Helping you stay warm at home – EVERYONE PLEASE READ THIS

Warm & Safe Wiltshire are working with Wiltshire council to help you with the cost of:

  • Repairing or replacing your broken heating system.
  • Upgrading heating controls.
  • Emergency room heaters.

You will be eligible if your income is less than £28,000 (gross) for a single person or £32,000 (gross) for a couple or family.

Your savings need to be less than £8,000.

Call us on free on

0800 038 5722

Email

warmandsafe@cse.org.uk

Secure online referral form here www.warmandsafewiltshire.org.uk

Information on local Wiltshire Surviving Winter Grant – Age UK Wiltshire

Hello everyone,

I am writing from Age UK Wiltshire to let you know about the local Wiltshire Surviving Winter Grant (SWG), for which we are one of the partner organisations supporting older people to apply for the grant.

The scheme is aimed at older people at risk of fuel poverty and aims to support them by providing a one-off £200 grant alongside holistic advice to help ensure they are maximising their income and receiving support for any other issues they may have.

It has been running on an annual basis for a number of years and is organised and fundraised through Wiltshire Community Foundation. It is likely to remain open until around March 2022 time (but may close sooner if all grants are distributed).

Please note that for working-age people, Wiltshire Warm & Safe (https://www.warmandsafewiltshire.org.uk/) are the partner organisation supporting these clients to apply for the grant (the criteria for working age clients is slightly different).

Please see the attached flyers and we would be grateful if you could pass this information on to any residents that may find it helpful. Please let us know if you need any further information.

Kind regards,
Rachel

Rachel Clarke (She/Her)

Senior Project Worker

Information & Advice team: Age UK Wiltshire

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Update on COVID-19 restrictions 20 January 2022

20 January 2022
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Prime Minister confirms return to Plan A restrictions 

The government has announced that England will fully return to Plan A on Thursday 27 January.

This means that from now:

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. You should speak to your employers about arrangements for returning to the office.

And from Thursday 27 January:

  • Venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass. The NHS Covid Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis as was previously the case in Plan A.
  • Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting. Public health guidance will remain in place, suggesting individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

You can help to keep you and your loved ones safe by:

#WiltshireTogether

Full announcement on the return to Plan A
Change to self-isolation guidance

A reminder that people with COVID-19 in England can now end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative on day five and day six.

The decision has been made after careful consideration of modelling from the UK Health Security Agency and to support essential public services and workforces over the rest of the winter period.

It is crucial that if you’re isolating with COVID-19 that you wait until you have received two negative rapid lateral flow tests on two consecutive days to reduce the chance of still being infectious.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day five of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. If you are positive on day five, then a negative test is required on day six and day seven to release from isolation.

It is essential that two negative rapid lateral flow tests are taken on consecutive days and reported before you return to your job or education, if leaving self-isolation earlier than the full 10-day period.

There is also updated guidance for health and social care staff.

Full guidance on self-isolation

Plenty of availability for COVID-19 vaccinations

The NHS continues efforts to protect the region against the Omicron variant, and is urging people to get their booster jab as we enter the New Year.

Thousands of extra vaccination appointments have been made available to make sure everyone has the chance to get their booster vaccine or their first, second or third dose (for those with a weakened immune system) as soon as possible.

Walk-in vaccination services are on offer at a variety of centres including Bath Racecourse, Salisbury City Hall, Marlborough Leisure Centre, Bourne Retail Park in Salisbury and Steam Museum in Swindon. View locations and times for walk-in vaccinations.

Appointments are also available to book online using the National Booking Service or by calling 119 if you would prefer a guaranteed time slot and a choice of locations.

If you’ve not yet had your booster, first or second dose, please do come forward and take advantage of the extra appointments available.

COVID-19 and 2022/23 budget update webinar

You can watch a replay of our COVID-19 and 2022/23 budget webinar from earlier this week.This was recorded before the Government’s Plan B announcement earlier but still includes lots of useful/relevant information on COVID-19, as well as a talk through the budget proposals.

Watch the COVID-19 webinar now

Applications open for hospitality and leisure business grants

We have opened applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG), a one-off grant of up to £6,000 that is available to rateable businesses.

The grant is aimed at businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors, with the value of grants depending on the business’s rateable value. The OHLG is £2,667 for businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000; £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 and over to less than £51,000; and £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000. The deadline for OHLG scheme applications is 28 February 2022.

More information on the OHLG grants
View the latest government guidance on COVID-19

Live online COVID-19 and 2022/23 budget public update tonight from 5:30pm

Join us live for our latest public update

We’ll be hosting a live online COVID-19 and 2022/23 budget public update tonight (Tuesday 18 January) from 5:30pm.

Join us to find out the latest local information about COVID-19, and more details on the budget proposals for 2022/23 which have now been published.

Leading the webinar will be Leader of Wiltshire Council Cllr Richard Clewer, Chief Executive Terence Herbert, Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn and Corporate Director Resources and Deputy Chief Executive (Section 151 Officer) Andy Brown.

You can view the webinar by using this Microsoft Teams link – COVID-19 and 2022/23 budget webinar.  If you’re unable to make it, we will post a replay on our YouTube channel tomorrow.

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 information: 21 January 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

There were 4,178 confirmed positive cases in Wiltshire in the seven days prior to 18 January 2022, bringing the total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic to 92,497.

The rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire decreased from 1,349.2 last week to 828.9, which is below the current case rate in England of 1,128.9 (GOV.UK data as of 17 January 2022 at 4pm). While the case rate in Wiltshire has decreased, it’s still high, so we all need to play our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

You can help to keep you and your loved ones safe by:

#WiltshireTogether