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Councillor Marion Fitzgerald

Phone: 016973 43888

Email:
marion.fitzgerald
@allerdale.gov.uk

Home Address:
Lane Head
Bolton Low Houses
Wigton
Cumbria
CA7 8PA

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Ways to Welfare

Posted by Councillor Marion Fitzgerald on Monday 11th January, 2021 at 2.58 pm

In this most difficult of times, the Council is working with partners to support our communities much as we can. There is a broad spectrum of help available to address different needs. The following link will take you to a directory of services which can offer assistance. If you need help, please do not suffer in silence:

Ways to Welfare | Cumbria County Council

Budget Consultation

Posted by Councillor Marion Fitzgerald on Monday 11th January, 2021 at 2.57 pm

The consultation on Allerdale Borough Council’s budget proposals for 2021-22 closes on 15 January. You can find out more about the proposals and have your say at:

https://cumbria.citizenspace.com/allerdale-borough-council/budget-2021-22-consultation/

Supporting Businesses

Posted by Councillor Marion Fitzgerald on Monday 11th January, 2021 at 2.56 pm

With the national restrictions comes more money from the government to help support businesses. We’ll be digesting the latest guidance and putting more information on our website as soon as possible. We’re hoping to make it as painless as we can for businesses by automating payments wherever possible.

You can find out more about the new grants, and the other support schemes currently on offer at:

https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-grants-claims/

Latest Impact on Council Services

Posted by Councillor Marion Fitzgerald on Monday 11th January, 2021 at 2.55 pm

The biggest impact on our services from the lockdown has been the closure, once again, of our leisure centres. Unfortunately, we were not able to go ahead with the opening of the gym at Keswick Spa on 2 January as planned.

We have temporarily cancelled our markets after speaking to traders and partners. We will review this on a regular basis. In the meantime, please visit the Council’s virtual market to place orders with your favourite traders:

Virtual Market (allerdale.gov.uk)

Latest Covid-19 Situation

Posted by Councillor Marion Fitzgerald on Monday 11th January, 2021 at 2.51 pm

Numbers remain high for Cumbria, with Allerdale seeing a rise in cases. The rate in Allerdale is above the regional average.

The number of people admitted to hospitals under the management of North Cumbria Integrated Care has doubled within a week. It has been announced that outpatient appointments are suspended unless urgent.

Having moved into Tier 4 only recently, we now find ourselves in the national lockdown along with the rest of the country. What does this mean? The government guidance is summarised below:

You should stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

This guidance should be followed immediately. The law will be updated to reflect the new rules.

Leaving home

You should not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

• shop for basic necessities, for yourself or for a vulnerable person

• go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home

• exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person; this should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area.

• meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one

• seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

• attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

Meeting others

You should not leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.