Further information can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19).







Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update

Local news

  • Service status
  • Vaccination programme in the Chichester District
  • Business grant support
  • Postal voting for May elections
  • Time to Talk Day
  • Youth Hub Coordinator vacancy
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • Stay up to date

National news

  • R number and growth rate
  • EU Settlement scheme reminder
  • Guidance for safe uses of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings
  • Providing home care and supported living services
  • Weekly flu and coronavirus surveillance reports
  • Windrush Day grant scheme

Latest update

Speaking in the House of Commons on 27 January, the Prime Minister gave a statement on coronavirus and provided an update on the Government's measures to safeguard against the new variants of coronavirus, schools reopening, enhanced measures at the borders, and the rollout of vaccinations.

As you know from our previous newsletters, we are sharing regular updates from our NHS colleagues as the vaccination programme continues to be rolled out across our district. The latest update that focuses on our district can be viewed as a Word document here: word icon NHS vaccination programme update_ 25 January 2021 [17kb], and more information can be found below.

We must continue to stay home; protect the NHS; and save lives. In line with the national lockdown, we must stay indoors other than for limited exceptions - such as essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work that cannot be done at home. For the very latest advice on restrictions, please visit the  Government website .

Local News

Service status

The majority of our services are currently operating as usual, although our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, and our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre, are currently closed in line with the national lockdown. An update on our services can be found at

Vaccination programme in the Chichester District

The coronavirus vaccination programme continues to be rolled out across our district. We had a meeting with the NHS at the end of last week in which they updated us on the progress of the vaccination programme in West Sussex, and we wanted to share this information with you. You can view this as a Word document here: word icon NHS vaccination programme update_ 25 January 2021 [17kb]. This update explains the different ways in which the vaccination programme is being delivered across our district.

As of the end of last week, all residents in care homes for older people in the district have been vaccinated, unless they have recently had an outbreak of Covid. Any care home located in the district that has not been completed will be revisited as soon as possible. By the end of this week (w/c 25 January), the vast majority of those 80 and over in the district will have been vaccinated. Anyone who has not yet been contacted, or has been unwell and not been able to attend an appointment, will remain on the list and will be contacted at the first opportunity. Those who are housebound and unable to leave their home will receive their vaccination through the 'roving service', which has also been used to vaccinate those in care homes. Please wait to be contacted for your appointment and do not contact your GP.

Our Leader, Cllr Eileen Lintill, has also provided an update in her weekly District Dispatch.

The NHS is sending through regular stakeholder newsletters which we have uploaded to our website and can be found here: Coronavirus support for residents.

You may also be interested to know that the NHS has produced a series of videos about the vaccine rollout and these are available on the Sussex NHS Commissioners YouTube channel .

FAQs and contact information can also be found on the  Sussex Health and Care website .

Business grant support - apply now

Grant schemes are open for applications from eligible retail, hospitality and leisure business in the Chichester District. If you own a business, please visit our website to see if you are eligible for grant support and apply at: Coronavirus support for businesses.

One-off top up grants are available for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are required to close during the current lockdown - these grants are worth £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 per property depending on rateable value. There is also a grant scheme available for businesses that are not required to close but are still affected by the current national lockdown.

A range of other business support schemes are still open for businesses that have been affected by the national lockdown in November 2020 and last year's tier restrictions. Find out if you are eligible and apply for all of the currently available grants here: Coronavirus support for businesses.

Postal voting for May elections

Elections are taking place on 6 May 2021 to elect West Sussex County Councillors and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by visiting Register to vote by 19 April 2021. If you are unable to go to the polling station, or would prefer not to vote at your polling station, you can apply to vote by post. Simply download a postal vote application form  or call our helpline on 01243 521010.

Application forms for postal votes and changes to existing postal votes must be received by 5pm on 20 April 2021. More information about the May elections can be found here: Current elections .

Take Time to Talk

Thursday 4 February is Time to Talk Day. This is part of a national campaign to encourage us all to talk more and to end mental health stigma. A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. Scheduling a cuppa with a friend or family member online is a great way to check in on each other's wellbeing and to offer support and a listening ear.

If you feel that you would benefit from a 1-1 chat about your mental and emotional wellbeing, you can also access telephone support from the Chichester Wellbeing service by calling 01243 521041 or emailing info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk

Youth Hub Coordinator vacancy

We have recently received funding from the Department for Work and Pensions to establish a Youth Hub to support local residents aged 18-24 to get into work. The funding recognises the particular challenges for those with little or no work experience in securing paid employment. We are looking to recruit a Youth Hub Coordinator to develop and deliver this service. The new post will work closely with our existing Choose Work employment programme which has been running for last seven years. The ideal candidate would have experience of working with people in the 18-25 age range, and knowledge of unemployment benefits and the issues associated with being out of work. For more details and to apply see: Jobs.

Support for the vulnerable

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council to support those who are most at risk. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help in these difficult times. If you have support in place, please continue to use it. You can contact the Community Hub on 033 022 27980 or online .

Stay up to date

Keep up to date on all the latest council news by visiting our Latest News page. Here, you can read about:

  • a tree planting pilot scheme launched in the district;
  • the extension of vital grant funding to support Chichester Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery;
  • the adoption of the council's Climate Emergency Action Plan;
  • supermarket inspections being carried out to make sure they are Covid secure;
  • the continuation of litter enforcement in the district; and
  • the council's pledge to support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme.

National news

The R number and growth rate in the UK

The Government has published the latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus in the UK . The R number is currently between 0.8 and 1.0, meaning that, on average, every ten people infected will infect between eight and ten other people.

People urged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

With less than six months to go before the EU Settlement Scheme's application deadline of 30 June 2021, the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration has encouraged European citizens to apply now to secure their rights under UK law: People urged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme .

Residents can apply at: Applying for settled status .

Guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

The Government has updated the guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic in England.

This includes amendments to reflect the national lockdown regulations in England and updates to guidance on celebrating religious festivals during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is funding a programme offering Covid compliance training for places of worship. The certified course in Covid Compliance and Hygiene Control is offered by the Strengthening Faith Institutions Programme and participants are registered for a certified Hygiene and Infection Control course delivered by Highfield Institute. Institutions can email natan@sfitotogether.org to arrange a course in their area or to find out further information.

Providing home care and supported living services

The Government has updated the guidance for those providing personal care to people living in their own home, and for providers of supported living settings during the coronavirus outbreak:

The Government has also set out a support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus outbreak: Support for care homes .

Weekly national flu and coronavirus surveillance reports

The Government publishes weekly national influenza and coronavirus reports , which monitor rates of coronavirus, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

2021 Windrush Day Grant Scheme

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme provides funding to communities looking to commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution. Applications for funding are open until 10 March 2021.

More details can be found here: Windrush Day Grant Scheme .

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