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  • Article: Jul 25, 2021

    Wiltshire Council has ended its online booking system for visits to household recycling centres (HRCs).

    There are ten HRCs in Wiltshire; each site has different opening times and some can take different types of waste, so people are advised to check opening times and what they can take to their local HRC before setting off. There may be queuing at peak times.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2021

    The previous Police and Crime Commissioner election took place on 6 May 2021 but, as the elected Conservative candidate was unable to take office due to a previous driving conviction. The Electoral Commission guidance says PCC candidates cannot stand for election if they have been convicted of an offence punishable with a prison sentence, the election now has to be re-held.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Being involved in politics should be fun and rewarding. But it can be stressful and at times any of us may need to turn to others for help or support.

    Often that support can best come from colleagues in your local party or a party body you are active in. But sometimes help is needed elsewhere, and this piece sets out the main places to turn.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Trowbridge Town Concil held it's full council meeting last night - the link to the Agenda and supporting documents found below.

    Lin (trowbridge.gov.uk)

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    An extraordinary meeting is being held by Wiltshire Council on Wednesday 21 July 2021 to discuss two important reports; the Future Chippenham programme and support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

    Extraordinary cabinet meeting to be held on 21 July 2021 - Wiltshire Council

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    Article: Jul 20, 2021

    We have made no secret of our desire for a more cautious opening up of freedoms after the pandemic highlighting the risks both to health and economy of a big bang approach.

    It was therefore somewhat appropriate that three of the holders of the great offices of state should spend " freedom day" in self isolation having caught covid or having been pinged by the app'

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    Article: Jul 18, 2021

    We have not been big fans of a big bang approach to opening up. We cannot see why you would take the risk of people not wearing masks and are concerned huge increases in cases will lead to a pingdemic where so many people have to isolate it undermines economic recovery See Really ! (Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats) (southsuffolklibdems.org.uk)

  • Article: Jul 15, 2021
    By Wiltshire Council (edited)

    If your business is affected by COVID-19 and you're making decisions about its future, Wiltshire Councils online Business Support Directory tool could help you.

    The directory is a comprehensive online tool that can signpost you to local, regional and national support or alternative solutions to help your business survive.

    Wiltshire Council created the tool, in conjunction with partners and stakeholders, to help many businesses who are facing new risks and challenges and may not be aware of what support is available to them or what the best solution may be for their situation. So, whether you're considering growing, changing, downsizing or potentially closing your business, the tool can help identify the information and support available to help you.

    It contains information tailored to the size of your business, ranging from self-employed and sole traders to large businesses with over 250 employees. So, if you are looking to grow your business' online presence but need to upskill yourself or your team, or thinking about future talent but don't know where to start, or having to make staff redundant and want to support them move on, this directory can help you do that.

  • LD Mental Health ()
    Article: Jul 15, 2021

    Liberal Democrats MPs incl. Tim Farron voted for an amendment to the Armed Forces Bill which would require the Government to conduct a formal review of the standards of mental health care available for serving personnel.

    Government figures released last month revealed that the number of service personnel being seen by the Ministry of Defence's Specialist Mental Health Services has fallen by 38 per cent since 2014, and is now the lowest it has ever been.

  • Covid Inquiry ()
    Article: Jul 15, 2021
    By RUH

    The Prime Minister has announced that Covid-19 restrictions are set to end in England and life will soon return close to normal, with people's judgement being key in learning to live with the virus.

    Step four of the government's roadkill out of lockdown is expected to start on Monday 19 July 2021, subject to a final review of the data on Monday 12 July 2021.

    The news comes as a significantly high proportion of the population are vaccinated against Covid-19 to significantly weaken the link between infection and severe disease and death. The government says this means that the country can learn to live with Coronavirus without the need for the stringent economic and social restrictions which have been in place since March 2020.

    But the pandemic is not over. Cases are currently rising as are hospitalisations, and deaths, and they will rise further as society opens. So we are being asked to remain vigilant, make informed decisions and act carefully and proportionately to manage the risks to ourselves and others.

    The new phase of the government's response to the pandemic moves away from restrictions on everyone's day to day lives and towards managing Covid-19 by advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

    You can read the Covid-19 response: summer 2021 guidance in full on the government's website