We're still looking for people who may be interested in being involved in this year's Scottish Parliamentary elections. We need to recruit polling clerks to work in our polling stations across Clackmannanshire on 6 May.
Please refer to our job opportunities on election day web page for more information and application form.
People with Covid-19 symptoms will now be able to book a test at a mobile testing unit (MTU) at Alloa Town Hall car park, operating on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information please refer to our Alloa Mobile Testing Unit page.
Forth Rivers Trust is looking for someone who is enthusiastic about improving our natural world and who wants to make an difference.
Partnering with Clackmannanshire Council, the Trust has created a new post to support the work to find natural solutions to improve the catchment of the river Devon in Clackmannanshire. The successful candidate will work with the River Restoration Officer delivering the Revive the Allan Project as well as Clackmannanshire Flood Risk Team.
This is an exciting opportunity for an 18 – 24 year old Clacks resident and is funded and supported by the Scottish Government through the Young Person’s Guarantee Scheme.
Local suppliers are invited to attend online clinic appointments via Zoom or Microsoft Teams lasting 30 minutes. If you wish to make a booking please email: firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following information:
For more information you can refer to our Procurement web pages.
A free shuttle bus will run between Alloa Shillinghill (stance 2) and the vaccination centre at Forth Valley College’s Alloa Campus from Monday 8 February to Wednesday 12 May.
The service will operate every 20 minutes Monday to Sunday and there is no need to book in advance to use the bus.
The first bus from Shillinghill is at 8.15am then every 20 minutes between Shillinghill and the college’s main entrance. Last bus from the college's main entrance to Shillinghill is at 8pm
This virtual workshop, which will be held on Tuesday 9 March 5.30-9pm, is suitable for all adults involved in sports organisations that have participants under the age of 18. Please see our events diary entry for full details.
A new helpline has been set up to help people who need to travel to Covid-19 vaccination centres by public transport. The Traveline Scotland dedicated vaccination phone line - 0141 465 1878 - is staffed round-the-clock seven days a week.
Children's Hearings Scotland is recruiting new volunteers to support children in their local communities. If you have the qualities to make a difference to local children in need please come along to an online information session entitled “An Evening with Central & West Lothian Children’s Panels” on Tuesday 9th February at 6pm via Teams.
Anyone interested in attending should email Hazel.email@example.com.
Testing for taxis and private hire vehicles will continue during the lockdown restrictions. Vehicles should be presented to Kelliebank after being cleaned inside by the operator or driver to reduce the risk of infection transfer. There are risk assessments in place to protect testing staff and members of the public. Payment should be made over the phone by calling 01259 450000.
Temporary Lockdown restrictions are now in place. To find out what this means please see our web page, which will be kept under regular review, pending any further changes, announcements or developments from the Scottish Government.
To read our Scottish Social Housing Charter - Performance Report 2019/20 please follow the link given. We would also appreciate you expressing your views on our report via our online consultation.
There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year like no other and there isn’t much that can be said that hasn’t already. There is not one part of society that hasn’t felt the impact of the pandemic, with the toll being felt keenly across the communities of Clackmannanshire.
We all want to put this year behind us and look forward with optimism to the roll out of the vaccine that will enable us to move forward but as we draw the year to a close, I want to take the opportunity to look back at the exceptional response from the communities of Clackmannanshire.
I’ve always known the communities of Clackmannanshire are strong, and this pandemic has highlighted this strength with some amazing local work which has helped our most vulnerable citizens and provided support to those who needed it. From providing food, supplies, support or an understanding place to share their feelings, there have been examples daily of local groups, neighbours and strangers reaching out to offer assistance. My thanks to everyone who has helped and continues to go out of their way to assist their fellow residents – your selflessness and support is wonderful and appreciated.
This pandemic has brought home to many people the impact that our key workers have on our lives, and how we rely on them in times of need. Our health and social care staff have done so much to look after those who have been experienced Covid-19 or other illnesses, continuing to go out to work while many of us were at home. Key workers are a group that includes many of our fellow citizens – from workers in supermarkets, delivery chains, refuse, childcare & education and many, many more. We just couldn’t have managed without them all, and I hope they have felt valued as they kept us all going.
As Leader of the Council, I’ve had a close insight into the contribution of our Council staff, who have worked exceptionally hard to support our residents during the pandemic. Our staff continued to work hard to find new ways of delivering essential services, with our partners locally and nationally to help our communities to sustain themselves during this crisis. They have impressed me every day with their dedication and determination to get things done for local people and businesses, often without appreciation and fanfare, and I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done and continue to do.
For many of us, our main contribution since March has been to follow the government advice and stay home as much as we can to protect our communities and our NHS. Your contribution to suppressing the virus in our local area is greatly valued.
I know that we have all been boosted by the sight of the first people getting the vaccine, including at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, and it’s great to see that programme getting under way. I wish that I could say that this means that normal life will return very soon, however it’s clear that the virus levels remain high and that there could be a difficult winter ahead.
In Clackmannanshire, the infection levels remain high and our case numbers continue to cause some concern – recent figures show a figure of over 180,000 cases per 100k people and this is being closely monitored. Both myself and the Council’s Chief Executive remain in close contact with the Scottish Government and public health officials to ensure that we all have a full understanding of the latest situation in Clackmannanshire.
That close contact resulted in the visit of a mobile testing unit to Alloa which allowed the testing of people without symptoms from throughout Clackmannnanshire. This allowed those who didn’t know they had Covid to be identified and isolate to stop the further spread throughout our communities.
But it has become clear that we all need to do more. On Saturday (20th December), the First Minister announced changes to the relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas holiday period which reflect the fast changing nature of this virus. Christmas bubbles can be formed for one day on the 25th December to help reduce loneliness and isolation but we are being asked to minimise the number of people in our Christmas bubbles to a maximum of 8 people from 3 households (plus children under 12 years of age from the three households). One of the households can be an extended household but the Scottish Government are recommending that a gathering of no more than 2 households would be better - the smaller the bubble, the better and safer it will be.
From Boxing Day Clackmannanshire, along with every other local authority in mainland Scotland, will move to Level 4 restrictions,
While I appreciate how difficult it is, we have to stick to the rules to ensure cases don’t rise further. There are clear information reminders on the Scottish Government's website on what we are permitted to do.
It will be a different festive season than we are used to this year and I would strongly echo the words of the First Minister when she asks everyone to think really carefully about using that relaxation.
We should all think carefully about the risks involved in increasing the number of people we have contact with, particularly if you or your loved ones are at a higher risk from coronavirus. The safest way to spend Christmas and the festive period is to stay in your own household, in your own home and your own local area. The government recognises that isolation and loneliness can hit people hard over the Christmas period, which is the reason for this limited change in the rules.
I know that it will be hard for us all to keep to the rules over this festive period, but it is so important that we do. By doing that, we can help supress the virus and stop it infecting more people and help keep ourselves, families, friends and communities safe.
I send my very best wishes to everyone, and hope that you all have an enjoyable Christmas and a healthy New Year. Let’s all play our part in ensuring that 2021 is a better year for everyone in Clackmannanshire and beyond.
Here’s a reminder of the FACTS guidance we must follow for a safer Scotland:
Cllr Ellen Forson, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council
With the additional pressures on the health services across the country due to Covid-19, NHS Forth Valley are asking local people across the region to prepare themselves for the Festive season and make sure they get the Right Care in the Right Place this winter.
As part of NHS Scotland's national "Show you care. Prepare" campaign which encourages people to take simple steps to cope with common winter problems health problems, NHS Forth Valley have set up a Winter Zone on their website which provides advice and guidance as well as information on local health services and including A&E, Minor Injuries, GP practives and Pharmacies.
For more information please refer to the NHS Winter Zone page.
Please refer to our Housing Repairs page for the latest information on reporting emergency and non emergency repairs to your home.
Following the review of Covid restrictions in the central belt of Scotland, Order of Malta Dial-a-Journey Trust (Door to Door) has reviewed the services delivered in partnership with the 3 local authorities, and is putting the following temporary measures in place:
Door to door transport will be available as normal but travel will be restricted to within the Clackmannanshire Council operating area in accordance with the Government travel ban, but with the exception of medical appointments or treatment outwith the Clackmannanshire area. Schools transport will operate as normal.
In line with the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019, all forms of physical punishment of children is against the law with children having the same legal protection from assault as adults.
Useful information is also available for parents and carers on the Parent Club website.
If you have concerns that a child or young person is being abused or neglected, please report your concerns.
Information is now available on the Scottish Government's Strategic Framework Business Fund, which provides two grants to help your business:
The Scottish Government Covid protection levels or tiers for our area have an impact on council services and we have brought these together in the following document: Impact of Transition between Levels on Council Services
More information on the Covid local protection levels are available via the Scottish Government website.
Social Security Scotland is taking applications now for the Scottish Child Payment.
It's £40 every 4 weeks for every child under 6. It's for families who get Tax Credits or certain benefits and will start in February 2021.
You can apply early to make sure they have everything needed to make a decision and begin payments as soon as possible once this benefit starts next year.
Find out more and apply at: mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/
Clackmannanshire Council has considered the guidance provided recently by the Scottish Government and has decided to defer finalising our new Children’s Services Plan 2020-23. For full details, please refer to our Children's Services Plan 2021-23 Statement page.
Due to Government restrictions mutual exchanges are currently suspended.
Photocard licences or entitlement to drive that expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry.
Under the changes, drivers whose photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive runs out between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020 will have their entitlement automatically extended from the expiry date, for a period of 11 months. Drivers do not need to apply to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.
The initial extension expired at the end of August. This has now been further extended to the end of the year under temporary changes announced by DVLA as of 1 September.
The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything. Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.
Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information.
Due to the high volume of applications we are receiving we have taken on extra help to process applications.
To make an application to the Scottish Welfare Fund, please use the contact details below:
Northgate will also be able to help applicants who are making telephone applications. Please refer to our SWF page for more information.
Guidance for customers in relation to site inspections during the Coronavirus pandemic is available by following the link given.
Temporary measures to provide additional space for physical distancing in public places for people to walk, wheel or cycle while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place have been introduced. More information can be found on our Safe Spaces in Towns and Villages web page.
Businesses and consumers across the Forth Valley area are being reminded by the Council’s Trading Standards to be vigilant against scammers and fraudsters keen to take advantage of the current coronavirus situation.
Across the UK, there are a number of scams that are being used to deceive the public and businesses that are targeted through emails, door to door and texts.
Police and other agencies are working constantly to shut these schemes down on behalf of the public and businesses. Please think very carefully about any transaction you enter into and do some research before making a commitment. Consumers and businesses have already reported more than £1m worth of fraud as a result of the coronavirus situation and we are determined to prevent any local residents/businesses from being a victim of fraud.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud contact Police Scotland on 101. Any scams or overpricing can reported to Trading Standards via Advice Direct Scotland or on 0808 800 9060.