Coronavirus Updates

Covid-19 community update – 17 June 2021

Covid-19 community update – 17 June 2021

Update and information from South Cambs District Council

I’m sure that, like me, you are disappointed about the delay to the relaxation of rules until 19 July (more below), but with the increase of the Delta variant, we need to keep up our guard against the spread of the virus. It may have felt over the last month or two that regularly taking Lateral Flow Tests wasn’t an urgent priority, but with cases on the rise again right across the country, the best way for everyone to protect family, friends, colleagues and other members of the community is to regularly (twice a week) take a Lateral Flow Test. Every asymptomatic positive case picked up by the Lateral Flow Tests means another person with Covid-19 who doesn’t spread the virus to others. You can order tests online to be delivered to your home – so it is easy to organise.

End of lockdown delayed to 19 July

The Prime Minister confirmed earlier this week that lockdown restrictions, with some exceptions, will be extended by four weeks, to 19 July. The 30-guest cap for weddings will be lifted, with the maximum number of attendees to be based on the venue capacity (allowing for social distancing). The Prime Minister said it was “time to ease off the accelerator” in order “to save many thousands of lives”. He described 19 July as a “terminus date”.

Vaccination update

The Prime Minister provided an update on the vaccination programme and confirmed that vaccination greatly reduces transmission with two doses providing a high degree of protection against serious illness and death. The Government’s target of offering vaccines to all adults by the end of July has been brought forward to the new 19 July date.

  • As of this week, anyone over the age of 21 can book a vaccination appointment – with this to be widened to over 18s from tomorrow (Friday 18 June)
  • Those people above the age of 40 who used the national booking system can reduce the period between their first and second jabs from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. They should first cancel the 12 week appointment, after which they will see the available 8 week appointments to make a new booking.

Translations of easy-read Covid-19 vaccination leaflets

Public Health England (PHE) has published translated versions of easy-read leaflets on the Covid-19 vaccinations. The leaflets, which include information on what to expect after your vaccine and information for women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby, are now available in 21 languages including English, Arabic, Urdu and Polish. COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read leaflets.

Safe and Well visits

Colleagues supporting the South Cambs Community Safety Partnership are promoting the opportunity for vulnerable residents to have free Safe and Well visits. You can find out more in a recent update from the Fire Service. The Safe and Well team visit residents’ homes to assess six key elements:

  • Fire safety in the home – including cooking, general safety and escape plans.
  • Falls prevention – including simple remedial action such as replacing lightbulbs or taping down loose carpet.
  • Alcohol use – alcohol related hospital admissions are steadily increasing.
  • Stay well and warm – can residents afford to heat their home? Do they have access to a hot meal? Do they access the all the services available to them?
  • Crime reduction – providing advice on making their home more secure in addition to advice to make them less vulnerable to scams or fraud.
  • Smoking – if people need a helping hand to quit, our Safe and Well partners can offer the help and advice people need.
  • Hoarding – if people need advice in relation to the health and safety of individuals with hoarding concerns.

Find out if someone is eligible for a free Safe and Well visit by completing a short questionnaire or contact the automated message line on 0800 917 9994 and leave a message including the person’s name, address and daytime phone number to receive a call back.

What do adults with learning disabilities need?

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a survey to find out what adults with a learning disability in Cambridgeshire think is important to help them to live happier, healthier lives. This will help the County Council to know what to focus on when planning services and supporting people with a learning disability in the future. Have your say before 30 June 2021. Or if you’d like to share this information in your community, please feel free to share these Facebook or Twitter posts.

We will send a further community update when there is useful information to share. Thank you again for all your support.

For the latest Government advice, see the gov.uk website.

South Cambridgeshire District Council – Covid grant updates: April 2021

As Government Coronavirus restrictions ease there is still time for businesses in South Cambridgeshire to apply for Government grants to support their recovery.

Restart Grants

Restart Grants

South Cambridgeshire businesses affected by the post-Christmas national lockdown can now apply online for the Government’s Restart Grants.

The Restart Grants funding scheme was announced by Government on Wednesday 3 March 2021 and is designed to support businesses (including non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses) that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public.

The Restart grant replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), which has been paid to eligible businesses up to 31 March. The funding scheme has two strands:

Non-essential retail

  • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a one-off grant of £2,667.
  • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a one-off grant of £4,000.
  • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a one- off grant of £6,000.

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal car and gym business premises

  • Qualifying business premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a one-off grant of £8,000.
  • Qualifying business premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a one-off grant of £12,000.
  • Qualifying business premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a one-off grant of £18,000.

The deadline for making an application for a Restart grant is 30 June, 2021.

Remember, to qualify for a Restart grant, a business must:

  • be registered for business rates;
  • be trading on 1 April 2021 (carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover); and
  • not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding. Further details and updates for the application process can be found on our website.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

If your business is a rate paying business within hospitality – pubs, restaurants, non- essential retail, sports, entertainment and recreational venues, personal care facilities, and accommodation sectors, you may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant. This final payment is to support businesses that were required by law to close during the lockdown period from 16 February 2021 until 31 March 2021. The deadline for applications is the 31 May 2021.

The following payments apply to eligible businesses:

  • Qualifying business premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a payment of £2,096 for the 44-day period
  • Qualifying business premises with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a payment of £3,143 for the 44-day period
  • Qualifying business premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, will receive a payment of £4,714 for the 44-day period

Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme (LRDHS)

The Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship scheme remains open to South Cambridgeshire based businesses that have been severely impacted due to Coronavirus restrictions. These could be non-rate paying businesses and/or businesses not required to close by law but nonetheless severely impacted due to November onwards restrictions. Applicants must demonstrate severe financial impact on the application form. Further details and the application form can be found on our website.

Contact the Business Support team

As we continue working to get much needed financial help out to businesses we will provide separate updates on Covid grants schemes. The general business support newsletter will be sent out separately later in the week. If you have general queries in relation to grants please email: businessgrants@scambs.gov.uk, where a dedicated team is on hand to help you.

The Business Support and Development team is here to help guide you to the right resources you need. This service is completely free of charge, so whether you need guidance on who to speak to at the Council, or business advice from finding premises to understanding what help and support is available, we continue to welcome your enquiries at: openforbusiness@scambs.gov.uk.Made with Microsoft Sway

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Government Roadmap out of Lockdown from March 2021

SCDC Advice update on Covid precautions

As the Government’s cautious road-map out of lockdown continues, people’s health, safety and wellbeing remain of paramount importance. While infection and death rates are decreasing, transmission of Coronavirus is still an extremely serious threat and we all have a role to play in doing our utmost to stop its spread.

This can best be done by continuing to take precautions against catching or transmitting the virus and closely following the Government’s rules for each step of its COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

This means continuing to abide by the guidelines for social distancing by:

  • Washing your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds;
  • Covering your face in enclosed spaces (especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet);
  • Staying two metres apart where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.
  • It is also essential to stick to the rules around travel and holidaying.

Our Council team continues to provide essential services and support to the residents most in need in our district. They are working in conjunction with many dedicated volunteers who have played a crucial role in helping this work and we are immensely grateful to them.

Residents who need to carry on self-isolating during this time can rest assured that all the support previously available will continue, including financial help.

Our Reopening the High Street team is supporting local small to medium businesses as they reopen and work towards recovery. This includes helping them to carry out comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessments to keep customers and their workers safe; providing signage and aiding the implementation of the two-metre rule in the workplace; and advising on cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with current guidance.

As more Government financial packages are announced for the business sector, our Business Support Team is also there to support the recovery and help struggling firms to access much-needed Government grants to address some of the financial impact of the lockdown and to fund recovery activities. We are also offering support and grant aid to local communities to get voluntary projects and services back on track after months of lockdown. 

Everyone across the district is working extremely hard to put plans into place for when affected services are able to gradually and safely welcome everyone back. Until then, please continue follow the guidelines to help protect the NHS and our families, friends and colleagues. By keeping infection rates low, we will all be able to get back to doing the things we love sooner. 

To access advice and support see https://www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus/

For more information on the Government guidelines in the COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 roadmap, see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Useful links:

Government Coronavirus restrictions: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

South Cambridgeshire District Council Coronavirus information: www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus

Information on financial support to self-isolate: www.scambs.gov.uk/isolation

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Reopening High Streets Safely Team: www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/reopening-the-high-street

Support for local businesses: www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses

5th January 2021 – England is in LOCKDOWN. From the 5th January 2021 England will be placed in a further lockdown. Please see the link below for a full list of guidance and rules that apply during this period.

National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

December 26th 2020 – Cambridgeshire moves into tier 4 restrictions – please see below

WILLINGHAM LOVE HUB

Willingham Love Hub – the Parish Council receives regular updates from the Willingham Love Hub team.  The community-led Hub provides vital support to vulnerable residents and those isolating and unable to get out for essential groceries and medication etc. Information and contact numbers have been provided to all households via the village magazine, Willingham Life.  If you can’t find the contact numbers and need assistance, call the parish office in the first instance and we will put you in touch with a local Hub coordinator.  01954 261027

UPDATE ON COUNCIL FACILITIES (updated 17th September 2020)

Pavilion – Is open with restricted access to regular users, in line with the latest Government guidance

Ploughman Hall – Is open to regular users in line with the latest Government guidance.

Neither facility is currently accepting one off bookings.

Parish office – Staff are manning the office during normal office hours but members of the public will be required to remain at the inner entrance hatch and will not be given access to the office. All visitors to the office will be asked to provide contact information for track and trace purposes.

Parish Meetings – continue to be held remotely in line with Government guidance

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Updated 31 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Parish Office – The Parish office is currently closed to members of the public although and is operating under reduced manpower and reduced hours. Please contact the Council via email clerk@willinghamparishcouncil.gov.uk or by phone 01954 261027

Willingham HUB – the Parish Council is working closely with the Willingham HUB team who are very busy trying to get the HUB up and running. You should all receive flyers through your doors over the coming days providing information on how to get help if you are isolated and vulnerable. If you have any concerns or require further information, please contact the office on the above number.

Meetings (Updated 15th April 2020) – The Government have amended legislation to allow Councils to hold meetings remotely. Where possible Willingham Parish Council will hold remote meetings. Members of the public wishing to attend should contact the Clerk for log on details. Those wishing to speak during the public forum are asked to make their request known to the Clerk ahead of the meeting.

QEII Field – The QE II Field is now open. Please follow the guidelines posted at the entrance when using the play areas.

Ploughman hall, Pavilion and Public hall – The Ploughman hall, Pavilion and Public hall are closed until further notice (Updated 17.07.2020)

South Cambs District Council Support for small businesses

Posted 1st April 2020

As part of the Council’s Covid-19 response, we are trying to urgently support businesses in the district who are struggling during this difficult period. We don’t have a single database for all businesses in the district, as not all businesses are registered for business rates. To help us get a list together as quickly as possible, could you help by sharing with us any mailing lists or databases you have on this including:

  • Sole traders
  • Home based businesses
  • Community enterprises and charities including CICs

We want to ensure that we can put in place, as quickly as possible, appropriate support to help businesses through the next few months, and fill the gaps around the central government support offer where we can. We will be proactively contacting businesses to find out what they need, so any help you can give in providing details for our emerging database would be very helpful.

Please could you send any lists to our colleagues at the Greater Cambridge Partnership who are helping us with this work via greatercambridge.business@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Please also use whatever communications channels you have (social media, websites etc) to spread the word about this appeal, and encourage any businesses of these types to flag themselves to us by emailing greatercambridge.business@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Additionally, information for businesses is being updated frequently on the Coronavirus section of our website at www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses

Parish & Town Council and Resident Association Updates

Council provides essential supplies for most vulnerable shielding from Coronavirus

Parcels of food and emergency supplies for the most vulnerable in our communities who are shielding from the Coronavirus are being delivered to residents across the county from this week.

The Government has promised that a national food distribution scheme will be up and running very soon, to support 1.5million people nationally who need to be shielded from the virus for at least 12 weeks because of serious health and medical conditions.

Every one of those people is being contacted by the NHS to advise them of this, and to ask whether or not they have a reliable support network in place to make sure they receive food and medicines, and other supplies, to prevent them from having to leave their homes.

Those who don’t have such a network will be provided with food and medicines via a national scheme which is being developed with food wholesalers, supermarkets and community pharmacies.

In the period up until this national scheme is fully operational, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been working with the British Red Cross to ensure that those residents who need food, medicine and emergency supplies are looked after.

During the weekend council staff telephoned residents who they knew were shielding to see if they needed help and then arranged deliveries of items to those that did.

Yesterday (Monday) a team of council staff and British Red Cross volunteers packed tens of boxes with emergency supplies which have been delivered by the Government, which will be delivered to residents who are shielding at home in the coming days and weeks.

The council and British Red Cross have also been supported by a planner from the military and staff from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A warehouse facility has been secured in the centre of the county, from which distribution of the parcels will take place via the local hubs network.

Residents are asked to note that they will NOT be asked for payment or bank card details, either at the door or by any other contact.

If you are at home and shielding because of serious health or medical conditions and we have not been in touch, please visit our Coordination Hub page or call us on 0345 045 5219

Please visit our Cambridgeshire or Peterborough websites for further contacts details.

Shielded Patients List

NHS Digital has published the shielded patients list (SPL) which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.

People who have not yet received a text or letter from NHS, can self-register (or register a family member) if they are extremely vulnerable and think they should be on the NHS Shielded Patient list https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

People who believe they have been included in error on the list can ignore the communication provided they have checked the list of identified conditions does not apply to them, and may wish to contact their GP or clinical specialist for advice

Changes to bus services in Cambridgeshire

Changes to Call Connect Service – AllConnect is a bus service for rural communities which can be requested by pre-booking only. The times the buses operate will be unaffected. However, the call centre that users phone to request a service will be reducing its opening hours by one hour at the end of each day. These temporary changes will help the service ensure it has sufficient staffing levels. The revised opening hours will be: Mon-Fri – CallConnect emergencies and cancellations: 8am-6pm, Drivers: 6.30am-6pm, Main booking service: 8.30am-5.30pm (Welland and North Lincs 8am-5pm). Saturday – CallConnect emergencies and cancellations: 8am-5pm, Drivers: 7.30am-5pm, Main booking service: 9am-4.30pm (Welland and North Lincs 8.30am-4pm)

Stagecoach – Stagecoach Changes will be made to the following services provided by Stagecoach. For full service changes visit the Stagecoach website: Guided Busway – postponing launch of busway service until further notice and service changes. Cambridge Park & Ride, Cambridge Service, 99 Service, X5 Service, Bedford Service, Peterborough Service, Cambridge City Sightseeing Tour and Fenstanton Service

Beware of COVID-19 scams

24th March 2020

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Visit the National Trading Standards COVID-19 Scams page for details on how to protect yourself and others: https://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk/news/beware-of-covid19-scams/

Recycling points closed (posted 27th March 2020)

Due to the impacts of the virus and restrictions on movement, many of the operators who empty clothing and other recycling banks at our recycling points are unable to collect from them. To avoid them overflowing and making a mess, and the items being wasted, please can you help us to discourage residents from taking their items to the banks at this time. Some of you have already shared our social media posts relating to service updates, which is really helpful. You can find them all at:

South Cambridgeshire District Council:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCambridgeshireDistrictCouncil/

Twitter: @SouthCambs

Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GtrCamRecycles/

Twitter: @GtrCamRecycles