Published: Friday, 8th Jan 2021

Update on Bolton Council’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

protect NHSNational lockdown

On January 4, the government placed England in a national lockdown meaning we must all stay at home except when necessary.

The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Here’s the latest guidance on restrictions.

Council services during lockdown: Updates on libraries, tips and the market

Bolton Council will continue to provide valuable public services, with some changes to keep everyone safe in accordance with the national lockdown restrictions.

Find out more about service changes here.

Changes to library opening times

From Monday (Jan 11) there will be a slight change to library opening times. Libraries will still open on their usual days but with reduced hours.

Westhoughton Library remains temporarily closed for essential repairs.

Registrars - Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

The registrars office has introduced emergency measures to prioritise services.

In line with government guidance, the registration of all deaths will now be carried out over the phone. This is to protect the public and council employees, while ensuring all those affected are treated with dignity and respect.

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies that were due to take place between now and 15 February will now need to be postponed.

Further details about the service changes can be found here.

Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities

GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have launched the second round of Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities small grants. 

Grants of £1000 - £5000 are available to GM BAME led VCSE organisations, with an income of £50,000 or less, to respond to the needs of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applications for this round close at 4pm on Friday 26 February. These grants are funded by Comic Relief and the National Emergency Fund in response to COVID-19. To find out more, and to apply for a small grant, click here.

Budget consultation - last chance to have your say

We are seeking your views on the financial challenge Bolton Council faces during the coming years. The council is facing a serious reduction in its budget as a result of reduced funding from central government and the COVID-19 pandemic.

You have until 12pm on Tuesday 12 January to have your say. Find out more here.

Brexit and what it means for Business in Bolton

If you’re a business owner and do business in Europe there are new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

Find out what Brexit means for your business.

Have your say on a new political map for Bolton

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Bolton should be 60, the same as now.

They want to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 15 March 2021.

Find out more and how to your say.

Better Health campaign

The Better Health campaign provides a wide range of free NHS tools and advice to support healthier habits, including suggestions on how to increase physical activity, make healthier food choices, lose weight, improve mental health and quit smoking.

Visit the NHS website for free tools and support to help you make healthy changes.

The Better Health campaign film is available to view here.

For the latest updates

Bolton Council

Business Bolton

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton at Home

Bolton CVS

Greater Manchester Fire Service

Transport for Greater Manchester