Austin Macauley 13 October 2014

Smokers offered help to quit rather than pay a fine

Smokers offered help to quit rather than pay a fine image

A council in West Yorkshire is set to become the first in England to offer littering smokers the chance to take up cessation sessions rather than pay a fine.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet is expected to give the move the green light today.

Smokers caught dropping a cigarette butt currently face an £80 fine. If the scheme goes ahead, council staff will give them the alternative of getting help from their local NHS Stop Smoking Service instead.

Offenders will be expected to attend sessions at least once a week for four weeks. ‘This is a really innovative scheme which is giving people other opportunities to help and encourage them to stop smoking,’ said Councillor Janet Battye, chair of the Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board.

‘We know that we have an above average number of smokers in Calderdale and that this causes health problems both to the smokers themselves but also to their friends and families.’

Dean Wallace, Calderdale Council’s Consultant in Public Health said: ‘The responsibility for public health moved into the council last year, which means that we can work much more closely with other council services, such as our environmental health team, to have a positive impact on the health of local people.

‘We’re keen to support smokers who want to stop and this scheme gives them an extra incentive to quit.’

A perfect storm for care homes image

A perfect storm for care homes

Iain MacBeath, strategic director, health and wellbeing at Bradford City Council, looks at the challenges facing the adult social care sector.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Service Manager - Fostering - North Essex

Essex County Council
Negotiable
North Essex Fostering are excited to be able to offer a Fixed Term Contract or secondment opportunity for a Service Manager post for the Fostering Tea England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Labour Group Political Assistant

Birmingham City Council
Up to £34,980
Are you confident dealing with the press, and providing political advice to senior local politicians? Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Conservative Group Political Assistant

Birmingham City Council
Up to £34,980
Are you confident dealing with the press, and providing political advice to senior local politicians? Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Internal Audit Manager

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£43,300 - £58,500 per annum
In this role you will supervise the delivery of work assigned to staff and partner providers and liaise closely with Senior Officers at... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£43,833 - £53,115 per annum
Are you an experienced Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist, looking for the opportunity to lead organisation wide change? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue