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THE COUNCIL’S IMPROVEMENT PLAN


Newport City Council is committed to making the city a better place to live and has drawn up an improvement plan which residents are being asked to comment on.


Schemes supporting older people on leaving hospital, helping carers to balance their lives with their role, improving care and support for adults, regeneration of the city, helping parents and young children through the flying start scheme and through education programmes are among the topics you can share your thoughts on.


Developing and regenerating the city is covered elsewhere in Newport Matters, but under the improvement plan the council is still committed to making the city an attractive


place for businesses to set up, allowing established businesses the chance to grow and making the city a destination for tourism, culture, sport and retail.


The strategy also provides support for the newly developed Business Improvement District (BID), Newport Now, alongside continuing to secure external funding for regeneration programmes. Supporting young people into education, employment or training is being done through programmes developed through the WBLA (Work Based Learning Academy) which is a skills development organisation launched by Newport City Council.


The council wants to improve the number of pupils achieving the expected level of attainment


at Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 as well as helping younger children to have a flying start in life by offering eligible parents free quality childcare for two to three year olds, parenting support, an enhanced health visitor service and support for early language development.


One of the biggest challenges facing the council is increasing the amount of items households recycle across the city – at present around 30 per cent of households fail to recycle anything.


Reducing anti-social behaviour and offending by using Out of Court Disposals to divert young people from the criminal justice system, reducing re-offending and reducing the proportion of young people sentenced to custody is also a priority.


FINDING HOUSING SOLUTIONS IN NEWPORT


Recent changes have been introduced by the Welsh Government under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 which change how the council helps individuals who are either homeless or at risk of being made homeless.


The council has a legal duty to offer help and assistance to individuals in


these circumstances and has been working with a number of private landlords in the Newport area to identify suitable accommodation for individuals, providing financial help and practical support.


As a result,102 homeless households were helped into private rented housing between April and the end of September 2015, and that help is continuing.


If you are a landlord looking to rent out accommodation, the council is keen to hear from you. Officers can explain the services provided and other options open to landlords for letting accommodation.


Contact Catherine Griffiths or Andrew Hale on 01633 656656


NEWPORT PUPILS REWARDED FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE RECORDS


Four pupils who did not miss a day of school in 2014/15 were each presented with a new iPad, kindly donated by Admiral, by Mayor Councillor Herbie Thomas.


More than 670 pupils across the city’s schools with a 100 per cent


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attendance record received a certificate for their achievement.


A winner was drawn from each of the four key stages, and they were Janella Belen, of St Patrick’s RC Primary, Lacey Clifford, of Lliswerry Primary, Morgan Walker, of Bassaleg School and Majid Al-Jeroudi, of Lliswerry High.


RESIDENTS BELIEVE NEWPORT IS BECOMING A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE


New statistics released by Newport City Council show that people living in Newport think the city is becoming a better place to live.


In a recent survey of more than 300 people, more than twice the number of people who responded in the same survey carried out in April 2013, said they thought Newport was improving.


More than half of those in the survey – 58 per cent – now agree that Newport is becoming a better place to live.


More people also agree that they are proud to come from Newport and the city is seen as being on the up thanks to the many new developments taking place, offering visitors plenty of places in which to shop and enjoy eating out.


The face of Newport is evolving dramatically across the whole of the city with several exciting developments completed and more underway. And it is encouraging to see that these physical changes are also improving people’s perceptions of where they live.


Having submitted a successful bid, Newport City Council is also using £15 million from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration programme.


This will ensure that key properties in the city centre will be transformed, converting them into new homes and space for business start-ups.


It will also unlock another £45 million of external investment in city centre projects to ensure the transformation of the city continues over the coming years.


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