4 February 2021
Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, there's still a long way to go.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 268 to 182.4.
It's going in the right direction, which is great, but we all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember - stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
Support for people who need transport to get to their vaccination appointment
We're making sure all residents are able to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
If you have an appointment (or know someone that does) and are having trouble accessing transport to get to your appointment, we can help.
The following transport options are available:
your own vehicle, public transport or a private taxi
via family, friends or neighbours
the Link Schemes running across Wiltshire
rescheduling their appointment to a different time and day when you do have access to transport
If none of the above are available, call the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub on 0300 003 4576 and we can help arrange transport
Half term holiday childcare for parents working to support the COVID-19 response
We've been working with local childminders to provide a directory of half term paid-for childcare for those working as critical workers during the holiday.
Details of the provision has been shared with health partners initially, so Wiltshire residents working directly to support the COVID-19 response can access childcare provision during half term.
Now these details will also be available to any parents looking for paid-for childcare during the February half term, who are having difficulties. Parents are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of providers with vacancies in their area.
The first option for any parent needing childcare during the February half term school holidays is to consider forming a childcare bubble locally.
The government has said that people who need childcare during the school holidays for a child under 14 can form a childcare bubble with one other household - ideally who live locally.
Local help available during Children's Mental Health Week
The COVID-19 pandemic, national lockdowns and concerns about exams have all increased anxiety and had a negative impact on the mental health of many children in the UK.
We are supporting Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week which takes place from 1 to 7 February 2021 and seeks to raise awareness of children's mental health and the support services and resources available locally.
According to Place2Be, one in six school-aged children in the UK has a diagnosable mental disorder, an increase from one in nine in 2017.
People urged to vote by post and have their say in a safe way
We're urging people to register to vote by post, with a number of elections and referendums due to take place later this spring.
On 6 May, registered voters will be able to have their say in the Police and Crime Commissioner, unitary, and town and parish council elections, as well as a number of neighbourhood planning referendums.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Wiltshire's Returning Officer is asking that as many people as possible register to vote via post.
To avoid the risk of fraud, a signature is required when applying for a postal vote. Anyone unable to print a postal vote application form at home should call us on 0300 456 0112 and we can arrange for a copy to be posted out.
For those who haven't already registered to vote by post, details on how to do so are included on the Household Enquiry Form that we recently sent to households.
The Household Enquiry Form is to help us ensure our electoral register records are as up-to-date as possible.
Let us know what you think about future developments in Wiltshire
The consultation on the Wiltshire Local Plan review is open until 9 March, so please do take part to have your say on where future development – including housing, infrastructure and land for employment – may be built in your area in the next 15 years.
Wiltshire Council supports National Apprenticeship Week
We're supporting National Apprenticeship Week, an annual event that is taking place from 8 to 14 February.
It is an opportunity to share the value and benefits apprenticeships bring to employers and apprentices alike.
The theme for 2021 is Build the Future, and employers are being asked to share how they have used apprenticeships to train, retrain and achieve as a business.
We employ around 300 apprentices and work in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to showcase the range of apprenticeship opportunities across the county. We are encouraging employers of all sizes and sectors to consider apprenticeships for their business.
Further live public webinar on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options
A further online public webinar is being held next week to encourage residents and businesses to find out more about the consultation on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options.
Taking place on Thursday 11 February 2021 at 7pm, the live webinar will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams.
If you're interested in attending, please register via Eventbrite. Once registered a link will be sent to access the webinar.
During the webinar members of the Future Chippenham programme team will be available to explain the distributor road route options in more detail and to answer questions people may have.
Questions about the Future Chippenham distributor road route options consultation can be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com stating ‘Questions for webinar 11 Feb’ in the heading.