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Scam alert

Hampshire Constabulary has issued a COVID-19 Scam Awareness flyer outlining some of the most common scams being seen at the moment. Please note these scams are evolving all the time so you may see different variations or new ones popping up which may not be included in this flyer. To keep up to date we recommend signing up to Hampshire Alert (www.hampshirealert.co.uk) and Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk) for notifications. The self-print black and white version is particularly helpful for vulnerable and elderly members of the community as well as those who do not use social media. The web friendly version can be shared on social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.

Hampshire Constabulary has also issued a bulletin about scams during this time.

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Reporting anti-social behaviour

Petersfield Neighbourhood Office reports: On Wednesday 29th April 2020 Hampshire Constabulary will provide members of the public with the option to report incidents of anti-social behaviour online via the force website.  This builds on the existing user-friendly functionality to report crime online which we have seen the public make good use of. Since our online reporting platform went live in July 2018, evidence has shown that online contact has largely replaced traditional contact via telephone and has not made a significant impact on overall demand.  This functionality has always been part of the development plan for method of contact and this work has been brought forward as part of our response to COVID19.  All reports will be assessed promptly on receipt to ensure there is no immediate threat, risk or harm.  Online reporting is an enabler for our Contact Management Team to manage demand more effectively, it will not change how reports of ASB are managed by frontline staff or how this information is shared with partners.

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Hampshire Constabulary Covid-19 leaflet

Hampshire Constabulary has produced a leaflet telling people where to get help at this time. There is also a self-print two-up version.

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EHDC Covid19 update

EHDC has produced a leaflet on Covid19 and what the Council is doing to help.

 

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Community First response

Community First has produced a response to Covid-19.

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Bus pass extensions

Hampshire County Council is extending the time that free bus passes can be used by senior citizens. The 9.30 am restriction is to be lifted at this time.

See https://www.hants.gov.uk/News/19032020COVID19buspasses dor further information. This applies to all public transport services on which people can currently use their bus passes including community transport services and Taxishare schemes.

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EHDC responds to coronavirus

East Hampshire District Council is working hard to keep business as usual during the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s advice on preventing the spread of the virus has meant that many of the council’s day-to-day working practices have had to stop or change. However, staff are working hard to ensure that the services residents rely on are still being delivered. Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of EHDC, said: “These are unprecedented times and we are having to take unprecedented measures to work through them. My priority is the safety of residents, staff and councillors, but we still have a job to do. We have had to cancel our forthcoming community events and we will be finding new, safe ways to continue our democratic procedures. We will also be heavily involved in supporting the community and making sure the most vulnerable in our society are helped through this crisis safely. Inevitably things may be difficult as we transition to this new way of working but we are doing our best to keep the wheels turning so please bear with us at this time.”

For regular updates on EHDC services go to: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Council services

Following the government’s guidelines on preventing the spread of coronavirus, staff have been asked to work from home where possible. The council will do everything it can to keep delivering the services residents rely on but in this unprecedented situation there may be some disruption. Our critical services will be prioritised. If you have a query please contact the council through 01730 266551 or on www.easthants.gov.uk or email info@easthants.gov.uk.

 Events

Events held by East Hampshire District Council will be cancelled or postponed. Events already called off are: The Duke of Gloucester’s visit to Whitehill & Bordon – Thursday 26 March; The East Hampshire Sports Awards – Thursday 26 March; Petersfield Dementia Festival – Friday 15 May.

EHDC working in the community

During the coronavirus pandemic, East Hampshire District Council will be working with other councils and organisations to help those affected by the outbreak. We will be liaising with Hampshire County Council and the voluntary sector to provide the right assistance to vulnerable people. EHDC staff that cannot perform their normal duties from home will be redeployed to help with this important community support. Citizens Advice East Hampshire has an advice line for all East Hampshire residents, contactable on 0300 330 9028. It is also offering a more extensive service to residents needing extra support. This service went live on Wednesday 18 March.

Business support

While people are being asked to avoid social contact, many businesses will inevitably be hit. The government has introduced significant measures to support our local businesses, particularly small businesses and those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Some businesses will not be expected to pay business rates while others may be eligible for a £10,000 grant. The council is liaising with the government to work out the detail of these schemes and more information will be posted on the webpage www.easthants.gov.uk/business-rates.

Council meetings

The council is currently assessing which council meetings are essential and how best to run those that are. The safety of councillors, staff and attending residents is paramount. Officers will be encouraged to take part remotely where possible and public attendance will be limited according to space, allowing for safe separation between individuals. Meetings will be streamed online where possible. As far as possible the council will continue to pursue its normal business but some delegated decision-making powers will be taken up by the Leader of the council, Cllr Richard Millard, and by council officers.

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Covid-19

Some good advice has been received as to how to cope if you get Covid-19.

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Advice on coronavirus

Neighbourhood Watch has produced some recommendations for local communities to follow in case of a Covid 19 outbreak.

 

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Trading Standards bulletin

Hampshire County Council has issued a Trading Standards scam bulletin.