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Covid surge testing to be deployed across Lancashire

Surge testing is being expanded across parts of Lancashire, including the borough of Burnley, following the identification of a number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India.

All cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts are being identified.

Working in partnership with local authorities, NHS Test and Trace is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing across a number of areas, including Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Rossendale.

What you can do to keep Burnley safe

How Burnley is responding to tackling the new variant and what we can ALL do to help

The Government has announced that surge testing and increased vaccination will be taking place in the borough of Burnley to help tackle new variants of concern. No one wants another lockdown.

We are stepping up our efforts to ensure that both PCR testing and vaccinations across our borough are as accessible as possible to all residents.

Here are simple steps we can ALL take to help stop the spread of COVID 19 including the new variants:

Burnley leads the way in job support for young people

Lancashire’s first face-to-face Youth Hub has opened in Burnley, giving unemployed youngsters the tailored support they need to get a job, thanks to a brand-new partnership between Jobcentre Plus and Burnley Council.

The hub, known as Thrive, is based at the offices of the Calico Group in Croft Street and will give 16-24-year-olds appointments with specialist youth employability coaches, who can help them learn and develop new skills to help them into work. They will also support their health and wellbeing needs to build resilience.

“Free after 3” car parking in Burnley town centre coming soon

Burnley Council is introducing a "free after 3" car parking scheme next month to help boost the local economy as we all follow the national roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions.

Motorists will be able to park for free on all council-run pay and display car parks in Burnley town centre from 3pm, every day of the week. Charges will still apply at other times of the day and on other council-run car parks elsewhere in the borough.

Map of council car parks

Green Homes energy efficiency grant for Burnley borough residents

Qualifying residents across the borough of Burnley can access a new energy-efficiency grant scheme, announced by the Government, worth up to £10,000 per property

The Green Homes grant scheme is available to owners-occupiers, private tenants and social tenants, although a contribution from a landlord will be required for all rented properties.

The grant is available via Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL),  the affordable warmth initiative established by the 15 local authorities in Lancashire, including Burnley Council, with the aim of reducing fuel poverty across the county.

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people on voting in May elections

On Thursday 6th May voters across the borough of Burnley will go to the polls for the borough, county council and Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health.

If you have been identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable, and therefore advised to take precautionary shielding measures, you can be certain that voting will be safe and Covid secure.

The safest way to vote and have your voice heard is by post. 

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.

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