Applications Open for 2017-18 Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption

Charities and community amateur sports clubs are able to keep more of the money they raise under an exemption scheme.

Since 2015, the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme has helped more than 7,700 charities and amateur sports clubs to save around £4 million every year.

The scheme means eligible charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, as well as community amateur sports clubs with an income of less than £200,000, do not need to pay water and sewerage charges. Those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate.

Charities and community amateur sports clubs must apply each year to the Scheme. Applications can now be made for the 2017-18 scheme. Applications for 2016-17 can continue to be made up until 31st March 2017.

Dumfries and Galloway Adult Protection Committee - VACANCY

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway are currently looking to identify a third sector practitioner representative for the Adult Protection Committee, which forms part of the Community Planning structure within Dumfries and Galloway.

Launch of Multi Agency Staff Guidance on Sexting 2017

In recent years there have been growing concerns both locally and nationally about the increasing incidence of sexting involving children and young people. Sexting is defined as:

‘Creating and/or sending on text, images or videos that are of a sexual nature or are indecent, by, to or of children under the age of 18.’

These images are shared between young people and/or adults via a mobile phone or other electronic device including the use of social media, with people they may know or not know. In Dumfries and Galloway staff, particularly in schools, have asked for guidance about how this should be managed.