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
  • Chichester District Council's Customer Services Centre reopens next week
  • NHS coronavirus vaccination service
  • Chichester District Council by-election
  • Time is running out to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Support for those facing homelessness and landlord survey
  • Help with housing payments and bills
  • Have you shared your views in our 'Let's Talk: Air Quality' consultation?
  • Covid business grants - two weeks to go
  • Boundary Commission constituency consultation
  • Stay up to date

National news

  • Update on coronavirus restrictions and guidance for care homes
  • COVID-19 vaccine efficacy
  • Safety in out-of-school settings
  • Eviction protection extended for businesses
  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK
  • The R value and growth rate
  • 100 Days Mission to Respond to Future Pandemic Threats report
  • Tourism Recovery Plan
  • EU transition updates

Latest update

On Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed a four-week delay to Step 4 of the Government's roadmap. This is due to concerns caused by the Delta variant and to allow for more people to receive their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine before further restrictions are eased. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, however the Government is removing the 30 person gathering limit for weddings, receptions and commemorative events, subject to social distancing guidelines, from 21 June. Also from this date, some further restrictions will be lifted for care home residents. More information can be found here: Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus 14 June 2021 and here: Covid-19 restrictions - what you can and cannot do . It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, however the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced. The Government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed a week in advance.

More than 30 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated with a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 79% of adults having now received a first dose. This week, the Health Secretary held a press conference to provide an update on the vaccination programme. He highlighted new data which shows that two doses of the vaccine are just as effective against hospital admission with the Delta variant, compared to the Alpha variant. He also confirmed that the Government will bring forward second doses of vaccines for over-40s and the clinically vulnerable groups to eight weeks after the first dose, and that the Government's aim is to give every adult in this country a first vaccine dose by 19 July. The online vaccination booking system is now open to 23 and 24 year olds and details on booking a vaccine can be found below.

Local news

Service status

The majority of our services are currently operating as usual, and an update on all of our services can be found at: . Our Customer Services Centre and East Pallant House will be reopening next Monday (21 June) and you can read more about this below.

Chichester District Council's Customer Services Centre reopens next week

From Monday 21 June, our Customer Services Centre at East Pallant House will reopen to the public with a raft of new improvements. When the centre reopens, our Customer Service Officers will meet and greet customers to make sure that they can quickly access the services that they need. As part of this new approach, they will assist people who want to self-serve online at dedicated computer terminals. It is hoped that this will help customers to access council services online at https://www.chichester.gov.uk in the future, at a place and time that is most convenient to them. If a face-to-face appointment is needed, our friendly Customer Service team can arrange this.

In addition to these improvements, the council has also reviewed its opening times and will be open from 9am to 5pm each day, apart from Thursdays when opening times will be from 10am to 5pm, starting from 1 July 2021.

NHS coronavirus vaccination service

More than 1.8million vaccinations have now been delivered across Sussex. Our NHS colleagues have advised us that services are being extended to increase the number of places that people under 40 can go for their vaccination in West Sussex. The service at Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester is being extended so that it can offer the Pfizer vaccine (which is recommended for people aged under 40) as well as the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

To find out if you are currently eligible for a vaccine, please visit: Sussex Health and Care COVID-19 vaccination programme . People who are eligible can book their appointment online  or by calling 119. Everyone is encouraged to come forward for their second vaccination when they have an appointment as both doses give maximum protection against the virus. People are also being reminded to follow Government guidance around 'hands, face, space and fresh air' once they've had their vaccination.

Chichester District Council by-election

A by-election to fill a councillor vacancy for our Chichester East ward is taking place next Thursday 24 June between 7am and 10pm. Covid safety measures will be in place at polling stations and we ask that voters wear a face covering and keep a safe distance from other voters and staff. If you are voting in this election but are experiencing coronavirus symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate, please do not go to your polling station - instead, please call our Elections team on: 01243 521010.

The polling stations for this election are: Chichester Children and Family Centre, St James Road; Swanfield Park Community Centre, Swanfield Drive; and The Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way. More information about this election and the candidates can be found at: Current elections .

Time is running out to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

Over 5.6 million applications have now been made to the EU Settlement Scheme with less than two weeks to go before the 30 June deadline. We're working with Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice to remind EU citizens living in the Chichester District that they need to apply for the scheme as soon as possible in order to protect their rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions. People can register for the scheme before 30 June by visiting: EU Settlement Scheme and can access help and support by calling Arun Chichester Citizens Advice free on: 0808 2787969 (Mon to Fri 9am - 4:30pm). Access to interpreters is also available.

The Home Office has published a new guide for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens explaining how they can view and prove their immigration status, update their details, what they should expect when crossing the UK border, and how to get help accessing their immigration status.

Support for those facing homelessness and landlord survey

The end of furlough, a drop in casual vacancies, and an increase in unemployment - all of which are connected with the coronavirus pandemic - have put many tenants under financial pressure. Alongside other local authorities across West Sussex, we are taking a number of proactive steps to help those affected remain in their homes, which includes offering a range of advice and support to help those at risk.

As part of this, we are asking landlords and letting agents in our area to let us know how their tenants may have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Feedback from this county-wide survey will help us establish a detailed picture of the situation in the local area and prioritise support where it is needed. If you are a landlord or letting agent in the district, please help us by taking part in our quick survey at: Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Private Sector Landlords survey .

Anyone who is concerned that they may lose their home as a result of not being able to meet their rent or mortgage payments can contact our Housing Advice Team by emailing housingadvice@chichester.gov.uk or calling 01243 534734.

Help with housing payments and bills

We know that there are people in our district who may be struggling with the stress of changes to their financial situation, but help is available and we would really urge you to contact us before things get more serious, so that we can provide help and advice. Residents can find more information and useful links at: Help with finances affected by coronavirus, or contact our team by emailing benefits@chichester.gov.uk.

Have you shared your views in our 'Let's Talk: Air Quality' consultation?

Today marks Clean Air Day, which aims to raise awareness about air pollution and provide information about making the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. We've been sharing information about the campaign on our social media channels and we're also reminding people to share their views on our Air Quality Action Plan in our 'Let's Talk: Air Quality' consultation before it closes on 28 June. Our revised Air Quality Action Plan sets out a number of ways in which we propose to continue improving air quality in our district, and we're keen to hear your views. To have your say, please visit: Let's Talk: Air Quality before midnight on 28 June 2021.

Covid business grants - two weeks to go

Has your business applied for a Government Covid support grant? The current grants will close on 30 June 2021, so if you own a business in the district, please check to see if you are eligible and apply by visiting: Business rates announcements.

Boundary Commission constituency consultation

Did you know that Parliamentary constituencies are set to change? The independent Boundary Commission is redrawing the map of constituencies in England with the aim of making the number of electors in them more equal. Changes to our constituency boundaries are being suggested as part of this process. You can find out more and leave your comments at: Boundary Commission for England - Boundary Review .

Stay up to date

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

  • the latest media releases,
  • this week's District Dispatch column,
  • previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.

 

National news

Update on coronavirus restrictions and guidance for care homes

This week, the Government announced that people working in Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a medical exemption, from October. More details can be found on the  Government website .

On 14 June, the Government announced that care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends , including overnight stays away from care homes. From 21 June, people admitted to a care home from the community will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival and care home residents can now nominate an 'Essential Care Giver' to provide additional support during visits.

The Department of Health and Social Care has also updated the guidance for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.

COVID-19 vaccine efficacy

Public Health England has published its latest weekly surveillance report showing that the Covid-19 vaccination programme prevented 14,000 deaths in those aged 60 and older in England up to 30 May. Analysis also suggests that at least 42,000 hospitalisations were prevented in those aged 65 and older in England in the same time period. More information can be found on the  Government website .

Safety in out-of-school settings

The Department for Education has updated the protective measures guidance for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings .

Eviction protection extended for businesses

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that the existing measures to protect commercial tenants from eviction will be extended to 25 March 2022 . The Government also announced that it has extended temporary insolvency measures to support businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Public Health England is publishing weekly updates on the number of confirmed new cases of variants of concern and variants under investigation in the UK. The latest data shows that cases of the Delta variant have risen by 29,892 to 42,323.

The R value and growth rate

The Government has published the latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of COVID-19 in England. The R value in England is currently between 1.2 and 1.4 meaning that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people. The growth rate in England is currently between 3% and 6% meaning that the number of new infections is growing by between 3% and 6% every day.

100 Days Mission to Respond to Future Pandemic Threats report

On 12 June, the Government published a report to the G7 group of nations on making diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines available within 100 days of a pandemic threat being identified. The report recommends that the international community should aim for the following interventions to be available in the first 100 days of the World Health Organization declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The announcement can be found here: 100 days mission to respond to future pandemic threats .

Tourism Recovery Plan

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published its Tourism Recovery Plan , which sets out the role that the UK Government will play in supporting the tourism sector's recovery from COVID-19. The Government also announced that later this year it will launch a new rail pass for 'staycationers' to help make it easier for domestic tourists to get around the country. In autumn, the National Lottery will also launch a £10 million voucher scheme to encourage trips beyond the peak summer season, with players having the chance to claim vouchers to redeem at tourist attractions across the UK between September 2021 and March 2022.

EU Transition updates

This month, the Government published an overview of what the UK-EU free trade deal means in practice now the UK has left the EU. This can be found on the  Government website . Businesses can also use the Brexit Checker tool, which provides a personalised list of the most up to date actions that businesses need to take at: Gov.uk - Transition

Earlier this year, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster announced a £20 million small and medium sized businesses (SME) Brexit Support Fund to support SMEs to adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support, including training and professional advice, to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU. The Fund will help businesses to prepare for the implementation of import controls which come into effect from July 2021 and will close on 30 June or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.

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