COOKING ON A BUDGET Join the Team of ‘YOU CAN COOK’ for this free and interactive workshop presentation, fully funded by the Lottery Community Fund in association with Financial Inclusion Project Borders ...
CONSULTATION ON THE SCOTTISH BORDERS AFFORDABLE WARMTH AND HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRATEGY
Scottish Borders Council is committed to creating a region that is fair for everyone and where we all have an equal and positive chance to succeed. Tackling fuel poverty will be a key step towards achieving this.
The aim is to provide affordable warmth and healthy homes for everyone living in the Borders. A key commitment in SBC's Community Plan is that “More people are able to afford to heat their homes”. The Local Housing Strategy (LHS) 2017-2022 is the Council’s key strategic document for planning and delivering initiatives to reduce fuel poverty and improve home energy efficiency. Priority 2 of the LHS is that “More people live in good quality, energy efficient homes”. To support Priority 2 of the LHS, we are finalising our Affordable Warmth and Energy Efficiency Strategy.
Why SBC is Consulting
SBC has developed a draft vision and priorities for the Affordable Warmth and Home Energy Efficiency Strategy with its partners. Before the strategy is finalised, they want to make sure that local people, communities and stakeholders have their say on whether these priorities will make a positive contribution to meeting the needs of people in the Borders. Throughout the consultation there are questions on each of the areas we are seeking views on, with an opportunity for people to contribute their response.
To take part in the survey please gp to the following link:
Weekend weather warning!There is currently a yellow weather warning for SNOW this Saturday. Met Office advise this may bring some travel disruption, especially over higher ground. Keep an eye out for further updates over the next couple of days #SBCtravel ow.ly/DfFh30o2HRW...
SCAM WARNINGSCAM WARNING - FAKE TV LICENSING EMAILS
An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers.
Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.
How you can protect yourself: • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details. • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing. • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.
What to do if you’ve fallen victim: • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040. ...
Community Recycling Cerntres are changing thier opening hoursThe opening hours of our community recycling centres are changing so the facilities are open later in summer and remain open throughout weekends to meet demand. Check your local CRC new opening times - starting Monday 01 April #recycling ow.ly/aRHv30o0FYn...
On Friday, March 15, people across the UK will be coming together to do things big and small, that will add up to something massive.
Whether you’re dressing up with friends, having an office bake sale or even climbing a mountain there’s still time to get your free fundraising pack, you’ll be helping vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest communities.
When you donate to Comic Relief you’re supporting vulnerable people and communities in the UK and internationally. Comic Relief’s vision is to create a just world free from poverty and they’re doing this by funding amazing organisations doing amazing things.
Through humour and stories of hope, they have shown that people can make a massive difference.
Comic Relief are working with local organisations in the UK and around the world who’ve proven that their approach to solving peoples’ problems work - and invest in them as they grow.
For the last ten years they have supported work that meets the needs of children and young people, including, making sure they are protected from violence, exploitation and abuse, have improved access to quality non-formal education and training and more.
You can help by taking on a fundraising challenge, buy a red nose or host a bake sale. If that's not your bag then buy some merchandise or make a donation.
It doesn't matter how you get involved, as long as you do. ...
Residents in Eyemouth are asked to note that work is about to get underway regarding the replacement of the Red Bridge at Eyemouth Harbour.
Between Monday, March 18, and Sunday, March 31, contractors will carry out the preparatory groundworks and site set-up but pedestrian access will be open during this phase. The installation of middle pier railings will also take place during this period.
Between Monday, April 1, and Monday, May 13, the existing bridge will be removed and work commenced on the new bridge. There will be no pedestrian access during this period and a signed diversion will be put in place taking pedestrians along in front of Dundee House, across the silver bridge, along Browns Bank and The Avenue to bring them outside Gunsgreen House behind the Lifeboat Station. ...
Borders Police have received a report of a Peebles resident receiving bogus calls yesterday from a man claiming to be from Scottish Borders Council saying that she was due a Council Tax refund.
The man asked for bank card details and the resident subsequently discovered money had been taken from her account.
Scottish Borders Council will never call people to either refund or demand payment of Council Tax. Please be very wary of unsolicited phone calls and NEVER give personal details including bank or credit card details.
Terminate the call and contact the organisation using the number you would normally contact them on NOT the number given by the caller.
What else can I do that will help protect me from Bogus Phone Callers? • Consider making your phone number ex-directory. • Register with the Telephone Preference Service • Consider installing call-screening / blocking device • Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to. • Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone. • NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information. • Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable. • Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you. • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams please visit the Police Scotland Website ...
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is working with the Scottish Borders Alcohol and Drug Partnership to understand more about the experiences of individuals, families and the wider community in relation to drug & alcohol use.
We know that many people are concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use. However, we also know that people can feel too embarrassed, ashamed or afraid to talk to anyone else about this. Working together, we want to identify and reach families who are affected by alcohol and drugs, in particular those who are not already in touch with services.
The Scottish Borders Alcohol and Drug Partnership will use the findings of this Project to inform its future work across the region.
Please help us by filling in this electronic survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes - feel free to share this link with your friends, neighbours and relatives who may be interested in participating: