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The village suffers greatly from dog fouling, please pick up after your pooch! The litter bins that are located at the side of the road are dual purpose, put your pooches poo in these or the designated dog bins, these are emptied by the District Council.

The bins on the village green and at St Michael's Recreation area are supplied and emptied by the Parish Council. The people who empty are extremely good and sort the rubbish to recycle as much as they can. If possible please use another bin for dog poo so they do not have to handle it. Though it is preferable than leaving it on the ground or collecting it in a nice little bag and throwing it, or hanging in a tree!

Thank you

 

Universal credit is hitting our village.  If you are having difficulties the Citizens Advice are able to help.  Below are details circulated by them.

Citizens Advice extends lifeline as Universal Credit sweeps into Oxfordshire

As Oxfordshire South and Vale becomes the latest full service area for the introduction of Universal Credit, the national charity Citizens Advice has jumped into the breach by offering the help of specially-trained advisers.

South Oxfordshire became a full service area for Universal Credit on 11 October. This means that anyone applying for one of the six means-tested benefits (or already on one of them but reporting a change in circumstances) will have to apply for Universal Credit. Citizens Advice is aware that some applicants might struggle with the new system but the charity’s specially-trained advisers are available to help any clients who need it.

Citizens Advice is working closely with the district councils’ housing needs teams and local housing associations to support those who struggle with Universal Credit.

Universal Credit merges six existing benefits into one: Child Tax Credit; Working Tax Credit; Housing Benefit; Income Support; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

Citizens Advice has already issued a strong warning over plans to accelerate the introduction of Universal Credit, saying that introducing it in haste could have devastating consequences and will push some people into debt. Up to 20 per cent of applicants for Universal Credit are expected to experience serious problems. Citizens Advice says the problems centre around application process delays rather than the new policy as a whole.

Universal Credit has already been bogged down in many issues including the long wait for first payment, the lack of support in place to help claimants adapt and the resulting strain on public services. 

Citizens Advice offers confidential, impartial advice and information on many day-to-day issues. If you need help with Universal Credit, take immediate action and visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk or telephone 03 444 111 444 or drop in to your nearest Citizens Advice office. For locations and opening hours see www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale

 

 

Water Voles

The water vole is Britain’s fastest declining mammal and help is needed from the villagers of Steventon to prevent further loss.

For more information on how you can help please read the water vole page. Water Voles


 

 

 

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