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  • Article: May 28, 2020

    The evidence is clear. Because of the failure to provide adequate testing arrangements, the Government has no scientific basis on which to tell Primary Schools that they should reopen on 1st June. Each and every school has been forced to carry out its own risk assessment in deciding when it will be appropriate to reopen. This must be based on the physical limitations of the school buildings, the number of staff who are able and prepared to come back to their classrooms, and most importantly the number of parents willing to send their children to school.

    The County Council has to make it clearer to every school that it should feel under no pressure to open unless all these conditions are met. County Councillor Mark Watkin, Lib Dem Opposition spokesperson for Education comments: "There has never been a more important time for the County Council to give strong and clear guidance to schools and support them in whatever decision they take. Every day that our schools stay closed, our children's education suffers. It is imperative that the Government introduces reliable testing systems as soon as possible so that Heads and Boards of Governors have reliable information on which to base their decision. We also want to see more evidence that the County Council is actively helping schools to ensure that as much as possible is done to provide education for the pupils, and especially for those in danger of slipping behind due to prolonged absence from school."

  • Article: May 28, 2020

    "Must do better and be more pro-active" was the message from opposition Liberal Democrat councillors at County Hall to the four pilot schemes announced by the County Council that they brought in last weekend to encourage active travel and support for social distancing as more retail premises open.

    Levels of walking and cycling have increased dramatically across the UK during the lock down. The Government recently announced a package of £250m of support to councils for changes as more people begin travelling to work again and there is an easing of restrictions, while capacity on public transport is still significantly reduced due to the ongoing need for social distancing.

  • Phone
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Shielding constituents - new HCC phone line for care needs

    If you are a vulnerable 'shielding' resident you should receive a letter from the NHS this week with details on how to access help.

    In addition, if you need help with care (or if you know someone who does), you can contact Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services on this new helpline: 0300 123 7577

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    Article: Mar 21, 2020

    These online resources are produced by volunteers and public bodies. Please use them and share them with your friends and neighbours. We will be updating it regularly as more resources become available.

    People may have concerns about transmitting the virus via paper. Current health advice is that delivering items to people's letterboxes is ok, as set out in the Royal Mail's statement on their continuing to deliver the post: www.royalmail.com/coronavirus


    Where can I find the latest advice?

    The latest UK Government advice is available at gov.uk/coronavirus

    The latest England medical advice is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

    Hertfordshire County Council services update click here

    Dacourm Council advice and updates click here


    Taking sensible precautions while helping others

    Please take all appropriate medical advice seriously before calling on anyone and look to emulate best practice, such as from online supermarket delivery services.

    In particular:

    • Hygiene - washing our hands more regularly soap and water for 20 seconds. You may want to take hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol content) out with you.
    • Social distancing - including not shaking hands with residents or colleagues, keeping 2m apart, leaving things on doorsteps