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)