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					HINCKLEY & BOSWORTH BOROUGH BULLETIN                                                                                                                                          AUTUMN 2007             5


Council                                                                                                                              Grants help to heat
performance
‘on the up’
                                                                                                                                        more homes
                                                                                                                                    EXTRA efforts are being              The Warm Front grant
HINCKLEY and Bosworth                                                                                                               made to eliminate ‘fuel           scheme,         which      was
Borough Council’s                                                                                                                   poverty’ in the Borough           introduced to help vulnerable
performance has continued                                                                                                           through better marketing of       households, provided over
its improvement in the first                                                                                                        the Warm Front grant              £400,000 worth of heating
                                                                                                                                    scheme.                           and insulation installations in
quarter of 2007/08.
                                                                                                                                        About 6,000 households in     the Borough last year.
   In that three month                                                                                                              Hinckley & Bosworth are              This was twice the level of
period, 80 per cent of our                                                                                                          classed as ‘fuel poor’ and a      grant normally paid in
activities are performing                                                                                                           significantly higher number       Hinckley & Bosworth and
better than in the same                                                                                                             are also considered to be         reflects the increased effort
period last year and 58 per                                                                                                         vulnerable.                       made by the Private Sector
cent of activities are now in                                                                                                           The    government      has    Housing Team to market the
the top 25 per cent of                                                                                                              defined ‘fuel poor’ households    scheme in the Borough.
performers in the country                                                                                                           as those spending more than          The team has also
(compared with 45 per cent                                                                                                          10 per cent of their              introduced a Warm Front
                                                                                                                                    disposable income on energy       grant top-up scheme. This
in 2006/07).                                                                                                                        costs for their home.             will benefit those households
   Top performing areas                                                                                                                 Vulnerable      households    that have been offered a
include three of the            The council car park at Argents Mead was converted into a Caribbean beach for the occasion          include those with a low          normal grant but can’t
priorities set by the public                                                                                                        income and children under         proceed with the work
across the Borough earlier
in the year: recycling/
composting, reduction in
robberies and removal of
                                Youngsters fly the Jolly                                                                            the age of 16, elderly
                                                                                                                                    households in receipt of
                                                                                                                                    pension credit, or households
                                                                                                                                    with a disability or long term
                                                                                                                                                                      because it costs more than
                                                                                                                                                                      the value of the grant.
                                                                                                                                                                      ● For further information
                                                                                                                                                                      contact the Private Sector


                                   Roger over town
abandoned vehicles. In                                                                                                              illness and in receipt of state   Housing Team on 01455
                                                                                                                                    benefit.                          255734.
addition, our top
performance for benefits
processing and the
determination of planning
                                                                                                                                      Wykin Park to be refurbished
                                THE Jolly Roger was seen         part in a whole raft of fun      occupied.
applications has continued      flying over Earl Shilton and     activities based around a          The fun began in Earl            ALL users of a Hinckley          refurbishments.
throughout the quarter.         Hinckley when the ‘Pirates       pirate theme.                    Shilton town centre and then       park have been invited to          The plans were drawn up
   Eighty-three per cent of     of Leicestershire’ sailed           There were sandpits, street   continued      in    Hinckley’s    have their say on plans          by a landscape architect
respondents to a recent         into town with a ship-load       trails, colouring competitions   Argents Mead car park.             aimed at improving and           based on the views of those
survey were satisfied with      of activities for youngsters.    and fairground rides as well       The         ‘Pirates       of    refurbishing the site.           who live near to the site and
the services they had              For three days this summer,   as face painting and fancy       Leicestershire’ event toured         Members of the Borough         the children then chose
                                children had the chance to       dress competitions - all         around many of the county’s        Council’s Green Spaces           their favourite design.
received from the council                                                                                                            team held an Open Day at           Work will hopefully start
                                dress up like Blackbeard or      designed      to   keep    the   towns and the visit to Earl
and 93 per cent said that                                                                                                            Wykin Park to allow local        on-site towards the end of
                                Long John Silver and to take     youngsters entertained and       Shilton and Hinckley was
they are satisfied/very                                                                           organised by Leicestershire        residents the opportunity to     September, weather and
satisfied with the recycling                                                                      County Council, in conjunction     view the draft plans for the     ground             conditions
and refuse service.                                                                               with the Borough Council.          park’s improvements and          permitting.
   This high performance
and the ongoing
improvements have been
achieved despite the
Borough council tax being
the 11th lowest in the
country.
● For further information
about the council’s
performance, please visit
our web pages at
www.hinckley-bosworth.
gov.uk/performance’.




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