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General news

General news and event news.

Grants to help support dementia sufferers in their home

Burnley Council is offering a grant of up to £1,000 for people with dementia or memory loss to help make their lives easier.

The home improvement dementia grant can be used to pay for a range of adaptations to their home or to provide equipment which may help them in their day-to-day lives.

This could include buying bespoke products for their home or even something as simple as the use of colour and contrast to aid orientation in the house.

Lancashire moves to Tier 3 coronavirus alert level

Lancashire has been moved into the "very high" Covid alert level by government.

It means that there will be significant additional restrictions on people and businesses across the entire area. Pubs and bars are to close from 0001 on Saturday 17th October and residents will only be allowed to socialise with people they live with or those in their social bubble in any indoor setting or private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.

From 0001 on Monday 19th October, the following venues will also close:

· Adult gaming centres

Guidance on community events and occasions issued

The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) has issued guidance on restrictions around upcoming faith and community events for the remainder of 2020 due to coronavirus. The restrictions relate to upcoming events including:
• Prophet Muhammad's birthdate (28/29 October)
• Halloween (31 October)
• Bonfire celebrations (5 - 7 November)
• Remembrance Sunday (8 November)
• Diwali (14 November)
• Hanukkah (10 – 18 December)
• the switching on of Christmas lights.

Told to self-isolate? You might be eligible for a payment

Burnley residents on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home can now apply for the Government's self-isolation payment scheme, worth £500. To learn more about the eligibility criteria, and to apply for the payment, please visit the following site:

APPLY FOR A SELF-ISOLATION PAYMENT (external site to council's northgate benefits system will open in a new window).

Plea from Council Leader: Don't mix with other households

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend has urged local residents not to mix with anyone outside their household or social "bubble" unless absolutely necessary as infection rates in the borough soar dramatically above the national average.
 
"We have to do something now before it's too late," warned Councillor Townsend.
 
Burnley is well into the "red zone" in terms of the numbers of positive cases of Covid-19 and the figures are rising. Cases are increasing in every part of the borough.
 

New leader elected

Councillor Mark Townsend has been elected as the new leader of Burnley Council.

The move follows the resignation of the previous leader, Councillor Charlie Briggs, who led a coalition administration.

Labour now takes control of the council, as the largest group. Its 22 seats falls one short of an overall majority on the 45-seat authority.

Parts of Burnley get crime-fighting cash boost

Burnley is one of only two areas in Lancashire to receive funding to help reduce crime and make communities safer.

The Safer Streets funding will be used in specific crime “hot spots” and will be aimed at making residents feel safer in their homes.

New CCTV networks, motion sensor lights, secure gates and doors and motorbike barriers are just some of the measures that could be implemented in parts of the Bank Hall and Burnley Wood areas.

New Covid-19 restrictions coming into force

New Covid-19 restrictions are due to come into effect in Burnley, and across most of the rest of Lancashire, from Tuesday (22nd Sept).
 
They mean that:
  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am.

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