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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources for Herefordshire   Welcome to the eleventh Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Bulletin from Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships.

Please consider disseminating appropriately across your organisations and networks.
 
You can also find this information and more Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources for Herefordshire on our website https://herefordshiresafeguardingboards.org.uk/

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The impact of lockdown on children and young people The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) have produced a YouTube video looking at the impact of lockdown on children and young people, with contributions from children, young people and parents.  

Social Distancing Guidance for Young People On 28 July the Government updated its Guidance called Staying alert and safe – social distancing guidance for young people  

NSPCC Briefing: The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: sexual abuse This briefing uses insight from Childline counselling sessions and NSPCC helpline contacts to highlight the impact of child sexual abuse on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: sexual abuse  

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 – NSPCC Briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England The NSPCC have published a briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England: Keeping children safe in education 2020 – Caspar briefing

Parentinfo.org – Tips to help children returning to school
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

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Latest Newsletter from No Wrong Door Project  The No Wrong Door Project from hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) have published their latest weekly newsletter  

UK Government information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Herefordshire Council Talk Community contact details The Talk Community Covid-19 response team can be contacted on 01432 260027 or talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk



ROAD CLOSURES – JULY AND AUGUST 2020

Highway Works – Resurfacing Works

A480 Yazor Church Junction to Mansel Lacy

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 to (and including) Friday, 17 July 2020

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

[White lining scheduled for Friday, 24 July 2020 under road closure]

A438 Junction with C1151 to Ashperton, Nr Durlow Common

Friday, 17 July 2020 to (and including) Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily.  No weekend working

[White lining scheduled for Friday, 24 July 2020 under road closure]

A44 Between Headbrook and Hattons Garden Roundabout, Kington – NIGHT WORKS

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 to (and including) Friday, 24 July 2020

Road closed 20.00 hours to 06.00 hours each night

[White lining scheduled for Saturday, 25 July 2020 before 06.00 hours]

A44 Junction with C1110 to Stoke Prior

Monday, 20 July 2020 to (and including) Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

[White lining scheduled for Friday, 24 July 2020 under road closure]

A4103 Roman Road, Hereford – Revised road closure times

Thursday, 23 July 2020 to (and including) Friday, 31 July 2020

Road closed 09.30 hours to 15.30 hours daily.  No weekend working

Please refer to diversion plan for these works

A417 Bend near Entrance to Whitwick Manor, Lower Eggleton

Thursday, 30 July 2020 to (and including) Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily (no weekend working)

A438 Hollybush

Monday, 3 August 2020 to (and including) Friday, 7 August 2020

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

B4214 Edwyn Ralph Village

Monday, 24 August 2020 to (and including) Friday, 28 August 2020

Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

Highway Works – Surface Dressing Preparatory Works

All works will take place between 08.00 hours and 18.00 hours each day.

C1061 Thornbury

[Between Junction of B4214 at joint to outside Thornbury Farm entrance]

Monday, 13 July 2020

C1174 – C1175 to C1165, Coddington

[Between junction at Broad Oak Farm and junction, as marked]

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

C1064 – B4214 Junction to U65018 Edwin Loach Junction, Collington

[Between Field Farm House at joint to junction at joint]

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 to (and including) Thursday, 16 July 2020

Highway Works – Surface Dressing Works (including white lining and cats eyes, if appropriate)

All works will take place between 08.00 hours and 18.00 hours each day.  The surface dressing works are scheduled to take one day to complete under a road closure with subsequent days scheduled for the white lining and cat eyes’ installation (where applicable), also planned under daily road closures.

A4110 Abbey Court Farm towards C1107, Wigmore

[Between Court Farm and Wigmore Village]

Surface Dressing – Thursday, 30 July 2020

White Lining – Wednesday, 5 August 2020 / Cats Eyes – Thursday, 6 August 2020

A456 Easton Lodge to County Boundary, Little Hereford

[Between Eaton Lodge and County Boundary to Wales]

Surface Dressing – Thursday, 30 July 2020

Kielylock (Additional sealant to minimise chip loss) – Monday, 3 August 2020 / White Lining – Wednesday, 5 August 2020 / Cats Eyes – Thursday, 6 August 2020

A466 Derestriction – C1234 Crossroads, St Weonards

[Between Village sign and Reduce Speed sign]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 27 July 2020

White Lining – Tuesday, 4 August 2020 / Cats Eyes – Wednesday, 5 August 2020

A466 – B4521 to 40 mph, St Weonards (2 sites)

[Between junction at B4521 and HRA joint in Village]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 27 July 2020

Kielylock – Monday, 3 August 2020 / White Lining – Tuesday, 4 August 2020 / Cats Eyes – Wednesday, 5 August 2020

B4355 – Lower Flintsham to The Stagg, Titley

[Between Lower Flintsham and The Stagg PH]

Surface Dressing – Thursday, 30 July 2020

White Lining – Wednesday, 5 August 2020 and Thursday, 6 August 2020

B4521 County Boundary to A466, Broad Oak

[Between Junction of A466 (as marked) and County Boundary to Wales]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 27 July 2020

Kielylock – Monday, 3 August 2020 / White Lining – Tuesday, 4 August 2020

B4348 Hardwicke

[Between junction at B4352 and joint at Farm entrance]

Surface Dressing – Tuesday, 28 July 2020

White Lining – Tuesday, 4 August 2020

C1226 Haywood Lane, Hereford (2 Sites)

[Extent of works TBC]

Surface Dressing – Tuesday, 28 July 2020

White Lining – Tuesday, 4 August 2020

C1263 – A49T to 30mph, Kings Thorn (2 Sites)

[Between A49 junction at joint to bus stop in Village]

Surface Dressing – Tuesday, 28 July 2020

White Lining – Monday, 3 August 2020

C1061 Thornbury

[Between Junction of B4214 at joint to outside Thornbury Farm entrance]

Surface Dressing – Thursday, 30 July 2020

White Lining – Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Highway Works – Surface Dressing – Combi Works

C1174 C1175 to C1165, Coddington

[Between junction at Broad Oak Farm and junction, as marked]

Surface Dressing – Tuesday, 11 August 2020

White Lining – Wednesday, 19 August 2020

C1114 Park House to C1115, Near Pencombe

[Between Marsh Court joint and Park House, as marked]

Surface Dressing – Tuesday, 11 August 2020 (No road markings)

C1064 B4214 to U65018, Collington

[Between Field Farm House at joint to junction at point]

Surface Dressing – Tuesday, 11 August 2020

White Lining – Tuesday, 18 August 2020

U73411 Pinnocks Place, Allensmore (Sites 1 and 2)

[Between Crossroads opposite Bell View and Crossroads]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 10 August 2020

White Lining – Tuesday, 18 August 2020

U75238 Watery Lane, Near Hay on Wye

[Between Crossroads opposite Bell View and junction at Frog Lane]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 10 August 2020

White Lining – Monday, 17 August 2020

U74200 Upper Maes Coed, St Margarets

[Between Cadifor Farm and Iron Pear Tree]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 10 August 2020

White Lining – Monday, 17 August 2020

U65022 The Gains Road, Linley Green

[Between Stone House at junction and Farm, top of hill]

Surface Dressing – Wednesday, 12 August 2020

White Lining – Wednesday, 19 August 2020

U74209 Tremorithic Road, Bacton (Sites 1 and 2)

[Between Hilling Grange Farm at joint and Fair Oak Farm at joint]

Surface Dressing – Monday, 10 August 2020 (No road markings)

New Roundabout Construction

A4110/B4529 Lawtons Cross, Mortimer

Roads closed from Monday, 24 August 2020 to (and including) Friday, 30 October 2020

A combination of full road closures 24/7 and traffic signals in operation – further details to follow soon

Bridge Works

C1122 – Laystone Bridge, Marden  (C1122 from C1120 to Wellington Crossing, Marden) – No access for emergency vehicles during the road closure

Monday, 22 June 2020 to (and including) Friday, 17 July 2020

Full road closure 24/7

Installation of scaffolding and bridge parapet wall repair

U75232 – Pont-y-Weston Bridge, Dorstone

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 to (and including) Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Building sandbag walls either side of water course to isolate.  Removing excess silt build up.  Building new concrete invert and repairing scour under abutment.

Other Road Closures

C1257 – Symonds Yat West Road (Ferrie Lane)

Road closed until further notice

B4224 – Fiddlers Green, Fownhope

Structural wall failure and landslip

Full road closure in place until further notice

U71411 – Garway Court Lane

Carriageway deterioration

Full road closure in place until Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Information Sheet for elected members and senior leaders: The Annual Canvass and Canvass Reform

June 2020

What is the annual canvass?

The purpose of the canvass is to identify everyone who should be on the electoral register. This means identifying citizens and inviting those who should be registered but are currently not to join the register, as well as identifying electors who are no longer at a property and should therefore be removed from the register. A revised version of the electoral register must be published by 1 December each year, following the conclusion of the annual canvass. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments are looking to implement legislation that extends the deadline for publication of the register to 1 February 2021.

Previously, Electoral Registration Offices (EROs)[1] in Great Britain were required to send every household an annual canvass form, which required a response regardless of whether there have been any changes in the household. EROs were also required to follow up any non-responses with a further two reminder forms and carry out a household visit, if required.

Why did the canvass need to change?

This previous canvass process was widely recognised to be outdated and cumbersome. The one-size-fits-all approach, incorporating numerous prescribed steps, took little account of differences within and between registration areas. It was heavily paper-based, expensive, complex to administer and it stifled innovation. It was also clear that the process led to confusion for citizens. As a result, the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments passed legislation to update the canvass process. This project is known as ‘canvass reform’.

What is the purpose of canvass reform?

Given the previous limitations of the canvass process, the purpose of canvass reform is:

  • to make the process simpler and clearer for citizens;
  • for EROs to have greater discretion to run a tailored canvass which better suits their local area;
  • to reduce the administrative burden on EROs and the financial burden on taxpayers;
  • to safeguard the completeness and accuracy of the registers;
  • to maintain the security and integrity of the registers; and
  • to include the capacity for innovation and improvement, with a model that is adaptable to future change.

What does this mean for elected members?

For elected members, the most important message is to understand the nature and purpose of the reforms and their impact on the public and the ERO for your local authority, as outlined in the different sections below. This should enable you to manage any questions you might receive about the reforms specifically as well any questions about the canvass in general.

To best equip you for any questions from the public, we would recommend speaking to your ERO to understand how the canvass is being run in your area, as the canvass is tailored to each area and timings and contact methods will vary.

What does this mean for senior leaders within the council?

Likewise, if you are a senior leader, you should make sure you have a solid understanding of the reformed canvass process and what it means for the public and your electoral services team.

Beyond that, your ERO and their team will be best placed to advise on how you can help. We anticipate they will need your support in working with teams across your authority including IT infrastructure and communications teams, plus teams holding local data, such as Council Tax, Housing and the Register Office. This will not only support EROs this year when faced with the challenge of coronavirus, but subsequent years when they continue to deliver the reformed canvass.

Canvass reform is designed to enable EROs to modernise the canvass process; reduce administrative burden and include the capacity for innovation and improvement. Future change will be easier if EROs can access the datasets they need to conduct local data matching; to source relevant contact details; and also to data mine for new additions and deletions to the register. Your influence and support could be incredibly useful in enabling them to meet their most fundamental statutory requirement: safeguarding the completeness and accuracy of the electoral registers.

How is the reformed canvass different?

The reformed canvass process incorporates a ‘data matching step’ at the start in which registered electors are compared against datasets to see if they match. EROs are required to conduct ‘national data matching’ against data held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and have the option to conduct ‘local data matching’ against local data sources such as council tax data. The results of this process then informs EROs whether the elector(s) living in each property are likely to have changed or not. If the results show that the elector(s) in a property matches the national or local dataset, then EROs have the discretion to canvass that property through a streamlined canvass process (Route 1) where a response is only required if there is a change to report. As a result, EROs do not need to ‘chase’ these Route 1 properties for a response.

This allows EROs to concentrate their resources on the properties where the data matching indicated that a change was likely (‘Route 2’). This ‘unmatched’ group of properties are required to respond to the canvass communications they receive from their ERO, and the ERO is required to make a minimum of three contact attempts where they do not receive a response. 

In addition, the reformed canvass enables EROs to use modern communications channels. In contrast to the old canvass process – in which the law only allowed for paper forms and household visits within the chasing cycle – EROs can now conduct telephone canvassing instead of household visits and send e-communications (e.g. emails and text) instead of using paper forms.

These additional communication channels will hopefully promote increased volumes of online registration.

Further changes to the canvass include but are not limited to:

  • A tailored route for properties with multiple occupants who do not form a single household (‘Route 3’). EROs can now canvass properties such as care homes or student accommodation using a more effective and streamlined approach, by working with a ‘responsible person’ at the property to obtain data and invite the occupants to register to vote. While many EROs already have good contacts with these types of properties and work with them to deliver the annual canvass, they now have a clear framework for doing so.
  • New IT functionally: EROs are administering the reformed canvass on updated Electoral Management Systems (EMS) with new functionality and have received training, both procured by the Cabinet Office.

Through these changes, the reformed canvass provides a more modernised, efficient and streamlined approach. It moves away from the one-size-fits-all process and allows EROs to adapt their canvassing process to suit the needs of their registration areas and to concentrate their resources on the properties that are likely to benefit most.

Moreover, canvass reform is expected to see significant savings for taxpayers in future years, providing an average saving of over £20m annually, over a ten year period, across Great Britain.

What does this mean for electors?

Canvass reform has made the process simpler and clearer for citizens as electors in properties where a change is unlikely – based on data matching results – now only have to respond to canvass communications if they have a change to report. In addition, through the introduction of e-communications and updated messaging on paper forms, electors who do need to report a change are encouraged to provide their response online, rather than having to fill out and post back a paper form. 

The reform also continues to ensure that everyone entitled to register to vote has the right to participate in the democratic process by requiring EROs to contact every household in Great Britain at least once within the canvass process.

Some local authorities and valuation joint boards in Scotland will be running public awareness campaigns to highlight the changes and encourage people to respond to email and telephone canvassing. This is particularly important for the 2020 canvass as it may reduce the need for household visits, which presents challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing.

What does this mean for your electoral administrators?

The reform to the annual canvass is important in allowing EROs to adapt and tailor their canvass process to best suit their registration areas. Whereas EROs may have previously been able to update and adapt last years’ canvass plans, in 2020 EROs will create a new canvass plan based within the new legal framework.

This new plan will differ from before by treating some property groups differently, based on the results of data matching, and so it should enable EROs to concentrate their resources on properties where a change in electors at a property is more likely.

The plan will also differ by requiring EROs to choose communication methods from a wider range of options based on the needs of their area. Depending on what decision is made, EROs may then need to go through a data gathering exercise to ensure they have the contact details they need to conduct the canvass in the most appropriate way.

These canvass plans will then need to be reviewed year by year as EROs learn what works best in their area.

In 2020, EROs will also need to conduct national data matching for the first time in a live environment and then continue to go through this exercise annually before starting their canvass. Each year they can also choose to conduct local data matching to supplement the results of the national data match. By opting to do local data matching, EROs may be able to ‘top up’ the results of the national data matching, which would enable them to canvass more properties using the streamlined route.

All this has major implications on the training of staff; recruitment of temporary staff; team resources and updating the processes in place for managing responses to canvass communications.

It is worth highlighting that EROs are having to manage all this change at a time of the increased pressure placed on working environments caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This creates a particular strain for the requirement to conduct household visits where telephone canvassing is not possible.

The Cabinet Office and our partners have been working with EROs to prepare them for the changes needed to implement canvass reform including training, advice and guidance. This includes working with the Electoral Commission and others on guidance to help administrators with the decisions they may need to take to manage the particular challenges faced locally and nationally as a result of the current public health situation. You can find this Guidance online here: England, Scotland and Wales.


[1] As an ERO’s duties may, in practice, be carried out by deputies and/or appointed staff, we use the term ‘ERO’ throughout this guidance to mean the ERO and whoever is carrying out the ERO’s functions on their behalf.

OFFER TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

BUSINESS SUPPORT AND COVID-19 ADVICE
Offering FREE one to one support services for businesses, in partnership with Herefordshire Council the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses. 

The Marches Growth Hub would like to share the following information with businesses who are concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on our business community.
https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL SUPPORT – updated 26th March 2020
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

  • NEW: Cultural Sector Emergency Funding Package announced by the Arts Council – offers individuals and organisation working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis- totalling £160m – click  link to find out more: live on our website,
  • NEW: Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. Further details are now available
  • NEW: Department for International Trade (DIT) support for UK businesses trading internationally. Please click on link to find latest advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 has been updated.


MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE
Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth


BUSINESS RESILIENCE

Emergency Planning Team Herefordshire Council (Business Continuity)
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/346/emergency_planning_in_herefordshire/5

Update from St Mary’s Church

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have cancelled all public worship until further notice.  This means that all regular services are cancelled.  However, St Mary’s Church here in Credenhill will remain open for private prayer and there are prayer leaflets available to take away. 

We have also set up a confidential telephone support system, operated by volunteers from the church, for anyone in the parish who needs someone to talk about any issues they are going through. 

Please ring Rana on 01432 760443 to access this. The church continues to pray for all who are affected by coronavirus COVID19 in any way.

The Mothers Day Service will be contucted online via a live video to the Magnis Group Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/710895009243384/

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