The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.
From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including private homes.
This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
Full details (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-9-september)
More Wiltshire libraries to open, providing an order and collect service
A further eight libraries will soon be opening in Wiltshire, providing a new order and collect service to local residents.
From 14 September, libraries in Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne and Marlborough will open, followed on 21 September by Royal Wootton Bassett, Westbury and Melksham. On 28 September Malmesbury will open.
People won’t be able to drop-in and browse at these libraries but an order and collect service has been set-up providing access to books. People can also book to use the computers for up to 45 minutes. It is hoped that people will be able to browse at these libraries in due course.
More information on libraries reopening (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-order-collect)
Watch our short video to see how the order and collect service works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQxzY9INKfI&feature=youtu.be)
School admissions window now open for primary and secondary school places
You can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2021 entry, for children starting school for the first time or for children who are moving from a primary to secondary school or from an infant to junior school.
Applications can be submitted online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2F&data=02%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C227f3eee783a4a15337208d85572a453%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637353298150233983&sdata=KUAnCc5%2FP9bub2mGk%2F7CoUVP3SQcKC7LAcREbwBKBjQ%3D&reserved=0) until the national deadline dates of 31 October 2020 for secondary schools and 15 January 2020 for primary schools and infant to junior transfer.
The National Offer Day for school places from applications received before the published deadlines are 1 March 2021 for secondary and 16 April 2021 for primary and junior places. You will be able to log back into the online system on the National Offer Day to view the outcome of your application.
More on this (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news-School-admissions-window-now-open-for-primary-and-secondary-school-places)
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) .
If you want to find out more there will also be an online information session on 14 September from 7.30pm. You can attend by going to this link (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjoin-emea.broadcast.skype.com%2Fwiltshire.gov.uk%2F5f8798cc541b456fabfe768b851fc3d8&data=02%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C300947b2b03e44b7c68708d853129450%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637350686548159018&sdata=1YgxvfDVkh4s4TCSMPWTbAmwL53s8MfcPe%2FpVQRFGNY%3D&reserved=0) at that time and hear from the foster care team as well as have an insight from a foster carer on what it is like to foster.
Kickstart Scheme now open for applications
The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is now open to any employer who is looking to create high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.
The Government will fully fund each ‘Kickstart’ job, paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, the Government will pay £1,500 per job placement to cover setup costs, support and training.
More details (https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/kickstart/)
Community Governance Review – recommendation agreed
A number of recommendations have been agreed which will have an impact on some town and parish boundaries and governance arrangements.
This is part of the Community Governance Review, which began in November 2019. The recommendations were agreed at an Extraordinary Meeting of Full Council on 9 September.
Earlier this year our Electoral Review Committee carried out a public survey in relation to the areas included within the review. More than 500 responses were received and following analysis of the feedback; as well as information received from emails; public meetings and information gathering sessions; the committee formed and put forward the draft recommendations. Following a further consultation which received more than 200 responses, which were analysed and considered by the committee, final recommendations were prepared for consideration by Full Council.
The changes to electoral arrangements for some parishes, as a result of the Community Governance Review, will come into effect at the next scheduled ordinary parish council elections in May 2021.
For more information, including the recommendations that were agreed (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/CGR-reccomendations-agreed)