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Councillors Covid-19 Outbreak Briefing 6 April 2020

Service Update from Cotswold District Council 

● As of Monday 6 April, Resident Services have 75% staff availability and the highest percentage of staff home-working since the crisis began.

Council Tax Support Hardship payment qualifiers identified (where we will be adding £150 to 2020/21 Council Tax Support entitlement). CDC will be helping 450 households, totalling £67k.

Business Rate Grants, where the customer has provided their information, will start to go out today (Monday 6​th​ April) – 10 test payments will be made.

● Please encourage any eligible businesses that have not submitted their details to download the form from the Council’s website at https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/business-and-licensing/coronavirus-business-and-licensing/ and return it by email ASAP.

Waste:​ 27 staff are self-isolating. Green Waste collections remain suspended and Street Cleaning is scaled back but all other services are operating as usual.

Finance: ​The deadline for our 2019/20 Financial Statements has been extended to 31/8/20 for draft accounts and 30/11/20 for the audited Financial Statements.

Finance:​ MHCLG have asked for data on the financial impact of Covid 19, both direct financial implications and indirect (e.g. loss of income). Some initial work has already been carried out but this requires further refinement to include items such as: investment income, commercial rental income, the impact upon Retained Business Rates and Council Tax (which will impact upon both the current financial year 2020/21 and next financial year 2021/22).

This and the rest of this briefing which contains some very useful links on Community Support, Resilience, Love thy Neighbour, Domestic Abuse support and Business Support is contained in the PDf below.


Northleach Community Volunteers – Important Information

From your Northleach Community Volunteers

If you can’t contact your volunteer, please e-mail covid@northleach.org and they will respond as quickly as they can. If you are feeling unwell or need medical advice please use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111. In an emergency call 999.

For local news, information and music tune in online to Radio Northleach at www.radionorthleach.com

Information pages from CDC are at cotswold.gov/uk.coronavirus and for GCC at Gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19, for GCC’s Community Help Hub call 01452 583519 weekdays 8.30am to 5.00pm or at Gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub

If you are being ‘Shielded’ or are in the ‘Vulnerable and at-risk category’ then The Takeaway in the Market Place (861116) will be able to deliver your order. The Co-op in Bourton-on-the-Water is offering a telephone order service on either 821265 or 0800 435 902 – you will need to pay by card and one of our special volunteers will deliver to your door. This applies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Castle’s Butchers are also doing local deliveries: https://jessesmith.co.uk

Made by Bob Brasserie in Cirencester have set up a click&collect facility and a delivery service for vulnerable, shielded, elderly or self-isolating customers. Visit mbbbrasserie.co.uk or pay on 01285 641818. Delivery days have been provisionally set for Mondays and Thursdays. Please let us know at covid@northleach.org if you would like us to help.

There is a weekly church service available on the Northleach Church website, you will be able to see all of the Easter services as they happen at www.northleach.org. They are also available afterwards.

If you are now ‘financially vulnerable’ then please contact us at covid@northleach.org, a confidential e-mail address, as we may be able to help you with hot meals for you or school-age children.

If you need help in understanding any of the new financial measures introduced by the Government then we have a volunteer who will be happy to help, in strictest confidence. Please contact us at covid@northleach.org

No change to Refuse Collection over Easter

Cotswold District Council confirms there are no changes to recycling and general household waste collections over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Residents are asked to present their bins and containers as per their regular collection schedule.  Remember the Garden Waste service is still currently suspended.
The Council is calling on residents to do all they can to limit waste and recycling presented for collection so that crews can keep up with demand and provide the safest and best possible service.
To ensure services continue safely and promptly the Council urges residents to properly sort their recycling and to fill containers carefully.
Well sorted recycling means crews can make collections more quickly and helps limit their contact with waste. Please use the pre-sorting guidance found on the council website: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/what-to-put-in-your-bin/

Households are also being advised to choose products that have less packaging in order to reduce waste.

Ubico staff are working hard with a reduced workforce to complete collections and the much higher volumes of recycling being presented stretch their capacity. This leads to missed rounds when the collection vehicles capacity has been reached.
Councillor Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “I’d like to thank our waste crews for keeping collections running as smoothly as possible during these times.”
“We’re doing everything we can to reduce the risk to them and the wider public and I hope people recognise the challenges our workforce faces.
“Our collection crews are key workers providing an essential service to the district and we need to have stringent measures in place to reduce the risk to them and residents. Please show your support for the crews who are working hard through challenging times by following the guidance and instructions that we provide.”
“The majority of issues with collections are due to the very high volumes currently being presented and I ask residents to take extra care to limit the amount of waste and recycling you present at the kerbside. Please help us to help you.”

Covid-19 – Important Safety Advice for presenting waste

You MUST separately bag potentially personal waste (like tissues) and cleaning products (disposable cleaning cloths). Leave that bag aside for at least 72 hours before placing in your residual waste bin.
Please don’t put your used tissues in the paper recycling box – even if no-one in your household is showing symptoms. Used tissues are unhygienic, potentially infectious and an unnecessary health risk for our crews. Used tissues are not recyclable.
If anyone in your household is showing Covid-19 symptoms you must follow the Public Health England guidance on disposing of your waste.

Contact Information
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Covid-19 Daily Update

Latest information on free school meals has been added to the county council website
All key workers who have need of/requested an early years/nursery place have been found provision to date
Gloucestershire Registration Service are set to take death registrations via telephone in line with recently amended legislation
We continue to promote key roles in care as part of our fast track recruitment campaign to help care providers fill a number of flexible, temporary and permanent paid roles. A media release was issued on 31 March.
The Gloucestershire Help Hub gains 2,000 volunteers in first week
If you need help or someone you know does, please visit the Community Help Hub or call 01452 583519.

Community Help Hub stats
As of Tuesday 31 March the following responses have been received via the Community Help hub:
I can offer help – 2139
I need help – 960
My neighbour needs help – 359
My business can help – 178
People should only register if they need help now, not if they may need help in the future

Daily stats
Confirmed cases in Gloucestershire: 156
Confirmed deaths in Gloucestershire: 10
Confirmed cases in South West: 733
Total UK Tests: 143,186
Total UK Cases: 25,150
Total UK Deaths (5pm 31 March): 1,789

Key links
National Guidance
General NHS advice
Latest advice and developments from Gloucestershire NHS
Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub
Council service updates
Make an adult social care referral 

Your questions answered
Q. Any news on how soon testing in the County will be carried out?
The UK does not have the resources of equipment or staff to do mass testing at the moment, although the Government is trying to increase its capacity.
Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust’s labs have been testing swabs for some time. The national testing strategy remains as follows:
The capacity for testing is limited however PHE are leading a programme to rapidly increase testing capability. Therefore the current testing provision focuses on testing of the most vulnerable people (the sickest patients in ICU and in hospital, testing to support management of outbreaks in care homes and other settings and then, if there is surplus capacity, the testing of key staff by exception).

Q. Is the county council supplying facemasks to members of the public for use in supermarkets for example?
Washing hands and social distancing are more effective at keeping members of the public protected for limited “contact” settings like supermarkets. Supplies of PPE need to be prioritised for key workers performing procedures that require closer or prolonged contact.
Facemasks don’t offer any real protection for members of the public.
Find out more on the PHE website: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Q. There has been a sharp increase in domestic violence. Is the county council working with GDASS and the Beresford Group and others to find ways of sheltering people who are coming forward because of domestic abuse/violence; could hotels, b & b’s being used as accommodation for them?
Figures do not currently show a sharp increase, but it is expected to rise.
The county council commission the Glos Domestic Abuse Support Service and has have been working closely with them. GDASS has arrangements in place to work remotely and remain in contact with their clients and the other support services they work with. GDASS has is proactively sending out a weekly newsletter to a wide range of professionals reminding them to consider domestic abuse at this time and when in contact with service users or members of the public. This will include Stroud Beresford as the provider of the local refuge.

The sector nationally is very aware of the likely impact of COVID-19 on increasing the risk of domestic abuse in many households. More information is available on the gov.uk website.
If you or someone you know needs help visit www.gloucestershire.police.uk, call 101, or in an emergency always call 999.
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