Have your say about N E Lincs pharmacies

Invitation to comment on the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for North East Lincolnshire.

The North East Lincolnshire PNA is an assessment of the population’s needs for pharmaceutical services in the North East Lincolnshire area.

From April 2013, Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) assumed responsibility for PNAs. The North East Lincolnshire HWB has been developing a PNA for North East Lincolnshire covering the period 2015 to 2018 and the HWB is inviting comments on the draft document.

PNAs are used by the NHS to make decisions on which NHS funded services need to be provided by local community pharmacies. The PNA will help NHS England when making decisions on whether to approve applications to open new pharmacies and will help to gauge the adequacy of current services and what future needs there might be.

How can I have my say?

  1. Read the draft PNA consultation document.

  2. Fill in the online questionnaire.

The consultation periods runs from 12 January 2015 to 12 March 2015.

Using the findings from this consultation and from other feedback, a final PNA for North East Lincolnshire will be published April 2015.

If you require a paper copy of the draft PNA please contact the address below. Consultation responses will be accepted in writing only.

PNA Consultation
Informatics and Research
Public Health Intelligence
North East Lincolnshire Council
Civic Offices
Knoll Street
Cleethorpes
DN35 8LN

Great Britain is on track to be the fastest growing G7 economy

jobs lib demGDP figures released yesterday shows that Britain’s economy is still growing thanks to the Liberal Democrats in Government.

Quarterly growth of 0.5 per cent puts the UK in pole position to be the fastest growing economy in 2015.

Liberal Democrats have anchored economic policy in the centre ground.

In government we have driven through a host of Lib dem inspired measures including income tax cuts for millions of working people, cutting the deficit fairly, boosting apprenticeships and investing in regional and local projects to rebalance the economy.

Today’s figures represent solid progress, especially with many of our key markets still suffering from economic problems.

With the country on the right track, a lurch to the right with the Tories or to the left with Labour has never posed a greater danger to our economic recovery.

Fine for owner of dilapidated Grimsby property

The owner of a property in Grimsby has been ordered to pay more than £900 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge for leaving a house to fall into disrepair

Sheila Smith, who now lives in Ilford, Essex, was prosecuted in her absence at Grimsby Magistrates Court for three offences under section 215 of the Planning Act.

Smith was served with a legal notice on 10 April last year that required her to carry out repairs to the doors, windows and roof, and tidy the garden at a house she owns in Hainton Avenue, Grimsby.

The unsightly state of the house was having a negative impact on neighbouring properties.

She has not carried out any of the required works, has not been in touch with the council and failed to appear after being summonsed to appear in court on three occasions.

A fine of £110 for each of the three offences was imposed (£330 in total) and she was ordered to pay £560 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge, bringing the total to £910.

 

Funding boost for councils putting communities back in control

Projects which help councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighbourhood groups to redesign services to address their needs have today been awarded a share of £2 million to develop them further.

Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams announced 24 successful bidders for Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods funding after they set out innovative approaches to transform services, drawing on the energy and expertise of local people to help to reduce reliance on public services and cut waste – giving local people a greater role in solving problems in their local area by themselves.

The successful bids include:

  • reducing loneliness and making lives better for older people in Croydon by redesigning the meals on wheels service
  • helping support the needs of vulnerable people in rural Herefordshire by developing a number of local Wellbeing Hubs with local GPs
  • working with survivors of domestic violence to help support current users in North Somerset
  • ensuring older adults can stay in their own homes for longer in Leeds through care delivery in partnership with the voluntary sector
  • improving public health in Buckinghamshire through using the expertise of residents to create neighbourhood-led physical activity programmes

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:

The councils behind these projects are outlining plans to cleverly use resources and provide services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

Empowering local people to have a greater role in local services will not only help eliminate needless duplication and cut waste but it will ensure better services are delivered to people how they want them – at a local neighbourhood level.

The government will work with all 24 authorities to understand the impact of these new approaches, their costs and benefits and to share effective models for service delivery at neighbourhood level.

Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods will complement the government’s Our Place programme, which is working with neighbourhood groups seeking to redesign services in their area.

Lib Dems launch first Party Political Broadcast of 2015

The Liberal Democrats have launched their first PPB of 2015, which outlines how we will cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than Labour.

You can watch the broadcast HERE

In the broadcast, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg says:

“Over the coming months, you might have campaigners coming to knock on your door.  You may think you’ve heard it all before. You may not know where to turn or you might already have decided.

“But, if you open your door to us we will listen to what you have to say and make a difference. Britain needs a Liberal voice in Government. One that will stop the Conservatives and Labour parties when they go too far.

“We’ll cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than Labour. Getting the balance right.

“Working every day to make sure we have a stronger economy and a fairer society so that everyone, whatever your background, can have the opportunity to get on in life.

“This is going to be a long campaign with a lot of noise from the political parties. But, when we knock on your door, we want to listen to what you have to say so that you can decide what is right for you, your family and your local community.”

Citizens Advice: Cuts to energy bills are a “tick-box exercise”

As EDF announces a 1.3% cut to its energy bills, which takes effect on 11 February, Citizens Advice has said that the latest round of energy bill prices cuts are nothing more than a tick box exercise.

EDF’s price cut will only reduce bills by £9 but analysis from Citizens Advice reveals that moving to its cheapest tariff could save current customers £165 annually on a dual fuel deal.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:

“Energy price cuts seem to be nothing more than a tick box exercise. While the larger suppliers have now all reduced their prices; the savings consumers will make from these reductions are tiny compared to the drop in wholesale prices.

“EDF’s minimal price cut will leave people just £9 better off whereas there is a £165 difference between the firm’s standard and cheapest tariffs.

“The energy market needs to work for all customers not just those who shop around. The Competition and Markets Authority needs to look seriously at the behaviour of firms around these recent price cuts to establish whether the industry is competitive and if households are getting a fair deal.”

Action Fraud: Watch out for elaborate forms of courier fraud

Action Fraud has received reports of an unusual type of courier fraud, which fools victims into buying expensive jewellery or clothing for the fraudsters.

Courier fraud continues to be reported and it appears that fraudsters are changing their tactics in order to dupe more victims.

Similar to the traditional types of courier fraud, the victim receives a phone call and they are told that they’re speaking to a police officer and that the police want them to assist in an investigation.

The police officer provides them with a phone number and asks them to call back so that the victim can verify their identity. The victim will physically put the phone down, but the fraudster will actually stay on the line – keeping it open. When the victim phones back they are still speaking to the fraudster who tells the victim that they are at risk of being defrauded and to stop this they need their assistance.

Unlike the normal type of courier fraud, the fraudster then asks the victim to visit a high-end department store or watch shop to buy an expensive item such as a watch or a designer coat. The fraudster will often speak to them on the phone whilst they make the purchase to ensure that they buy the right thing, they will say to the victim that this is all part of the police investigation and that they to keep in constant contact.

Once the purchase has been made they will ask the victim to either send the item to them via a taxi service or they will meet them to collect the purchased item. Once the fraudster has the item, all contact from the fraudster stops and the victim is unable to contact them.

Protect yourself

  • A genuine police officer would never contact you in this way.
  • The police would never ask someone to aid an investigation by purchasing goods with their own money.
  • If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately.

Victim advice

  • Report this to Action Fraud
  • If you have handed over any bank account details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
  • If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone. If you don’t have another telephone to use, call someone you know first to make sure the telephone line is free.

UK on track to be the fastest growing G7 economy

GDP figures released today (Tuesday 27 January) shows that Britain’s economy is growing.

Quarterly growth of 0.5 per cent puts the UK in pole position to be the fastest growing economy in 2015.

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Liberal Democrats have anchored economic policy in the centre ground.

In government we have driven through a host of Liberal Democrat inspired measures including income tax cuts for millions of working people, cutting the deficit fairly, boosting apprenticeships and investing in regional and local projects to rebalance the economy.

Today’s figures represent solid progress, especially with many of our key markets still suffering from economic problems.

With the country on the right track, a lurch to the right with the Tories or to the left with Labour has never posed a greater danger to our economic recovery.

Statement on today’s GDP figures from Deputy Prime Minister

Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

Two consecutive years of growth shows that our economy is getting stronger.

Back in 2010 the economy was on its knees but decisive action by the coalition government to fix the public finances has put Britain firmly back on the road to recovery.

We have helped stimulate growth in industries across the country while at the same time cutting taxes for millions of low and middle earners.

But there is still a lot more work to do, which is why we need to continue building a stronger economy and doing so fairly.

Warning of possible delays due to road works in Frederick Ward Way

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with Cofely, will be carrying out highway works to upgrade the Cartergate/Frederick Ward Way junction ahead of a major redevelopment of the area

Improvement works will start on Wednesday 28 January 2015 and are expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

The completed scheme will remove turning restrictions at the junction and improve access into Cartergate.

Changes include new kerb and traffic island arrangements, new road markings and traffic signals.

The junction will also be fully resurfaced and the pedestrian crossing updated.

The majority of the works will be carried out between 7.30am and 5.30pm with lane closures in place.

To reduce disruption to traffic, local people and businesses, resurfacing will be done overnight between 7.30pm and 6am with temporary traffic signals in place.

During this period vehicles will be able to turn left or travel straight ahead along Frederick Ward Way but right hand turns will not be possible.

Diversions will be set up for drivers who would normally turn right out of this junction and exit the town via A180.

Motorists approaching Grimsby town centre car parks at Freshney Place, Market Hall or St James’ Hotel from the south are advised to travel via Peaks Parkway/A16 and turn west along Frederick Ward Way.

Every effort will be made to maintain access during the works but there will be short periods when access from Cartergate into Frederick Ward Way will be closed. Advance roadwork signs will be put up before any closures to keep people informed.

If you have any enquires about the works please contract Gavin on 01472 325670 or visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/travel for the latest live travel information and click on the alerts tab to register for email alerts about road works in your area.

The works are being managed on behalf of the council by Cofely and we’d like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused.