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Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which runs Census 2021 – is working with Burnley Council to deliver a successful census and help local services to fully meet future needs.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to local organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Covid community recovery plan outlined

A plan setting out how communities across Burnley and Padiham will come through the Covid-19 crisis and out the other side has been set out to councillors.

The draft community recovery plan highlights the excellent work already done, particularly through the Burnley Together community initiative, to support local residents through the pandemic.

Creating jobs and improving the skills base, protecting the health and wellbeing of residents, and community inclusion are the three main priorities for Burnley Together, and will remain so as we come out of the pandemic.

Shopfront grant will help transform Padiham town centre site

Almost £10,000 of lottery funding will help transform an empty shop in Padiham town centre and help bring it back to life.

The money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be invested in the properties in Burnley Road and help towards the cost of repair and restoration work to the shop frontages as part of the Padiham Townscape Heritage scheme.

Work has begun and will include the repair of defective timber, replacement of broken glazing panels and redecoration of the shopfronts including hand painted signage.

Council recommended to support proposals for leisure development in Burnley

Burnley Council’s executive is recommending that a special meeting of the full council approve a financial package to make proposals for a leisure development in Burnley town centre a reality.

Plans to create an eight-screen cinema, together with supporting restaurants and car parking, on the former Pioneer site in Curzon Street were approved in late 2018.

Due to the current challenging market conditions a revised, phased scheme has been developed, with the initial phase comprising an eight-screen cinema and five restaurants.

Burnley Council asked to agree investment in college’s future

A full meeting of Burnley Council has been asked to approve an investment in the future of Burnley College.

The council’s executive has recommended that a special meeting of the full council on 4th November agree a loan by the authority to enable the college to expand its facilities.

“This is an investment in improving the skills of future generations and a bold move to aid local businesses in their economic recovery and future development.,” said council leader Councillor Mark Townsend.

Major report sets out council’s Covid-19 economic recovery response

Burnley councillors have agreed a report setting out how the borough’s economy will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council’s executive discussed the report which looks at the impact of the pandemic on people, businesses and Burnley and Padiham town centres and what Burnley Council and its partners need to do over the next five years to recover from this major economic shock.

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).

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