Zetland FM Local News - 22nd December 2018
Residents in our area who are having trouble transferring to Universal Credit are being reminded that support is available;
Police are asking the for the public's help to ensure that only urgent calls are made to the 999 number this festive period;
...and Redcar's thriving nightlife scene has received a welcome boost with the opening of two new bars, with a little help from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s High Street Support Scheme.
Residents in our area who are having trouble transferring to Universal Credit are being reminded that support is available.
Universal Credit is a replacement for Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, income-based Employment & Support Allowance, Income Support and Housing Benefit.
The new benefit means a single monthly payment is made and Universal Credit was rolled out in Redcar and Cleveland last month.
It may take five weeks for people making a new claim or who had a change in circumstances to receive money.
However, anyone experiencing difficulties are reminded that it is possible to claim an advance payment within three working days of your claim, although this will automatically be deducted from future payments.
It is also possible to request a ‘same day’ advance.
More information on Universal Credit can be found by visiting the GOV.UK website and searching for Universal Credit and on the Council’s website www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/universal-credit
Police are asking the for the public's help to ensure that only urgent calls are made to the 999 number this festive period.
Traditionally the lead up to Christmas is a busy period for all of the emergency services, and officers are reminding people to use the 999 and 101 system appropriately and not to make hoax calls, otherwise they could face prosecution.
In recent weeks, call handlers at Cleveland Police have taken calls on the 999 number from;
Someone who didn’t like their eyebrows after an appointment and expected the police to deal with the beautician and demand a refund.
A business owner who didn’t like the reviews left about his business on their Facebook page
A football fan asking what the football score was.
Cleveland Police are advising the public to check their website or the Ask the Police website in the first instance for non-emergency issues.
Redcar's thriving nightlife scene has received a welcome boost with the opening of two new bars, with a little help from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s High Street Support Scheme.
The Halt, on Station Road, and The Prosecco Quarter, on Queen Street, are the new hot spots in the seaside town’s booming Northern Quarter.
The owners of both new bars accessed financial assistance from the High Street Support Scheme.
Lee Shore, co-owner of The Halt, which is fast gaining a reputation for its live music offer, received a match-funded grant of £10,000 from the support scheme.
Damon Smee, owner of The Prosecco Quarter, benefitted from the scheme with £4,739.80 which was in turn match funded by Damon to carry out a full renovation of the former fishmonger’s unit to transform it into the bar.
For further information about the scheme, call the Council on 01642 444494.