From Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council:
“I know it’s only a week since I last wrote to you but, unfortunately, we are seeing a situation of increasing urgency here in Buckinghamshire, so I wanted to update you again. The last week has shown another rapid rise in the number of cases across the county; we now have 87 cases per 100,000 people in Buckinghamshire compared with the 22 cases per 100,000 that I wrote to you about last week.
This means our rates have increased dramatically, quadrupling in a little over seven days. These numbers are changing rapidly so please go to our website for our latest data in detail. You can also see the number of cases in your postcode area at this link too.”
Coronavirus cases in Buckinghamshire are continuing to rise and residents across the county are being reminded to follow the rules at all times in a bid to stem the increase.
In the seven days leading up to 3 October, 231 Buckinghamshire residents tested positive for coronavirus. This equates to around 42 cases per 100,000 people. This is an increase in positive cases of 86% from the previous week.
As flu season approaches, parents and guardians across Buckinghamshire are being urged to make sure all eligible children are protected against the virus by taking up the offer of a free flu vaccination.
For most children the vaccine is given by a quick, painless spray up the nose.
With coronavirus still circulating, getting a flu vaccination is more important than ever this winter.
This year, children aged two and three, all primary school children, and children in school year 7 will be offered a free flu vaccination by the NHS.
Launched on 30 September 2020, the Green Homes Grant scheme sees the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of energy-saving home improvements for homeowners in England up to £5,000.
Homeowners with low incomes – including those on certain benefits – are eligible for a grant covering up to 100% of the cost of works up to £10,000.
The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of over 600,000 homes across the country and help households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
Workers on low income who have been told by the NHS to self-isolate may qualify for a £500 support payment.
Buckinghamshire residents and organisations are invited to have their say about climate change and air quality in the county.
As part of their plans to achieve net carbon zero in Buckinghamshire by 2050, Buckinghamshire Council is creating a Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy for the county. To help shape this strategy, the council has launched two climate change and air quality surveys. One is open to organisations, the other is for residents.
The surveys are designed to help the council understand local views and experiences about addressing climate change and poor air quality. The information provided will help them develop their draft strategy, which people and organisations will be able to comment on in a consultation later this year.
The online surveys take just a few minutes to complete.
Simply Walk, Buckinghamshire Council’s health walk scheme, has made a welcome return. In the first week, nearly 500 people attended on a total of 38 walks.
Simply Walk restarted some of its group walks, on Friday 4 September, having been suspended since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any households that have been asked to confirm or update their details on the electoral register for this year’s annual canvass and have not yet done so are strongly encouraged to do so straight away.
From next week (week commencing 5 October), households that have not responded may be contacted by telephone, email or letter. If this applies to you, please be ready for our officers’ contact, as this information is required by law.
Residents need to be registered in order to vote – including in the first elections for Buckinghamshire Council taking place in May 2021. In addition, not being registered could affect your chances of obtaining credit.