From Staverton Parish Council
Our Parish Clerk is, sadly, moving on to a full-time post. We need an organised, independent and adaptable individual to work from home and attend monthly Wednesday evening meetings as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Parish Council.
Staverton Parish Council is a pro-active and friendly Council covering Staverton and Landscove villages and the surrounding area. The role is busy, but varied and interesting. Good IT skills are important and minute taking is essential.
Other skills such as writing funding bids, knowledge of the planning system and experience in dealing with correspondence would be a great advantage, although there will be training courses available to help with any skills gaps for the right applicant. The applicant should be prepared to study for the industry qualification, the CiLCA or already hold this qualification.
The post is for ten hours per week. Salary is paid at NALC SLCC rate and will depend on qualifications and experience, with an additional allowance to cover home working costs. IT equipment such as a new laptop and printer will be provided.
For additional information about the Parish Council please visit staverton.org.uk. Or for more information, including a job description, please contact the outgoing Clerk via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01752 873446.
Interested applicants should send a CV and personal statement showing how they meet the requirements of the post to the outgoing Clerk by Tuesday 3 April. The provisional date for interview is the 9 or 10 April 2018.
Scam Alert – Fraudulent HMRC Callers
It’s a scam – please talk to vulnerable relatives and friends about this
Police would like to warn the public in the South West about a phone scam that is conning vulnerable and elderly people out of thousands of pounds.
The scammers prey on victims by cold calling them and impersonating an HMRC member of staff. They tell them that they owe large amounts of tax which they can only pay off through digital vouchers and gift cards, including those used for Apple’s iTunes Store. Recent calls to residents in the Torbay and Teignmouth areas apparently originate from a Manchester area code (01618).
Victims are told to go to a local shop, buy these vouchers and then read out the redemption code to the scammer who has kept them on the phone the whole time. The conmen then sell on the codes or purchase high-value products, all at the victim’s expense.
The scammers frequently use intimidation to get what they want, threatening to seize the victim’s property or involve the police. One caller stated that if the victim hung up then the amount payable would go up to £90,000.
HMRC would never request the settling of debt through such a method.
What can you do:
- Share this information and TALK to potential victims who are not on social media.
- If you suspect that you or a vulnerable or elderly relative has been the victim of this scam or a similar one, report it immediately to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
- Check GOV.UK for information here on how to avoid and report scams and how to recognise genuine HMRC contact here.
- If you think you have received an HMRC related phishing/bogus email or text message, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide.
- Apple provides a support page reminding customers that iTunes Gift Cards can be used ONLY to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership, and providing tips to avoid becoming the victim of a scam. More information is available here.
Action Fraud has previously issued advice about this fraud here.
Message Sent By
Natasha Radford (Police, Community Messaging Officer, Devon and Cornwall)
January’s book club was a cosy affair in the Sea Trout as we discussed Ali Smith’s much lauded post-Brexit novel Autumn and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Autumn divided our readers with some confusion over timelines and the fact it was not written in chronological order yet other readers loved this aspect of the novel and the touching relationship between the old man and his younger female friend which built over many years. Most of us did not have time to get very far into the first of Ferrante’s bestsellers but what we had read spurred us all on to read more. Indeed there are two sequels which I imagine might become choices in future book club events.
Meanwhile February’s choice is the blockbuster Conclave by Robert Harris and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Feel free to read one or both or just come and enjoy a convivial chat in the warm, friendly surroundings of our lovely pub.
Do you qualify? Do you know anyone who might benefit?