Below are copies of the letter from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson , that has been sent ot all households in the United Kingdom and the lastest leaflet issued by the UK Government and Public Health England.
Residents and businesses are being urged not to dump waste in communal recycling areas.The Council’s officers have noticed a growing problem of fly-tipping at its ‘bring sites’ following the closure of Oxfordshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres due to Coronavirus.
The problem is occurring across the District including at the facility at Asda in Carterton (pictured) which is now having to be cleared on a daily basis by the Council’s waste team.
Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “While we have some sympathy with residents who may have quantities of waste building up, we must emphasise that for everyone’s safety please refrain from dumping it in public spaces.
“This places an unnecessary additional workload on our cleaning teams and is not acceptable at any time let alone the current coronavirus situation. I would further advise that these sites are not for the disposal of commercial items, they are for household recycling materials.”
Cllr MacRae added: “I would remind offenders that we are monitoring the situation closely. The law has not changed and anyone caught flytipping will face prosecution and a large fine.”
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
The UK Government has a daily update email that anyone can sign up for on GOV.UK and a small selection of what has been included in this weeks updates are:
1. Set up a new 'WhatsApp' Coronavirus Information Service
2. Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
3. SMS Messages for latest up dates
4. COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
5. Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people.
The Government has issued additional requirements and guidance for the most vulnerable in our communities. Those in this vulnerable group are; and will, be contacted centrally and will receive clear details on how to protect themselves, which includes strict self-isolation for 12 weeks.
The Oxfordshire Local Government family, in partnership with our Health and Voluntary and Community sector partners have established a simple point of contact for those residents who will struggle during this period. The County Council has established a team of officers with a dedicated helpline number for our vulnerable residents to access and will link directly with the front doors of our City and Districts partners. This engagement / partnership is essential as there will be a growing demand for support from those in our communities beyond this specific vulnerable group.
From today, Friday 27th March 2020 residents in South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell District Councils - can call the dedicated team on 01865 89 78 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be operational from 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
Proposals for continued investment in welfare benefit, housing, debt and money management and employment advice services are being presented to West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet next week.
At the meeting on Wednesday 18 March, councillors will be asked to approve the award of a contract to Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire to continue providing the district with expert support services.
Cllr Toby Morris, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We’re committed to supporting those in need across the district and this contract will allow us to offer residents specialised expert advice and support services.
“Each year, Citizens Advice helps millions of people by providing advice, education and support to those in need. The Council provides many core services to residents and by working with organisations that are experts in support services, residents will experience less signposting to other organisations and receive improved first contact support.”
On behalf of West Oxfordshire District Council, Citizens Advice will continue to provide residents with advice and support on a range of issues, from budgeting and financial support to help with application forms or employment guidance.
More information on benefits advice and support, visit: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/council-tax/benefits/
For further information on the range of services Citizens Advice provides, visit: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
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