Council Tax and Business Rate Payments

No resident or business in Wiltshire to pay Council Tax and Business Rate Payments until June 2020 if they are struggling.

To support people as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the council has confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling.

Important news about additional local NHS support for mental health

Launch of mental health hotline for children and young people in Wiltshire by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Launch of mental health hotline for adults in Wiltshire by the Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership

Concerns about Government measures to tackle Coronavirus not being followed?

If you have concerns:

During the Coronavirus crisis, any concerns on how the Government measures to tackle Coronavirus are being adhered to in Wiltshire and Swindon, can be reported to Wiltshire Police using an online form Coronavirus - report your concerns - Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 5 March

 

 

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 101.6 to 78.0
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.

 

Our staff are ready to support secondary schools as pupils go back to school next week

Our staff are volunteering in a number of secondary schools across the county from Monday providing support for pupils taking lateral flow tests as part of the back to school programme.

Council officers will be providing assistance over the next two to three weeks as the tests are rolled out.

On 22 February the government announced schools would reopen to all students from 8 March. Pupils in Year 7 and over have been asked to take twice weekly tests with the first three happening under supervision at school and then students will carry out the fourth test themselves using a home test kit. Pupils will then continue taking twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by the school.

Full details on council staff volunteering at secondary schools next week.

 

The Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation closes on Tuesday

With the Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation ending on Tuesday (9 March), you do not have long left to have your say on where future developments may be built in the county in the next 15 years.

All the Local Plan documents and an online form to submit your comments are on our website, but if you know someone without internet access who wants to have their say, they can call 0300 456 0100 to speak to our Spatial Planning team and submit their comments.

Find out more about the Local Plan review, view documents and have your say

 

 

Support our libraries in a global challenge to read for 200 million minutes!

Our library service in Wiltshire has joined a global campaign to eradicate illiteracy and build a brighter future for children and young people.

Throughout March from World Book Day today (4 March) to Children's Book Day (31 March), we're inviting children and young people from across Wiltshire to log with the library service the number of minutes they read each week. This will all help to achieve Wiltshire libraries' own target of 125,000 minutes, to add to the global challenge to read 200 million minutes!

All reading counts - paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers and eBooks are all great. Children and young people are invited to complete a special log each week (or create their own) and email libraries with the total number of minutes read. Each week, the library service will log the minutes read and at the end of the challenge share the cumulative total.]

Find out more and take part

 

 

Holiday Activity and Food Programme 2021 - FUEL

We are delivering the Holiday Activity and Food programme to eligible children during the 2021 Easter, summer and Christmas school holiday periods.

The programme will deliver free activity and food provision to children who receive free school meals.

The Easter offer will see healthy packed lunches provided and an activity pack that enables children to be physically active at home.

The Holiday Activity and Food programme will be promoted as ‘FUEL – The free holiday activity and food programme’.

For further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme in Wiltshire please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Fancy a change of career?

We are encouraging people who may have time to spare or thinking of a new career in social care to join a government scheme that will support care provision across the county.

We have been provided with government funding, and £811,000 has been given to care providers to help them employ additional help where needed.

People who are interested could already have a background in care, or can complete the short training that we provide.

Find out more here

 

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Latest News from Wiltshire Council 

Minor Injury Units in Chippenham and Trowbridge to temporarily close as part of COVID-19 response 

The Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at Chippenham Community Hospital and Trowbridge Community Hospital will close temporarily from 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020 so that staff can be redeployed across the local health and care system to provide vital additional capacity.

Both MIUs have seen a significant drop in patient numbers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis as local people increasingly follow self-care advice and seek help from the online 111 service.  The closures of these MIUs have been put in place as a temporary measure and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a view to reopening the units as soon as it is feasible and sustainable to do so.

The NHS and its partners across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire continue to work together to ensure the services provided have the resources and resilience they need to deal with the problems posed by COVID-19.

Patients with minor injuries should visit the NHS 111 online service. This will provide advice on where to go for the best care for their symptoms. People should only phone 111 if they cannot access the 111 online service.

Those patients who feel that they need a GP appointment should call their local GP practice and are likely to be offered a phone or video consultation in the first instance, unless a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary.  As per NHS guidance no-one with COVID-19 symptoms should attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appeal

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to help protect our frontline workers, allowing them to continue delivering critical services in the community, whilst also limiting the spread of COVID-19.

With high demand for PPE across the nation, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police have launched a joint appeal for support from local PPE suppliers or any businesses that have stock which could be used.

We are asking local businesses for any support that they might be able to kindly provide with supplies of PPE as a short-term measure whilst national supply chains work hard to catch up with demand. This will help allow our staff and our colleagues in Wiltshire Police to continue to support our most vulnerable residents and ensure we can deliver critical services across the county at this challenging time.

The key items required are water repellent disposable surgical face masks, non-latex gloves, disposable plastic aprons and hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content).

If you know of any local businesses that can help with the supply of PPE please ask them to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line PPE support.

Wiltshire wellbeing hub

Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub, which is available via email and phone, has been working hard to provide support for our county’s most vulnerable residents. Our teams continue to make daily calls to people identified by central government to see if these individuals require support and we have also received 781 calls to our designated hotline from other members of the community requiring assistance.

This virtual hub can be contacted by email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our designated hotline, 0300 003 4576.  It’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of food parcels are being delivered across Wiltshire to help older people and families who need additional help at this time.

We’re asking Wiltshire children to make them additionally special by creating a lovely rainbow picture, with a personal message if they wish, which can be attached to the outside of the parcel as they are sent out.

Please encourage children to send pictures to: Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury SP1 3NR.

Business Support

We are administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or rural rates relief. We are also administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 and for those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 a grant of £25,000.

Over 4,400 applications have now been received and are currently being assessed. Of these applications, 50% contain all the necessary information for the grant to be processed fairly quickly. The remainder require further assessment or due diligence resulting in a delay in processing the claim. Further messaging will be issued through the communications channels to remind businesses to provide all the information in order that they receive this vital funding as soon as possible.

So far we have transferred £5m to local businesses with further grants being issued today.

Our Public Protection team have received 59 complaints from members of the public, mainly about social distancing measures in place in those businesses that remain open with a few relating to businesses operating when it’s perceived they should be closed.

The team have also received 23 enquiries from businesses direct seeking further advice.

Interactive map to help you find local COVID-19 support

The Council has created an online interactive map that allows people to see what COVID-19 community support is available in their neighbourhood and throughout the county.

The map, which will be regularly updated, can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus and people simply have to type in their town/village/city name or a postcode in a search box and the system will automatically take them to that location and highlight the support available in that area, which will be marked by red stars. Clicking on the red stars will bring up information about the groups, including their contact details and a summary of the type of support and services they are providing.

The information on the mapping system can also be found in the Council’s regularly updated Community Groups Directory.

This system complements our Community Groups Directory and allows people to find out about the local support available with just a few clicks.

Government WhatsApp service

The government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new, free to use, service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow members of the public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government. The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.  Please share this information with your communities.

Regards

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

LOCAL NEWS.

Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.

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A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.

MALMESBURY

Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.
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