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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.

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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Community-Led Support Groups **Update 23/3/20**

Warwickshire County Council is committed to supporting our communities through the current COVID-19 pandemic, and has dedicated a section on the website to help us to do this: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/information-coronavirus.

I have been approached by some small councils asking about delegated powers as they haven't done this before.

The following items must not be delegated to the Clerk:-

  • levying or issuing a precept
  • borrowing money

NALC has created this page to provide local (parish and town) councils with information related to the coronavirus. It should not be used as a substitute for government advice, however, there are some practicalities specific to local councils where we hope this information will help you plan ahead and manage your risks. If you would like further advice and support on any of these topics for your local council then please contact John Crossling at WALC. 

https://www.nalc.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
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The overarching situation is very fluid at the moment and I must advise Councils to keep up to date with Government Guidance and follow their instructions.  WALC will inform members of significant changes in the guidance as soon as possible.  In the meantime this document.gives information about the day to day running of a parish Council and what can and can't be done.  When you read through these points if you find anything that you have not got in place you might consider putting it on the agenda for your next meeting so that they are formally in place.  You can always call an extraordinary meeting if you have just held your normal one should you wish. We  hope these points are useful.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council will remain open and operational during the on-going COVID-19 outbreak.

However, following the government’s guidance regarding social gatherings and events the following District Council services have been postponed:

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WDC Report ­– A suspected arson attack at the Sea Scouts hut caused extensive damage and spread to the new recreation centre.  The hall roof needs to be repaired but the swimming pool and gym are still open

WDC Officers and a cross-party group of Councillors have developed ‘The Climate Emergency Action Programme’ that advocates strong local leadership and significant investment to change our future for the better.

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Please see these attachments relating to VE Celebrations; lighting of Beacons and the organisation of Street Parties.

 

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As the coronavirus (covid-19) situation develops, your organisation should be planning how best to keep your employees, volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries informed and protected.

To help, the NCVO have collated guidance on what steps you may need to take:

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Local Electricity Bill

Power for People are asking support for the Local Electricity Bill. 124 Local Councils have already done this.

The benefits of this would be:

1. Local communities and businesses could buy their electricity from a local energy company.