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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:

Parents or guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate can apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment if they need to take time off work to care for a child or young person.

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.

Major milestone in Burnley’s vision to become a university town

New student accommodation that forms part of ambitious plans to turn Burnley into a university town have been officially handed over to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The 136-bed building in Sandygate provides high-quality accommodation for students attending the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) facilities in the town, supported by space for common rooms, a laundry, and a study/resources room, as well as three units for use as restaurants, cafes or offices.

Council set to approve draft homelessness strategy

Councillors are set to approve a draft strategy that sets out how Burnley Council will help tackle homelessness in the borough over the next five years.

A report to the council’s executive recommends it approves the draft homelessness and rough sleeping strategy 2020-25 when the committee meets next week.

It also asks for approval to launch a six-week consultation, at a date to be agreed, to allow people and organisations to have their say before any final strategy is agreed.

The strategy is made up of three key components:

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