BackToSchool

‘Back To School’ One Stop Shop Events

Come along to one of the ‘Back to School’ events throughout the region. Come along to one of our ‘one stop shops’ and get free, pre-loved school uniforms, coats, shoes and stationery and of course a cuppa.

There will also be local hairdressers attending giving free ‘Back to School’ trims.

Sunday 8 August 11am - 3pm
Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries

Sunday 8 August 11am - 3pm
Hillview Leisure centre, Kirkland Drive, Kelloholm

Friday 13 August 11am - 3pm
Stranraer College, Lewis Street, Stranraer

Saturday 14 August 9.30am - 12pm
Newstart Recycle, 23 Queensbury St, Annan

Sunday 15 August 11am - 3pm
Castle Douglas Town Hall, St Andrew St, Castle Douglas

For further information please contact Wendy Jesson
Tel 01776 888317
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Accounts

Annual Account 2020/21

This year's accounts

Our unaudited Annual Accounts for 2020/21 are now available to review, please click here

The accounts show our income and spending over the previous 12 months and balances at the end of that period. Our accounts are checked by external auditors before they are signed off.

Due to the current impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, hard copies of the accounts will not be available for review at any area offices.

Following the Minister for Community Safety’s response to the Firework Review Group recommendations in December 2020, where she set out her intention to explore how the recommendations could be implemented in practice, a programme of legislative change is being progressed. 

Please find below information on how to respond to a public consultation seeking views on proposed changes to how fireworks can be accessed and used in Scotland, as well as an update on implementation of measures that came into force on 30 June 2021.

Fireworks Consultation Launch - A public consultation seeking views from the public and stakeholders on the introduction of four specific requirements in relation to the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland, as well as a new offence in relation to carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority. 

Specifically, the consultation seeking views on:

  • Requiring the general public and community groups to meet a number of mandatory conditions before they are able to purchase fireworks.
  • Restricting the days fireworks can be sold too and set off by the general public. 
  • Introducing no-fireworks areas where it is not permitted for the general public to set fireworks off.
  • Introducing a proxy purchasing offence to criminalise the supply of fireworks to people under the age of 18.

The consultation also considers the use of pyrotechnic devices and specifically whether it should be an offence to carry a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and whether police powers should be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.

The consultation can be found on the following link: https://consult.gov.scot/justice/use-and-sale-of-fireworks-in-scotland.  We would be very grateful if you could circulate this to anyone that may have an interest and would like to respond.

The consultation will run for 8 weeks and will close on Sunday 15 August 2021.

We will be running a series of online engagement events while the consultation is live – these are available now to sign up at the bottom the linked paged, and further events will be added over the course of the next few weeks.

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021

In February 2021, the Minister for Community Safety laid The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021 in the Scottish Parliament.  The regulations include three new measures in relation to the way the general public can use and access fireworks and come into force on 30 June. The regulations:

  • Restrict the times of day fireworks can be used by the general public to between 6pm and 11pm (subject to exempt dates),
  • Restrict the times of day fireworks can be supplied to the general public to during the daytime hours of 7am and 6pm, alongside existing requirements on retailers around sale and storage licences;
  • Limit the quantity of fireworks that can be supplied to the general public to 5kg.

The regulations include a number of exemptions for organisers of public organised firework displays, including community groups arranging a public firework display in their local area.  Easy to read guidance on the impact the measures have how the fireworks can be supplied to and used by the general public is available below.

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021: information for retailers - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021: information on the use of fireworks - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

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Hazel Kerr

Community and Democratic Services Officer

Communities Directorate

Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street,

Dumfries DG1 2AD

Internal:      ext 60497

External:     030 33 33 3000 ext 60497

Mobile: 07917 078 862

Drop Point: 300 

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