News from Wiltshire Council including Rates for 2021-2022, Elections, and the Vaccination programme
Some of the main points presented at the Webinar on 27 January were:
Elections due to take place on 6 May - Wiltshire Council is making plans on the basis that the elections will go ahead with Coronavirus safety measures in place. Public urged to consider using the option to Vote by Post. Residents will receive letters shortly.
Wiltshire Rates 2021-2022 - It's paramount to protect front-line services and there has been a reversal of the planned savings of £1m Public Health and £0.3m Libraries. There will be a 1.9% increase in the General Council Tax.
Vaccine Programme - Making good progress. This is the biggest vaccine programme in the history of the NHS. There are 190,000 people in Wiltshire in the top 4 eligible groups. No-one will be forgotten and as at 27 September >90,000 of these had been vaccinated.
Coronavirus Cases in Wiltshire - Rates no longer increasing but are still high, there is no intention to scare but it's important to remain vigilant. Every time you choose to leave your house has an impact down the line. In Wiltshire there has been a 97% success rate in contact tracing either at National or Local level. Do answer any calls from 0300 456 0100 as this is the local tracing centre.
A RECORDING OF THE COMPLETE WEBINAR IS NOW AVAILABLE on YouTube: Link
Original news story published here on 25 January:
"We will be broadcasting our fourth live public COVID-19 update this week, which will include an NHS update on the local vaccination programme, the latest local information on the council’s response, and answering questions sent in by residents. The broadcast takes place on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm. The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams. Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will once again be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health, to help guide people through the latest information and regulations. They will also be joined by Andy Brown, the council’s Corporate Director for Resources, who will be providing a financial update following the recent publication of the draft budget proposals for 2021/2022, which outlines how the council will help the county recover from COVID-19. Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality for the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, will be on hand to provide an update on the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The broadcast will also be an opportunity to hear about the latest rate of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, and the work we're continuing to do to support residents and businesses at this time. You can submit any questions you have about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm today (Monday 25 January).