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On 6th December Universal Credit (UC) will be fully rolled out in Kinross and surrounding communities.
Universal Credit is a new benefit which combines Income related Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Income Support (IS), Child Tax Credit (CTC), Working Tax Credit (WTC) and Housing Benefit (HB). These benefits will continue to exist as separate entities, however new claimants will claim UC, and those whose circumstances change may have to claim UC in place of an existing benefit.
The rollout of UC across the UK has generated a lot of negative attention, particularly on issues including length of time claimants have to wait for their first payment and those who are not computer literate struggling to complete claims online. Whilst this is indeed a worry for many, help is available in Kinross.
Perth Citizens Advice Bureau continues to run the Benefits Advice in Libraries (BAIL) service in Loch Leven Library. As well as dealing with any general queries about UC, benefits specialist Sarah MacLean can assist with online applications and provide advice on support available should the wait for first payment cause financial hardship to a claimant.
The service is available by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 01738 450581 or email

Local Development Plan 2: Proposed Plan. Consultation meetings.
Go along and have your say at information drop-in in Kinross on Wednesday 10th January. See poster for details.

Monthly Police Report. Information about current scams - stay save, check out the information.
December report.

Funding. Does your club or group need funding? Visit the Funding Page which has monthy updates.
Newsletter Grants
Community groups and individuals are again invited to apply for grant funding from Kinross Community Council Newsletter Ltd charitable company (KCCNL). This is the fund that has built up over the years from profits made by the Kinross Newsletter.
Deadlines for applications are 30 September and 31 March.
For more information and forms, click here

Kinross Community Council
Minutes of Meetings and Agenda of next meeting.

Milnathort Community Council
Minutes of Meetings and Agenda of next meeting.

Anniversary image 100th Birthday and Diamond Wedding Anniversaries. Do you know anyone about to celebrate their 100th/105th birthday or a couple celebrating their 60th, 65th or 70th Wedding Anniversary? If so please contact Perth & Kinross Council who would like to help them celebrate. See poster for details.

What a lot is happening over the next few days in and around Kinross. See the diary pages for events, time of Santa's visits and much, much more. Talks, Films, live music, Princesses and Superheroes! There is lots to do and see

Backstage at The Green Live music regularly at Backstage, in The Green Hotel.
See diary pages for forthcoming dates.

Have you booked your space yet for the BETTER PLACE TO LIVE FAIR 2018?
This is a call for clubs, groups, organisations and small businesses to start thinking about displays to showcase their activities to the community - Always a fun, busy day.
The application form for a stand can be downloaded here

Kinross Recovery & Conversation Cafe.
This weekly group is for anyone with an interest in improving their wellbeing and needing support on their recovery journey from addiction or substance misuse. See poster for further information

SPARK - 2.
Are you an adult with a disability? Would you like there to be more for you to do in Kinross?
Come along on Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm. See poster for details.

Kinross "Stride for Life" Short walks every Monday
Meet 2pm at the Day Centre
A short led walk around the town or on the Heritage Trail ..... (more)




Perth & Kinross Enviornmental Services.Changes to Waste and Recycling Collection Dates
and Closures over the Festive Period.
There will be no domestic or commercial collections on
25 and 26 DECEMBER 2017 or 1 and 2 JANUARY 2018
See press release for details of collection dates, and closures of recycling centres, public toilets, etc.
Also information on what to do with your tree after Christmas!

As part of his work on the EU Withdrawal Bill, Luke Graham, the MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, has compiled a business survey aimed at addressing the impact of migrant workers upon businesses in his constituency.
Are you a local employer? Do you employ migrant workers? If so please could you take the time to submit the survey? Business Survey

Place Standard – How good is Kinross-shire?
We are using the Place Standard tool to find out what it is like to live in and around Kinross. This tool is designed to help us – the people who live and work here – show what is good about the place and where it could be improved. As we gather together the different experiences and ideas of local communities, we can start thinking about any changes that could make the place better, how we can tackle inequalities and how we can work together to try to make that happen.
View more so you can see how YOU can take part.

and view the flyer
Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership have issued "Your Community PK" Newsletter. Read the November issue here
PKAVS - Let's Talk.
Do you or anyone you know need help to keep well or to find information about support services?
The Community Engagement Team would like to understand if services and information could be improved. Please see the poster for details and contact numbers.

The Beacon. The Kinross Food Bank. Open every Tuesday and Thursday. 10 - 2. St Paul's Church. See poster for details.

Credit Union Logo Supporting local people with ethical finance Perth and Kinross Credit Union (PKCU) is now open for business in Kinross. Looking for great value, ethical savings and loans?
PKCU will be open from 11am to 1pm every Tuesday in St Paul’s Church Hall. Visit the website. Read article

Time Bank come along to meet us at St. Paul's Episocoal Church Hall on at 12.30 - 1.30 pm on the second and forth Thursday of each month
Book Groups at the Library
We currently have three book groups for adults running at Loch Leven Community Library.
Crime book Group: Once a month on a Tuesday evening, 6.45-7.45pm
General Book Group: Once a month on a Friday morning 10.30-11.30am
Café Book Group: Once a month on a Saturday morning 11.15am.
November meeting for Café Book group is Saturday 4th November

Please contact the Library for the other book group dates.

Library booksBooks on Wheels
Would you, or someone you know, like books/multimedia delivered to your home?- see poster for details

Mobile Library - timetable of stops in Kinrosss-shire.