To understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected residents, Warwickshire County Council is inviting people to complete a short survey. Responses will help the council to shape future support.

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Bill Grimsey, author of the report Build, Back, Better, joins NALC's event series "Rebuilding Communities" on repairing the neglected social fabric of high streets, the need for a shift power away from government to local communities, and the importance of local leadership and the role Parish and Town Councils can play in developing high streets.

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Assembly and May Parish Council AGM were unfortunately cancelled. The July PC meeting was held on Zoom and our next meeting in September will also be held on Zoom. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to join the meeting.

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Lockdown loo is a free website that encourages organisations and members of the public to provide information on which public loos are open. Do have a check of your local area and update or add information to help people find local facilities.

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Free posters and resources to help discourage littering

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Warwickshire County Council has 150 recycled laptops to give away for FREE to community groups across Warwickshire.

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As we move to a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, I want to express my thanks for all your hard work and dedication over the last few challenging months.

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The Spring edition of NALC’s flagship magazine, LCR, is now available to read, for free, online so, you can now scroll through the issue to study must-read information and practical advice.

Included in this issue is a special section related to the coronavirus

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Please find attached the Parish & Partner Briefing - COVID-19 Special from Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to anyone who you think may be interested.

SDC Parish & Partners Briefing May 2020 - Issue 35

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Today, NALC has published its report on local (parish and town) council elections after undertaking the first national research of its kind.

The purpose of the report was to undertake extensive research and collect a pool of data that gives a better picture of the elections in 2019 that will help NALC shape future campaigns and create a range of resources to help local councils and county associations.

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As an employer, if the Council provides homeworking expenses for your employees, you have certain tax, National Insurance and reporting obligations.

The Council as the employer has the same health and safety responsibilities for staff working from home as they do for those in an office. The Health and Safety Executive has useful information that could inform your approach.

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A few weeks ago, Warwickshire County Council asked groups to respond to a questionnaire so we could build a directory of the community-led support groups, many of them informal groups, that have emerged in response to COVID-19. These groups are providing invaluable local support to their communities.

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A new initiative introduced by the Post Office is being rolled out to banks.  Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. The Post Office scheme is being extended and offered to all banks, building societies and credit unions.

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NALC needs your help to gather evidence on the financial impact of the coronavirus on local councils.  This information is vital to our representation to the government on the loss of income to local councils during these difficult times, and the need for a tailored financial support package for the local council sector.

The short survey includes questions on precept, staffing and income so it would be helpful to have this data to hand when completing the survey.  Please help us to help you by

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The County All Party Parliamentary Group (County APPG) is undertaking an independent inquiry into the decline of rural bus services in county and rural areas with the County Councils Network (CCN).

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from Warwickshire County Council

Things to be aware of

We have been made aware of an increase in fraud and scamming attempts during Covid-19. We ask all staff to be aware of the risks both for themselves and also for members of our community, friends and family who may be more vulnerable, as well as the risks to the Council.  Some examples include:

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Warwickshire’s approach to support the most vulnerable

Warwickshire’s public, voluntary and community services are working together to ensure those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 are supported during an extended period of isolation. This is known as ‘shielding’.

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These are unprecedented times that understandably will cause concern in our communities.  In light of further developments and the announcement this week by the Prime Minister that everyone should stay at home unless certain conditions apply, I wanted to reassure you that Warwickshire Police will continue to work hard to keep you safe and to support all of our communities throughout the coming weeks.

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Bidford Parish Council is taking the lead in providing support to residents during the coronavirus outbreak, organising a team of volunteers to deliver vital supplies to the elderly, vulnerable and housebound.

You can view the full report on the Stratford Herald website.

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The Warwickshire Education Strategy 2018-2023 seeks to improve educational outcomes, and therefore the life chances, of learners of all ages in Warwickshire. Warwickshire County Council are using this opportunity to take stock and are seeking views from educational professionals, parents, young people and partner organisations as they look to refresh the strategy.

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