Covid 19 information and request from Bucks Council
|It is only a week since I last wrote to you but the situation continues to change quickly. You will be aware from television and radio how swiftly the Covid infection has spread across the north of England and London. Last week I warned that rates were now rising rapidly within Buckinghamshire and asked for your help in reducing the spread.
Unfortunately, I have to tell you that infection rates have continued to increase. From very low rates in August, the rate has now risen to 109.7 per 100,000 population for Buckinghamshire as a whole. The former South Bucks District area continues to have an extremely high rate with 161.8, up from 122.1 last week. Worryingly the rates are now increasing in all parts of Buckinghamshire, not just the south. The full details by former District area may be found on our coronavirus webpage. This is updated weekly.
As I said last week, I am completely aware than infection rates are not the same as hospital admissions and at present most cases remain in the younger age ranges, so hospital admissions remain low. However, this virus is continuing to spread into older age groups. This could mean a rise in hospital admissions in 3 or 4 weeks time as more vulnerable groups are infected. This would coincide with when hospitals are at their busiest during winter months. Therefore, Buckinghamshire is increasingly on the Government list as an area of concern and for potential movement into ‘Tier 2’, with extra restrictions across a range of our everyday freedoms and impact on jobs.
What we are doing
Buckinghamshire Council, in partnership with Buckinghamshire Public Health and the Buckinghamshire NHS, have launched a campaign this week to make people aware of how serious the situation is and ask them for their cooperation on how they act. You hopefully will have seen the street banners that are being placed in many high streets and outside schools. In addition, we are asking shops to display posters and leaflets. To reach everyone we are writing to every household to making them aware of the seriousness of the situation and asking for their support.
|How we can all help
I am concerned at the number of people who continue to ignore the basics and seem to believe that Covid has either disappeared or poses no threat to them. To protect each other we all have a role to play. Please help by:
In addition, we are asking you, where possible, on a voluntary basis to avoid socialising with other households indoors at home – meet up outside instead or in a Covid safe environment. This would make a big difference.
If we all follow this guidance, we still have a chance to get the virus back under control.
Most of the constraints on the availability of testing for Covid have now been removed. If you have coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, please book a test immediately. You can do this by going to GOV.UK or by calling 119.
Providing a ‘Helping Hand’ over half term
Buckinghamshire Council is determined that no child goes hungry over half term. We have therefore set up the ‘Helping Hand’ programme to help those who need the extra support. This is financed by contributions from both the Government’s Hardship Fund and Buckinghamshire Council.
Our ‘Helping Hand’ team can help direct people to the support that is right for them. This may be from the voluntary or community sector or direct from ourselves.
If you’re worried about food over half term, and not sure what help is available, please contact our ‘Helping Hand’ support line on 01296 395000. You can also speak with a member of staff at one of our Council Access Points – these are the Council offices in Aylesbury, Amersham and High Wycombe. Information on wider food support available to residents can be found on our online directory.
Stay safe and protect Bucks,
The Ivers Parish Council
Welcome to the The Ivers Parish Council website.
This site has been developed to give the residents of The Ivers greater access to their Parish Council.
We hope to regularly update these pages to communicate what the Parish Council wishes to achieve throughout the year and what progress is being made on any current projects or issues which have been raised.
Please bear with us whilst we get this new website up and running.
Access to Information
Agendas and minutes of the Parish Council can be accessed by contacting the Parish Council Office. We are aiming to load all agendas and minutes from 2020 -2021 on this new website and if you would like older documents please get in touch with us and we can e mail you the documents or provide you with hard copies.
We will use the News and Events column to keep you informed about local information and other items which we think are important for you to know however please bear with us as we get the website sorted. The column will also carry details about what’s happening in the Ivers and we encourage the organisers of events to let us know, using the contact form, so we can help you with publicity for your activities.
Who are we?
For a detailed list of all current members, please visit the councillors page.
What does The Ivers Parish Council Do?
• The Parish Council regularly meet to consider local issues and make decisions.
• Support and encourage ongoing community engagement and delivery of services
• Maintain and improve community assets
• Support the economic diversity and prosperity of the parish
• Review planning applications and make comment as appropriate