Healthwatch Northumberland is collecting data as part of a survey about healthcare in Northumberland on behalf of the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. The survey contains a set of scenarios that ask people to think about the factors most important to them regarding hospitals that provide accident and emergency care.  You can help by completing the questionnaire.  If you know someone who may be interested in completing the questionnaire, please forward this link to them or ask them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a hard copy.

As part of this project a pilot questionnaire was sent out in July to a small number of supporters. The responses from this exercise helped towards finalising the main survey and Healthwatch would like to thank everyone who completed and returned it.  

Following concerns raised elsewhere in the country of websites that charge £49 for help with a blue badge application, Northumberland County Council is reminding residents that applying for a disabled parking badge is free and that these sites are not associated with the Blue Badge Improvement Service.

People can apply for their blue badge free through www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.  More information about disabled parking is available at www.northumberland.gov.uk.   Staff are also available at the council’s customer information centres to help people fill in the application forms at no cost.

Plans are underway to develop a neighbourhood plan for Ellington and Linton Parish.
Formal consultation on whether the local community supports this as a suitable area for neighbourhood planning is taking place from Friday 19 February to Monday 21 March 2016. 
 

Ellington and Linton Parish Council, as the qualifying body for neighbourhood planning purposes, has applied for the area to be designated because it feels it would be appropriate to prepare local planning policies that can address the needs and wishes of the local community.  Plans must also take into account national planning policy and the policies set out in the Northumberland Local Plan.
  
Details of the application by Ellington and Linton Parish Council can be found on Northumberland County Council’s website from Friday, February 19 at http://northumberland.gov.uk/ourplan
Anyone wanting to comment on the proposed neighbourhood area can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to the Communities and Infrastructure Team, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF.  Representations must be received by Northumberland County Council on or before Monday 21 March 2016.

Following concerns raised elsewhere in the country of websites that charge £49 for help with a blue badge application, Northumberland County Council is reminding residents that applying for a disabled parking badge is free and that these sites are not associated with the Blue Badge Improvement Service.

People can apply for their blue badge free through www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.  More information about disabled parking is available at www.northumberland.gov.uk.   Staff are also available at the council’s customer information centres to help people fill in the application forms at no cost.

Northumberland CVA is to play an active role in this regional network.  Community Development Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., has been appointed Vice Chair and will use the opportunity to act as a link between Northumberland organisations and what is happening at a regional level.  For example, sharing updates about what initiatives that could benefit local communities or developments around European Funding.  Membership is open to VCSE sector organisations that work in the North East Combined Authority area (Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland) and work on, or have an interest in Skills, Inclusion and Employment issues.

Find out more. To join the group, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.