A mobile testing centre for Covid-19 has been set up for the Alloa area after an increasing number of people in the area have tested positive for coronavirus. It will be in place from 26 November to 6 December. Please refer to our web page by following the link given.
Cllr Ellen Forson, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council said: “The First Minister has confirmed that Clackmannanshire remains in Level 3, however as she said in her statement to Parliament, our case levels are causing some concern and are 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 means we all need to have a real focus on doing everything we can as individual citizens and as a community to suppress this virus, to help prevent the need to move to Level 4 restrictions.
“We need to follow Scottish Government advice; in particular continue to avoid crowded places, keep 2 metres apart and wash your hands often. Along with that we need to keep to all the Level 3 rules, and that means no non-essential travel outwith Clackmannanshire – including to Stirling - except for essential purposes such as work that cannot be done from home, education, caring and childcare.
“I know that it can seem like a hard ask after so many months of restrictions, but we can all do our part to help protect our families, friends and businesses by making sure we’re sticking to the rules.”
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:
Around 17% of the average heating bill relates to heating water. As we are all home more due to coronavirus restrictions, our water and energy use will be affected meaning our energy bills could increase.
This online workshop provides practical advice on how to save water and money, including using water wisely when taking a shower, washing your clothes, or making a cup of tea. On top of that, there’s the value of not wasting such a valuable resource and contributing to the broader good of helping to manage supply, now and into the future.
Once you have registered, Home Energy Scotland will email you a link to join the session that is being held using Zoom.
If you aren’t able to attend the session, for new dates and more information, contact Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sports Council are holding their AGM via zoom on Tuesday 17th November at 6.30pm.
If you are involved in sports in Clackmannanshire and would like to join the meeting, please contact the Secretary, Kenny Cook on 07812 607 425 or e-mail email@example.com for the ID number and password for the meeting.
The council is initiating a statutory 8-week public consultation period inviting the public to make suggestions as to the areas and composition of community councils. To comment on the boundaries of your community council or on the number of members, please click on the link below:
We all knew that the easing of lockdown came with some risks and after many months of declining prevalence in our communities, it is clear that Covid-19 transmission across Scotland is on the increase.
Prevalence in Clackmannanshire has been low over the last few months when compared to other areas of Scotland; but official data in the last week suggests that things are changing.
We have not had the same issues as the bigger towns and cities, and that is something to be thankful for, but we mustn’t be complacent. We must all pull together to do all we can to combat the disease which is on the rise again and we should all be prepared for another challenging period ahead.
With Covid-19 on the rise, the Council has paused plans to re-introduce any more services at this time to allow officers to concentrate on the priority areas which need the most support.
Plans are currently being progressed to support local people who are having to isolate through Test and Protect. This new support will begin on 12th October so keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.
We are also looking to bolster our small Environmental Health team, who have been working incredibly hard to assist local businesses to comply with the constantly changing guidance, including the latest rules affecting the hospitality sector.
We are also focussing efforts on the most vulnerable in our communities; with plans to extend our successful STRIVE programme and a further initiative to tackle holiday hunger, with a payment to eligible families to cover the October break. More information on this will follow soon.
The last 6 months have been difficult - I know how hard it has been for all of us. And it is likely that we may be in for more difficulties ahead. But as the First Minister has said, the way to get through this as quickly as we can is if we all stick together, so please, follow the guidance and remember FACTS.
As the evenings begin to draw in, it’s more vital than ever that we follow the Scottish Government guidance and advice, which is there to keep us all safe. I’d encourage you all, if you haven’t already, to download the Protect Scotland app, which will help to stop the spread of this virus.
By keeping that hard work going, we stand the best chance of protecting ourselves, our families and our communities. So here’s a reminder of the FACTS guidance we must follow for a safer Scotland:
Avoid Crowded Places
Clean your Hands Regularly
Two Metre Distance
Self Isolate and Book a Test if you have Symptoms
Cllr Ellen Forson, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council
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.
Information about the publication of the unaudited Annual Accounts is available by following the link.
Firpark Ski Centre has recently reopened, but only to groups who have their own equipment. All ski school classes remain cancelled until further notice. Those wishing to book should refer to our recreational skiing booking - COVID-19 compliance requirements page.
All tubing sessions/parties are also suspended until further notice.
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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.
Our repair centre service is back up and running as normal. During the pandemic we have up been undertaking essential emergency repairs and external repairs only and now have a backlog of non emergency repairs to schedule.
Our staff have the necessary personal protective equipment and will work to COVID 19 safe methods of working. The level of PPE required to be worn and the method of working will be appropriate and proportionate to the repair being undertaken.
If you or any member of your household are classed as vulnerable or you have any Covid related symptoms please advise staff at the time of reporting the repair either by phone (emergency repairs) or note it on the online form or email (non emergency repairs).
Our staff are dedicated to continue to provide an excellent repair service to our customers.
We appreciate your continued patience, understanding and curteous treatment of our staff during these times.
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.
We are pleased to say that we have been working and planning with a range of partners across the Council, including Health & Safety, to open Alloa Family Centre to enable family contacts and family support work with the children and families open to Children's Social Work Services. This work / support is strictly by appointment only and has required robust planning and risk assessment in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidance. We are re-opening carefully and gradually in terms of numbers permitted in the Family Centre at any one time. We shall be continually reviewing this arrangement to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our families. We were able to open on 3rd August 2020 in line with our plans. We look forward to welcoming our first families, linked to their planned contacts, on 10th August 2020. Children’s Social Work Services wish to thank our community for their understanding during the lockdown period.
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.