Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Council urges residents to get the help they need

Published

on

Council urges residents to get the help they need

Now that the Country is in Alert Level 0 and Covid restrictions have relaxed significantly since last summer, many of Ceredigion residents are only now witnessing the full financial impact of the pandemic.

There are concerns about the removal of the £20 per week top-up to Universal Credit payments and about the restart of the minimum income floor for self-employed people on Universal Credit, both of which are due to happen in September. Furlough support has started to taper and employers now have to take some tough decisions about their staffing levels. 

The cost of food and fuel have risen sharply and the temporary 6 month eviction protection period is due for review in September which may reduce security for tenants to pre-pandemic limits. Anyone needing to move on will also feel the impact of recent rises in demand for housing reducing choice, availability and affordability. Many people are seeing their electricity and gas bills rise, and from October there will be increases in the level of the energy price cap, affecting even more households. Speaking to Citizens Advice’s energy team can help make sure your bills stay as low as possible and you claim any extra help your entitled to.

 Councillor Ellen Ap Gwynn is the chair for Ceredigion Public Services Boards Tackling Hardship sub-group. She said: “There is a lot of support and help available, it’s important that people see this as their absolute right and entitlement. We have brought together officers from our Revenue and Benefits service, Housing Options service, Press & Communication service and the CEO’s of CAVO and Citizens Advice Ceredigion to make sure that we work together to make sure that those who are struggling can get access to the benefits and advice that they’re entitled to have. The Benefits page on the Council’s website has a lot of information about the support that’s available so please take a look.”

Serretta Bebb, Citizens Advice CEO for Ceredigion said: “People tend to come to Citizens Advice when they’re at crisis point. Ideally we’d love people to get in touch when they’re first starting to feel the pinch, as there are a lot more options to prevent things getting worse, the earlier you get help. Our advisors are very experienced and can help with benefit claims, debts, housing issues, health & safety at work, housing and a lot more. All these issues are incredibly stressful and really affect people’s health and wellbeing. Ceredigion Citizens Advice have continued to help thousands of clients throughout the pandemic, using telephone, email and video face to face, so please get in touch. We can also point you towards other sources of help and support, for instance social housing tenants can also contact their Landlords for help with money and other issues.”

The Council is urging residents who are facing these challenges to not suffer in silence and to get the help they need. The Council’s Benefit webpage has a vast amount of information available to residents: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/benefits.

Ceredigion Citizens Advice Bureau can be contacted by phone on 01239 621974 or email enquiries@cabceredigion.org.uk.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Education

St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

Published

on

St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

Continue Reading

News

Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

Published

on

DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

Continue Reading

News

Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

Published

on

THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

Continue Reading

Popular This Week