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  • Scam Vaccine Messages ()
    Article: Jan 8, 2021
    By Wilts Police

    Wiltshire Police are warning the public to be wary of messages claiming to be from the NHS.

    At a time when people are awaiting details of the vaccine, scammers are using this to commit fraud. If you receive such a text, don't follow the link or share any personal or financial details. The link will take you through to a fake NHS website which is designed to exploit vulnerable people.

    Fraudsters have tried to use the vaccine as a convincing subject to hook potential victims since the pandemic began. Thankfully reports have been relatively low, however there has been an increase in the last two months. The vaccine roll-out brings further hope of fighting coronavirus. Now that this is imminent and has been so widely covered, some people may be more easily misled.

    You will be contacted by the NHS when you're invited to receive the vaccine which will be offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs. Remember that the vaccine is free of charge, at no point will you be asked for payment details.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By Jack Coulson

    Party Awards recognise publicly those who have given the party outstanding service and commitment in the past year. They are presented at Conference and each winner receives a trophy to keep.

    You can watch last autumn's presentation ceremony here!

    We present three awards at Spring Conference, and five at Autumn Conference. You can nominate someone by clicking here. The upcoming awards are:

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By WC

    There's an order and collect service, with bookable computers, at a number of libraries across the county.

    The exact opening days and times of each library are at https://pages.wiltshire.gov.uk/librarylocations.htm.

    Here's how to work the Order and Collect service:

    • Let your local library know what kind of books you enjoy. This can be done by completing an online form or by phoning the library during their opening times
    • The council will need to know your library card number and phone number
    • Twelve books will then be selected on your behalf or 20 for a family - audiobooks can also be selected if you have an audiobook subscription or membership exemption
    • When the books are available, the council's library team will contact you to arrange collection.
    • When you arrive, a librarian will ask to see your library card, and will then pass on the books
    • If you wish to reserve a specific book, you can use the council's normal reservation service. Books can be reserved via the online catalogue for 95p
    • Books are loaned for three weeks and will need to be renewed, if you wish to keep them longer. They can be returned through the library letter box at any time
    • All returned books will be stored for 72 hours before being put back on the shelves.
  • Wiltshire Together ()
    Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By Wiltshire Council

    With new national restrictions in place, it's important we find ways to keep our spirits up and ensure we have fun whilst complying with the new guidance.
    Wiltshire Council has put together a list of ideas you might wish to try either on your own or with members of your household or support bubble.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By Layla Moran

    Reports that the 25th amendment may be invoked to remove Donald Trump from office reaffirm what we already knew: Donald Trump is not and has never been fit to hold the office of President.

  • Virtual Conference
    Article: Jan 6, 2021
    By Mark Johnston

    A policy proposal to the Party's Spring Conference on 19-21 March was submitted today and is copied below.

    Publication here is without prejudice to decisions of the Federal Conference Committee (FCC) and does not preclude drafting and other amendments in due course.

    FCC meets on 16 January to select motions for debate.

  • Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub Hours Cut by Council ()
    Article: Jan 6, 2021
    The scale of the mental health impact that is likely to be left in the wake of Covid19 must not be underestimated, It's not just one of us affected, the prolonged nature of the pandemic, it really is impacting many across Wiltshire.
    Thousands of local frontline NHS and care staff, not to mention other key workers, are enduring deeply traumatic events through this ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Hundreds more are dealing with unexpected bereavement and many in Wiltshire are struggling with loneliness maybe due to lockdown or may be under significant stress due to rapid changes in personal circumstances, from losing their job to losing their home.
  • Article: Jan 5, 2021
    By WC

    New one-off grants will be available to closed businesses as follows:

    • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
    • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
    • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

    A discretionary fund is being made available to support other impacted businesses - Wiltshire Council is awaiting details from the government on these schemes before rolling them out.

    If you have already applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, you do not need to apply again. If your businesses was closed as a result of the restrictions in November 2020 and you have not yet applied for a grant, please complete the application form as soon as possible.

  • Wiltshire Council
    Article: Jan 5, 2021
    By SW Wilts Lib Dems
    Wiltshire Council leader Philip Whitehead has announced that questions or statements from members of the public which are critical of his cabinet and its members won't be accepted in future.
    The decision at the January 5th cabinet meeting was in response to a submission from Adrian Temple-Brown on the Stonehenge road scheme. It questioned in forthright terms the cabinet's commitment to the council's environmental goals, comparing the Stonehenge plans to those for Chippenham via the Housing Infrastructure Fund.
  • Tiers systems ()
    Article: Jan 4, 2021
    By Sian Elvin in Metro

    England's coronavirus infection rates are spiralling and further restrictions are looking likely in the very near future. With prime minister Boris Johnson saying further measures are coming and health secretary Matt Hancock admitting the current tier system isn't working, it appears something will change soon. Around three-quarters of the country is already under tier four, the highest level of restrictions where household mixing is banned and non-essential shops are shut. But cases continue to rise rapidly and there have been suggestions for the past week that ministers are considering bringing in even tougher restrictions.