To be entered into the prize draw, simply register here for the council’s Your Account service and access your Council Tax account online.
Entry closes on 30 November 2017
The winner will be drawn in early December and notified by email.
Your Account – Win an iPad Terms and Conditions
Entry to win an iPad is available to new customers registering for Your Account and adding their Council Tax account to receive e-bills between 09 September 2017 and 30 November 2017. This competition is being launched at the Rotherham Show 2017.
The iPad prize has been kindly donated by Arcus Global Ltd.
The winner of the iPad will be selected at random by a senior officer at Rotherham Council.
The winner will be contacted via e-mail during week commencing 04 December 2017 and will have a week to respond to the e-mail to claim the prize otherwise another customer will be selected at random.
Rotherham Council request the winner participates in a photo opportunity upon receipt of their prize.
The prize will be available for collection at Rotherham Council, Customer Service Centre, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1AE
All customers can contact email@example.com, visit a local library or a Customer Service Centre for help and advice about Your Account and the win an iPad competition.
Extra financial support is being offered to vulnerable young people in Rotherham after plans to exempt care leavers from paying Council Tax were revealed.
Rotherham Council is proposing that all care leavers under the age of 21, or up to 25 if they are still in full time education, should be free from having to pay any Council Tax.
The plans are to be decided by the Council’s Cabinet next month.
Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, said: “When any young person sets up home on their own for the first time, paying bills can come as a bit of a shock.
“But for care leavers this can be even more difficult to manage, so through acting as corporate parents and taking care of our own, we can help in those first few years of independent living.
“We are one of the first councils in our part of the world to be adopting this sort of policy, which reflects our changing priorities to ensure that we give more Rotherham young people the best possible start in life.”
The move is being considered following a report by The Children’s Society, a national charity which supports vulnerable children, including in Yorkshire. The report suggested that care leavers are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to accruing Council Tax debt. The charity found that it can be challenging for care leavers when moving into independent accommodation and beginning to manage their own budget fully for the first time and that falling behind with their Council Tax payments is a particular problem.
The Children’s Society has been calling on local authorities across the country to exempt care leavers up to the age of 25 from council tax and 29 have already agreed the recommendations. Rotherham would be an early adopter of the scheme, if the proposals are passed.
If agreed around 45 current care leavers living within and outside the borough will benefit from the exemption. The cost to cover this would be £13,000 with similar costs year on year, depending on the numbers of care leavers per year.
Peter Grigg, Director of External Affairs at The Children’s Society added:“Care leavers have often experienced a really difficult upbringing and they may have experienced abuse, neglect or family breakdown which can have a big impact upon their life chances.
“Without the family support most young people get as they become adults, care leavers often struggle to juggle their household bills and make ends meet.
“Many find themselves in debt, or having to go without food or other basic necessities.
“To expect some of the country’s most vulnerable people to start paying council tax just days after leaving care is setting them up to fail.
“This would be a welcome step in the right direction by Rotherham.”
The Council’s Cabinet will review the plan at its meeting on September 11.
Pre housing registration interviews will give new customers an opportunity to learn about Rotherham Council homes and other affordable housing options.
It also helps us to understand the needs of our customers, giving tenancies the best possible start.
Housing register processes will be amended and streamlined, cutting down on time, printing and postage costs.
As proof of identity will be provided at the pre-tenancy interview stage, the customer will be able to make bids earlier than current processes allow.
This will also help to prepare for the pending Homelessness Reduction Bill by creating a more robust package of advice and assistance to prevent and relieve homelessness for all applicants regardless of priority need status.
1.2 Implementation - The interviews will start W/C 24th July 2017.
After 17 years of marriage, Andrea and Mark Ratcliffe found their four-bedroom family home was too large for just the two of them, with their three adult children having flown the nest, so they began the search for a property where they could relax and enjoy quality time with one another.
The couple, both aged 52, are now the proud owners of a three-bedroom, semi-detached house at Barratt Homes’ The Hedgerows development in Thurcroft and can make the most of their time together in their new, ideal home with ample living space, modern design and in an excellent location, offering the most contemporary living comforts.
Speaking about choosing to purchase at The Hedgerows development, Andrea, a clinical support worker at Northern General, commented:
“With our three children having grown up and moved out, we felt it was an ideal time to downsize. We first saw the The Hedgerows online and loved the style of the houses there and when we came to visit, it was the location and lay out that we knew was perfect for us. We looked around the Morpeth show home and fell in love with the house type - what really caught our attention was how bright the house was inside and I could really see myself living there.”
A delightful three bedroom home, The Morpeth offers Andrea and Mark a free flowing kitchen with breakfast area and a dining room with a full height glazed bay opening onto the garden. With a comfortable dual aspect lounge located downstairs and two double bedrooms with master en suite to the first floor, this home offers the couple everything they were looking for.
On the buying experience, Andrea continued:
“I can’t praise Joyce, the Sales Adviser at The Hedgrows, enough; she made the whole buying experience extremely smooth and was always on hand to answer any of our questions.”
Joyce Barrow, Sales Adviser at The Hedgerows, said:
“It’s always amazing to help buyers find their ideal home and to offer them reassurance throughout the process. Andrea and Mark were nervous about moving from their family home, but I’m delighted we were able to help them find their perfect home at The Hedgerows for their new chapter, and I wish them all the best!”
The Hedgerows is an idyllic development, with plenty of green spaces and offers a village community atmosphere. Located in the village of Thurcroft, commuting to Rotherham or Sheffield is no issue due to its close links to the motorway. The last few homes are available to purchase from £159,995.