Update on Bolton Council’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
New guidance from the government
The Prime Minister announced a new series of measures and guidance last night (Weds 10 June):
- The government has confirmed that all shops can now re-open from Monday 15 June so long as they are safe and secure.
- From Saturday 13 June, single adult households – (an adult who lives alone or with dependent children only) – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each others’ homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart. There is further guidance about what this means on the government website – Meeting people from outside your household
- From Monday 15 June, outdoor attractions where people can stay in their cars, such as safari parks and drive-in cinemas and zoos, provided visitor numbers are managed and safeguards put in place, can re-open.
- Places of worship across England will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15 June.
Support with Universal Credit and other benefits
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new website to provide clear, factual information about employment and benefits support.
It includes advice about housing, furlough, sick pay and self-employment, alongside advice and FAQs for employers, those already claiming and those making a new claim.
Unpaid carers urged to seek support
Caring can be exhausting and lonely but many of those who regularly look after a loved one do not consider themselves carers.
This means they could be missing out on financial assistance as well as the kind of practical and emotional support provided by groups such as Bolton Carers Support.
Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak
A ‘frequently asked questions’ document sets out information that direct payments holders, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and those who provide care and support, including personal assistants, should know during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Salford Road Recycling Centre to open seven days a week
From Saturday (June 13) the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Salford Road, Over Hulton, will be open seven days a week as part of a phased reopening of sites across Greater Manchester.
Please only use the centres if it is essential and check the Recycle for Greater Manchester website for opening times, restrictions and a full list of items that can be taken.
For the safety of all site users, please ensure you keep two metres away from other visitors and site staff at all times.
Mental health support for pupils and teachers
The government has announced that new online resources designed by health and education experts will be provided to schools and colleges to boost mental health support for staff and pupils. This will encourage them to talk more confidently about the anxieties and concerns they feel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Make up of the council
There has been a change to the make up of the council, and the new composition is:
Conservative – 19
Labour – 18
Liberal Democrat – 7
Farnworth and Kearsley First – 4
Independent councillors – 3
Horwich and Blackrod First Independents – 2
The Independents – 2
UKIP – 2
Other – 2
Vacancy – 1
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