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Health Inequalities Outcome Manager- employment opportunity

Health Inequalities Outcome Manager

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on health inequalities and there is a commitment in the Council and the wider system to 'build back fairer'.

An exciting opportunity has therefore arisen for someone who is passionate about reducing health inequalities to join our enthusiastic and supportive team to drive forward this agenda.

NHS Gloucestershire CCG are seeking a competent... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 28 May 2021 14:37 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, employment opportunity, health inequalities

RETURNING TO PHYSICAL MEETINGS

DELIVERING COVID 19 SECURE COUNCIL MEETINGS

Local councils including parish and town councils and parish meetings must return to holding physical meetings from May 7th, 2021. The recent High Court ruling means that the facility to meet and make decisions using virtual meeting arrangements is no longer lawful.

Working with the other six County Associations in the South West Region, we have developed common... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:11 by Sue Creswick

Tags: COVID19, Physical meetings, safe council meetings

Returning to face to face meetings

We are receiving a number of enquiries about returning to face-to-face meetings. NALC has confirmed that the legislation enabling us to meet remotely will end on 6 May and that government does not intend to revisit the legislation.

You should consider holding your Annual Parish/Town meeting/assembly remotely before 7 May or after that date consider holding them outside. Annual Meetings have to be held... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 08:49 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, News, face to face meetings

Keep going...It will be worth it!

Over the next two weeks, Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) will be reminding people about the things they can now do as of 29 March, whilst looking ahead to the restrictions that are set to ease from Monday 12 April. Find out more about the Government's roadmap.

It's crucial to keep reminding people that whilst we can now socialise outdoors, we must keep taking steps to prevent and further reduce... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:02 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, News

COVID-19 vaccination walk in service for over 50s – 1st dose

GP surgery teams are piloting an additional vaccination walk in service on Saturday 3 April (10 to 4pm) in two areas of the county – Gloucester and Cheltenham - for those people aged 50 and over who have yet to take up the offer of their 1st dose.

The bulk of vaccinations have, and continue to be, provided by appointment through 10 GP led primary care network community vaccination centres and... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:39 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, vaccination, walk-in

Government announces remote meeting powers not being extended

Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government will not bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded to express her disappointment, as has the Local Government Association (LGA) in their statement... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:42 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, NALC, remote meetings

Government confirms May elections

The Government has officially confirmed local elections will go ahead on May 6.

A delivery plan has been published detailing guidance for the polls under COVID-19 restrictions.

Councils have been told they will receive £15m to help with COVID-related pressures.

Requirements will include asking voters to bring pens and pencils, and to wear masks at polling stations. Voters will also be able to appoint... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 14:20 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, Elections, news

Remote meetings - regulations not extending beyond 7th May 2021

Extending the remote meeting regulations

The government is not currently planning to extend the remote meeting regulations beyond 7 May 2021. Along with other local government bodies, NALC is continuing to press for this extension. We are also preparing guidance for local councils on preparing for and managing the return to physical meetings in May and beyond.

Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:14 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, NALC, news, remote meetings

Engagement Board - Covid19 update

The Engagement Board met on Friday 15th January at 1pm, there were 21 in attendance.

Statistics

There has been an increase in occupancy rates in hospital.

There are higher rates of positive tests but it is reducing.

The greater proportion of tests have been in the 20-to-59-year age group.

There is a higher rate of deaths in hospital than in a community setting.

Vaccination programme

Steve Hams (coordinating... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:15 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, GAPTC, News, Vaccinations

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Covid19 Job Retention Scheme and furlough fraud

There have been recent headlines about a crackdown on furlough fraud. This tends to focus on employers who have provided inaccurate or false information, or who have then broken furlough rules – in the main by having furloughed staff continue to work. Local (parish and town) councils should be advised to only provide accurate and true information... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 04 Sep 2020 15:31 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, coronavirus, furlough, job retention scheme, local government reorganisation, toilet tax