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Commissioner lightens load on taxpayers

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THE PEOPLE of Dyfed-Powys will pay less for their policing services this year.

Load lightened: The Commissioner’s proposal means people will pay less for policing services.

Load lightened: The Commissioner’s proposal means people will pay
less for policing services.

A proposal by their Police and Crime Commissioner to lower the council tax precept by 5% was agreed by the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel last Friday (Jan 23).

The new policing precept at council tax band D will be £200.07 (down from £210.60) – a decrease of 20.3p per week. This, along with Government money and a contribution from reserves, will deliver total 2015- 16 Dyfed-Powys police and crime funding of £95.6m.

Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “This will lighten the load on the hard-pressed householders of an economically poor region. It’s been made possible by tough decisions I’ve taken to make Dyfed- Powys Police more efficient – and by the hard work of the Chief Constable, his officers and staff. The result will be more – and improved – policing for less money. We’ll have 100,000 extra hours on the beat this year, we’re on track to make £8.8m in savings by next year and now we’re giving some of that back to the public. My decision brings our precept more in line with others in Wales. Last year the people of Dyfed-Powys paid the second highest rate in Wales – now I believe they’ll pay the joint lowest. Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys will continue to be safe. Crime is falling; we have low crime rates and high detection rates. Our police are becoming more connected with traditional local communities and cutting edge digital communication; new and improved services are being introduced. Ours is not a rich part of the world but I can now ensure that families struggling with bills will pay a little bit less. Plans mean Dyfed- Powys householders will pay the same for policing in 2017 as they did in 2014. We will continue to invest in estates and IT to deliver 100,000 more officer hours to the front line in 2015 – and a modern, 21st century estate.”

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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