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16 August 2017Call outs for mice in NPT
Mice in NPT
Wales on line report that NPT Council have had above average callouts to deal with mice in domestic properties.
“Councils do not have a statutory duty to eradicate rats and other pests and as such many do not offer the services provided by Neath Port Talbot council. For such areas this function will be provided by private companies and the data reported does not include visits by commercial providers.
“The data reported for Neath Port Talbot also includes repeat visits as part of a very competitively-priced and responsive service. Visits from the council’s pest control team for a range of pests, including rats and mice, can be booked online at www.npt.gov.uk/PestControl or by contacting the council’s contact centre.”
04 August 2017Police take action
Police take action in Neath
A major operation to tackle long-term anti-social behaviour in Neath town centre is well underway, but there are concerns it will just push it into the surrounding area.
The crackdown by South Wales Police, called Operation Grey Denver, began last month with officers taking to the streets in Swansea , Neath and Port Talbot to talk with people and attempt to get them the help they need, such as drug and alcohol treatment, support services and advice from homeless charities.
Where appropriate, section 35 notices – which require the recipient to leave an area for 24 hours – have been used.
Most recently, police cleared the benches in Neath of people using them ‘anti-socially’.
Source: SWEP website
03 August 2017Not Neath - it's Port Talbot
Neath Port Talbot Council
A £5.6m new transport hub for trains, buses, cyclists, and taxis is almost complete
Finishing touches are being put to the Port Talbot project
Source: Wales on Line
02 August 2017Litter - Can you believe this?
Can you believe this? It's from a NPT Council Source
Neath Port Talbot Council spends around £2m per year on clearing up all types of litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and addressing "grot spot" areas. Money that could be put to much better use.
For example including the necessary traffic management it costs around £23,000 each time to litter pick the A465 in the County Borough.
Two additional Enforcement Officers will join our current team of six, to issue on the spot fines and undertake prosecutions with legal colleagues.
This approach is showing results. Recent figures released by the Welsh Government show that Neath Port Talbot came out on top as the highest performing local authority for fly-tipping prosecutions in Wales in 2015/16.
01 August 2017NPT Council News Page
News on NPT website
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01 August 2017New Team for Young People
New Team for Young People with Complex Needs
Neath Port Talbot Council has agreed to establish a pilot team to support young people with complex needs.
The pilot team will be developed to improve the process of young people with complex needs moving into adulthood. The initial focus of the team will be working with young people who are known to the Local Authority who have complex emotional, behavioural, or emerging mental health difficulties who are receiving support or care and, who often need continued support when they become an adult.
The new team will consist of a joint working approach between adult and children social services to make sure the transfer of care is in place before they reach the age of 18. Engaging with a young person at an earlier stage in their life will ensure the relevant care services for their needs are allocated well in advance of them becoming 18. This will help to remove the uncertainty of a sudden cut off point of services when a certain age is reached. Other benefits of joint working between the teams will include better use of information, improved planning and better management of outcomes for young people.
The team will be implemented in September for an initial period of 5 months and will work in addition to the Council’s established Transition Protocol for young people with physical and learning disabilities.
Councillor Alan Lockyer, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services said:
“We want to ensure the journey for young people moving into adulthood is as seamless as possible. Continuing to find ways to improve our services such as establishing a pilot team to allow services for children and adults to work more closely together is one way of doing this.
“It is a key priority of the Council to make a positive difference to the lives of all children and young people in care.”
Source: FYI - Neath
01 August 2017Homelessness in Neath
Action on Homelessness in Neath
A new Prevention and Wellbeing Service has been launched to address housing-related issues across Neath Port Talbot.
The new service aims to simplify access to support and provide early intervention and prevention on homelessness by bringing together a range of services previously delivered by separate providers.
Following a tender process earlier this year the Council commissioned homelessness charity The Wallich to deliver all-inclusive multi-specialist support to assist vulnerable people aged 16 years or over regardless of their age or housing situation.
As part of this new service, The Wallich will also offer a Conflict Resolution Specialist to assist those who have anti-social behaviour, family or landlord disputes which require mediation intervention.
Previously, nine different organisations delivered eleven types of service covering a wide range of issues such as managing and complying with the terms of a tenancy; assistance with budgeting and financial issues; maintaining the safety and security of the home and benefit issues.
The new service will cover the whole county borough from four centres in Neath, Port Talbot, Pontardawe and Glynneath, as well as offering a drop in service in existing community hubs such as libraries to provide accessible locations across the valleys.
Outside of office hours, the service will be available on a 24/7 basis and responsive to clients support needs.
The £695k initiative will be funded via the Welsh Government’s Supporting People programme for a minimum period of 3 years.
Cllr Peter Richards, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health said: “Reconfiguring our provision into a single, holistic service will enable us to better meet the needs of vulnerable people whatever their housing situation, from rough sleepers to owner occupiers, wherever they may be”.
“As with many social issues, to address homelessness there is a clear need to provide early intervention and prevention via effective and innovative services. The Prevention and Wellbeing Service (PAWS) project will benefit from The Wallich’s extensive experience in this field and will complement Council initiatives such as the Gateway and Local Area Coordination”.
For more information on the PAWS project please contact The Wallich on (01639) 642202 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: FTI 0 Neath