Argyll and Bute Council News Round Up - 11th July 2014

Welcome to our latest news round up, bringing you information on council news and services.  If you have any suggestions for information you would like to read about, please do let us know.

Focus on – single health and social work service

NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council have agreed the services that will come together as Argyll and Bute’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

From 1 April 2015 all NHS services in Argyll and Bute, and Adult and Children and Families Social Work Services of Argyll and Bute Council will deliver a single, integrated service.

Sally Loudon, Chief Executive of Argyll and Bute Council said: “This approach means that we maintain the benefits of one unified social work service, which is regarded as the best model of care. Our focus is on developing a single service with the people who need support at its heart. This is another important step forward.”

Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of NHS Highland said: “This combination of services has been assessed as the best fit between NHS Highland and council services because this will place people firmly at the centre of their care and ensure our teams deliver flexible and responsive care, which is streamlined and simple to access.

“A lot of people are working extremely hard to deliver a successful Partnership for the people of Argyll and Bute.”

NHS Highland and the council are working towards having an integrated service in place by April 2015, in line with the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act.

Did you know?

Safe summer campaign: With longer days and hopefully better weather, many more of us will spend time outdoors. A national campaign provides general advice on safety in summer. In addition the council’s environmental health team has included other advice on a range of specific issues on a new web page.

Consultations

Fifth Electoral Reviews: The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland started their Fifth Reviews to examine and update the number of councillors and the boundaries of the electoral wards for each of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

News from the council

Cheer on local batonbearers on Sunday 13th!: With everything from music and dancing, to hula-hooping and sports planned, the Queen’s Baton Relay can look forward to a very warm welcome when it comes to Argyll and Bute this Sunday, 13th July.

Plan ahead to enjoy the Relay: Motorists are advised to plan ahead to avoid delays when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Argyll and Bute on Sunday 13 July.

Argyll and Bute Homecoming Event: The Argyll and Bute Youth Forum, working with the council’s youth services team, have organised the ‘Homecoming Argyll and Bute’ event at Dunoon Stadium on Tuesday 22nd July from 11am to 4pm.

Information on Planning: The overall focus of the council’s planning service is on making things happen, supporting sustainable economic growth and regeneration.

Trading Standards warning on chainsaws: Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people about potentially unsafe chainsaws and generators being sold in communities across the area.

Watch out for blue-green algae on water: Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health team is encouraging people to look out for signs of blue-green algae when they are using lochs and waterways in the area

Warning on shellfish toxins: Routine monitoring work by Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health service has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in the Sound of Gigha

Housing options made easy: Home Argyll have launched a new on-line product which will help people get information about their housing options in Argyll and Bute.

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on 18 July. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk