Norfolk County Council

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Norfolk part of Covid-19 'test, track and trace' pilot

BBC Breakfast

Norfolk is part of trials of the government's new test, track and trace system, the county council's director of public health said.

The scheme, which has been labelled a key component in the fight against coronavirus, is being rolled out in 11 counties across England from today.

Dr Louise Smith, director of health at Norfolk County Council, told BBC Breakfast that the pilot scheme "starts now".

Dr Louise Smith, director of public health at Norfolk County Council
BBC

She said they were working closely with the NHS to identify cases early and then test those who have been in contact with those confirmed patients.

Dr Smith said people who have been diagnosed would be asked to log details online of where they have been and who they had been in contact with from two days before they became unwell and up to seven days afterwards.

"When we've got those details, we would then contact people either through the website or from the call centres, get in touch with those people who have been in contact and arrange for them to have a test," she said.

'Long queues' expected at council recycling centres

Queues at Bucks recycling centre
Buckinghamshire Council
Long queues formed in Buckinghamshire when recycling centres opened there

For those people who are using the Covid-19 lockdown to clear lofts, garages, sheds etc of things that could be useful to others two more councils are reopening recycling centres.

In Norfolk, eight recycling centres reopened today and anyone planning a trip is advised to check the Norfolk County Council website for restrictions first

Only cars and small vans can come on site and social distancing must be observed at:

  • Caister
  • Dereham
  • Hempton
  • Ketteringham
  • King’s Lynn
  • Mayton Wood
  • Mile Cross
  • Thetford

In Hertfordshire, 10 household waste recycling centres have reopened:

  • Berkhamsted
  • Bishop’s Stortford
  • Harpenden
  • Letchworth
  • Potters Bar
  • Rickmansworth
  • Royston
  • Stevenage
  • Turnford
  • Waterdale

The county council said in a statement: "The social distancing measures we’re putting in place to protect our staff and the public mean that visits will take a lot longer than normal and we’re expecting very long queues."

Poor internet speeds threaten success of home-schooling

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Poor internet access and provider service is threatening the education of home-schooled pupils in Norfolk during the coronavirus lockdown, a children's welfare watchdog has warned.

The county was ranked in the lowest 5% in the country for the number of children living in homes with internet speeds below 10mbs – suitable for just one or two users in a study by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

The county was also ranked by the watchdog in the lowest 8% for the numbers of children living in homes with internet speeds below 2mbs.

Homeschooling
BBC

The study looked at vulnerabilities of youngsters during the Covid-19 crisis.

Labour district councillor at Broadland, Natasha Harpley, said: "Digital inequality is becoming an increasingly acute problem during school closures.

"On top of not having compatible devices in order to complete work set by schools, many families are struggling to even access it due to slow or no internet at all."

A spokesman for Conservative-run Norfolk County Council said: "While this challenge is heightened in this unique situation, we’re working with schools and families across the county to ensure as many children as possible have the technology needed to continue their education at home."

UEA chemists produce 1,200 litres of sanitiser gel

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

In just over a week technicians at University of East Anglia in Norwich have made 1,200 litres of hand sanitiser, to support local councils and NHS hospitals.

This amounts to thousands of safe hand washes for people living and working in critical and sometimes clinically hazardous areas.

UEA technicians
UEA

Chemistry labs at the University of East Anglia were quiet after teaching and research stopped, so Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital asked staff to produce gel.

As production got under way, Prof Mark Searcey said: "All of the technicians, basically, who were normally in the science teaching building, jumped at the chance to actually make a contribution."

The university has appealed for businesses to come forward to help them produce the gel and supply ingredients.

'If you are in need, we will be there,' Norfolk councils' pledge

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Councils across Norfolk are telling people “if you are in need, we will be there for you”.

Food parcel
BBC

The government has told 1.4m vulnerable people in the UK not to leave their homes for 12 weeks, with the list also sent to local authorities to tell them what support people need.

Trevor Holden, in charge of Norfolk’s public services’ response, said councils had gone a step further and would write to everyone in the county to ask if they needed help, while a helpline - 0344 8008020 – had also been set up.

He said: "We should be getting food today which should find its way to people by the end of the week - but if someone is reading this and thinking ‘but I need food now’ please don’t wait. Give us a call and we will help you."

Disabled adults' care bills U-turn not due to coronavirus

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Norfolk County Council will not be rolling out a planned increase to disabled adults’ care bills - but only due to new money from the government and not coronavirus.

It decided to reduce the minimum income guarantee last year, meaning disabled people aged 18 to 64 will have to pay more for their care.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the first batch of care bills were sent out this week.

Norfolk County Council
BBC

Angry campaigners said provision had been reduced due to some care staff self-isolating.

Marilyn Heath, from Disability Network Norfolk, said the move was “unreasonable and unsympathetic”.

However, after a government cash injection the council said the increase no longer had to be paid for by disabled adults or families "for the next four months".

Mrs Heath, 68, whose 23-year-old daugher Sara has severe learning difficulties, said: "Twelve weeks of nobody paying it has got to be a victory for us."

Norfolk County Council has 4,000 employees working remotely

BBC Radio Norfolk

About 4,000 members of staff at Norfolk County Council are now working from home or remote offices as they try to keep services running through the coronavirus lockdown.

Norfolk County Council
BBC

Tom McCabe from the county council is chairing a multi-agency response committee for the pandemic.

He said: "County Hall is practically empty as we are very much following the message about staying away from places like that."

Mr McCabe also said some key council workers like social workers, binmen and road workers would continue to work.