On Friday, the Scottish Government published 'COVID- 19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework' which is available on the Scottish Government website through the following link:
We wanted to assure you that the Corporate Management Team, together with Executive Officers, the HSCP Senior Management Team and the General Manager of EDLCT, has begun work to assess the operational service impacts of the restrictions outlined in each of the five Tiers. We will conclude this once the Tier allocation for East Dunbartonshire has been confirmed and will make sure we keep you informed through Employee News.
News from the Council - Service Updates
Our detailed fortnightly service updates cover all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight to Elected Members all of the work that's ongoing. The Latest Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday (23 October) and you can find it on the Employee Zone of the Council's website.
Updates for Healthy Working Lives
As we are still unable to run our usual Healthy Working Lives activities due to COVID-19, information on the November Healthy Working Lives campaigns is available on the newly dedicated Healthy Working Lives page of the Employee Zone. For more information visit: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing/healthy-working-lives
This month’s campaigns include:
Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Visit https://uk.movember.com/ to sign up, donate or find out more.
Talk Money Week
- Money Week (9-13 November) is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money - from pocket money right through to pensions. For information on Financial Wellbeing and Talk Money Week, please visit: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing/financial-wellb.... https://www.maps.org.uk/talk-money-week/
- Scotwest Credit Union also has some helpful bite-sized information around saving, borrowing, mortgages and online banking. Click on the link to watch the YouTube clips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxV7ZLwRfFqG3SUhVTYUMPkt4-G0NdtKZ or to find out more checkout their website: https://www.scotwest.co.uk/
Some COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Guidance for Employees
You'll have seen the reminder issued last week (Employee News 69, 20 October) about the restrictions in place and guidance we should all be following to keep ourselves safe at work. Please make sure you keep up to date.
COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey
From 2-30 November, East Dunbartonshire business owners, employees and residents are being invited to take part in an online survey about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to share their views on the Economic Recovery Plan for East Dunbartonshire. The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a considerable economic impact on people working and living here and it is vitally important that we gather feedback from those affected in order to shape our Economic Recovery Plan. The survey will be promoted on social media from Monday 2 November, so please look out for it, read through the current plan and share your thoughts on the actions proposed.
COVID-19 Self-Isolation Grants
If you have friends or family who could face financial hardship if required to self-isolate by NHS Test and Protect, please let them know about the new self-isolation grant. It has been introduced to help those who would lose income if needed to self-isolate, such as those unable to work from home. It is targeted at people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits, with some discretion to make awards to others who are in financial hardship. Full details on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on our website.
Have your say
Those of you who are East Dunbartonshire residents may be interested in two recently launched consultations: Local Development Plan 2 was launched on Monday 19 October and runs until 15 January 2021. Strategic Housing Investment Plan consultation on affordable housing investment in the area launched on Friday 16 October and runs until Friday 30 October.
Grants for Good Causes
- We announced the latest Community Grants Funding round in our last update and there is still time to make an application ahead of the 30 October closing date. So, if you know of an organisation carrying out great work at the heart of the community, let them know they can apply for funding up to £3,000 (terms and conditions apply) - but they need to be quick to make the deadline of this coming Friday.
It's not long now until Bonfire Night and we will be issuing our usual messages from next week, asking people to take care and be responsible with bonfires and fireworks. With the cancellation this year of all organised bonfire events as a result of COVID-19, we are asking everyone to be particularly careful if using fireworks at home and to ensure that the current guidance in relation to a maximum of two households and six people meeting up outdoors is followed.
Family day out?
Remember that the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie and the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch are open if you're looking for a family trip out! All Scottish Government guidance and public health advice in relation to COVID- 19 is being followed at both venues. They both reopened on 13 October and an advance booking system is operating to ensure numbers are controlled and that everyone is safe. Check what's on and please book at www.eventbrite.co.uk
World Polio Day
Saturday 24 October was World Polio Day and William Patrick Library, Milngavie Town Hall and Bearsden Community Hub were lit up purple to raise awareness of this disease. You can read more in the media release on our Council website.
Please remember if you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please share them with your line manager, who will be happy to help and if they can't, they'll pass it onto someone who can! Also, drop us an email if there are things you want us to share in our DCE updates.
Thanks, Stay Safe & Take care
Ann and Thomas