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Town Councillor Surgery this Saturday

Town councillors will be available for you to raise any issues or ideas every Saturday. Please visit them in the Jubilee room, in the Pump House between 10am and 12pm.

Contact Jo King for further details. jo@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

Christmas Shopping Saturday in Faringdon 7th December

We are looking forward to our Market and Young Traders Market This Saturday – please come down and support your town centre!

You can buy cakes, baked goods, plants, fresh produce, books and gifts as well as a huge variety of things from the young traders!

You can even pick up your Christmas tree from RV Fishing tackle who will be outside the Bell.

Why not enjoy a coffee or mulled wine from one of Faringdon’s fine establishments or support The Place cake and coffee in the Corn Exchange!

All our independent shops will be open where you can buy variety of gifts and order your Christmas Turkey!

There is also a craft fair in the Jubilee Room with wonderful handmade gifts.

So you can get all you Christmas shopping in Faringdon this Saturday – why go anywhere else?

CAB-Press Release

Citizens Advice helped almost 300 families in Oxfordshire keep a roof over their heads

30th November

Citizens Advice offices in Oxfordshire are delighted to announce that the charity is taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, held on 3 December 2019.

The charity’s free advice and support helped over 280 families in Oxfordshire keep a roof over their heads last year. Over 500 families in Oxfordshire gained a combined total of £2.9 million in income. A total of 282 pensioners were supported with attendance allowance applications, which helped them to receive a combined extra £1.1million income to cover their care costs.

Every year thousands of people come to Citizens Advice for free advice and help to solve their problems. Last year the charity helped 24,500 people in Oxfordshire with 73,000 issues such as benefits, housing, debt, benefits, employment, relationships and consumer rights.

The charity needs to raise funds to keep supporting the thousands of people who need its help each year. In addition to applying for grants, Citizens Advice Oxfordshire relies heavily on donations to ensure that everyone who walks through the door or calls the charity can be helped.

Donating to Citizens Advice will help the charity continue its vital work in Oxfordshire in 2020.  Change someone’s life for the better by donating on

www.citizensadviceoxfordshire.charitycheckout.co.uk/profile

We give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are and whatever their problem.

  • Citizens Advice helps people keep a roof over their heads by providing advice on housing benefit eligibility, money management and debt solutions. The charity also challenges and appeals housing benefits and helps with homelessness applications.
  • Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people over State Pension age who need help with personal care or supervision because of illness or disability. Many people are entitled to Attendance Allowance but don’t know enough about it to claim. Claim forms can be long and daunting so Citizens Advice helps people through the process.
  • #GivingTuesday began in the USA in 2012 as a way to “give back” after the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) with the key aim of encouraging people to think of others in the weeks before Christmas. There are numerous ways to get involved through donating to charity or volunteering.
  • The four Citizens Advice – West Oxfordshire, Oxford, North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire South and Vale – all exist to provide free, confidential, independent advice and they are all members of Citizens Advice, the national charity.
  • For Citizens Advice Oxfordshire general information, visit www.caox.org.co.uk
  • Citizens Advice in Oxfordshire is supported by more than 670 trained volunteers and 52 paid staff working in 14 advice centres. In the last year we helped 24,500 people across Oxfordshire with 73,000 issues.
  • Citizens Advice is made up of the national charity Citizens Advice; the network of independent local Citizens Advice charities across England and Wales; the Citizens Advice consumer service; and the Witness Service.
  • Citizens Advice helped 2.7 million people face to face, over the phone, by email and web chat in 2018-19. We had 29 million visits to our national website. For full service statistics see the Citizens Advice monthly publication Advice Trends

The Wilderness

FTC are very excited to announce that we are exploring The Wilderness

Work has started to investigate wildlife present in the land adjacent to the Hobble. FTC hope to designate this land as a wildlife sanctuary. The Council want to involve the community in surveying and protecting the wildlife that has made the Wildnerness its home. Once the pathways are cut and fences mended we would like to community to get involved and help us to plan how the site is conserved. If you have any ideas or thoughts please come and share them at our Town Budget Meeting on Monday 2nd December – 7.30pm Corn Exchange.

You can also get in touch by dropping into our offices at the Pump House, Market Place open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1pm Saturdays.

Councillors are available every Saturday 10am to 12pm in the Pump House.

You can also email office@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01367 240281

Southampton Street Car Park

Work has started to improve Southampton Street Car park! The flower bed at the back of the old Budgens site is being removed to make way for a seating area, flower beds and signs will also be improved, as well as general improvements. This is a partnership project – VWHDC are carrying out the hard landscaping, FTC will be working with local groups to improve the flower beds and to install seating and boards marking out walking and cycling routes. If you have any ideas please come to the Town Budget meeting on Monday 2nd December – 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange and share them with your councillors.

OPENING SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER At 12pm!

We are very excited to announce the opening of our Lord Berners exhibition.

The Berners exhibition is part of the Faringdon museum in the Pump House and is FREE

Do visit us in the Town Council Offices when you are in town celebrating Festive Faringdon!

Apply now for right to remain in UK – Citizens Advice


 
If you are a European Union citizen living or working in the UK, you might be wondering what will happen when the United Kingdom leaves the EU and what you should do so that you have the right to remain in this country.
 
The government has set up a programme called the EU Settlement Scheme which is intended for you. There is no charge for applying to this scheme. Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can also apply. It is important that you apply NOW, without waiting until the UK actually leaves. You can begin the process here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
 
If your application is successful you will be able to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You will also have the right to work in the UK, use the National Health Service, get access to benefits and pensions if you are eligible, and travel in and out of the country.  There is more information about your rights on the government website.
 
The new deadline for the UK to leave the EU is 31 January 2020 but it is still unclear exactly how it will take place, especially in view of the general election in December.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you will need to be living in the UK BEFORE it leaves the EU in order to apply.
 
Check the Citizens Advice website at: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/immigration/staying-in-the-uk-after-brexit 
South Oxfordshire District Council also has up-to-date advice on www.southoxon.gov.uk/brexit
 
You can visit Citizens Advice in person or call us on Adviceline (0300 330 9042). For locations of offices and opening hours see www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale