News in March 2013

Twerton church launches ‘Acoustic Cafe’

 
Acoustic Café is a project by St Michael’s Church to host ‘Open Mic’ events where musicians take it in turns to perform.
 

Anyone can come along who likes listening to music in a chilled out space with drinks and candle light.
 
Here are several photos of the first Acoustic Café event on 13th March. The setting wasn’t exactly like a café but it was quite a good place to relax and socialise just the same.
 
The music seemed mainly a blend of folk, jazz and blues guitar.
 
Acoustic Café is held in the Rec House which is next door to The Full Moon Pub.
 
The next one will be on 19th May at 7.30pm. Entry is £2 plus bring a bottle. Performers get in for free.
 

Joe, 26/03/13

Carrs Wood community litter pick

 
St Michael’s Junior School and the Council are organising a community litter pick to improve the look of Carrs Wood in Twerton.
 
If you are able to help, please meet at:
 

Walwyn Close on Monday 18th March at 1pm

 
If you have any questions or you want to tell them you are coming, please contact:
 
Jeremy Dymond – Play & Community Development Officer
Email: Jeremy_dymond@bathnes.gov.uk
Telephone: 01225 396882
 
Did you know? Thirty-eight years ago, a class in St Michael’s Junior School did a sponsored litter collection to raise funds for the work of the Red Cross in the Vietnam War. See here.

Joe, 11/03/13

The Bedroom Tax begins in April

 
In April this year, housing association tenants will see cuts to their housing benefit if they have more bedrooms than the government thinks they need. This applies to people aged 16 to 61.
 
In their latest magazine, Curo (Somer Housing) estimate that about 1000 of their tenants will be affected. There are many Curo homes in Twerton, Whiteway and Southdown, and another local housing association is Knightstone.
 
Our councillors who have spent much time boasting about the Council’s budget on Twitter and elsewhere, could have spent some of that time putting information on their blogs to help residents facing the Bedroom Tax.
 

 
Curo tenants can get advice from Curo’s welfare reform hotline on 01225 366239, and keep up to date via the Facebook page at: facebook.com/benefitsbigchange. Curo are also organising a free information event on Friday 8th March – for more details contact Jo James on 01225 366147. Knightstone tenants can call Knightstone on 01934 524300.
 
In some cases residents may be able to move to a smaller property, or another option may be to rent a room to a lodger.
 
In deciding whether you have more bedrooms than you need, the government says that:
 

1) A single adult or couple needs one bedroom, even if the couple need to sleep in separate rooms.
2) Two children of the same sex under 16 only need one bedroom.
3) Two children of different sexes under 10 only need one bedroom.

 
Housing association tenants who are affected will lose on average £16 per week. This includes:
 

* Separated parents who share the care of their children and may have been given an extra bedroom to reflect this.
* Couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom to recover from an illness or operation.
* Foster carers because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes.
* Parents whose children visit but are not part of the household.
* Families with disabled children.
* Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.
(Information from National Housing Federation.)

 

A peaceful protest against the Bedroom Tax will be held on Saturday 16th March at 1pm outside the Guildhall in Bath. It will be one of 30 such protests organised around the country on the same day.

 

Joe, 04/03/13

 

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