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Government lays Unitary Legislation before Parliament

Government legislation required to create two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire has been laid before Parliament.

The document, known as the Northamptonshire Structural Changes Order 2019 (SCO), sets out how the two new unitary authorities will be formed to replace the existing eight councils on 1 April 2021.

The Draft Order will now be considered and debated by both Houses of Parliament and if approved, should become legislation by the end of the year.

 

The Structural Changes Order confirms the following details:

  • The names of the new unitary authorities will be North Northamptonshire Council (covering Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough) and West Northamptonshire Council (covering Northampton, Daventry District and South Northants areas)
  • The existing eight councils will be wound up and abolished on 1 April 2021 when the two new unitary councils come into effect
  • Two temporary Shadow Authorities – one each for the North and West – will be formed in May 2020 with responsibility for delivering the new unitary councils and setting their first budgets and council tax.  Until then, the joint committees currently in place in the North and West will continue to take responsibility for putting unitary plans in place.
  • Elections for the unitary councils will be held in May 2020 – councillors will serve a five-year term, with their first year on the shadow authorities. There will be 78 councillors elected for the North and 93 for the West.
  • Parish council elections will go ahead in May 2020 too but the district and borough elections will not take place so current members will serve until their existing councils are abolished.

The draft Order also makes it clear that future governance arrangements, including overview and scrutiny, will be for the new councils to decide once they go live on 1 April 2021.

To view the full Order visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111190968/contents

 

Northamptonshire’s county, district and borough councils are working together with partners on a programme to ensure the two new unitary authorities are delivered on 1 April 2021 with better quality, integrated services for residents across the county.

The Future Northants programme involves councillors and staff from all eight authorities working together to prepare for the new unitary councils and ensure the transformation of public services across the county.

To find out more about and keep up-to-date on Northamptonshire’s unitary preparations, visit futurenorthantsnorth.org or futurenorthantswest.org

 

Bounce Your Way to Fitness in the New Year

Stuck for what to get a loved one for Christmas?  As you know, I love to discover more ways to be healthy and I’ve recently taken up …. Bouncing!!!rebounding benefits nene local

Yep like Joey the Kangaroo I’ve been bouncing around, on my rebounder.

Why I hear you cry?  Why not just run around the park? I’ll give you some great reasons below and maybe you’ll want to bounce yourself….

What is rebounding? A rebounder is a small mini trampoline, around one meter in dimeter, sometimes with handles to steady you and sometimes without, they are ideal for home use and can store away nicely.  Use in the house or garden in the summer.

The Benefits

  1. Rebounding is god for your digestion and ….err.. elimination! Helping you feel less bloated.
  2. Stimulates your metabolism – so you burn more calories, even when your are at rest
  3. Rebounding can help lower cholesterol
  4. Helping a stagnant lymphatic system, rebounding can help with cellulite
  5. Helps prevent emotional eating, rebounding actually can help you feel happier and less likely to reach for the biscuits
  6. It can help you increase your stamina for other exercises and chores
  7. Helps lower your blood sugar and helps insulin work better
  8. It burns loads of calories!!!
  9. Rebounding can help slim your tummy
  10. It pairs will with HIIT training, I’m doing this – Warm up, then 1 minute ‘go for it’ then 2 minutes less energetic then repeat. Doing the HIIT for 1minutes each morning and evening at the moment, I’ll get to 30 minutes each time.
  11. As well as helping drain the lymphatic system (immune system) it is also anti-inflammatory
  12. Increases self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself
  13. Strengthens the heart
  14. Helps oxygenate the body
  15. Gives your body a G Force – thereby strengthening muscles
  16. Increases lung capacity
  17. Lowers blood pressure
  18. Increases endurance
  19. Improves the immune system
  20. Improves the effects of other exercises you may do
  21. Reduces your risk of chronic disease
  22. Improves sleep quality
  23. Fights fatigue
  24. Reduces risk of developing dementia
  25. Reduces the risk of falls and improves balance
  26. Improves the memory
  27. Improves posture
  28. Easy on the joints
  29. FUN!!

 

The ideal is to rebound for around 15-30 minutes each morning and evening, easier said than done as it does wear you out!!

 

For more information on the benefits of rebounding click the link https://liveboldandbloom.com/07/health/rebounding-benefits

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Councils to Crack Down on Unlicensed HMOs

Councils in North Northamptonshire will be taking action to tackle private landlords whose properties are not licensed, following recent changes in legislation to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which came into effect on 1 October 2018.

 

The legislation now requires any privately rented property occupied by five or more people living as two or more households to be licensed under the mandatory HMO scheme.

 

Since the legislation came into force, councils in North Northamptonshire have been working with landlords to make sure that their properties are correctly licensed. Teams have aligned HMO standards and processes to make it easier for landlords to comply if they have properties across district boundaries.

 

Private Sector Housing Officers are now pursuing landlords and managers that fail to licence their properties. Landlords operating an illegal HMO could face prosecution and an unlimited fine or a penalty of up to £30,000. Tenants or the council can also apply to have up to 12 months rent repaid to them if their rented property should be licensed, but the landlord has not made an application.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said: “Changes to the way we license HMO properties came into effect last year in order to provide further assurance and protection to private tenants.

 

“We have been working with our neighbouring councils to provide landlords with the information they need to ensure their properties meets the new legislation but will now take action to prosecute those that do not responsibly license their private lets.”

 

Tenants can check if their property is licenced by looking on the Public Register at: https://lipublicaccess.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/online-licensing

 

To report an unlicensed property you can email licensingunit@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call the team on 01832 742102.