The January meeting of Stanley Town Council is the meeting where the budget will be set for 2018/19, which is the main item of business. Other business to be discussed includes Stanley in Bloom and the Policy working group. All STC meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at Stanley Civic Hall.
The Agenda and papers for next week’s Committee Meeting are linked below.
At the meeting Inspector Dave Stewart will speak to members about current policing priorities in Stanley. There will be an update from the Community Led Local Development Fund Officer about projects locally which are being funded through European Strategic Funding, an update on the activities of the STC Wardens service and a discussion about the budget for 2019/20.
The meeting starts at 6.30 pm, Wednesday 12th December at the Civic Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Background Papers Finance December 18 [PDF, 32.3 MB]
The agenda and papers for next week’s Full Council meeting are linked below. It will be a busy meeting, featuring presentations and feedback from Stanley Events on the Fireworks Display, an update from the STC Funded Advice Partnership which provides 5 day a week, face to face advice in Stanley and from County Durham Community Foundation in relation to a proposal to set up a new community fund for Stanley. There will also be a review of the town’s Remembrance Sunday events, proposals for the Civic Hall, Funding of local theatre groups and other business discussed.
All of our meetings are open to the public and residents are welcome to attend and may ask questions relating to the business on the agenda. Please notify the Clerk in advance of the meeting if you wish to ask a question.
The meeting will be held at 6.30pm in the Civic Hall.
FC November Combined Papers [8.8 MB, PDF]
Stanley Town Council has thrown its backing behind a campaign to protect the rights of workers with potentially fatal conditions.
It has signed up to the “Dying to Work” Charter, which is pressing for additional protection for terminally ill employees and is backed by the TUC, GMB and Unison.
The Charter was signed by Council Leader, David Marshall, who said he was proud to back a campaign that was seeking to protect those who require it most, and Beth Farhat, regional secretary of the TUC.
Cllr Marshall said: “We are trying to help protect people who fall victim to unscrupulous employers who utilise a loophole in the law to dismiss poor people who are dying due to illness. It beggars belief that people can sink so low as to do this, but they do.
“We believe that every person battling terminal conditions deserves the choice of how to spend their final months.”
Many workers will get a serious illness at some time in their careers, that may require time off, often for many months, to receive treatment or recover. Best practice guidance has been produced by the TUC and others to deal with cases of long-term illness or return to work for those who are disabled as a result of an illness or injury.
Beth Farhat said: “In cases where there is no effective treatment, an employee can face huge emotional stress, fear and uncertainty. When that happens, trade unions will try to remove any additional stress and worry.
“UK Social Security legislation defines a terminal illness as: “a progressive disease where death as a consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within six months”, however many patients can have a terminal illness and survive much longer than that… and they deserve to be protected when they are at their most vulnerable.
“We already have cross parliamentary support for this campaign however we need to wait for domestic policy to progress in order for us to change legislation. To do that, we need to demonstrate that authorities and businesses across the country are supporting our cause.
“By having Stanley Town Council sign up to the charter, we’re doing just that. We’re delighted to have them involved and working together, are looking forward to changing the lives of people not just in Stanley, but across the UK.”
Sometimes the nature of the illness is such that the person is unlikely to be able to work again. In other cases, a person may decide that they do not want to work anymore and would rather spend their remaining time with family and friends, getting affairs in order, or simply doing what they want.
However, many workers with a terminal diagnosis decide to continue working as long as they can, either because they need the financial security or because they find work a distraction. Whatever the choice, they should expect help and support from their employer. Unfortunately, the experience of many workers is an unsympathetic employer who puts up barriers to them continuing in work.
Cllr Marshall added: “There are few things more traumatic than being told that you are going to die as a result of a disease for which there is no cure.
“But if a worker with a terminal illness loses their job they lose their income. They can also lose any death in service payments they have earned through a life-time of work – by backing the Dying to Work Charter, we are saying that we do not agree with this, that something has to change and that we, as a society, must do better to offer support to people when they need it most.”
The Agenda and papers for next Wednesday’s Finance Committee are linked below.
Please note that this meeting will be held at Stanley Masonic Hall, Scott Street, Stanley due to theatre bookings in the Civic Hall. The meeting will also start at the unusual time of 7.30 pm. The public are welcome to attend the meeting but will not be admitted before 7.30.
The agenda is primarily concerned with budgets and budget setting.
Linked below is the agenda and supporting papers for next week’s Full Council meeting of Stanley Town Council. Business being discussed includes Feedback from the Council’s funding of the SHAID Homelessness Support service, Review of the Council’s Medium Term Plan and a proposal for a heritage plaque to mark the birthplace of Matthew Kirtly.
All Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall from 6.30 pm.
Vacancy: Deputy Town Clerk
Stanley Town Council
Salary: Grade 11 (SCP 36-40); £32,233-£36,153, depending on experience and qualifications plus Local Government Pension Scheme Membership
Stanley Town Council serves the former mining town of Stanley and the surrounding villages. With a total population of over 30,000 people in over a dozen settlements, the Council represents a diverse range of communities, ranging from rural villages to areas of high deprivation.
The Council is committed to finding innovative ways to support and add value to the communities it serves. Currently the Council provides an enhanced neighbourhood wardens service for the area, an environmental caretaker team, funds 5 day a week general and money advice services and operates the Civic Hall, a multipurpose community venue and theatre.
The Council also supports a wide range of local groups and organisations through large and small grants, holds a small portfolio of community buildings which are used by vital third sector partners, provides a range of community events and takes a lead in the celebration of our area’s heritage.
The Council is building capacity in its team and is seeking a Deputy Town Clerk with the enthusiasm, commitment, drive and creativity to continue developing local services and promote the Authority to our communities.
You will need excellent leadership skills and preferably previous Town or Parish Clerk or relevant principal authority experience. You will need a proven track record of leading strategic projects, developing and implementing policies, commissioning services and both setting and managing budgets to deliver outcomes. You will also need to either hold, or be willing to obtain, the Certificate in Local Council Administration.
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All applications should be submitted electronically by email to email@example.com. Please put “Deputy Town Clerk Application” in the subject line.
The closing date for this vacancy is Friday 19th October 2018.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Alan Shaw, Town Clerk on 01207 299109.
The agenda and background papers for next Tuesday’s Full Council meeting are linked below. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm at the Civic Hall and is open to the general public. Members of the public may ask questions in relation to the business on the agenda, please notify the Town Clerk in advance of the meeting. Contact Us
the business to be considered at the meeting will include:
An update from the CLLD Funding Officer; Fireworks; Civic Hall Business Planning; Beacons of Light; Neighbourhood Wardens Update.
Gordon was elected last Thursday as the new town councillor for the Havannah ward. Gordon told the Town Clerk that he’s really looking forward to the challenge and brings with him The experience of a career in business and a real desire to work with his Colleagues to help The community in his Shield Row ward and the wider Stanley area. welcome to STC Gordon!
Gordon’s contact details can be found on our Councillors page
The agenda and papers for next week’s meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee are linked below. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 12th September at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. If members of the public wish to ask the members a questionn please use the contact form to advise us or speak to the Clerk in advance of the meeting.
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