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  • NHS in Wiltshire
    Article: Apr 8, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Fewer people are using our local Minor Injury Units (MIUs) during the pandemic, so the Bath Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has taken the opportunity to close them.

    Lib Dem Health expert Cllr Gordon King said: "This appears to go against government advice that people should attend their nearest MIU rather than going directly to A&E during the current crisis. I have asked the CCG to revisit this decision."

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020

    As we all try to adjust to the consequences of coronavirus for the UK, here's a message from Wales & West Utilities.

    "With the situation evolving rapidly, our focus remains on keeping people safe and warm at home. So we've paused all planned gas pipe upgrade and new connections work to prioritise keeping the gas flowing safely, responding to gas emergencies, and looking after the most vulnerable. That means if we are working in the road near you, it's to keep communities safe.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Very concerning news about the Prime Minister
    Our thoughts are with his family and friends and we wish him a speedy recivery.

    Some things are more important than politics

    Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52192604

    The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him, a No 10 spokesman said.
  • Tim Farron ()
    Article: Apr 6, 2020

    Lib Dem MP Tim Farron has joined over 40 MPs from across the political spectrum in calling for greater mental health support during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Writing to the Health Secretary, the MPs expressed fears that government advice to stay at home will leave people "worried about coronavirus, their jobs, housing" and "anxious about their family's health and their own."

  • Online safety
    Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By WC

    Parents are being offered advice and support to ensure their children keep safe online during COVID-19.

    The government has shared a number of online resources for parents to help them speak to their children and ensure they are staying safe while accessing social media and websites. These include:

    • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online which offers age-specific advice)
    • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online) - contains a host of information on games, safety and settings relationships, sex and health and wellbeing.
    • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
  • Wiltshire Council
    Article: Apr 1, 2020
    By Wiltshire Council

    Wiltshire Council has set up a dedicated hub to support vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

    Over the weekend a group of officers volunteered to help by contacting over 840 residents. They checked to see if they needed food boxes or essential supplies and the 107 people who did require urgent food parcels have received them.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020
    By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    Wiltshire Council has confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling, though they'll have to make up the deficit in February and March 2021.

    Similarly, businesses who wish to can defer business rates payments, and not pay in April and May.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    The coronavirus crisis requires unprecedented emergency measures.


    The more extreme the measure, the more carefully it must be circumscribed and the more clearly must its lifespan constrained.


    That's why the unprecedented cancellations of elections by the Coronavirus Bill are well drafted. They are necessary to protect public health; they are clearly defined; and they are clearly time-limited until May next year. Even the power to delay by-elections in the interim does not mean delay past May 2021. Come the first Thursday in May 2021, electoral normality will return.

  • Trow CCG
    Article: Mar 20, 2020
    By Wiltshire Lib Dems

    Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and other healthcare providers have been working up plans for a new integrated health care centre on land off Seymour Road adjacent to the existing hospital in Trowbridge.

    The proposal is for a new facility that will provide out of hospital urgent care services, enhanced extended hours services provision, a range of other health care services and an increase in primary care capacity.

  • Changes to kerbside recycling in Wiltshire
    Article: Mar 18, 2020

    Our valiant collection crews are working normally. If your bin has been missed recently it's simply because of teething problems with the new collection rounds.

    If your blue-lidded bin or black box has not been emptied on your new scheduled collection day, please leave your containers out and our contractors will visit as soon as they can.