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24/11/2020 New Additional Restrictions Grant scheme opens for applications (see more)

Business news - Coronavirus update from Wiltshire Council.
24 November 2020
This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses during the COVID-19 situation.
New Additional Restrictions Grant scheme opens for applications

We have launched our new Additional Restrictions Grant scheme after receiving over £10 million of additional Government funding to support local businesses.

This new grant scheme is a discretionary scheme that will help those businesses required to close or have been severely affected by the national restrictions that are outside the business rate system, meaning more businesses in the county could benefit from vital funding.

Split into two phases, this scheme will initially provide quick financial support for businesses during the current national restrictions. These businesses could receive a grant worth up to £3,000 to help them cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Grants will be awarded on a simple employee ranking:

  • £500 where the grant applicant has 1 or no employees, such as a Director paid by dividends
  • £2,000 where the grant applicant has 2 to 9 employees
  • £3,000 where the grant applicant has 10 or more employees

These grants will be awarded on a rolling basis with successful applicants receiving payments in November and December 2020.

As part of the second phase, a review of the scheme will be carried out in January 2021 to see whether further grant payments could be awarded on a rolling basis in the new year.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 18 December 2020 via the online application form. Applications will then be reviewed and assessed with grants being paid as quickly as possible.

Full guidance and to apply

 

Useful links
We are providing regular updates on the Coronavirus business support page on our website.
You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
For central government updates follow:

24/11/2020 Latest Update & Support from VisitWiltshire (see more)

 New Grants Available
Updated Guidance 
2021 Publications
Keep Us Up To Date
What’s Open Pages 
Bradford on Avon Points West
PR Update
COVID Business Support Event
Latest Travel Trade Update

 Trade Coverage 
Support Wiltshire Museum
Peer to Peer Networking
Changes to Bounce Back Loans
Queens Platinum Jubilee 
VisitEngland Webinars
Industry Research 
 Great West Way 
Stay Up To Date 
New Grants Available

Since the latest national lockdown was announced a number of grants of now become available for businesses to apply for;

Local Restrictions Support Grant
This new scheme is aimed at those businesses required to close due to the national restrictions which started on 5 November 2020. One-off grants will be awarded to eligible businesses to support them during the four-week closure and help them with the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus. This grant is available to businesses who pay business rates and the amount they get is determined by their rateable value. You can check your eligibility and apply with Wiltshire Council  HERE

For our partners who fall under Swindon Borough Council you can check your eligibility and apply for both of the above grants HERE

Additional Restrictions Grant
This discretionary grant scheme will support those businesses required to close or have been severely affected by the national restrictions, but which do not pay business rates. Check if you are eligible HERE. Wiltshire Council are currently developing this scheme and will publish details in due course, which we will keep you updated on.

For our partners who fall under Swindon Borough Council you can check your eligibility and apply for both of the above grants HERE

The online tool for finding out what support is available for your businesses has been updated to reflect recent changes and can be found HERE. 

As always, VisitWiltshire is here to help. if you have any issues, or questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will endeavor to help to the best of our ability. If there is anything you would like us to pass on also let us know as we are regularly feeding back to VisitBritain, TIER and DCMS, as well as Wiltshire Council. You can keep up to date via our Partner Advice page and these regular newsletters.

 

Updated Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Cafés and Pubs

The Primary Government Guidance for Working Safely During Coronavirus has been updated for restaurant, bar, café and pub operators to reflect recent changes in Government rules for these businesses. You can read more HERE. All sector guidance is being regularly updated so if you’re not sure what the latest is for your sector let us know. A great way to find out more about industry guidance is to attend our COVID Business Support Event on Thursday 26 November, more details HERE.

2021 Publications

Work has started on our 2021 digital Wiltshire publications. We will be including new digital content including virtual tours, videos and reassurance messaging for visitors, please contact Fiona if you have any relevant  digital content that we can include. If you placed an advert last year Billy will be in touch with details for this year. If you didn’t place an advert last year but would like to place an advert this year please contact Billy.  
Calling all attraction and town partners – submit your 2021 events

2020 has been a challenging year for running any type of event. We are hopeful that this will change for 2021 and are looking to include an events section in our publications, if you are an attraction or town partner you are invited to submit up to 6 events (virtual or actual events) for possible inclusion within our 2021 digital publications. Ideally, we would like both the name of the event and the exact 2021 date(s) but failing that please send Billy the name of the event and the month in which it takes place.

 

Keep Us Up to Date 

During the second lockdown we are once again promoting our Virtual Trip to Wiltshire page. If you have any suitable content, or are going to be hosting any virtual events please send them to Billy or Helen.

Tell us about your upcoming events! Especially if you have anything coming up for Christmas and New Year. Whether these events are digital or in person, you can add your upcoming events for free by filling out our simple website event form. We will also select events from here to promote in our monthly blogs and on social media.

We will be working hard to update the content on our website to reflect the latest restrictions and messaging, and once again start encouraging visitors to the site to plan a future trip to Wiltshire in the new year. We will also focus on promoting activities and content that are still allowed, such as Walking and Cycling.

If you would like to feature in a VisitWiltshire blog or contribute a guest blog, please get in touch with Helen to discuss possible topics and themes.

As always, please let Helen know if you have any messaging you would like us to promote on the VisitWiltshire social media channels. This could be news, offers or just fresh imagery you want to share! We are also looking for your events and upcoming for 2021, if you have anything suitable please send to Helen and Holly.

 

VisitWiltshire ‘What’s Open’ Pages

We have set up a number of new pages to reflect the latest restrictions and climate, and to showcase our partners who are still operating during this lockdown. You can see the pages here;

What’s Open in Wiltshire: Gardens and Open Spaces
What’s Open in Wiltshire: Food and Drink Takeaways
What’s Open in Wiltshire: Online & Local Christmas Shopping

If you have anything that you feel would fit any of these pages please send the details to Billy or Helen and we can add it to the relevant page and promote through the website, blogs and social media.

PR Update 

VisitWiltshire continues to work hard to achieve local, national and international coverage. You can view coverage achieved this month HERE. This month, we have contributed to the magazine, Wiltshire Life, and written a feature about Walking in Wiltshire. We continue to liaise with media about future PR opportunities and press trips.

If you require any additional help or support with PR, please contact Holly who will be happy to help.

You can see all our press releases HERE. 

VisitWiltshire COVID Business Support Event 

VisitWiltshire is holding a virtual COVID Business Support Event via Zoom from 2pm on Thursday 26 November. There will be a panel of experts providing guidance and details of the different types of support available for businesses during this difficult time. Representatives from Business WestSwindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub, Wiltshire Council and VisitEngland will be in attendance outlining in detail what help and support is available to businesses during the COVID crisis. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have to the panel.

If you are interested in joining the event please contact Tristan and he will send you the link to join.

 Travel Trade Update

Global European Marketplace (GEM)
We attended a virtual Global European Marketplace (GEM) event on 30 October, where we met with 36 travel trade buyers selling Wiltshire and Great West Way. Buyers are really interested in new Wiltshire tours and experiences and FIT hotel rates for 2021. Please get in touch if you have any trade product you would like us to promote.

UKinbound Destination Update and Virtual Fam Visit
On Thursday, 19 November Visitwiltshire hosted the largest ever Destination Update and Virtual fam visit’ visit with 34 international and domestic travel trade buyers.  The event was run in partnership with UKInbound, supported by Lorna Matthews Keel from Salisbury Chequered History GuidesLongleat and Salisbury Cathedral.  The Wiltshire presentation is available here.

 

Trade PR Coverage 

VisitWiltshire has recently featured in an addition of Group Leisure Travel magazine, showcasing our recent award of Best UK Destination at the Group Travel Awards. You can see the piece HERE. 

Peer to Peer Networking 

Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Growth Hub has set a up a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs, which they are hoping will  provide a great opportunity for businesses to learn from each other, get great support, hints and tips on dealing with the challenges faced. There will be a total of 10 Peer Networks set up, one of which will be tourism. The aim is that these groups will meet to discuss strategic and operational challenges, across HR, change management, innovation, succession, planning and much more, while working together to find practical solutions.

You can find out more and register HERE. 

 

Changes to Bounce Back Loans

The Guidance on Bounce back Loans has been updated to people to top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments, or pause repayments. You can read more HERE. 

 

Queens Platinum Jubilee

The Government has announced that to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the late May Bank Holiday will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday created on Friday 3 June to create a four-day weekend.

 

VisitEngland Business Support Webinars 

VisitEngland are holding a couple of webinars in the coming weeks to offer support to any businesses who may need it;
Micro-businesses – Building towards recovery
‘We’re Good to Go’ – what we’ve learnt and what’s next

 

Industry Research

The latest Consumer Sentiment Tracker from VisitBritain is available

A recent report from Trajectory analyses what pandemic-enforced changes of habit will mean for our values, attitudes and behaviours in both the short and longer term future. Throughout the year they have been measuring and monitoring changing consumer attitudes to the pandemic. You can download the full report for free HERE. 

The latest wave of ONS research on the impact of COVID-19 on UK businesses, which was conducted prior to the second national lockdown, is now available and contains a lot of tourism specific findings. You can see the research HERE. 

 

 

Great West Way in the House of Commons

This week the Member of Parliament for Devizes Danny Kruger raised the topic of Tourism Zones in the House of Commons and made a case for the Great West Way to be one of the first. During his speech and the reply from Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Wiltshire and its many historical landmarks like Avebury and Stonehenge were mentioned and spoken of very highly.

You can see a video of the exchange HERE. 

 

2020/2021 Marketing Plan 

Prior to the latest announcement, we were working closely with the VisitEngland marketing team and Trip Advisor developing content for the Escape the Every Day domestic campaign. Due to the lockdown the activity is currently halted but as and when government restrictions change this will be reviewed. Wiltshire is featured heavily in all Great West Way marketing

Also in light of the lockdown we have amended our content accordingly and refer to planning a Winter holiday on the Great West Way.

You can view our up to date marketing plan here.

 

International Travel Trade Distribution for 2021/2022 programmes

Great West Way has recently been distributed via a number of VisitBritain international offices including Australia, USA, Italy and Scandinavia. The Italian travel trade newsletter was issued on 3 November to 1,544 Italian subscribers and includes a link to the new Great West Way Travel Magazine and new Trade Itineraries. You can see this here. This current trade activity is aimed at Tour Operators who are now in their planning stages for 2021/22 and beyond.

 

 

There is a COVID-19 advice page on the VisitWiltshire website for businesses. The page details the latest government guidance, information from travel authorities and some useful resources. We are regularly updating this page with the latest information.

VisitWiltshire Advice Page 

The page also includes the latest research carried out by VisitEngland/VisitBritain and the details of the various grants, loans and support for businesses being provided by the government. You can also follow us on our @VisitWiltsBiz account for more updates.

If you are still unclear on what support you are entitled to, please don’t hesitate to contact Billy and he will ensure it reaches the relevant channels.

20/11/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

20 November 2020
Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as of 16 November)

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is still below the national average, rates are continuing to rise and we can’t be complacent.
* Last week there were 469 cases, so an increase of 57 people this week.
* The rate of cases per 100k has increased from 93.8 to 105.2.

We all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember – hands, face, space.
Local test and trace service launched

We’ve launched our local COVID-19 contact tracing partnership, with the aim of contacting positive cases quickly and slowing the spread of the virus.

It will support the NHS Test and Trace service and will step in should the national team be unable to reach a person in Wiltshire who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If the national contact tracers are unable to reach a positive local case they will pass on the relevant details to us and we will use local methods to make contact.

One of our members of staff will send a text message to the positive case first, and then follow this up with phone calls. It is a legal requirement for people to self-isolate when they receive a positive COVID-19 test result.
Full details on local test and trace (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/local-test-and-trace-service-launched)
Could you be a #WiltshireTogether Champion?

We are looking for people to sign up to become a #WiltshireTogether Champion to help keep their friends, families and communities safe.

This network will help us share accurate and factual guidance and advice, which will help counter misleading and inaccurate information being spread through social media and word of mouth.

The #WiltshireTogether Champions will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest national guidance and receive Wiltshire-specific updates, so that they can keep themselves, their families, friends and communities safe. The messages will be created by us, ready for champions to simply share in an easy and quick way.

Once signed up, the champions will receive:
* Regular updates from the council on the latest situation with COVID-19 in Wiltshire
* Key messages and updates that need to be communicated through Wiltshire’s communities
* FAQs to help with myth-busting about COVID-19
* A single point of contact to discuss ideas, offer suggestions and ask questions

More information and to sign up (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/launch-of-wiltshire-together-champions-network)

COVID-19 Community Pack

We have created an updated Community Pack of information to help support communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current national restrictions.

Within it you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.
View the pack on our dedicated COVID-19 page (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus#community-pack)
Competition time!

If you have a child aged between 4 and 18, be sure to get them involved with our three new competitions.

Poetry, short stories, posters or creating your own face covering are all part of the competition, and there is a prize up for grabs!

Final judging will take place early December when there will be prizes for the winners of the different age categories.

The competition is split into age groups of  4 – 7, 8 – 11, 12 – 15 and 16 – 18 years.
More on the competition (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/lockdown-competition-time)

People Friendly Salisbury

We’ve taken the decision to suspend the People Friendly Salisbury scheme indefinitely from the end of this month.

The decision follows a meeting with Salisbury City Council where they refused to confirm support for the scheme moving forwards. Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID). has also recently requested the scheme be suspended.
More details (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/people-friendly-salisbury-scheme-suspended-indefinitely)
Drive to encourage more people to consider fostering teenagers

Teenagers and those who have been in care are sharing their experiences of how a foster family can change a life as we’ve launched a drive to encourage more people to consider fostering teenagers.

In Wiltshire dozens of children in care need a loving foster home, but sometimes people can have concerns that fostering a teenager may be too challenging.

As part of a week long campaign, we’ve been sharing teenager’s experiences and providing details of information and support to remind people that older children need support too.
Full details (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/encouraging-more-people-to-foster-teenagers)

18/11/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as of 10 November)

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is still below the national average, we can’t be complacent. We all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 update from Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn

Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn has given an update on the case rates of COVID-19 in the county and announced the most up-to-date figures for this week.

Watch the video update now (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1tCn8rIICY&feature=youtu.be)
COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week

COVID-19 testing sites are open seven days a week including weekends.
Current data shows that testing sites are much quieter at weekends than weekdays.

If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must book a test immediately.

Keep playing your part.

More info and to book a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test)
Have your say on the proposed A350 Melksham bypass

We’re exploring options to improve the A350 at Melksham, including the potential for a new bypass, and we’re seeking your views on our progress so far, and the various route options.

Find out more and take the survey (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-a350-melksham-bypass)

New Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme opens for applications

We’ve launched the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme after receiving over £7 million of Government funding to support local businesses.

This new scheme is aimed at those businesses required to close due to the national restrictions which started on 5 November 2020.

One-off grants will be awarded to eligible businesses to support them during the four-week closure and help them with the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus. Eligible businesses that have:
* properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334
* properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000
* properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000

More info (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/New-Local-Restrictions-Support-Grant-scheme-opens-for-applications)
Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali! We wish you all a very happy, prosperous and safe year ahead.

Diwali – known as ‘Festival of lights’, is a well-known Indian Hindu festival celebrated worldwide which symbolizes the spiritual ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance’.

The festival falls in either October or November each year and lasts for five days. This year the celebrations began yesterday (12 November) with the main celebrations taking place tomorrow (14 November).
Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week (16 to 22 November) is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking.

It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Alcohol and mental health’.

Around 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, and drinking too much or too often can increase our risk. But many of us are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health, and it’s often the first thing we turn to when we’re feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope.

Yet drinking too much or too often can mask or enhance underlying mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.

More on this (https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/alcohol-awareness-week-1/about-alcohol-awareness-week)

11/11/2020 COVID-19 – The latest news from the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub (see more)

At the Growth Hub we recognise this is a time of great difficulty and heightened worry, as we head into another period where we cannot see friends and family and many of our businesses are asked again to close their doors.

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06/11/2020. Wiltshire Council services – updates and changes (see more)

With the new national restrictions coming into place tomorrow (Thursday 5 November), we would like to update you on the position with our services.
Read the new national restrictions now (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november)
Services which are set to continue or stay open
* Social care services
* Revenue and benefits
* Household recycling centres and waste collection
* Car parks – car parking fees will remain but people are advised to only travel if essential
* Public parks
* Street markets will continue with traders only able to sell food
* Allotments
* Registration services can conduct birth registrations and declarations via face-to-face appointments, notices of marriage and civil partnerships via face to face appointments, and death appointments by telephone. Funerals can be held but restricted to 30 mourners
* Some libraries will provide an order and collect service – more details on that soon (any books currently loaned out will be extended for the duration of the restrictions)
* Visitors allowed to main council hubs – but people are advised to only do this if absolutely necessary
* Continuing to support rough sleepers in Wiltshire in the usual way. People can report rough sleepers at StreetLink (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.streetlink.org.uk%2F&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cec459273caee4599e89108d880ca4868%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637400953568731426%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=etX2%2BUYVqhUs%2Fv2P%2BMLj6magoHFDOqcYiOEXyDc60Fs%3D&reserved=0)  or via the StreetLink app; this will direct the teams to help people who need it

** Services which will close temporarily
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The following services unfortunately cannot continue while the increased restrictions are in place:
* Wiltshire Council and Places Leisure-run leisure centres will close temporarily – members will have their membership automatically frozen for one month, so any payments due to be processed on 5 November will not be taken – range of online content available – https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fleisure-active-communities&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cef7dcc1453a045d081b108d880e081fc%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637401049023630720%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=naPkdUlaT29Op9g4TII%2BeyEQR5oRxTtVOmrkACmZ08E%3D&reserved=0)
* Leisure groups: Active Health, Get Wiltshire Walking, running programme, StreetGames, Healthier Communities, Walking Sports and Ability Sports
* Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre – online content available at http://wshc.eu/ (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwshc.eu%2F&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cef7dcc1453a045d081b108d880e081fc%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637401049023640676%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=BShAKyQBDPHI7xt4d9mJsFmNua7L9ZwqUg0eMo1ZC6g%3D&reserved=0)
* Weddings

Wiltshire COVID-19 Public update

We hosted a live COVID-19 Public update yesterday (Tuesday 3 November), which featured Wiltshire Council’s Leader, Philip Whitehead; Chief Executive, Terence Herbert and Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn.

The webinar is available to watch back on our Youtube Channel.
Watch the webinar now (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvaMk4uvc7w&feature=youtu.be)

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Everyone in England is required to follow the new National Restrictions from 5 November (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november) , which have been set out by the government and apply to the whole population. These restrictions:
* require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
* prevent people gathering with those they do not live with, except for specific purposes
* close certain businesses and venues

This guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#cev) . If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

The council’s Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is still available should anyone need any support, advice or guidance. People can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk (mailto:wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk) Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Read the full guidance now (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19)

03/11/2020 ** Wiltshire Council to broadcast a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November (see more)

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Wiltshire residents are invited to join the council for a live public COVID-19 update at 5pm tonight (3 November 2020).

The online broadcast will feature Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire.

They will be providing an update on the latest number of positive cases and the rate of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, and the arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. There will also be details on how schools, care homes and council services are responding to the situation and planning for the coming weeks.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams. Viewers should download the Microsoft Teams app to their device in advance and you should use this link to access the broadcast (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_MTM5OTU5NTEtM2RkNy00YWM1LWJmOTEtMTg4NWMzNGI1NTEz%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%25225546e75e-3be1-4813-b0ff-26651ea2fe19%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522e4afd550-c9df-4740-af6e-96a60ceefb51%2522%252c%2522IsBroadcastMeeting%2522%253atrue%257d&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C37c25da51fbb4ef344c608d87cae7946%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637396436081458213%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=GOhK9GVJXi6jhsmHM1iNCWi%2BPEdSL7j2vXEFRep1myE%3D&reserved=0&utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=e34296bdce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_28_02_56_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-e34296bdce-85626319) .
Full details on the live public COVID-19 update (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/people-encouraged-to-tune-in-and-watch-wiltshire-council-broadcasting-live-public-covid-19-update-on-3-november?utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=e34296bdce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_28_02_56_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-e34296bdce-85626319)

28/10/2020 Wiltshire Council to broadcast a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November (see more)

Wiltshire residents are invited to join the council for a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November at 5pm.

The online broadcast will feature Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire.

They will be providing an update on the latest number of positive cases and the rate of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, and the arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. There will also be details on how schools, care homes and council services are responding to the situation and planning for the coming weeks.

We want to hear from you.

You can submit your questions about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing communications@wiltshire.gov.uk (mailto:communications@wiltshire.gov.uk)  no later than 5pm on Sunday 1 November.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams and you should use this link to access the broadcast (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_MTM5OTU5NTEtM2RkNy00YWM1LWJmOTEtMTg4NWMzNGI1NTEz%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%25225546e75e-3be1-4813-b0ff-26651ea2fe19%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522e4afd550-c9df-4740-af6e-96a60ceefb51%2522%252c%2522IsBroadcastMeeting%2522%253atrue%257d&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C3f46d3dc22d5470cc80d08d87b3cf47f%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637394849030384764%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=82O53ugx0UurNSg42WqK8WCC7fa8I3HKkRs0wGQe0FI%3D&reserved=0&utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=52fbb5147b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_28_02_56&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-52fbb5147b-85626319) .
Full details on the live public COVID-19 update (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/people-encouraged-to-tune-in-and-watch-wiltshire-council-broadcasting-live-public-covid-19-update-on-3-november?utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=52fbb5147b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_28_02_56&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-52fbb5147b-85626319)

COVID-19: New three-tier local restrictions explained from Wiltshire Council (see more)

New three-tier local COVID-19 restrictions explained
A three-tier system of local restrictions to curb the transmission of COVID-19 has been introduced in England. The new system will see different parts of the country placed under varying restrictions depending on their rates of infection. The restrictions in each tier are:

Medium
* Follow the rule of six if meeting indoors or outdoors
* Pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm

High
* No household mixing indoors
* Rule of six will apply outdoors
* Pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm

Very High
* No household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens
* Rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces like parks
* Pubs and bars not serving meals will be closed
* Guidance against travelling in and out of the area
* Further measures which may be agreed locally

What tier is Wiltshire in?
Wiltshire is currently in the medium (lowest) tier of the COVID-19 alert levels. This means current restrictions will stay the same. Please help to keep the rate of transmission low by continuing to:
* Follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance: wash your hands often and thoroughly, wear a face mask in enclosed spaces and keep two metres apart or one metre+ with a face covering or other protection
* Follow the rule of six if meeting indoors or outdoors

Self isolate if:
* you develop symptoms (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/?utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319)
* you have tested positive for COVID-19
* someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
* you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app. It is now a legal requirement (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection?utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319#:~:text=From%2028%20September%2C%20you,a%20positive%20test%20result.) to do so
* you arrive in the UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk?utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319) from a country with a high COVID-19 risk

We must all play our part

Message from Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council

“This is clearly still a difficult time for the country and we hope this new system will help slow the spread of COVID-19. Wiltshire’s alert level is ‘medium’ which means the current restrictions remain in place and we need people to continue to be vigilant. Our top priority remains the same – to continue to support Wiltshire residents and businesses through this pandemic so that the county emerges as strong as possible when we reach the other side. We have focussed our resources and way of working to give us the best possible opportunity of achieving this.
“Although local COVID-19 cases are rising, the spread of the virus locally is still comparatively low in Wiltshire, but we all must play our part and not be complacent as we’ve seen in other areas how quickly the situation can change for the worse. That means keeping washing hands, wearing face coverings where required and socially distancing. People must also self-isolate when told to so, and this is now a legal requirement. If we keep doing this and supporting one another, then we stand the best possible chance of keeping each other safe.”
Download the NHS COVID-19 app
You can download the COVID-19 app now which supports contact tracing. Use the app to scan QR codes in shops and restaurants so the app can let you know if you come into direct contact with someone who later tests positive. All your data is held locally on your phone.

You can download the COVID-19 app via the App Store (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3De6371acc84%26e%3D3336ad4957&data=02%7C01%7Ckaylum.house%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C4037b670b5ed4955dca008d86155962c%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637366370040585146&sdata=Ruve05GW8sySbCp%2FBmJIy5jQ7DH4ejEWu4hKs2RLyVE%3D&reserved=0&utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319) or Google Play (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Df1ff6b938f%26e%3D3336ad4957&data=02%7C01%7Ckaylum.house%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C4037b670b5ed4955dca008d86155962c%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637366370040585146&sdata=2OEw%2Fe32G2s8tt52S1SbqM5mBoQ2XmuWGHODtA29eKA%3D&reserved=0&utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319) as long as your phone software is recent enough to support it – find out by visiting the apps download provider for your device.

Find out more (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Daab660ad16%26e%3D3336ad4957&data=02%7C01%7Ckaylum.house%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C4037b670b5ed4955dca008d86155962c%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637366370040595111&sdata=SpHH%2BsY5FFjW3a%2F%2FGdXAROZL1lNRURC%2BlOg%2BpXGyJdY%3D&reserved=0&utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319) or watch a short video from our Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqWbWxq13mM&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Wiltshire+News+List+2%2F8%2F2019&utm_campaign=1d227480f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_14_10_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3850daa318-1d227480f0-85626319

Test and trace support payment

If you are on a lower income and are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a support payment of £500, payable in a lump sum. If applicable, this can be backdated to 28 September.

This scheme has been introduced by Government and will be administrated locally by Wiltshire Council.
Find out more or apply ()

12/10/2020 Latest Business newsletter from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Claims for the second taxable grant, worth 70% of a self-employed person’s average monthly trading profits, must be submitted on or before 19 October 2020. Eligible applicants will receive a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, capped at £6,570 in total. You can claim for the second grant even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

The grant is being extended from 1 November 2020 for a period of six months. Two grants will be paid in lump sum instalments, each covering a three-month period. The first will cover the period from the start of November until the end of January and the second will start in February until the end of April 2021. Full details on how to claim will be available soon.

Claim the second taxable grant<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Dc8df1da405%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7Caa2097ebf7d24b2a469d08d86c661947%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378533058505793&sdata=qp2AyjBth6snLZJTIWlwzMT04D%2FHUxc%2BUzi30tOeYV4%3D&reserved=0>

More information on the extension of the scheme<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Dde36aa1b4c%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7Caa2097ebf7d24b2a469d08d86c661947%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378533058515754&sdata=Mgimmdz16aRskzgmCZLXacYuogBI6RwwWywkxgmzFpk%3D&reserved=0>

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Check if you can claim the Job Retention Bonus

Employers can now check whether they are eligible to claim the Job Retention Bonus and what they need to do to claim it.

This scheme provides the employer with a £1,000 one-off taxable payment for each eligible employee that was furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021.

Claims for the bonus can be made between 15 February and 31 March 2021.

Find out more<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D1d307f72f0%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7Caa2097ebf7d24b2a469d08d86c661947%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378533058515754&sdata=hdM0oXsEUCQXmWGy3gqW2E2ycatZZTaBwe7zxbW70t8%3D&reserved=0>

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Self-isolation payment scheme

When people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time. If a member of your staff is required to self-isolate, they may be entitled to a £500 payment if they are working and on a low income and will lose money because they cannot work from home.

To receive this payment, they must:

*   have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
*   be employed or self-employed
*   have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating
and be receiving at least one of the following benefits:

*   Universal Credit
*   Pension Credit
*   Housing Benefit
*   Income Support
*   income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
*   income-based Employment Support Allowance
*   Working Tax Credit
We are in the process of developing a system to allow people to claim for this payment as quickly and easily as possible. This system will be live soon. People who are eligible for this payment will be able to make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.

More information on how to apply locally will be available on our website’s council tax and benefits pages<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D6c1fbda9d3%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7Caa2097ebf7d24b2a469d08d86c661947%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378533058525701&sdata=7kzAEdv1jZQNLCAiLZWnlWeW%2FlX0Z3iBXE6MrpQI1c0%3D&reserved=0> next week.

Find out more<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D52b7b6fed4%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7Caa2097ebf7d24b2a469d08d86c661947%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378533058525701&sdata=laMux42JJk0mKwAxdY1z4ejQfQhaJD7PraOGhrIJWEA%3D&reserved=0>

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NHS COVID-19 app

Just a reminder for businesses to download the NHS QR code to support the NHS COVID-19 app. The NHS QR code poster should be visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. This will allow contact tracers to track down customers in order to provide public health advice in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

Assets, including the NHS QR poster, are available to download from the NHS website.

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Tech Swindon Summit 2020

This week-long summit, from 2 to 6 November 2020, aims to showcase the scale and diversity of the tech community in Swindon and its surrounding regions. It also serves to provide an opportunity for connection, collaboration and knowledge sharing with the wider tech community.

With over 2,000 attendees expected and the full schedule now announced, register your interest so you don’t miss out.

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From computer essentials and practical maths to digital marketing, coding, leadership and project management, there’s something for everyone.

The courses have been developed with top quality providers including The Open University, Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity.

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Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a big impact on the economy, resulting in some apprentices being made redundant without completing their apprenticeships, while others are at risk of redundancy. To assist businesses in supporting apprentices, the Department for Education has launched the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.

The service provides clear, accessible advice and guidance to individuals on the impact of redundancy, their options and next steps. It

*   provides apprentices with advice and guidance on the impact of redundancy
*   signposts apprentices to local and national support services
*   provides an apprenticeship vacancy sharing service to make redundant apprentices aware of new opportunities
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New plans for UK to be world leader in clean wind energy

The government has set out new plans for the UK to lead the way in green energy as part of its commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050.

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New mental health course

The Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2 is aimed at SMEs who want to understand and support their staff during these uncertain times.

It is an online course, working with a dedicated assessor, and provides a good understanding of the following areas:

*   understanding mental health
*   understanding stress
*   understanding anxiety
*   understanding phobias
*   understanding depression
*   understanding postnatal depression
*   understanding bipolar disorder
*   understanding schizophrenia
*   understanding dementia
*   understanding eating disorders
*   understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
*   understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
*   understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Subject to eligibility, the course can be fully funded. For further information and to see if you are eligible please contact skillssupport@serco.com<mailto:skillssupport@serco.com>

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 10 October 2020. MIND have launched their ‘Do one thing’ campaign which provides helpful tips and ideas on how you and your staff can make positive changes for better mental health.

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09/10/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Self-isolation – you could be entitled to COVID-19 Test and Trace support payment scheme

We all need to work together and follow the guidance as we look to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire. But we know that when people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time.

If you are required to self-isolate, a £500 payment is available if you are working and on a low income and will lose money because you cannot work from home.

To receive this payment, you must:
* have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday, 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
* be employed or self-employed
* have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating

be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
* Universal Credit
* Pension Credit
* Housing Benefit
* Income Support
* income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
* income-based Employment Support Allowance
* Working Tax Credit

We are in the process of finalising a system to allow you to claim for this payment as quickly and easily as possible, and this will be live next week. People who are eligible for this payment will be able to make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.

More information on how to apply locally will be available on our website’s council tax and benefits pages (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fbenefits&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472129463&sdata=NLcosurVnLgmzkcWbDx5BE9GvCTl7hLnhEMb%2FjqFXOY%3D&reserved=0) next week. In the meantime, more information can also be found on the government website. (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fnews%2Fnew-package-to-support-and-enforce-self-isolation&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472129463&sdata=AIqJv44Z9%2FJ3Ix3U0QU35IWAunc865fFqEpa%2BXjYwC8%3D&reserved=0)

Tidworth Library providing order and collect service

We’re pleased to confirm that Tidworth Library will be operating an order and collect service from Monday 12 October.

You won’t be able to drop-in and browse at the library but an order and collect service has been set-up providing access to books. You can also book to use the computers for up to 45 minutes.

Library members can sign up for order and collect by completing an order form (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibraries.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fweb%2Farena%2Fordercollect&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472109475&sdata=QGbiyPsRB2OHz8RjPzAFATmVWxmq1W2XYh09a2ICu84%3D&reserved=0)  or phoning the library during the hours below on 01980 843460. To book a computer session please also phone the library during its opening hours.

Tidworth Library opening hours will be:
Mondays at 2pm to 5pm
Thursdays at 2pm to 5pm
Saturdays at 10am to 1pm

Library staff will choose books for you to enjoy based on the preferences stated and contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to collect them from the library entrance.

Audiobooks can be selected if you have an audiobook subscription or membership exemption.

If you wish to reserve a specific book, we have relaunched our reservation service. Books can be reserved online or by phoning from libraries across Wiltshire for 95p (free for children’s items) using the library catalogue (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibraries.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fweb%2Farena&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472119476&sdata=%2BIcG5TWEyxHJ27Nt%2FBhWckdszo639PzNNjogBcIsDoU%3D&reserved=0) .

Five steps to wellbeing – how to improve mental wellbeing on World Mental Health Day

We are reminding people of the steps they can take to improve their wellbeing for World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Earlier this week Wiltshire Council launched the Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhs.uk%2Foneyou%2Fevery-mind-matters%2Fchildrens-mental-health%2Fhttps%3A%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fnews%2FWiltshire-Health-Improvement-Hub-launch&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cd29bf74ffc1f4b230e6908d86c552a07%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378460315635491&sdata=lKUNV0cdm%2BTrr8w2c1kRUcBlfc7KrU2u6APxUAAQ%2BWo%3D&reserved=0) which will assist people who want to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

We are also working with partners including supporting Public Health England and the NHS’s Every Mind Matters programme which enables people to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.

As half term approaches Every Mind Matters also has a range of information (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhs.uk%2Foneyou%2Fevery-mind-matters%2Fchildrens-mental-health%2F&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cd29bf74ffc1f4b230e6908d86c552a07%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378460315645486&sdata=fBk3mACwE1cBdks%2BLpzG3lDXh7aWCb0%2FsymQFWEwFWQ%3D&reserved=0) to support children and young people and their parents/carers to talk about mental health and the current situation and how to navigate the COVID-19 situation.

You can find ideas and simple accessible resources, on our website (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-mental-health)  and a link to the Every Mind Matters platform (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.everymindmatters.co.uk%2F&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cd29bf74ffc1f4b230e6908d86c552a07%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378460315655481&sdata=E1m1OEiWpibfyp%2FVpzYLd4%2F994WoQtlHV5SHVcmKV6Q%3D&reserved=0) .
Find out more (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/world-mental-health-day-2020)

New Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub

We have launched the Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub which will assist people who want to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

The Health Improvement Hub will utilise Health Improvement Coaches that can support people to make practical changes to improve their health and mental wellbeing through one-to-one support.

It will be a single point of access for referrals to the Health Improvement Coaches, Healthy Me (child and family weight management service), and our new group adult weight management programme, Healthy Us, due to launch January 2021.
Find out more (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/Wiltshire-Health-Improvement-Hub-launch)

Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?

This year it’s more important than ever for eligible people to get their vaccination, to help protect the nation from the double threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter.

If you’re in an eligible group please make sure you get vaccinated. You can ask your pharmacist or GP to find out if you are eligible.
Find out more (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/)
Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit (https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/)  is an online learning platform launched by the Government. It gives people access to free, high quality digital, numeracy and employability courses, to help you build up your skills, progress in work and boost your job prospects.

You can access the free courses from computer essentials and practical maths to digital marketing, coding, leadership and project management, there’s something for everyone.

The courses have been developed with top quality providers including The Open University, Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity.
Find out more (https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/)

05/10/2020 Wiltshire Council: COVID-19 – Help us share the message toolkit (see more)

With so much information available from a variety of sources on COVID-19, and with recent changes announced by the government, we thought it would be useful to bring as much of it together as possible and share the key messages with you, so that should you get any queries from residents, employees or your networks, you have the very latest information to hand.

Please click below to download the COVID-19 toolkit:

COVID19 – help us share the message

as well as some COVID-19 resources such as flyers, posters and social media graphics, which we hope you will find useful:

LOMP Flyers and Posters FINAL

The sharing of this information as widely as possible will ensure that Wiltshire maintains low transmission rates of COVID-19, so thank you for your help to get these key health messages out to our communities.

Kind regards

Communications Team
Corporate Services

05/10/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

NHS COVID-19 App

Over 14 million people have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app since it went live last week.

The app is used alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It helps the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

It uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)
Financial assistance for people who have to self-isolate

We all have to work together and follow the guidance as we look to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire.

We know that when people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time.

If you are required to self-isolate, a £500 payment is available if you are working and on a low income or will lose money because you cannot work from home.

To receive this payment, you must:
* have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday, 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
* be employed or self-employed
* have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating

And be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
* Universal Credit
* Pension Credit
* Housing Benefit
* Income Support
* income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
* income-based Employment Support Allowance
* Working Tax Credit

The council is in the process of developing a system to allow you to claim for this payment as quickly and easily as possible.

The system will be live soon and we will update you when it is.

People who are eligible for this payment will be able to make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

From 1 October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has changed and employers now need to fund 20% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours they do not work, as well as continuing to pay their National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions.

This means the government will only pay 60% of wages, up to a cap of £1,875, for the hours the employee is on furlough.

This scheme comes to an end on 31 October 2020.
To find out more (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme)

Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?

A record 30 million people are being offered the flu vaccination this year. It’s more important than ever for eligible people to get their vaccination, to help protect the nation from the double threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter.

If you’re in an eligible group please make sure you get vaccinated. You can ask your pharmacist or GP to find out if you are eligible.
More information on this (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/)

Wiltshire marks Black History Month with its first partnership conference

We’ve joined forces with Wiltshire Police to mark this year’s Black History Month with a free online conference open to employees and the public.

The event is being organised by the staff networks of both organisations; the Wiltshire Ethnic Police Association and our BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) staff network and is co-sponsored by Wiltshire Police and Hydrock Consultants Ltd.

It takes place on Tuesday 20 October from 2pm to 5pm and will feature talks from leading author Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, Rob Neil OBE, Head of Embedding Culture Change at the Department for Education and Organisational Psychologist John Amaechi OBE, the first British basketball player to have a career in the US National Basketball Association.

You will be able to learn about the history of multiculturalism in the UK, the contributions of black Britons, and how to create a more inclusive work culture and society for everyone.
Sign up for the conference (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wiltshire-marks-black-history-month-2020-tickets-120372305807)

Have you considered fostering as a career?

Wiltshire residents thinking of what next for future job opportunities are being asked to consider choosing foster care as their next career move.

This time of year can be the time for change as older children fly the nest and go off to college or new jobs. For younger families a child going to school can mean a significant change.

We’re encouraging those of you who are thinking about a new direction to make the move to fostering.
Full details on this (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news-next-move–fostering)

Stoptober

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you’ll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately.

It’s never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober. Let’s do this!
Quit smoking now (https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/)

Green Homes Grant now available

Homeowners, including landlords, can now apply for a voucher worth up to £5,000 to hire tradespeople to install heat saving measures such as insulation in their homes, helping them save money and the planet.

Low income households can get 100% of the costs of work covered up to £10,000.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is available until the end of March 2021.
Find out more about the scheme (https://greenhomesgrant.campaign.gov.uk/?utm_campaign=green_homes_grant_2020&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=gcslocal&utm_content=hmgsouthwest-300920)

28/09/2020 Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub: Grant Application Open (read more)

The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub has announced the application window for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) recovery grants is extended. The grants from this limited fund will be available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which have been affected following the Coronavirus pandemic.

The grants will predominately be between £1,000 and £3,000 and the money is a 100 percent government grant containing no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

Businesses can use the funding to pay for the following activities:

*        Access to specialist professional advice for example human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT / digital, etc…and/or the
*        Purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify

The closing date for applications is now 19 October, applicants will be required to complete an online form supplemented by three quotations for desired products and services with personal ID, evidence of business registration and trading since 11 March 2019.

Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub is now opening the applications to all businesses (including the self-employed) who can evidence they employ between three and 20 staff or contractors.

Businesses will be encouraged to source products and services from within Wiltshire as SWLEP looks to share a vision of retaining these funds in the region and contribute further to the ongoing recovery efforts of the business community.

The news follows the government’s announcement in July that £20m of funding would go towards helping smaller businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Businesses interested in applying should follow the link below.
<https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/support/covid-19-recovery-grant-application> Apply Now

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Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, company number 11766448, Digital Mansion Corsham, Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9BL, United Kingdom, 01793 698005

24/09/20 NHS COVID-19 App launched today The NHS COVID-19 app is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service (see more)

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
So what do I need to do?

Well, we’re encouraging you to download the NHS COVID-19 App now.

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)

Why should I download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If I download the app, am I being tracked?

The app will not track you or your location. Instead your postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. Your postcode district is the first part of your postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When you first download the app, you will be asked for your postcode district.

What happens if I have a positive test result?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell you to self-isolate. If you are under 18, you are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that you stay at home during this time. The app will help you keep track of your isolation period with a countdown timer showing you how much longer you need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if you feel unwell.

Will the app work if my phone is locked?

The app will work while your phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you have just restarted your phone, you must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and you don’t need to open the app.
Read this detailed guide complete with FAQs (https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf)
10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues

From today, venues selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaway deliveries.

The government is also introducing tougher enforcement powers for shutting down venues which don’t force people to stay apart.
Update on face coverings

You must now wear a face covering when travelling in private hire vehicles and taxis, and when visiting restaurants, bars and hospitality venues, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From today, staff working in hospitality venues and shops are required to wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will also become law. Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers are still advised to wear face coverings.

The penalty for failing to wear a face covering (or breaking the rule of six) will double to £200 for first offence. If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, for example due to an underlying health condition, you remain exempt from these new obligations.
Find out more about other new government measures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september?utm_source=ee7f51e4-26d0-4250-96b8-cd1f24351659&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate)
Hands, Face, Space

We all need to play our part and remember the most effective way we can all help prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be the following:
* Washing our hands regularly
* Wearing a face covering where it’s required
* Making space for one another

More on the Hands, Face, Space campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter)The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
So what do I need to do?

Well, we’re encouraging you to download the NHS COVID-19 App now.

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)

Why should I download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If I download the app, am I being tracked?

The app will not track you or your location. Instead your postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. Your postcode district is the first part of your postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When you first download the app, you will be asked for your postcode district.

What happens if I have a positive test result?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell you to self-isolate. If you are under 18, you are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that you stay at home during this time. The app will help you keep track of your isolation period with a countdown timer showing you how much longer you need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if you feel unwell.

Will the app work if my phone is locked?

The app will work while your phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you have just restarted your phone, you must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and you don’t need to open the app.
Read this detailed guide complete with FAQs (https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf)
10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues

From today, venues selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaway deliveries.

The government is also introducing tougher enforcement powers for shutting down venues which don’t force people to stay apart.
Update on face coverings

You must now wear a face covering when travelling in private hire vehicles and taxis, and when visiting restaurants, bars and hospitality venues, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From today, staff working in hospitality venues and shops are required to wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will also become law. Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers are still advised to wear face coverings.

The penalty for failing to wear a face covering (or breaking the rule of six) will double to £200 for first offence. If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, for example due to an underlying health condition, you remain exempt from these new obligations.
Find out more about other new government measures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september?utm_source=ee7f51e4-26d0-4250-96b8-cd1f24351659&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate)
Hands, Face, Space

We all need to play our part and remember the most effective way we can all help prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be the following:
* Washing our hands regularly
* Wearing a face covering where it’s required
* Making space for one another

More on the Hands, Face, Space campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter)

24/09/2020 NHS COVID-19 App launching this week (see more)

The NHS COVID-19 app will launch in England on Thursday 24 September.

In the run-up to the launch, the council is engaging with businesses and venues across the county to provide guidance for those required by law to print and display posters to help users of the app check in and record their presence.

The posters, which display a unique QR code for each setting, can be scanned by the app, which then saves information that can be used to help contact tracers in the event of an outbreak.

Settings that are currently required to keep records of visitors for contact tracing purposes must still maintain their own register to collect the contact details of those who have not, or could not, install the app.

Venues include facilities provided by local authorities and town and parish councils, including town and village halls, leisure centres, libraries, community and children’s centres.

Read more information about  which venues in England should display the official NHS QR code poster <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffaq.covid19.nhs.uk%2Farticle%2FKA-01183%2Fen-us%3Fparentid%3DCAT-01043%26rootid%3DCAT-01027&data=02%7C01%7CCeri.Tocock%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C1f0cd7a00e374802825c08d85ef57985%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637363755679106912&sdata=87b1UJ3MwdA47XQQBVCPr%2B2jKPMi6iTavMITmU1JbyA%3D&reserved=0> .

Venues that are required to display the official NHS QR code poster can download and print the QR code posters from the Government website <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fcreate-coronavirus-qr-poster&data=02%7C01%7CCeri.Tocock%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C1f0cd7a00e374802825c08d85ef57985%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637363755679116907&sdata=pJR0LqTWGJDAVa4gc053xEb4te%2BWrkq%2BsugtxEe2uWQ%3D&reserved=0> .

For further details on the announcement please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs <https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fnews%2Fvenues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs&data=02%7C01%7CCeri.Tocock%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C1f0cd7a00e374802825c08d85ef57985%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637363755679116907&sdata=oXMGwvQ0MF9ONLrJZkudTrieCNc58FRw%2Fz29bHAf1OI%3D&reserved=0> .

Please do encourage businesses in your local area to download and display QR code posters to ensure they comply with this latest legislation. We’ll be sending out more information about how you can help encourage residents to download the app in the next couple of days so please keep an eye out for that.

Regards,

Cllr Philip Whitehead

23/09/2020 Business News from Wiltshire Council (see more)

This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses during the COVID-19 situation.

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New recovery grants now available

Small and medium sized businesses can now apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant can be used to pay for:

*   specialist professional advice such as human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital etc
*   purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology so they can continue to deliver their business activity or diversify
To be eligible businesses must relate to the visitor economy, including businesses directly linked to tourism and visitors to the Wiltshire area such as accommodation and attractions. Micro businesses providing products and services to such businesses will also be considered.

Applications can be submitted to the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub until 5 October 2020. The grants are fully funded by the government and there is no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

For more information<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Daff7591dfd%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315096498&sdata=IPnHjQA%2BoYMs8gxMGA%2FgxjmAwOmrE87g9lBGDYMcBD0%3D&reserved=0>

To check the eligibility criteria and apply<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D77bc4b3f86%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315096498&sdata=De7MEiPR3kwDnrbOav%2FKcKwYbsiPJRr6mSGX8vp%2B34Q%3D&reserved=0>

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Green Recovery Challenge Fund is now open

A £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund is now open for applications.

Environmental charities and partnerships can apply for funding for projects which must contribute to at least one of the following themes:

*   nature conservation and restoration
*   nature-based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland
*   connecting people with nature
Applicants for over £250k must submit expressions of interest<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D3b17d722a0%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315106494&sdata=o4CJg%2B2Q5Eqlf943VM3COTbGCUEE0PYIX53vc0VQIpw%3D&reserved=0> by 24 September 2020 and if successful full applications by 26 October 2020. The deadline for applications<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3Df496644abc%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315106494&sdata=u2l0l2pZKWYAEXiVILL4TTrkLGbmYI%2Be8uhT%2B5nXAC0%3D&reserved=0> under £250k is 2 October 2020.

To find out more<https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiltshire.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D2883905f726c9fc694bef8b9e%26id%3D89ef89aeb6%26e%3D35542babb4&data=02%7C01%7Cadene.west-webbe%40Wiltshire.gov.uk%7C49af15ed996e4211393108d85bde39d5%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637360357315106494&sdata=sEpR8UvkzgRxaapRqn9thx4k3IBkqni8bJkmPFILA3w%3D&reserved=0>

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Funding available for transport tech start-up

Talented transport tech start-ups, with a focus on decarbonisation or COVID-19 recovery, can now bid for a share of over £1 million.

Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) is open to entrepreneurs and innovators pioneering new ways of creating a better transport system. It brings together start-ups and policymakers at the earliest stages of innovation, and with targeted investments of up to £30,000, brings ideas to market quicker.

Interested applicants can register to join an application support and information webinar on 30 September 2020. Applications need to be submitted by 11 October 2020.

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The Redundancy Process – free online workshop

HR Champions is delivering a free one hour online workshop on The Redundancy Process on 24 September 2020 from 9.30 – 10.30am. It’s aimed at small and medium sized enterprises who may be considering making staff redundant. The workshop will cover:

*   The business case for redundancy – why is it important to have it written down
*   The legal process
*   When is a redundancy unfair?
*   What’s the purpose of consultation?
*   Identifying pools and selection criteria
*   Holding 121s
*   The pitfalls
*   Organisational communications and mitigating the risk
*   Alternatives to redundancy
*   Questions & answers

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NHS COVID-19 app launching soon
Specific businesses are legally required to download the NHS QR code ready for the launch of the NHS COVID-19 app on 24 September 2020. The NHS QR code poster should be visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. This will allow contact tracers to track down customers in order to provide public health advice in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses who are already using their own QR system should switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

Assets, including the NHS QR poster, are available to download from the NHS website.

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Register to be part of the new Green Homes Grant scheme

At the end of September 2020, homeowners and landlords can check eligibility for vouchers worth up to two-thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home.

Businesses are encouraged to register with TrustMark so that they can be accredited to complete work under the new Green Homes Grant scheme.

Registration takes less than 5 working days for those organisations who already have membership of a recognised trade body such as the Federation of Master Builders, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency and Building Engineering Services Association or who are already certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

The scheme is available until the end of March 2021.

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Series of webinars for business leaders

Effective leaders can strategically create a clear purpose and then effectively communicate it to all stakeholders, whether that is employees, investors, customers or even the media. This series of webinars will support leaders in fulfilling their business potential.

Leadership: The importance of a well-defined purpose
Thursday 24 September 2020, 10am to 11am
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Leadership: How to define your purpose and ensure your team is aligned
Thursday 8 October 2020, 10am to 11am
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Leadership: How to measure progress, review and re-set
Thursday 15 October 2020, 10am to 11am
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Request to employers with staff coping with changes to school timings and early years settings

Employers are asked to be mindful of employees who are juggling work commitments around children going to school and early years settings.

Schools and out of school clubs and early years settings will have spoken to parents directly on new arrangements. For some parents this may mean staggered starts or some disruption to after school child care. Some families may have to make new arrangements if their child is part of a school group bubble which has been asked to self-isolate due to a positive case of coronavirus in their bubble.

There may be a period of change until the new term settles down and we would like to thank employers for their understanding during this time.

Useful links

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23/09/2020 Latest news and advice on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

NHS COVID-19 App launching next week

The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app will officially be rolled out on 24 September.

It uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices. It also offers a QR code check-in capability, allowing you to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine.

The government is urging businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas to ensure they display the NHS QR code posters on entry you can use your smartphone to easily check-in.

This is designed to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.
Find out more (https://covid19.nhs.uk/)
MyWilts, goes live on Tuesday 22 September

We are excited to announce we be going live with our new online reporting system, MyWilts on Tuesday 22 September.

The new system replaces the previous MyWiltshire, which was introduced in 2013. MyWilts allows you to report issues such as:
* Abandoned vehicles
* Fraud
* Weather emergencies
* Fly tipping
* Dog mess
* Graffiti

Over time we will be adding more services to the app and website, making it simpler, quicker and easier for you to access our services digitally, when you choose to.

The new MyWilts will be available shortly via your internet browser, App Store (Apple) and Google Play (Android).

To show you the new system in advance, watch the following five-minute video (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FgavkpgwWz84%3Futm_source%3DMy%2BWiltshire%2Busers%26utm_campaign%3D19ea1349f5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_09_16_03_15%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_term%3D0_d20e3da663-19ea1349f5-&data=02%7C01%7Cemma.rogers%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C3ba77aa2e02e40c8900708d85a5707b8%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637358677124536378&sdata=KSxvfAfrWIL2PbM%2BE8h9scOf7vOFIJ9MhaZzEwJIuRQ%3D&reserved=0)  which provides an overview of the system features.

We will send further information out when MyWilts goes live.
Green Homes Grant Scheme

Homeowners and landlords can now access funding to pay for the cost of energy saving measures under the new Green Homes Grant scheme

The scheme means homeowners can obtain up to two-thirds of the cost of energy saving measures – up to £5000. Lower-income households could be entitled to claim as much as £10,000 to cover the cost.

Home improvements covered by the scheme include insulation of walls, floors and roofs, installation of double or triple glazing to replace single glazing and low-carbon heating. These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

The scheme supports the council’s Climate Strategy and helps us prepare for the future by protecting the environment and saving money for homeowners through long-term energy savings.

Find out more and apply (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme)
Wiltshire helps launch regional campaign to encourage people to foster with their council

Wiltshire foster carers are helping to launch a fortnight of publicity across the south west to encourage people to foster with their local council.

We are hoping to recruit 100 foster carers over three years to ensure Wiltshire children can find a loving home in the county.

To foster, you need to be aged 21 or over and have a spare bedroom. More details are available on the careers website (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjobs.wiltshire.gov.uk%2FFostering-for-wiltshirehttps%3A%2Fjobs.wiltshire.gov.uk%2FFostering-for-wiltshire&data=02%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C300947b2b03e44b7c68708d853129450%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637350686548159018&sdata=k0P3P3lqS6RQFQpt844ynvcwLwx8RPuJTDnSWcu8Ejw%3D&reserved=0) .
COVID-19 advice for parents and carers

Are you unsure on what action to take if your child becomes unwell?

Should you send your child into school if they have a runny nose?

Check out the guidance above which tells you which actions to take, if any, for a number of different scenarios.
Read the full guidance (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/media/4743/COVID-19-Advice-for-parents/pdf/COVID-19_Advice_for_Parents.pdf?m=637360412666630000)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter

17/09/2020 British firms are still reporting high levels of reliance on government support schemes (see more)

British firms are still reporting high levels of reliance on government support schemes to help stem cashflow issues, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.

The organisation’s latest Coronavirus Business  Impact Tracker reveals that business conditions improved only moderately in the weeks since the UK economy suffered an historic contraction in Q2 2020.

While 38 percent of firms reported improved revenue from UK customers – up significantly from the series low of three percent recorded during the second quarter – more than 1 in 3 of businesses say they have three months or less worth of cash in reserve.

The British Chambers of Commerce is continuing to call for on government significant interventions to protect businesses and jobs.

The barometer – the largest independent survey of its kind in the UK – received 502 responses from UK businesses between August 3 and 7.

Business to consumer firms were more likely to report improvements in UK revenue compared to other sectors, although these gains are from a low base due to lockdown restrictions, later reopening, and pent-up consumer demand.

A smaller proportion of firms (22 per cent) reported a rise in revenue from overseas customers than from UK customers (38 percent) amid continued disruption to global commerce and trade flows.

While there was a slight improvement in the number of respondents reporting a decrease in their cash reserves (50 percent compared to 55 percent), it remains more than double the number reporting an increase (22 percent).

Thirty-nine percent of businesses say they have three months or less worth of cash in reserve.

Commenting on the results, BCC director general Adam Marshall said: “While some firms are seeing improvements in trading conditions, we are still very much in the eye of the storm, with further turbulence ahead.

“As the government’s emergency measures begin to wind down over the coming weeks, and with the prospect of further local lockdowns still very real, businesses across the UK are going to need further support to weather uncertainty over the coming months.

“Slashing the jobs tax by taking steps to reduce the burden of employers’ National Insurance contributions, big new incentives for business investment, and targeted support to help businesses placed under local lockdowns all need to be put in place now.

“Ministers must not wait until the economic storm is once again at fever pitch before they act.”

 

 

Chamber Skills Bank Launched

Thanks to Tom McInerney from Etherlive, who presented the Chamber Skills Bank – the idea has been extremely well received by members.  Please register your interest – together we are stronger.

The RWB Chamber Skills Bank is a free, community lead activity supported by the Royal Wootton Bassett Chamber of Commerce. Those within the skills bank provide their time, up to the agreed amount, for free. The time bank is voluntarily and anyone may drop out at any time. Full details of the scheme and its terms will be provided to you as part of your joining process.

We all work in businesses that face challenges every day:

– Sales growth
– Managing overheads
– Optimising process
– Managing workforce

Many problems and opportunities are common to most businesses so why don’t we share our knowledge, support fellow Chamber members and benefit from the experience of others?

Chamber members who commit to offering up to 2 hours a month will receive a list of those in the bank and their skills, and everyone can contribute and use the bank as required.

Please register your interest:
https://form.jotformeu.com/91211955823356

or email hello@rwbchamber.org.uk
for more information.