East Langton Parish Council

Serving the people of East Langton & Church Langton

Clerk: Alison Gibson
56 Naseby Way, Great Glen
Leics LE8 9GS

Tel: 07763 177707

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Harborough District Council launches support for vulnerable residents

Residents in Harborough District can now refer themselves, a family member that requires help or someone in the community who needs help during the Coronavirus crisis to the council's Community Hub

People who are vulnerable and do not have a local support network can contact Harborough District Council if they:

  • need supplies of food and essentials
  • are feeling lonely or would like a friendly phone call or text message
  • would like to connect with a local community group
  • need transport to medical appointments
  • would like advice about staying active and exercising

Support will be delivered directly by Harborough District Council or voluntary and community partners. The Community Hub will prioritise those people who are most vulnerable and in urgent need of help and support: people who are over the age of 70; people with underlying health conditions; and families who are struggling to cope.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: "The district council has been working tirelessly with voluntary and community groups over the last couple weeks to look at how we can best support the most vulnerable residents in the district at this difficult time. We are now ready to launch this service and I ask anyone who feels that they are vulnerable, and doesn't have anyone else to turn to for help, to contact the Community Hub."

To refer yourself or someone you are concerned about please visit: www.harborough.gov.uk/hd-community-hub

If you cannot use the online forms please email: communityhub@harborough.gov.uk or call 01858 821 232 9am-5pm

New options to pay Council Tax over 12 months

In light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on residents, residents in the Harborough district who pay their Council Tax by 10 monthly instalments can now choose to pay over 12 months in the financial year to spread the cost.

Residents should email: counciltax@harborough.gov.uk if they would like to take this option – stating 10 monthly instalments (followed by the council tax reference number) as the subject of the email.

If residents pay by 12 monthly instalments or 10 monthly instalments they also have the option of rescheduling their instalments to run from June to March – essentially providing a Council Tax break for April and May. Residents should email counciltax@harborough.gov.uk if they would like to use this option-stating REPROFILE (followed by the council tax reference number) as the subject of the email.

Working age Council Tax payers who receive Council Tax support, due to low incomes, will soon be entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax via the Hardship Fund. This will be processed automatically. Residents can sign up to e-billing at www.harborough.gov.uk/paperfree to receive their amended Council Tax demand notice.

We collect Council Tax on behalf of Leicestershire County Council, Fire, Police and Parishes. It is vitally important that Council tax payers continue to pay in accordance with the instalments shown on their bills, where possible, so that local services can continue to be provided and vulnerable people in our community can be supported, especially during the current pandemic.

We will not take any recovery or enforcement action until the end of May. We will review this situation and update the website accordingly.

More information is available at www.harborough.gov.uk/counciltax If you have any questions please email hdc.council.tax@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

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Neighbourhood Watch Encourages Protecting the Isolated and Vulnerable During the Covid 19 Outbreak

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
  3. Consider establishing a 'buddy' system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child's school or childcare facility, and your employer's emergency operations plan.
  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.
    1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/.
    2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
    3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.

Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch

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