Death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that I inform our residents  about the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. https://www.royal.uk/

We are expecting a national online book of remembrance to be launched by Buckingham Palace as, due to covid, it would not be appropriate to have physical books and we will promote this link to yourselves and residents as soon as it is available.

The funeral is expected to take place 8 days after the day of death (expected to be on Saturday 17 April)

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to receive a Ceremonial Royal Funeral and other Members of The Royal Family will receive Non-Ceremonial Royal Funerals.

 

  • If residents spontaneously lay any flowers in Slough we will react and manage this, however advice from the National Association of Civic Officers, informed by the Palace, is that it is not appropriate to encourage the laying of flowers due to covid.

  • Cancellation of Existing Planned Events may be appropriate on the day of death, the eve of the funeral and the day of the funeral, but take careful note of the public mood and consider whether further scaling back is necessary.

  • Dress Code throughout the period between and including the day of death to the day of the funeral should be black tie and / or black rosette for those who wish to wear them.

  • Marking a Silence during the Ceremonial Royal Funeral.  If the funeral is televised and large numbers of people are expected to be watching it at home or locally on big screens, any public ceremony simply to mark the Silence may not be appropriate. However, if the funeral takes place on a weekday and it is not a day of national mourning (in other words, it is a normal working day), it may be announced that a National Silence is to be observed during the funeral ceremony. Most authorities now have a set of arrangements in place which they implement when marking a national Silence and these can be used for this purpose. Guidance will be given on the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) Noticeboard as it becomes apparent whether or not this will be appropriate.

  • Windsor and Maidenhead have a traffic management plan for the expected crowds at the royal residences.

Vaccine outreach project at local mosque

From week commencing 29 March, a Covid-19 vaccination outreach project will begin by setting up temporary site at Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre Slough (JMIC), 83 Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, Berkshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To book your appointment please call 0300 077 0308, between the hours of 9-5pm, Monday -Friday only.

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

Eligibility

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you’re legally required to do so.

If the NHS COVID-19 app sends you a notification to self-isolate because you’re a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and you apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, you will also be legally required to self-isolate.

To support you during self-isolation, you could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet all the following criteria:

  • you’ve been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, either because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • you’ve responded to messages from NHS Test and Trace and have provided any legally required information
  • you’re employed or self-employed
  • you’re unable to work from home and will lose income as a result of self-isolating
  • you’re currently receiving or are the partner of someone in the same household who is receiving, at least one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit

If you’re not on one of these benefits, you could be eligible for a £500 discretionary payment if all the following apply:

  • you meet all the other criteria listed above
  • you’re on a low income
  • you will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating

If you’re eligible for either the Test and Trace Support Payment or a discretionary payment, you will receive the £500 payment in addition to any benefits and Statutory Sick Pay that you receive currently .

To apply

What’s needed

  • Agree to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace.
  • Provide your notification from NHS Test and Trace (this will include a Unique ID number).
  • Proof of employment (proof of your earnings), or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.
  • Provide proof of address, and bank statements (showing the account details where the payment will be made).

Please note if you are unable to provide this information along with your application form, we will not be able to consider your claim, and we will not be able to pay you.

We will check the NHS Test and Trace system to confirm you have been asked to self-isolate. We will also have checks in place to prevent and detect fraud.

When to apply

All applications must be made within 28 days of the start of your self-isolation period.

How to apply

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment 

 

 

Get tested

It might not be your turn for the vaccine yet and you still need to go out and about for work, see people or even just pop to the shops.
So why not make sure you don’t have covid with a simple rapid test?

There are three rapid testing centres open until the end of March offering free rapid testing to anyone in the community – as long as they don’t have symptoms or should be isolating.

For some key workers – such as child care, delivery, taxi and mini-cab drivers, shop staff, in fact anyone who can’t work from home – it is recommended they get tested twice a week.

It is estimated around one in three people who have covid don’t have any symptoms but could still be contagious, passing on the virus to others they come into contact with. A quick and easy test could give you the peace of mind to do your job without worry. Just make sure you keep doing hands-face-space!
You can get tested at:
*    The Centre, Farnham Road – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 8pm (Sat til 6pm)
*    Langley Pavilion, Langley Road – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 6pm
*    Arbour Park – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 6pm
You can book (see link below) or just pop in during opening hours.
For more information on mass rapid testing or to book an appointment see: https://www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/mass-rapid-testing

Get a COVID Test!

If you need to go out of your home for work, to go to the shops or even just to drop the kids at nursery why not get a covid test?
Rapid tests are designed for those without symptoms and there are sites across the town – and it’s free and you can pop in as often as you like!

5,708 rapid tests have already been done in Slough – with 92 people found to be covid positive but with no symptoms.
So don’t be a silent spreader of covid – get a rapid test!

No appointment necessary – just drop in during opening hours to:

 

  • Upton Lea Community Centre – Thursday 4 February to Saturday 6 February, 10am – 6pm

Hands up if you want to be a foster carer!

Could you help change a child’s life? You don’t need to own your own home to be a foster carer, you just need a spare room and a safe environment for a young person or child. We are looking for foster carers to help children in care who are desperate for some stability in their life, a place they can call their home and a family they can turn to. Can you help these children? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more by visiting our website at www.fosterforslough.com or contact us on 01753 690777.

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Mass Rapid Covid Testing Comes To Slough

Static testing centres will open up in the following locations:

  • Langley College (starting next week)
  • The Centre, Farnham Road (starting this week)

The above-mentioned testing centres are  for people WITHOUT symptoms and results come back in about 30-45mins.

More details are to be provided on dates and locations for mobile testing centres which are likely to pop up for three day at various places over the next six weeks in Slough.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(All Tiers)(England) Regulations 2020 (as amended).

Dear Sir or Madam,

Covid 19 cases are rising rapidly in the whole of the UK and as you will be aware we have entered a new National Lockdown.

The key message to control the spread of Coronavirus is to ‘Stay at Home’.  Employers should make arrangements for employees to work at home wherever possible.

There are new restrictions for businesses. Unless you are an essential retailer such as a; food shop, supermarket, pharmacy, building merchant, petrol station, vehicle repair/MOT garage, taxi business, bank, medical and dental service, or veterinary surgery you must close.

Businesses and venues which must close includes the following:

•Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, car washes (except for automatic ones), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, and mobile phone shops. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

•Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non- alcoholic drink for takeaway (between 5am and 11pm).  Between 11pm and 5am food and drink can be provided via pre ordered click-and-collect (the person collecting the items must not enter the premises), drive-through or delivery.   Alcohol may only be provided via delivery services and the business must have the appropriate licence.

•Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

•Leisure and sports facilities such as indoor and outdoor leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios, sports courts/grounds.

•Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas.

•Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Full guidance on the new restrictions is available via the following link: lockdown-stay-at-home-guidance

The Government has announced additional support measures for businesses, more information on the support and how to apply for it can be found on our Slough Borough Council website here .

Local Authorities now have enhanced powers to issue Restriction Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices (on the spot fines) for various breaches of the legislation and so please be aware that both Council Officers and Covid Marshalls are making regular spot checks of businesses to check compliance.

TIER 4 – What does this mean?

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2020

Covid 19 cases are rising rapidly in the whole of the UK and as you will be aware Slough has from yesterday, been placed under new Tier 4 restrictions. I writing to advise what this means to you.

Government has ordered certain businesses to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. Unless you are an essential retailer, such as the following businesses; food retailer, newsagent, petrol station, vehicle repairs/MOT garage, taxi business, bank, health service such as dental, or veterinary, you must close.

Businesses and venues which must close includes the following:

•Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, car washes (expect for automatic ones), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, and mobile phone shops. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

•Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.

•Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

•Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios.

•Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas.

•Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Full guidance on the new restrictions is available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Local Authorities now have enhanced powers to issue Restriction Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices (on the spot fines) for various breaches of the legislation and so please be aware that both Council Officers and Covid Marshalls are making regular spot checks of businesses to check compliance.