Welfare and Services for the Elderly (Councillor Chapman)
Tuesday 23rd October – Cllr Graham Steady and I met with Insp. Darren Deex to get an update on the Policing issues and concerns in Brightlingsea. Some local issues were dealt with by the end of the day.
Operation Quasar – We only have £200 left in the ‘pot’, and does the Council want to support with another £2,500 to cover December/Xmas Period? The Police do not match fund in monitory terms, but always send another officer, so there is always two during each shift.
The arrangement for the diabetic eye screening to be held at the office proved to be a great success with 114 eye tests being carried out.
Boots chemist have started to charge for delivery of prescriptions. This is being means tested and on average the charge will be £55 per year for those not on benefits. This is also to stop people just having them delivered who could collect.
I have been working with some local families to help get their benefits sorted. Many are still struggling after the change over to universal credits.
I have had a meeting with Cllr. Alan Goggin so we can get an up date on Local Residential and Care Homes. Also general updates on issues concerning both councils.
He has been assured of the street light near to bus stop being replaced by end of November, I am hoping this will also get the other street lights on that side working again and I hope before the late night shopping evening.
We have a specially trained Victim Support person locally, giving personal support to people affected by crime and traumatic incidents. You do not have to report a crime to receive help, but they can help with personal and emotional support, putting you in touch with other specialist help and services, advice in applying compensation or financial assistance.