Mid Suffolk District Council news
Delivering a Vision for Prosperity
Babergh and Mid Suffolk are calling on local people to come along and have their say on ‘Delivering a Vision for prosperity’. Please join us at our first drop-in event 2 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 4 October at Stowmarket United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street.
The ‘Vision for Prosperity’ (VFP) seeks to set out the community’s key desires and wishes for the towns. It will also aim to get a clear idea of what should happen, when and who should do it. As part of this process, councillors from both districts are inviting people who live, work and visit Stowmarket and Sudbury to drop-in to exhibitions that are being held between 2pm and 7pm on:
· 4 October at Stowmarket United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street
· 12 October at Sudbury Town Hall, Old Market Place
Find out more on the http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/business/economic-development/shaping-the-future/ page.
‘LOCAL ACCESS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE’ AS COUNCILS’ AGREE COMMUNITY BASED LOCATIONS FOR FUTURE SERVICES
Residents of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils will have improved community based locations for customer access points as both authorities continue to deliver their programme of better services for residents.
The programme, which will also see the Headquarters of both councils move to Endeavour House in Ipswich has announced that the locations of the customer services points will be in Stowmarket and Sudbury.
“From day one of this important project we have been clear that for those residents who need it face to face contact will remain sacrosanct.” said Councillor Jennie Jenkins, Leader of Babergh District Council. “Our work to introduce modern and friendly digital services will ensure communicating with the councils is easier and more cost effective than ever. We do remain passionate though about providing walk in advice and guidance. That’s why we’re delighted that we will have a continued presence at the heart of our communities.”
Current public access to services for both councils can be antiquated, confusing, difficult and bureaucratic. Despite low levels of residents making visits to Council Offices in both districts Councillors of both Councils have made clear their desire to ensure there continues to be an access point in each district.
“We will be delivering modern and customer friendly digital services to our local residents, many of whom will already be using online services on a regular basis for their banking and their shopping.” said Councillor Nick Gowrley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council. “We have made the decision to end the expensive and inefficient maintenance of two HQs but we also recognise the need to continue to have customer service points in the communities we serve.”
“That is what we have done and I am delighted that in Stowmarket and Sudbury we will be able to offer face to face support for any of our residents that need it.”
The specific locations in the towns will be announced in due course.
Public Notice to change governance arrangements under the Localism Act 2011
Mid Suffolk Benefit Section now offers payments by direct creditThe Benefit Section at Mid Suffolk is happy to announce that their customers can now receive their Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance by direct credit into their bank account.There are substantive advantages by receiving your payments by direct credit to your bank account: funds cleared immediately, no postal delays and no delay in waiting for your cheques to be cleared by your bank.