Brunswick Square – Mobile Vaccination Unit – Sunday 9th May

The mobile vaccination service is moving to Brunswick Square this Sunday 9 May.

If you’ve been invited to have your vaccination but cannot get to one of the main vaccination centres, you get your jab when the mobile service visits Brunswick Square this weekend. Some drop-in appointments are available on the day, but to be sure of an appointment it is best to book in advance.

When:                     Sunday 9 May from 10.30am to 2.30pm

Where:                    Brunswick Square, pavement on Western Road, BN3 1EJ

Who can book: Everyone over 40, anyone with a serious long term health issue, unpaid carers

How to book:           Call 0300 303 8060

If you’ve already booked to have your vaccination at another centre this weekend, but would prefer to come to the mobile service, please cancel your other appointment so that someone else can have your slot.

You can also book to get vaccinated at the Brighton Centre or Brighton Racecourse seven days a week online here or by calling 119.

Free transport to your vaccination appointment is also available if you need it. Full details are explained on our vaccinations page

Could you volunteer?

Brighton and Hove City Council is looking for volunteers to help raise awareness of the mobile vaccination van. If you are happy to help knock on some doors in our local area, please get in touch by emailing Richard.Wheeler@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Covid-19 Update 8.2.21

Please find the enhanced information we want to provide. https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/covid-19-key-statistics-brighton-hove

You’ll see this includes Covid-19 case rates, rate comparisons as well as the admissions for intensive care and, sadly, deaths. Although Hannah and I will receive this daily, this is probably too much information for most of you and we can circulate once a week. We have been publishing some of the information for a prolonged period on the Covid section of the council website where there are contact details for the community hub for urgent assistance with food, bills and welfare advice too.


Vaccinations

Please also find the vaccination update below from the local NHS. We can flag queries with local NHS and we’ve raised many of your issues already. There’s also lots of useful information on the online Frequently Asked Questions page on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership’s (SHCP) website which is regularly updated.

Cornerstone foodbank

Having received a grant from Brighton and Hove City Council, the Cornerstone Community Centre are opening a pop-up foodbank. It will be open in the garden of the community centre on Saturdays between 2pm-4pm, throughout February and March. People can get a tea or coffee and collect a bag of groceries and household essentials by dropping by. Please do spread the word to anyone who needs it and if you are interested in donating, you can drop off any donations on Fridays between 9am-7pm at the centre.
List of wanted donations:–Tinned fruit, soup, tomatoes, beans, fish.–Dried goods e.g. pasta, rice,tea, coffee.–Toiletries e.g handwash, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste.–Pet food

Please continue to stay safe.

Phélim

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More than 10,000 people vaccinated over the weekend
Vaccination services are continuing to make incredible progress across Sussex as they work to have offered the vaccination to all those in the first four priority groups by next week. This weekend, more than 10,000 people were vaccinated by the teams working Saturday and Sunday in the three vaccination centres, local vaccination services, home visiting teams, pharmacy led services, and hospital hubs. Overall more than 350,000 people have received this vital protection and many more thousands are due to take place this week. People aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable continue to be contacted by their local GP led vaccination services and invited for appointments this week, and also via a letter are being invited to book an appointment at one of the larger vaccination centres or pharmacy led services. In addition, people who are housebound and are not able to attend a vaccination service are being contacted by the local teams so that a home visit can be arranged. Thank you to all of the teams working this weekend and all of the hundreds of volunteers who have been working alongside the NHS teams helping to make this possible.

Can I have an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
As with all vaccines, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients. Fortunately, these are very rare with the COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines being offered by the NHS have met the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
So far, over ten million people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK alone, and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported. Clinical screening before the vaccination is given reduces the risks of any adverse reaction.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best defences against the virus. It should help reduce the rates of serious illness, reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services, and above all, save lives.

Getting the message out

With thousands of people being vaccinated across Sussex we’re doing everything we can to make sure we reach the right people to come forward and have their jab.We are running a comprehensive communications campaign to reach residents to make sure they know who is eligible and how to book.Our campaign has three strands, ‘When will I get my jab?’ ‘Where will I get my jab?’ ‘Why should I get my jab?’ and ‘What happens after my jab?’Look out for our messaging on social media, in newsletters, in the local media and on displays around key towns. Please help us by sharing these messages and pointing people to them if you are asked.Alongside the details of vaccinations we are running myth-busting campaigns, frequently asked questions and are responding to key areas of interests or concern where they arise in specific areas.
We’re targeting our communications where it’s needed; we know not everyone follows us on social media (although they should!) but we’re making sure we go to where our communities are. We’re working closely with community groups, faith groups and other networks to make sure we not only get our messages out by are responding and reacting to where people have questions or there are barriers to people getting the vaccination, we’re running social media advertising across different networks to reach those people who don’t naturally look to us for information and we’re pushing out more traditional advertising in towns across Sussex as well as linking in with partners to reach other audiences.
We’ll continue to evolve and adapt the campaign as more and more people become eligible for the jab. In the meantime please help us spread the word, follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on our website.

Reminder to keep warm at your vaccination appointment

As we continue to experience very cold temperatures this week, we are sharing this key advice for people attending a vaccination appointment. Please plan for cold weather and the potential for some queuing outside: • dress warmly • try to arrive on time but not early • if you are coming by car and are early stay in your car until close to your appointment time • bring a warm drink in a flask (there are no refreshments at vaccine sites) Keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook feeds where we will share if there are any changes to local services.

More information

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, stakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.
> Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme

Cornerstone Community Centre Foodbank

The Cornerstone Community Centre is opening a pop-up foodbank for the next 8 Saturdays.

Running from 2-4pm on Saturdays in February and March 2021 – anyone who needs it can grab a bag of food and essential household items from the pop up foodbank in the garden.

Please do spread the word to anyone who needs it. Donations welcomed on Fridays between 9-7pm at the Centre.

List of wanted donations

  • Tinned fruit, soup, tomatoes, beans, fish.
  • Dried goods e.g. pasta, rice,tea, coffee.
  • Toiletries e.g handwash, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste.
  • Pet food

Update to city clean services

Please see below update regarding the current challenges with the city clean service due to the pandemic

Lockdown 1 last March saw City Environment having reduced staffing levels due to sickness and self-isolating. We managed to get through this period by recruiting agency workers, redeploying staff and prioritising workloads.

Latest update

We are and will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption to the service, but the impact of NCV is much greater than before, as you might imagine.

For instance, today we have 30 operational staff absent who either have the virus or are self-isolating. Included in this are six collection drivers,14 streets cleansing staff, three vehicle maintenance staff and all our graffiti removal team.

Our toilet cleaning contractor Healthmatic also has reduced staff due to Covid.

Although there is no service disruption as yet at our Household Waste Recycling Sites or waste transfer stations, Veolia, who operate these, tell us they’re starting to see increased Covid cases among their staff.

We have put into operation stricter additional control measures to try to minimise the risk of transmission throughout City Environment to protect staff and essential services.

We also have contingency measures in place to try to keep the service operating as widely as possible, and where this is not possible to try to minimise impacts on residents.

However, it is very likely that over the coming weeks we will have some service disruption and there have already been some missed collections this week.

The current situation

All services are operating at present, but please be aware of the following:

  • Collections: Down one round this week but will catch up as soon as possible. This is likely to change daily
  • Street cleansing: Work is being prioritising and some regular street sweeps may be missed
  • Graffiti: Only offensive graffiti is being removed
  • Enforcement: The service has reduced staff numbers and is now primarily focussing on fly-tipping. There will be no face to face contact during lockdown
  • Christmas Trees: All trees should be collected with drop off sites closed by this Monday 18 January
  • City Parks: Health & safety plus statutory work is being prioritised
  • Volunteering: Largely suspended other than activities that involve lone volunteers working while exercising (e.g. sheep lookerers)

Christmas arrangements at CityClean

Dear resident

Please find details below covering the Christmas arrangements at City Clean.

Best wishes

Cllr Hannah Clare

Collections

The Christmas and New Year period is always an exceptionally busy time for Cityclean. This is due to the volume of waste produced, the bank holidays, and annual leave.

A review exercise was completed of last year’s Christmas service operations. This has been used to inform arrangements for this year’s Christmas period.

Over the Christmas period volumes of waste are significantly higher due to increased consumption. Cityclean are expecting the volumes of domestic waste generated to be higher still due to the pandemic. This has led to increases in online shopping with associated packaging and people spending more time at home.

Cityclean operates every day of the year but with a skeleton service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day when the Waste Transfer Stations are closed and to allow most staff to have a break with their families. The communal refuse bins will be emptied everyday and there will be a daily street cleansing service. However, it is very possible that communal bins and recycling points will be over stretched over these days.

Based on the lessons from last year, Cityclean are arranging to increase the emptying of on-street bins over Christmas week to ensure maximum capacity for residents over the Christmas period. Nevertheless, they anticipate there will be times when the bins are overflowing. Please bear with them while they address this.

If you see an overflowing bin you can report it here.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree recycling points are open from Monday 28 December to Monday 11 January.

In Brunswick and Adelaide Ward, we have one recycling point – Adelaide Crescent.

Brunswick Square is not a recycling point. Please do not leave your tree here – it is flytipping. The nearest recycling points are Adelaide Crescent or St Anns Wells.

Residents must not leave trees on the pavement, road or beside a communal bin as this is fly-tipping and they could be fined.

Household Waste Recycling Sites

The opening hours for the household waste recycling sites are as follows.

BrightonHove
Thurs 24 Dec8am – 1pm8am – 1pm
Fri 25 DecClosedClosed
Sat 26 DecClosedClosed
Sun 27 Dec9am – 5pm10.30am – 1.30pm
Mon 28 Dec9am – 5pmClosed
Tue 29 Dec8am – 4.30pm8am – 4.30pm
Wed 30 Dec8am – 4.30pm8am – 4.30pm
Thu 31 Dec8am – 1pm8am – 1pm
Fri 1 JanClosedClosed
Sat 2 Jan9am – 5pm8.30am – 1.30pm
Sun 3 Jan9am – 5pm10.30am – 1.30pm
Mon 4 Jan8am – 4.30pm8am – 4.30pm

How you can help – manage your waste

Cityclean are encouraging residents to manage their waste responsibly and minimise the additional waste produced by thinking about their purchasing.

If you have too much waste to fit in your bin, please keep it until their next collection if they are able to do so hygienically. Alternatively, you can take it to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites. Please only to leave recyclable waste at a recycling point if there is space to put it in a bin.

Only plain wrapping paper and Christmas cards can be recycled – foil or paper covered in glitter can’t be recycled.

The increase in online orders this year has meant a lot more boxes for Cityclean to collect! Please flatten all cardboard to make space in recycling bins and boxes. Used batteries must be recycled at local supermarket or Household Waste Recycling Sites. They must not be put in household waste or recycling bins or boxes

Batteries thrown into ordinary bins, household waste or with other recycling are extremely dangerous as they can explode and cause fires.

You can also take advantage of our new Tech Takeback collection scheme as a responsible way to deal with unwanted electrical items.

Fly-tipping of any type of waste is illegal, and anyone caught will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice

Covid-19 update 7.12.20

Two updates:

(1)NHS Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

(2)Mobile CCTV cameras      

If there are any other local issues you’re having please email us. If we can’t help directly we will raise with appropriate officials.

Please continue to stay safe

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

Tier 2

Thank you for all of your serious sacrifice in driving down infections and please continue to observe the national restrictions. More about what Tier 2 means here.

Tier 2 means:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outdoors, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

(1)Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Sussex from Allison Cannon, the Chief Nursing Officer for Sussex Commissioners. Attached and pasted below.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Stakeholder Briefing

07 December 2020

Dear Partner,

COVID-19 vaccinations get underway in Sussex this week

We are writing to provide you with the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Sussex.

The NHS in Sussex will begin vaccinating patients against coronavirus this week, starting at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) in Brighton. The RSCH will be the first Sussex site to receive the vaccine, with deliveries expected to all Sussex acute hospital sites over the coming weeks. These sites will be known as Hospital Hubs.

Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the vaccine.

The Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, people aged over 80 and health and care workers before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.

Delivering the Pfizer vaccine is complex as it needs to be stored at -70C before being thawed out and can only be moved four times within that cold chain before being used. This makes it very difficult to deliver in care homes at present. While safe and effective ways to overcome these challenges are being developed, care home staff will be invited to receive the vaccine from the hospital hubs and other sites as they come online.

Health and care staff will also be eligible to receive the vaccine alongside the over 80s and care home staff, starting with the most vulnerable. The arrival of a safe, effective vaccine is a remarkable scientific breakthrough but we know that delivering it will be a marathon and not a sprint.

We will be working with care home employers to identify staff who can attend an appointment at a local hospital hub. And as slots for health and care staff become available, eligible people will be contacted by their employer.

In addition to hospital hubs at other acute sites across Sussex, we are expecting 11 GP-led local vaccination services, through their Primary Care Networks, to start to come online over the coming weeks, with more to follow in a phased manner. Larger vaccination centres will also be established as further supplies of vaccine come on stream.

Staff from across Sussex will be supporting this historic vaccination effort. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust are leading the work to recruit and train more staff – both clinical and non-clinical – so that the NHS in Sussex can deliver this unprecedented immunisation programme without impacting on other vital services. Visit www.ksscovid.nhs.uk to find out more.

We are now asking the public to do three things to help as we roll out vaccinations:

1. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please be patient until then.

2. Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your

appointments.

3. Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS.

For straightforward steps to keep yourself and others safe and get help if you need it,

visit www.keepsussexsafe.uk

We hope that this is useful and we will continue to keep you updated.

Kind regards

Allison

Allison Cannon

Chief Nursing Officer, Sussex Commissioners

Senior Responsible Officer, Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

(2)Mobile CCTV cameras                              

Date: Friday 4 December

Briefing number:

Contacts:                                 

Purpose of the briefing

To update you on the deployment and impact of new mobile CCTV cameras at major fly-tipping hotspots in the city.

Who does it affect and how?

The cameras have been deployed to deter or catch fly-tippers. They will not necessarily affect residents; in fact it is hoped they will see benefits. We are asking local community groups and businesses for their views.

Background

You will be aware that fly-tipping has a major impact on the city. It costs the council, and therefore taxpayers, more than £100,000 a year, it damages the look of the city and harms the environment.

In October, we launched a clampdown on fly-tippers by installing CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras at some of the city’s worst dumping grounds.

The eight cameras are mobile so can and will be moved around the city as a deterrent to fly-tippers. They will monitor a number of different sites at any one time.

The cameras run 24 hours a day and will detect offenders both on foot and in vehicles using ANPR.

Latest update

Total Fixed penalty notices 72

Total monetary value £27,300

67 FPNs have been issued for fly-tipping; five were for littering.

Additional information

We have been liaising with and keeping the police informed of the sites and deployment.

A news story was published at the time they were deployed.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 Update 26.11.20

Dear all

Your Updates below

  1. Tier 2
  2. Historic seafront lanterns
  3. The Spending review
  4. Floral Clock Christmas Tree
  5. Funding secured to prevent long term homelessness

If there are any other local issues you’re having please email us and we will do what we can do about it.

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

(1)Tier 2

Today we heard that we will be put into Tier 2 after lockdown ends next week. Lockdown continues till 2nd December. Thank you for all of your serious sacrifice in driving down infections and please continue to observe the national restrictions. More about what Tier 2 means here.

The government has made this decision, there’s no negotiation, but we will have the situation reviewed again on 16th December. Our rates of transmission have fallen over all in a positive way in the last two weeks, but they remain high for those aged over 60, also we have had volatility with our numbers over the last number of weeks. The new guidance this time states that local council areas will no longer be counted on their own but their region will have an average. In effect this means that although technically we would have returned to Tier 1 next week under the old system, the new one means our average from growing cases around us in East Sussex bumps us up.

Our task now will be to keep up the good work on driving down- and keeping down- transmissions. Please see the comment from the Director of Public Health and my comment in the council’s press release below.

(2)Historic seafront lanterns

I was horrified 2 of our historic seafront lamps ended up for sale online. I wrote immediately to the Chief Executive of Colas Ltd, the contractor for the work.

I am pressing for

-an urgent investigation & public apology

-measures in place to ensure this won’t happen again

(3)The Spending review

Although there was some welcome investment in things like funding for adult social care and rough sleeping, I criticised the Chancellor’s spending review for a number of reasons:

–there is no new money for public health (at the height of a public health pandemic)

–although investment in council services has never been more desperately needed after a decade of cuts, the government passed the buck on national action, preferring to shift the burden onto councils to raise council tax in local communities rather than fund our budget gap directly with a government grant.

(4)Floral Clock Christmas Tree

Timetable for the Floral Clock Christmas Tree.

Today, Thursday 26 November: installation of c30ft Nordmann fir tree

Friday 27 November: installation of fencing around tree

Tuesday 8 December: installation of lights on tree and lighting.

Sadly the pandemic means it’s highly unlikely we will be able to have a community celebration event this year. The tree will still be lit for everyone to enjoy.

(5)Funding secured to prevent long term homelessness

Some of the city’s most vulnerable rough sleepers will be able to benefit from targeted, appropriate support and accommodation after Green Councillors secured backing to expand the ‘Housing First’ scheme in Brighton and Hove. Housing First, which was first introduced in the city under the first Green council, is a programme that provides support to homeless people failed by traditional approaches, and who may otherwise remain on and off the streets for a longer period.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 city update

Dear colleagues

The government has today announced that when lockdown ends at midnight next Wednesday 2 December, Brighton & Hove will be in Tier 2 along with the rest of Sussex.

The latest figures show that that cases of Covid 19 have reduced in the past week in all age groups. The case rate among people over 60 years old has fallen which is encouraging, but the level of infection in older people still remains a concern. You can find all the data about the current rate of cases in the city on our website.

I want to thank everyone who has helped reduce the rate of transmission in the city during lockdown. But I continue to ask that we all keep this up when lockdown ends and we go into Tier 2 next Wednesday.

If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – self-isolate immediately along with your household and apply for a test.

It is really important that we don’t relax our efforts now.

Kind regards

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said:

“To every person that has stayed at home, made space for others, worn a mask, washed their hands, followed the guidelines – thank you for the sacrifices you continue to make. The individual actions we are taking, together, are saving lives and protecting the NHS. But I would appeal to everyone that we have a long way to go until we have beaten this pandemic.

“While some businesses in the city will be looking forward to reopening I am acutely aware of the continuing effect on the hospitality sector during what is normally one of their busiest times of the year. I urge them to seek advice and lobby for further financial support as well as check for eligibility to the council’s business grants scheme.

“We should respect the sacrifice many have already made and keep working to bring down and keep down transmission rates of Covid in the city. 

“The worst scenario before we have a vaccine would be to have a big increase in cases at the very time of the year when our hospitals would usually be busy. Let’s not take that risk. 

“Please think about others and continue to stand up for most vulnerable.” 

The Tier 2 (high alert) rules are:

  • You can’t socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
  • You can meet in a group of up to six outside – including in a garden, or a public place
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen if they are Covid-secure
  • Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can be served with that meal
  • Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller
  • Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume with restrictions
  • Non-essential foreign travel is allowed subject to quarantine rules.

Covid-19 Update 19.11.20

Dear all

Some updates below.

(1)Growth in Covid cases

(2)Lockdown government business grants open today

If there are any other local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

(1)Growth in Covid cases

A message from the Director of Public Health. Please read it carefully, our cases are again rising. I am especially worried about the 57% increase among the 40 to 59 age group and 50% increase among those aged 60 and older. This steep rise demonstrates why the whole city needs to take this second lockdown seriously to break the chain of transmission.

Dear Colleagues

When we reported the drop in numbers last week, I warned it was too early to say that this would be sustained. Unfortunately, the numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19 are again going up among all age groups.

The full data is available on our website. In summary, there has been a 46% increase in cases in the city’s population as a whole. There was an especially sharp 57% rise in adults aged over forty and a 50% rise among people aged over 60. This growing spread of Covid among our older and most vulnerable residents is very worrying.

It has been suggested some of the increase in cases seen nationally in the last week reflects extra social interaction in the period leading up to the national lockdown. This highlights why the lockdown guidelines to stay home and to avoid meeting people outside your household (except where allowed) are so necessary to stop Covid spreading out of control in our city.

With such high stakes, we must all take this second lockdown as seriously as the first one. We are already two weeks in with only a short time left to play your part in helping to reduce the numbers of cases in our city.

Work from home if you can and only go out for essential activities to avoid close contact with people outside your household. If you cannot work from home follow Covid safety guidelines in your place of work.

If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – you must immediately self-isolate with your household, apply for a test and follow the self-isolation guidelines to stop the virus infecting more people.

To break the chain of transmission we need everyone who is contacted by NHS Test and Trace to respond to the calls and emails to provide the information they ask for.

The Council’s Community Hub can provide support and advice for all residents, especially people who need to self-isolate. If you or anyone you know needs help during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Hub.

Please share this message widely with your contacts.

Kind regards

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

(2)Lockdown government business grants open today

Subject:                Business Support Grants

Date:                     19 November 2020

We want to tell you and the businesses and organisations in the neighbourhood that the application process for business support grants is now open. Apply here. We of course cannot give any assurance about eligibility or the likely success of obtaining a grant but we encourage you to read the information below and apply through the online portal. Relevant documents attached too.

This affects businesses in the city that are

  1. Closed because of the pandemic, or
  2. Open but severely affected by the lockdown restrictions from 5 November to 2 December.

Background

The government is providing funding for two local schemes – the Local Restrictions Support Grant and the Additional Restrictions Grant which is discretionary. Businesses not eligible for the main local restrictions grant may be able to get a discretionary payment.

We are writing to businesses that we think may be eligible for a grant to encourage them to apply. These are businesses that we have on our records from the previous Covid grants process in the summer.

We are also notifying business support organisations and partnerships  in the city so that they can share the information through their networks.

We have set up a secure online form for businesses to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

Businesses that pay business rates and have had to close may be eligible for a grant of up to £3,000 for the period of closure.

The amount will depend on the rateable value of the property.

All types of businesses that are registered rate payers including Community Interest Companies, community centres, and charities with trading arms may be eligible for a grant.

The council will make the payments. As long as businesses have made a genuine claim, they will not have to pay back the grant.

Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary)

The council can use discretion on which businesses to target for a small payment. In Brighton & Hove they will be mostly businesses which have fallen through the cracks of the main grant due to a technicality and those most affected by the lockdown.

The grant allocation of £5.8 million covers two financial years, so we have the flexibility to hold half of the allocation back to support businesses during future lockdowns.

The principles of how to distribute the grants were agreed at the Policy & Resources Urgency Sub-Committee on 13 November. Read the report or view a recording of the committee meeting.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

There is an additional local restriction grant available for businesses that had to close on 23 March and have not been able to re-open as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The only businesses eligible for this grant are nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques and adult entertainment venues.

More information about who can apply and the application process can be found at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/covid-business-support

Latest update

Applications are now open. There is one application form for both grant funds.

The application form and guide are on our website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/covid-business-support.

Please urge businesses to read the guide before they go onto the portal, as it will tell them what information they need to have to hand before they start. This is important because applicants will not be able to suspend their application and go back to it once they have started.

The guide will also help them through the form so that they provide the information that we need to assess their claim.

We expect both schemes to be over-subscribed. We will be directing businesses that are unsuccessful to other available government support. More information about these schemes are on our Covid-19 businesses and employers web page.

How we are letting businesses know about the grants

From our records the council is proactively contacting more than 5,500 businesses that fall within scope of paying rates to encourage them to check their eligibility and apply.

Business and community organisations in the city are contacting their members.

Council teams which come into contact with businesses, for example VisitBrighton, and the environmental health team, are helping to distribute information.

Information is being shared with the community and voluntary sector.

We are sharing information on our news and social media channels.

We are getting a transcript of the applicant’s guide translated into five of the main languages spoken by residents in the city: Arabic, Polish, Mandarin, Bengali and Farsi.

We welcome suggestions about how we can let every small business know about this opportunity. If you have a suggestion please let us know at news@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Covid-19 Update 10.11.20

Dear all

Today’s lockdown update.

1.Message to the city as we enter lockdown

2.Support available

3.Digital inclusion

4.Nick May, Sussex Police Divisional commander update

1.My message in the Argus to the city as we entered lockdown

Thank you for all that you are doing. Let’s pull together, and stick together, to save lives. We can do this. https://bit.ly/355eIyv

2.Support available

Please find below and attached the council’s latest leaflet identifying support available. The idea of the leaflet is to share the latest Covid advice and the support available in the city. This will also be delivered by Royal Mail to all homes in Brighton & Hove next week. Additional copies will be shared through food parcels and various services and community groups later this week. Please share the attached digital version if it is useful. If you would like any printed copies please email rachael.harding@brighton-hove.gov.uk with the number you require and delivery details. Please also find the government reminder of the national measures in place across different sectors.

3.Digital inclusion

More detailed information about the support and resources available can be found on the website: https://digitalbrightonandhove.org.uk/covid-19-network-response/

  • Digital Inclusion support continues to be offered through Digital Brighton & Hove matching people who need help.

Digital Helpline 07475 946084 and get help from one of our volunteers

AbilityNet are providing free one-to-one remote support for anyone who needs help to get online during the pandemic (e.g. setting up a new device, keeping in touch with family, online shopping, staying safe online). Call 0800 048 7642 to get some help now!
Please note this service is extended to everyone, not just older people or disabled people.

Collection of tablets for lending out are being fully used and there is a waiting list for these.  Currently evaluating their impact and looking at supporting partner organisations to obtain more devices.

Tablet Loan Scheme: We’re part of the DevicesDotNow campaign and have donated a limited amount of connected tablets to those vulnerable groups who would benefit the most from being online during the pandemic. We hope to get more soon! Please complete this form to express interest in receiving a tablet. TechTakeback is progressing with plans for collection of old tech for refurbishing to redistribute to people who need it.  Challenge is finding locations to collect this equipment.  Looking to set up some more  pop-up events to collect old tech during November.  More information when I know it.

4.Nick May, Sussex Police Divisional commander update- first of his monthly updates

https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/divisional-commanders-monthly-newsletter-for-partners/

I’m glad Nick has asked his offices to concentrate on, among other things, dealing with offences which impact on the “look and feel of the city” such as graffiti.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 update 5.11.20

Dear all

Your update today below

1.Requesting help during lockdown

2.Affected council services

3. Message from Director of Public Health

4.Healthwatch update- PDF attached

5.Brighton and Hove Buses Update

6.Youth Climate Summit 9-13th November

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

1.Requesting help during lockdown

On the council’s main Covid-19 page you can request help with things like shopping and collecting prescriptions, you can apply for self-isolating payments, access advice regarding debt and support your wellbeing. We can of course help you or flag the query with someone who can.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

2.Affected council services

Over the coming days, the council will publish how different services are affected- we are still waiting for government guidance in many different areas. So far, to note: public toilets remain open, as do recycling centres. Library buildings will be closed to the public during the lockdown period from 5th November to 2nd December. Digital library services are still available. Some home delivery services will also operate-more details to follow.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries-leisure-and-arts/libraries/borrow-electronic-books-and-audiobooks

Hove Town Hall civic reception is closed

Brighton Town Hall is only open to registrars and the Local Land Charges Personal Search Terminal

Our switchboard is operating a reduced service.

More information https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

3.Message from Director of Public Health

The message from the DPH is straight forward and although this is a communication to council staff, I thought it was useful to distribute to you all.

Current Covid-19 alert level and guidance

Dear colleagues,

The Government’s new national restrictions came into effect today, Thursday 5 November. The Government has suspended the Local Alert Level system while the new national restrictions are in place.

It will be difficult for all of us to enter lockdown again, but it gives us an opportunity to drive down rates of infection in the city.

In the seven days up to 30 October (based on data published on 4 November) we had 408 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. This is an 8% reduction compared to the previous seven day period, however the rates remain too high. The full data is published in detail on our website so I will not go into detail here.

The new national restrictions gives us an opportunity to slow the spread.  Our goal is to turn this situation around and drive down rates of transmission in the city so that we are in a much better place by the end of the four week period. To do this we all need to stick to the national guidelines.

In addition:

  • If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if they are very mild – please self-isolate, along with your household members, and apply for a test immediately.
  • Closely follow the self-isolation guidelines to stop the virus infecting more people.
  • Respond to NHS Test and Trace if they contact you to help break the chain of transmission.

Please share this message widely with everyone who needs to see it. Tomorrow Geoff will be messaging the whole organisation outlining the latest guidance, advice and support for working during this next period.

Kind regards,

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

4.Healthwatch update- PDF attached

Lots of health resources as ever from Healthwatch

5.Brighton and Hove Buses update

Bus services continue uninterrupted by second lockdown

With the second national lockdown taking effect tomorrow, I wanted to share very briefly some important information with you for your own stakeholders. 

Following discussions with the Department for Transport, we can confirm that current levels of service on all of our bus networks will be maintained during the four-week lockdown.  While volumes of passenger movements will be much reduced, this position offers certainty for everyone, and especially key workers who will continue to need to access work, and for others who cannot work at home or who need to access shops and essential services.

Bus services have continued to be delivered safely thanks to the magnificent efforts to keep them clean and to operate in a safe manner by all transport staff, and I hope that you and the wider public have been further reassured by independent investigations such as that by the Dispatches TV programme last week and the BBC’s investigation in London this week. We will continue to do everything we can to deliver clean and safe bus services and to work in partnership with our customers who have such a vital role in helping keep themselves and other members of the community safe by adopting safe behaviours on public transport at all times.

Full information about the continuation of services is being published through all of our channels today, together with continuing communications to encourage safe behaviours and reassure people as to the safety of our services.

Kind regards

Martin Harris

6.Youth Climate Summit 9-13th November

Details below

View this email in your browser   Just one week until the Youth Climate Summit!   There is still time for your class, school or eco-council to get involved in one, several or many of the 150 events for primary and secondary schools!

To help set the scene for the week of events, we have prepared a simple powerpoint for assemblies, introducing climate change, global and local action and the role your school can play in addressing the issue.  You can download it here and adapt for your school.

Finally, please complete this short survey to tell us which YCS events you are attending and/or how your school may get involved with an exciting climate focused event for head teachers in Spring 2021.     Youth Climate Summit     9-13 November 2020   There are over 150 online events for schools and teachers to join for FREE.  
You can see the primary programme here and secondary programme here (including events run by St Lukes Primary, ONCA and Sussex Wildlife Trust).
Sign up to online sessions here and do tell us what events you are attending here!     Let’s Go Zero   The Youth Climate summit will also see the launch of Let’s Go Zero – a campaign for schools to pledge to be carbon zero by 2030.  Schools across the country will reduce their own climate impact and demand greater government support to achieve this goal.
This supports Brighton & Hove City Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 pledge.    Please do get in touch if you’d like more information on any of the above Katie
katieeberstein@sussexwt.org.uk
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