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Building control - there's an app for that!

LABC appApps make most things easier nowadays, and site inspections are no different.

Did you know that Local Authority Building Control (LABC) provides an app that means you no longer need to wait until you’re back in the office to book your inspection?

You can do it through your phone or tablet using a free, simple to use site inspection app. It's so easy!

The app can look your site up, either with GPS or by using a postcode. It’ll then submit your site inspection request, preferred date and time of inspection through to our building control team.

Download the app for Apple at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/labc-inspection-request/id1139115909 and Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.mindseye.labcinspection&hl=en_GB

If you need help downloading the app get in touch with LABC at julie.mcnamee@labc.co.uk or call LABC at 020 8616 8120.

Who is exempt from council tax?

Council Tax billEvery home in the UK is placed into a council tax band by the Government's Valuation Office. All properties are banded on the same basis, including properties bought under discount schemes, such as Right to Buy.

However, in some cases residents are exempt from paying the bill. This generally depends on who lives in the property or how it is being used.

Properties are exempt if all the people living in them are:-

- full-time students or people aged under 18
- members of the armed forces in armed forces accommodation
- people who have moved into a care home or hospital, people living with somebody else to receive care for reasons of old age, disability, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or past or present mental disorder
- people with severe mental impairment

Even if you do not qualify for an exemption you may still qualify for a 25% or 50% discount if any of the people living with you are in one of these categories. For more information visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/council-tax/council-tax-discounts/ 

If in doubt please apply to our Revenues Service at revenue@midsussex.gov.uk or by telephone to 01444 477564.

Also, if you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, please come and talk to us.

Funding available for VE Day celebrations

VE Day 2020We're offering £250 per organisation for street parties and events during the VE Day commemoration weekend (8-10 May 2020).

As VE Day dawns on 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Second World War in Europe. To commemorate this important event a national three-day celebration will take place from 8 May to 10 May 2020.

Friday 8 May 2020 has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday to enable as many people and organisations as possible to take part in the VE Day weekend of the 8 – 10 May 2020, providing an opportunity to pay personal tribute to those who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have today. https://www.veday75.org/

With a theme of ‘Invoke the War time spirit and make do and mend’ - why not use local produce, be plastic free, make re-usable decorations and make it a ‘car-free’ day?

You can apply online now at www.midsussex.gov.uk/grants

For more information on how to organise a street party, please visit https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/parking-travel/road-closures/ and http://www.streetparty.org.uk/contact.aspx

£115,000 for local community projects

FundingAs part of our latest round of grant funding, we've provided over £115,000 in funding to help local sports clubs and community organisations improve their facilities and services.

Haywards Heath Tennis Club received £65,040 of Section 106 developer contributions towards a new wooden clubhouse at Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. The club is keen to help more people discover the health and social benefits that come with regularly playing sport but their existing 30-year-old building is no longer fit for purpose. The club’s plans include the demolition of the old structure and construction of a new timber clubhouse with electricity, hot water and toilets. The improved facilities will make it possible for the club to run more coaching sessions, particularly for young people.

The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity was granted £3,478 towards a project that helps young children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor learning impairments to develop together physically, socially and emotionally. Once a week, children and their parents attend group sessions with a qualified health professional to take part in fun and challenging games and physical activities. For some children, this can mean learning to control their head movements, so they can see what is around them, for others, activities that concentrate on moving, communication and simple life skills such as feeding, drinking and dressing.

For a full list of our Cabinet Grant awards contact our Community Services Team on 01444 477275 or email Elaine.Clarke@midsussex.gov.uk.

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