Weekly News 229
This week’s news from around the Council.
- Annual Canvass
The annual canvass is now well underway in South Staffordshire. The process ensures that South Staffordshire Council keeps the electoral register accurate and complete, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so. On the 15 July we uploaded the data from our register to the Cabinet Office for national data matching.
Residents will be soon receiving communications asking if their household’s details on the electoral register are correct. If you live in the district, all you need to do is follow the instructions on the form, and you’ll be ready to have your say in upcoming elections.
- Last chance – new ward boundaries public consultation closes on 02 August 2021.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 41 councillors in the future. They are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 41 councillors and asking local people and organisations for their help to draw up the new ward boundaries across South Staffordshire District Council.
Please share this information on the Boundary Review and the Commissions dedicated consultation section on its website https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27826, to local people and organisations. The Commission also has a dedicated section on its website to keep you up to date as the review progresses.
This stage of the consultation closes on 02 August 2021.
- Council Job Vacancies
Come and join our fantastic team; apply today!
- Systems Support Officer Apprenticeship, closing midnight on 30 July 2021.Application Information
- Benefit Assessment Officer Apprenticeship, closing midnight on 30 July 2021.Application Information
- Customer Services Welfare Advisor Apprenticeship, closing midnight on 30 July 2021.Application Information
- Customer Services Specialist Advisor, closing 12pm on 2 August 2021.Application Information
- Customer Services General Advisor, fixed term, closing 5pm 16 August 2021Application Information
- Waste & Recycling Officer – Fixed term maternity cover (Internal), closing on 3 August 2021.Application Information
- COVID-19 Support Officers, open closing date.Application Information
- Street Scene Operative – Tree Surgeon (Arboriculturist), fixed term (maternity cover), closing 10 August 5pm 2021Application Information
- Next week’s Council Committee meetings
There are no meetings week commencing 2 August 2021. Members of the public can virtually attend meetings via Microsoft Teams – a link can be found in the news section at the bottom of the Council’s website.
- Summer Holiday Swimming
Our Leisure Centres are pleased to be offering a good variety of swimming sessions over the summer. Customers must arrive swim-ready, however, changing rooms and showers will be available at the end of each swim. Further information on the Summer Holiday Swim, can be found here.
- The Space Scheme – discounts for children this summer
We will be providing reduced access for 8 to 17-year-olds during the Summer with discounts on 3G pitches, public swimming sessions and Active youth gym sessions. Further information on the Space Scheme, can be found here.
- Changes to leisure centre protocols
Following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July; we are taking a sensible approach to resuming services and to ensure our staff and customers continue to feel safe when visiting us and have an enjoyable experience.
The following safety measures will remain in place:
- Sanitise hands on arrival
- We advise you to keep your distance from other users
- Face Masks – will continue to be provide and promote best practice e.g., wear indoors where any situation is crowded, or people are close together. As we continue to see rising infection rates, we would encourage everyone to continue to follow best practice.
- One-way systems through the centre will remain in place to help reduce congestion
- Visit our website to familiarise yourself with additional measures in place within each of our facility areas.
Information and Resources
- Child Development – reading
Reading with your child is so important for their development. Join us to find how you can use resources to make bedtime reading fun and interactive. Online sessions that are free! Further details on the Book start Bedtime Special can be found here.
- Self-care and Think 111 First Campaign
Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients needing treatment. Over the summer people will suffer many ailments; most are easily treated at home by talking to your local pharmacy, but there may be times when you require further advice and support. Stoke and Staffordshire NHS have put together an information leaflet to help you understand how to self-care or when/who to ring when further help is needed. Further information on self-care and when/who to contact when needing further advice and guidance, can be found here.
- Help – Blood Plasma Donors Urgently Required
There is a national shortage of blood plasma donors – can you help by joining our pool of donors? Further information on how to donate can be found here.
- Restrictions have been lifted, but Covid 19 is still with us!
The number of cases is rising, but on a more positive note, hospital admissions are not rising as quick due to the high number of people that have come forward to have their vaccination.
Healthcare settings, however, and particularly hospitals remain extremely busy due to people being admitted for other illnesses. In many cases people have been waiting for over 12 months to have treatment that has been put off while the NHS dealt with Covid 19 patients.
Please continue to encourage people to have their vaccination, particularly the 18 to 25-year-olds
- Covid-19 Asymptomatic testing options
Asymptomatic residents are encouraged to test at least twice a week. The Government has published step-by-step guides on how to do a rapid, lateral flow test at home. The guides include video demonstrations of how to carry out the test for yourself or a child as well as information on how to read and report the result.
- Guidance on Lateral Flow Tests and a video demonstrating how to do one.
- Step by step instructions on using a lateral flow test kit – nose only test.
- Step by step instructions on how to do a nose and throat lateral flow test.
There are three ways to get free LFT tests:
- Collect test kits from a pharmacy. Follow the link to find the nearest one to you.
- Order test kits online. These will be sent to your home address.
- Visit a test site to collect tests.
- Travelling Abroad
Slowly and cautiously travelling abroad is now being allowed. There are still restrictions on where you can travel, but if are thinking about booking a holiday abroad please read the Safer Travel Guidance.