Member Newsletter October 2019

Member Newsletter October 2019

Welcome to the October edition of the Member Newsletter!

This newsletter has been produced by the Communications and Information Service to inform all Members of the latest council news and projects taking place across the county.

Latest news

Innovation boost for Cambridgeshire

We are pleased to announce that Cambridgeshire County Council is one of 20 councils who will be working together to share ideas and best practice with each other and with innovation experts Nesta. 

Our participation will focus on our groundbreaking Best Start in Life work to bring together everyone who works with young children from pre-birth to five across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to shape their development, educational attainment and life chances.  

Best Start in Life Strategy

The Best Start in Life Strategy aims to improve the life chances of children (pre-birth to 5 years) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It is an integrated initiative - working across local authority children’s services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, health visiting services commissioned through local authority public health teams and NHS maternity and community children’s health services. 

The strategy works to achieve three key impacts:

  • Children live healthy lives
  • Children are safe from harm
  • Children are confident and resilient with an aptitude and enthusiasm for learning

An intensive discovery phase has been undertaken since November 2018 to produce the strategy. This phase involved extensive engagement with both existing research, data and evidence, alongside local parents and communities. 

Residents give their views on council business

More than 1,000 Cambridgeshire residents will be sharing their views about key aspects proposed in our business plan for the coming year during October and November. 

In an independently conducted face to face survey, 1,100 residents selected to match the demographic profile of the county will be asked to give their views on a range of areas which we will be able to benchmark from previous annual surveys on a range of areas including their appetite for becoming more involved in their community or views on council tax. 

The survey will also be published on the council’s website for any Cambridgeshire resident to take part in from 21 October to 6 December, although the face to face survey is expected to be completed by the end of November 2019. 

The results will be reported back to Members at January’s General Purposes Committee to help guide their discussions on setting the final business plan and budget for 2020/21.

2019 Conference for Cambridgeshire Local Councils – book now

Friday 8 November 2019 at the Marriot Hotel in Huntingdon.

This year’s full day event will continue the conversation about how we all work together to improve our local community. 

Over the past year public sector partners across Cambridgeshire have been developing a new approach to put communities first and build on the existing strengths of local places and people. This conference gives us the time to talk together about the opportunities this creates. The agenda will cover the ‘Think Community’ way of working, the values that underpin it, and how local councils could adopt this approach. 

 To book a place or places, please complete the online booking form at

Any enquiries should be addressed to Alison Brown at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865 029 or [email protected]

This event will be useful to councillors and clerks from local councils, town, district and county councillors and representatives from organisations that work with and support local councils across Cambridgeshire. 

Updated Corporate Energy Strategy approved by CCC and PCC

Image of wind turbines in a field
Image of wind turbines in a field

An updated Corporate Energy Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils has now been approved by both councils. 

This is the first time that the two councils have produced a joint energy strategy. 

CCC approved the strategy and associated action plan at General Purposes Committee in July. Cllr Count and GPC members thanked the team for all our hard work on energy and unanimously supported the Energy Strategy and Action Plan. 

Cllr Marco Cereste, PCC’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Street Scene and the Environment then approved the Strategy on 6 September. 

‘Barrier busting’ Enabling Digital Delivery Team shortlisted for INCA Gold Awards

Enabling Digital Delivery logo - image of handshake
Enabling Digital Delivery logo - image of handshake
Logo for Inca Gold Awards 2019
Logo for Inca Gold Awards 2019

Connecting Cambridgeshire’s ‘barrier busting’ Enabling Digital Delivery (EDD) service has been shortlisted for an INCA Gold Award for its work to progress the rollout of fibre broadband and better mobile coverage across the region. 

Launched a year ago, the EDD team’s proactive approach - working with network providers, telecoms operators, council planners, street works and housing services to resolve issues that can hold up the delivery of digital connectivity – is already making an impact. 

EDD has been shortlisted for the Best Public Sector Impact category and the INCA Golds winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the INCA Conference and Awards 2019 in Manchester on Wednesday 16 October 2019. 

Watch our new EDD video on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website. 

To find out how the EDD team can support your work, please contact:

Michael Stevens
Enabling Digital Delivery Project Manager
Tel: 01223 715 918 
[email protected]

We’re supporting Get Online Week (14-20 October) 

Get Online Week - 14-20 October 2019 - logo
Get Online Week - 14-20 October 2019 - logo

Digital connectivity is becoming an essential utility for modern life – whether you use it for work, shopping, socialising or accessing public services. The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is supporting ‘Get Online Week’ (14-20 October) to highlight how people can make the most of internet access and improve their digital skills. 

Over 97% of homes and businesses across the county can now upgrade to superfast broadband, and free public access Wifi is increasingly available, but some people are missing out because they live in remote areas that the rollout has not reached yet, or don’t feel confident about going online. 

  • Residents are invited to drop-in to Chatteris Library on Wednesday 16 October, 10am- 1pm, for friendly advice about using free CambWifi, how to check their broadband speeds, and find out about local courses and groups to help them get online. 
  • Visitors to the Get Online Week stall on Ely Market on Thursday 17 October can get advice about using the free public Wifi (provided by Enterprise East), how to check their broadband speeds, and find out about local courses and groups to help them get online. 
  • There’s a free prize draw for a £100 tablet computer funded by Good Things Foundation, the charity behind Get Online Week. 

Free CambWifi is available in over 150 public buildings across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including libraries, council offices, and community centres, and is used to support a range of Digital Skills activities. The network is being expanded to cover market towns and village halls in rural areas. Find out more on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website

Cambridgeshire Libraries Digital Buddy volunteers and Assisted Digital staff can help with IT queries and filling in online forms. There are also Tea and Tablets social groups, and a range of creative digital activities on offer. Find out more about online library services. 

Cambridgeshire Skills, formerly Cambridgeshire Adult Learning and Skills Service, offers IT among its Basic Skills courses and a range of vocational courses designed to help people find work or change employment. Courses are free for adults aged 19+ who have lived in the EEA for at least three years and who are unemployed or low waged and in receipt of active benefits. Find out more at 

St Ives Park and Ride Smart Energy Grid - public presentations 

Design image of the solar panel car ports at St Ives Park and Ride.
Design image of the solar panel car ports at St Ives Park and Ride. - courtesy of Bouygues Energies & Services UK.

Design image of the solar panel car ports at St Ives Park and Ride. - courtesy of Bouygues Energies & Services UK.

This will be a ‘first of its kind’ in the UK, paving the way for future green energy projects. 

The project will install carports above the two central car parking sections, to which solar panels will be fitted. These panels will generate renewable electricity - powering not only the site, but also electric vehicle charging points and local businesses in the years to come. 

Construction is expected to start in early 2020 and will take up to one year to complete. The car park will remain open, with construction work being carefully coordinated to minimise the impact on users of the site. 

The team behind the St Ives Park and Ride Smart Energy Grid will be in St Ives over three evenings in October to discuss the project and answer questions. 

When: Tuesday 8 October, Tuesday 22 October and Tuesday 29 October, 7pm – 8pm.

Where: St Ives Corn Exchange, The Tony Burgess Room, The Pavement, The Old Riverport, St Ives PE27 5AD 

For more information email [email protected] or visit

King’s Dyke tender issued

On 30 September 2019, the council published a notice and tender documents in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) marking the start of the formal procurement process to secure a new construction partner for the much needed Whittlesey King’s Dyke level crossing scheme. This is required for tenders of this value in the public sector. 

The scheme will see considerable benefits for the local community by reducing journey times and unlocking housing and jobs growth within the town and along the A605 corridor. It will also improve safety around the level crossing and support rail capacity enhancements across the wider region. 

A shortlist of contractors that score highest in initial quality assessments, will be issued the main invitation to tender at the end of November and they will then have four months to submit bids. This keeps us on track for the appointed contractor to start construction by December 2020. 

We love recruiting social workers!

We have invited more than 150 people to attend social worker interviews since our We Love Social Workers campaign launched in January 2019.

Working with creative agency CPL, our We Love Social Workers recruitment campaign initially focused on attracting adult social workers to work in Cambridgeshire. This has so far led to 111 people being invited to interview, 84 people interviewed so far, 54 offered a role and 29 of these have already started working for Cambridgeshire County Council. From a high of 40 vacancies at the start of the campaign there are now only eight social worker and five senior social worker vacancies.

During the summer, the campaign was expanded to cover children’s social worker roles across both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. So far, 42 people have been invited to interview, 18 people interviewed and six new social workers have already joined. In addition four agency workers have converted over to become permanent employees.

This campaign leads on from the See the Difference Reablement Recruitment campaign which recently won two regional awards from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). 

Milton Road Library opens 

Cllr Scutt and Cllr Criswell at the opening of Milton Road Library in Cambridge.
Cllr Scutt and Cllr Criswell at the opening of Milton Road Library in Cambridge.

Cllr Scutt and Cllr Criswell at the opening of Milton Road Library in Cambridge.

Milton Road Library officially opened its doors on Saturday 28 September, with Cllrs Jocelynne Scutt and Steve Criswell attending the event. 

Following a complete rebuild and refurbishment of the site, the library on Ascham Road re-opened to the public in June this year. 

Since then, 7,608 visitors have used the library and over 8,457 books have been loaned out. Local residents have been making use of the community spaces which include meeting rooms and a garden area as well as the library itself. 

Stoptober and Missing Moments 

Stoptober is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country and is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good. 

Cambridgeshire smokers are being urged to join thousands around the country to ‘give quitting a go’ for 28 days, starting from 1 October, as part of Public Health England’s Stoptober stop smoking challenge. 

Cambridgeshire County Council’s commissioned lifestyle service, CAMQUIT, will be promoting Stoptober and recruiting smokers during September and October at GP Surgeries, Workplaces and Job Centres along with a presence at University Fresher Fairs, Golden Age Fairs and other charity and health and wellbeing events as well as on social media. 

The Public Health Team and Communications Team also launched the second phase of its own stop smoking campaign ‘Missing Moments’ on Tuesday 1 October which will run until the New Year. 

Smokers are encouraged to register for a Quit Kit, which provides info and advice about stopping smoking access to specialist support and a closed Facebook support group, through the Be Well website. Those who register will then be followed up periodically by stop smoking specialists. 

The campaign resources will be widely distributed including but not exclusively through workplaces, community centres, libraries, and GP practice, and mother and toddler groups. 

Falls prevention

A falls prevention business case, seeking funding from ring-fenced public health grant reserves to enhance the existing integrated Falls Prevention programme for three years, was approved by the County Council’s Heath Committee on 19 September. 

The programme proposes to continue universal provision of falls prevention services across the county, but with a particular emphasis on home hazard assessment and adaptations in areas where the rate of falls is highest - Cambridge City and Fenland. The aim is to demonstrate that an intensive local programme can prevent an increase in the rate of injurious / serious falls, which often lead to a hospital admission and increased requirements for social care.  

Within the existing programme, over 800 people received a multi-factorial falls risk assessment and 344 people were set up with a home strength and balance exercise programme in the first quarter of the year. 

Suicide trailblazer

NHS England trailblazing funding has been awarded to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough suicide prevention partnership to showcase and extend the work across the area over the next twelve months. The trailblazing funding focuses on preventing suicide in middle aged men, as this group has a higher rate of suicide.  

The funding will allow us to develop a learning environment for suicide, where we will use our real-time suspected suicide data to implement a multi-agency review of cases to identify any opportunities for future prevention initiatives. We will also establish some community learning forums focusing on men, including Eastern European men, whereby we will aim to understand the needs, opportunities and gaps for men in terms of supporting them with mental health and preventing them from experiencing mental health crisis. This learning will help to shape and influence the local STOP suicide campaigns, which will be extended to deliver community- based suicide prevention awareness raising targeted at middle aged men.  

We will develop a programme to showcase all the local suicide prevention initiatives, and take this as a ‘roadshow’ to other areas and to national conferences with the aim of supporting others in developing their suicide prevention plans.  

Flu vaccination

The Public Health Directorate continues to work closely with colleagues in People and Communities and the Communications Team to promote the flu vaccination with both staff and the public.  This promotion is a key strand of the Stay Well campaign, which this year has evolved towards a new brand style called ‘Help Us, Help You.’ The flu campaign will be one of the first to be rolled out under the new branding.  

The local public campaign is focusing on improving uptake amongst three key groups: pre-school children, pregnant women and adults in ‘at risk’ groups. In addition, we are working to promote the vaccination with frontline social care staff and care home staff and residents. Flu vaccination clinics are being provided to frontline adults social care staff across the council. 

More information about the flu vaccination, including who is eligible for the vaccine, can be found on the NHS website

Health outcomes in Cambridgeshire

In August, Public Heath England released its quarterly data update for the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).  

Cambridgeshire is generally a healthy place to live and is assessed as better than the national average for 106 health related indicators (30 are assessed as worse than the national average). 

The latest data shows that Cambridgeshire is now assessed as better than England for first time entrants into the youth justice system and has improved its estimated dementia diagnosis rate to a level statistically similar to the national benchmark. 

Analysis of PHOF indicators at a district level highlights variation for some indicators, often linked to levels of deprivation. 

District level updates are highlighted in the local summary which can be found on the health and wellbeing pages on Cambridgeshire Insight.  

The latest version of the PHE Fingertips PHOF Data Tool is available at and provides a number of ways of viewing and mapping the data. 

Health and Wellbeing Board - first meeting of joint sub-committees

The new joint sub-committees of Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Board, and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Board, agreed at Full Council, have held their first meetings: 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Boards ‘Core’ Joint Sub-Committee, chaired by Cllr Roger Hickford, had a brief first meeting on 5th August and established joint workstreams on: 

  • Joint commissioning and integration
  • Service transformation and business planning
  • Outcomes for residents

This sub-committee had a further meeting on 24 September to sign off the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Better Care Fund Plan 2019-20. 

The minutes of these meetings are available here

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Boards ‘Whole System’ Joint Sub-Committee chaired by Cllr Holdich met for the first time on 24 September and endorsed the draft Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Strategy, for further engagement and consultation. The agenda and minutes for this meeting are available here

Launch of new brand for Trading Standards Business Advice Services

The Shared Service ‘Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards’ now sits as part of a wider Regulatory Services Group at Peterborough City Council alongside Environmental Health and Licensing. Together they offer comprehensive advice across all three regulatory areas to businesses, whether local, national or international. 

The aim of this service which businesses pay for is to help businesses get things right first time and be confident in investing in new products or systems knowing they are legally compliant. The team already advise some of the largest companies in the UK such as Aldi and B&M Home Stores, and is recognised as one of the national leaders in the provision of business advice. However, the team is keen to grow its client base, and with the sector becoming increasingly competitive, it has developed its own brand to set it apart from other local authorities. This will be used in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough corporate logos. 

Business launch of the Better Business for All partnership

Trading Standards is leading on the delivery of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Better Business For All (BBFA) aspirations on behalf of the county council - part of the Government’s national agenda to use positive regulation and business support services to boost business growth. To do this we are working in partnership with the District Council regulators and the Combined Authority Growth Hub. The partnership is looking to deliver against three work streams: 

  1. Listening to businesses and adapting our regulatory approach accordingly
  2. Making our advice services more accessible and easier to navigate for businesses
  3. Offering a more holistic business support service to businesses through signposting to other business support partners.

With funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Trading Standards has produced a series of videos to set out the wide range of business support available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. On 6 September, the partnership hosted the BBFA Business Launch, with guest speakers including Health and Safety Executive, British Business Bank and the Small Business Commissioner. It was a fantastic platform from which to launch the new videos (available at Businesses from a range of sectors attended and it was a positive networking event for all who came. 

Tired tyres: Trading Standards covers serious issues with the sale of part worn tyres

Latest government figures show there were 17 people killed and 719 road casualties – nearly two a day – in reported accidents in the UK in 2017 where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor.

With 5 million part worn tyres being sold in the UK each year, it is an industry that needs to be monitored carefully. With the use of regional funding, Trading Standards has provided written guidance to all suppliers in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Rutland, and subsequently test purchased 8 tyres. It was found that 5 out of 8 were unfit for use on the road. 3 tyres had started to deteriorate due to age, one being 17 years old. Faults included deep cracks in the sidewall allowing a small part of the tyre’s reinforcing cord to be exposed, a patch used outside the repairable area of a tyre, and a screw in the shoulder area which had penetrated the tyre deep enough to expose the steel reinforcing. The findings will be shared with authorities in the region with a view to taking consistent enforcement action. 

£25k awarded to Trading Standards by Public Health to tackle illicit tobacco and underage sales of tobacco and alcohol

Trading Standards is working in conjunction with Public Health to carry out two projects across Cambridgeshire to help protect the health of residents. One will focus on illicit tobacco, and the other underage sales of tobacco. In both cases, Trading Standards will use an intelligence led approach to maximise the impact of its enforcement interventions.

If you receive complaints about any of these issues from people in your constituencies, please direct them to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service who will record all the details and send them through to Trading Standards. They are able to remain anonymous if they wish.

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