must own your own home or live in privately rented accommodation. 

Applications are processed by the council’s Private Sector Housing team.  To help decide what adaptations are ‘necessary and appropriate’, the team will consult with the council’s Community Occupational Therapists who will arrange to visit you in your home and assess your needs.  

Further information can be found on the council's website

Safety at home scheme

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.

Residents who have already benefited from the scheme report that these small adaptions make a huge difference as they feel safer and more confident within their home. 

Evidence suggests that for every £1 spent providing small adaptations, there is a saving of £7 to the NHS in reduced hospital admissions.

Referrals into the scheme are accepted from GPs, community nurses & social workers, hospital staff and organisations such as Age Concern and Care & Repair but importantly, anyone who meets the criteria can ‘self-refer’ into the scheme by telephoning the City Contact Centre, 01633 656656, or by emailing housing.improvements@newport.gov.uk.  

National Voter Registration Drive

Newport City Council wants to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of the National Voter Registration Drive this week (1-7 February) and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016, voters in Newport will go to the polls to vote in two separate elections; one for the National Assembly for Wales and another for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time to register, it’s running out quickly.

The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It’s a chance to join the thousands of people across the UK being encouraged to register this week.

You can find more information on the council's website.

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:

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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