Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, there's still a long way to go.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 182.4 to 140.8.
The sacrifices we're all making are having a very positive impact, but we all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember - stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
Families urged to keep following the rules and stay safe this half term
We are urging parents, children and young people to continue to follow social distancing guidance during the half term holidays.
During half term, parents can form a childcare bubble for a child under 14, with one other household, ideally who live locally. The childcare bubble is for childcare only and should not be used to mix with another household for social reasons.
A childcare bubble is different to a support bubble which is a support network linking two households. You can only form a support bubble if you meet one of the following criteria:
•You live by yourself
•You have a child under one
•You're a single adult living with one or more children under 18
•You're the only adult in your household not in need of continuous care
•You have a child under 5 with a disability who requires continuous care
•You're aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults
Eligible unpaid carers in Wiltshire can now apply for PPE, following government announcement
Wiltshire’s eligible unpaid carers will be able to receive PPE following updated government guidance published last week.
We are working closely with charity Carer Support Wiltshire to ensure unpaid carers receive the PPE they need to keep those they care for, and themselves safe.
Carers can request PPE if they care for or go into the home of someone they don’t live with to provide care or support.
Mental health forum members have produced a guide to local support services
People with lived experience of mental ill health have produced their own comprehensive guide to mental health and wellbeing services on offer in Wiltshire.
Members of the Wiltshire Mental Health Open Forum worked together to compile the Wiltshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Services list, which details where adults, children and young people can get support, counselling, and advice on topics such as addiction, bereavement and homelessness.
Set up in July 2020, the forum is a joint collaboration between Healthwatch Wiltshire and mental health service provider Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), and is supported by a range of organisations including Wiltshire Council, Richmond Fellowship, Carer Support Wiltshire and Citizens Advice.
More than 1,300 people attended our Local Plan review engagement sessions, and the consultation continues
The last of our online engagement sessions to explain more about the ongoing Local Plan review consultation has ended, with 1,321 people joining the events.
The sessions were an opportunity for people to find out more about the proposals in their local area, and to ask questions about the plans and the consultation. In total, the council held 17 events, 15 related to towns and a city in the county, and two on plans for rural areas.
Although the online engagement events have now finished, you can still view the presentations from the events, view all the consultation documents, and have your say on the consultation, which ends on 9 March. All the information, including how to submit comments, is available on our website.
We have received a Green Homes Grant to progress our Housing Energy Efficiency Programme
We have been successful in our bid for a Green Homes Grant of £546,500, which will target work to be carried out to improve 100 of our least energy efficient homes as part of our Housing Energy Efficiency programme.
We received the funding through the Government's Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme and it will be used to help deliver the Housing Energy Efficiency programme, which aims to bring all council houses in Wiltshire up to an EPC B energy rating over the next 10 years.