The Government is giving Police and Crime Commissioners the flexibility to increase the policing element of the Council Tax in 2022 by £10 per year (for a Band D property) to fund the increasing demands on policing. With over 60% of council taxpayers in the Hampshire Constabulary policing area living in properties that are Band A-C the majority of people would see an increase of less than £10 a year.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & Isle of Wight has launched her annual police budget precept consultation and wants to hear residents’ views. She is asking local residents to complete an online survey and/or to sign up to a focus group:
Scottish & Southern Electricity (SEE) Networks - FREE Extra Support during Power Cuts
At the last Parish Council meeting, a presentation was given by SEE on useful information and tips in the event of a power cut. The leaflets that were given out at that meeting are available below. The first leaflet below provides useful guidance and help on keeping warm and saving money.
The second leaflet provides details on organising a Household Emergency Plan. If a major emergency happens, it may be some time before help arrives. It is very important that you and your family get together to prepare. The advice from SEE is to agree a plan in advance with those in your home and complete the template contained in the document by way of a plan in advance with those in your home. Complete the template together and keep it safe in case you need it to use it.
The final document provides details of the Priority Servies Register. This is a service which provides additional help to people who need it most. If you are eligible and meet the conditions as set out in the document, you should consider contacting the SEE and other utiltities on the numbers contained in the document.
A new campaign, Use the Right Service, which helps people access the correct NHS service, has been launched across south west Hampshire and Southampton.
Use the Right Service promotes alternatives to A&E for non-emergencies, such as home care, pharmacies, 111 and Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs), and is designed to support the reduction of pressure on A&E at Southampton General Hospital.
Over the coming months we will be promoting our integrated, cross partner campaign, via radio advertising on Heart FM and Smooth FM, digital and social media updates, street and transport advertising, as well as spreading the message through the distribution channels of local partners, such as GPs, councils, schools, voluntary organisations and community centres.
Use the Right Service has its own website – https://usetherightservice.com/– and has been formed through a collaboration of 10 partners across the region:
· Care UK
As NHS staff we have an important role to play as ‘ambassadors’, to ensure that people access the right NHS service, receive the highest quality care and to ensure that A&E and 999 services are used for those that urgently need them.
Scam Messages - Beware of text, emails and Social Media messages purporting to be from Argos. The message will be asking you to click on a link which will take you to a website controlled by criminals to steal your personal and financial information.
If in doubt do a separate web search for Argos and look on the official website for the gift card offer. Do NOT USE any part of the link above.
Please be aware of a new Netflix scam/phishing email that is going around.
Emails are being sent from a fake Netflix email account saying ‘updating your payment details’ or ‘expired membership’ in an attempt to steal your personal or financial information.
If you’re worried about the security of your accounts, we’d emphasise the importance of having strong passwords in place, especially for accounts such as Netflix in which two-factor authentication (2FA) isn’t in place.
For advice on how to keep yourself safe from online fraud and cybercrime, please click the following link which will take you to the Hampshire Constabulary website: