Dr John Doddy was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council on Thursday 15th March 2012 at a by-election in the Chilwell & Toton division. This is a two-member division also represented by Councillor Richard Jackson.
Since his election, Councillor Doddy has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Early Years & Young People's Sub-committee and has also become a member of the Adult Social Care & Health Committee.
Away from County Hall he continues to work as a general practitioner (GP).
Councillor Doddy is also available to meet constituents at any convenient time at a suitable venue. His contact details are displayed on the left of this page.
John's latest Councillors' Divisional Fund awards...
Each Nottinghamshire County Councillor now has an annual fund of £10,000 to support worthy initiatives in the division they represent. The Councillors' Divisional Fund aims to make use of each councillor's 'grass roots' knowledge to identify projects, events, people and clubs that work hard to benefit and promote their local area, but often lack access to resources. Even a small amount of funding can sometimes make a huge difference.
If you know of a deserving initiative in the Chilwell & Toton division that might be eligible to receive a CDF grant, please contact me. You can click the following link to read the eligibility guidance criteria.
Follow this link to the Councillors' Divisional Fund web page to see some of the latest projects I have been able to support.
John's latest news...
Council tax frozen for the fourth consecutive year
At the Nottinghamshire County Council budget meeting on 28th February 2013, I joined my Conservative colleagues in voting to freeze county council tax for a fourth consecutive year.
In the 2013/14 financial year, Nottinghamshire County Council will be investing: -
an extra £13.3 million in services to children and young people;
an extra £17.9 million in adult social care;
an extra £3 million on the county’s highways;
an extra £500,000 for a Youth Employment Strategy; and
an extra £700,000 for our ‘Olympic Legacy’ sports development fund.
This followed our ‘Big Budget Conversation’ consultation process, in which 65% of Nottinghamshire respondents supported a council tax freeze, with only 21% against. Further information on the results of the Big Budget Conversation can be found in Appendix A to the budget report.
Nottinghamshire County Council is now spending over £40 million more on services to vulnerable adults than it was four years ago, and over £35 million more on services to vulnerable children.
New telephone number for Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council has launched a new telephone number 0300 500 80 80 which is cheaper than the previous 08449 number. The change to 0300 500 80 80 means that wherever you live in Nottinghamshire, you'll pay a local call rate when you get in touch with the Council. Calls to 0300 numbers are included in all-inclusive minutes and discount schemes offered by telecoms and mobile phone providers, meaning that some calls are even free of charge.
To celebrate, the County Council's Customer Service Centre has revealed some of the strangest requests it has received since it was launched in 2008, including a lady requesting an audience with The Queen and someone asking if it's ok to exercise their Kestrel at a local tip!
Love food, hate waste
A quick word for Nottinghamshire County Council's 'Love Food Hate Waste' campaign. We can all save money and help the environment by reducing the amount of food we throw away every week. Wasting foodcosts the average couple £480 a year, which increases to £680 a year for the average family with children.
Not only that, but wasting food has a huge environmental impact – if we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in every 5 cars off the road!
If you have a moment, please take a look at the Love Food Hate Waste page on our website.
GCSE results up again in Nottinghamshire
On 23rd August young people in schools across the county received the results of their GCSE examinations.
The provisional results for Nottinghamshire based on 41 (out of 45) schools show that: -
These results show that pupils have been working extremely hard with support from their teachers and on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council I would like to congratulate them for their hard work.
Secondary school admissions
The application process for children transferring from primary schools to secondary schools across the county in September 2013 gets under way this week (w/c 13 August). Letters from Nottinghamshire County Council setting out the procedure for applying, key dates for noting and their child’s unique ID number are in the process of being sent out to parents and carers across Nottinghamshire.
Parents and carers can now start applying for a secondary school place and the Council's committee chairman for children and young people’s services, Councillor Philip Owen, is urging as many as possible to apply online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 31st October 2012. For more information about the application process, schools, the number of places available or how places are allocated, please visit the website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions or call 01623 433499.
Extra £460,000 to combat youth homelessness
Nottinghamshire County Council will be targeting an additional £462,000 at supported housing for young people aged 16 to 21 years old over the coming three years.
This extra cash comes in response to feedback received from the consultation on its proposed strategy to prevent and tackle youth homelessness across the county.
Major progress on handling youth crime
Nottinghamshire County Council is making major progress in the way it handles youth offending across the county, according to the results of a latest Government inspection.
Under a new regime, which involved probation inspectors examining a 62-case sample of the Council’s 360 youth offending cases, it's been judged as managing 80 per cent of them excellently - or 'taking all reasonable action'.
The inspection looked at how cases were handled in terms of keeping the risks of youth offenders re-offending or causing further harm to others to a minimum. It also explored how well the Council did with keeping the youngsters themselves safe.
Council adopts a committee system
I have joined Nottinghamshire County Council at an exciting time, because at the Council’s Annual General Meeting on 17th May 2012 councillors exercised their power under the Localism Act 2011 to adopt a committee system of decision-making. This replaces the previous Leader and Cabinet model adopted under the Local Government Act 2000.
The rationale for a committee system is that it is the most democratic and transparent form of governance. It ensures all 67 democratically elected Councillors are able to fully participate in decision-making and shaping the policy of the Council. It ensures greater transparency in that all reports are publicly available prior to any decision being made, and most decision-making meetings are held in public.
Reports were taken to the Full Council meetings in January and March, with final approval being given in May.
As stated in my biography (above), I have already been appointed Vice Chairman of the Early Years & Young People's Sub-Committee and as a member of the Adult Social Care & Health Committee. With my medical background I feel I can make an important contribution to both of these committees on behalf of Nottinghamshire residents and I look forward to some interesting discussions in the coming months.
My first message is to thank the residents of Chilwell & Toton division for their confidence in electing me to Nottinghamshire County Council. I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability.
Thank you also for visiting my new web page. You will appreciate that it has been a busy few weeks since my election. I've been finding my way around County Hall and meeting lots of new people. It has taken a short time to get my full web page up and running but I look forward to keeping you up to date with latest news that may be of interest to my constituents.
I shall, of course, work closely with my Conservative colleague and fellow county councillor for Chilwell & Toton, Councillor Richard Jackson. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us if you have any comments or questions relating to the services provided by Nottinghamshire County Council.