Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council.
The update lets you know about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice on Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners so that we can keep you informed.
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You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.
Birmingham will be in tier 3 of the government’s new COVID restrictions from Wednesday 2 December. See what this means – and follow the guidelines – here. Continue to ‘wash hands, cover face, make space’.
Council Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, has called for a roadmap out of restrictions – and meaningful support for businesses.
If you – or a member of your household – has symptoms of COVID, gets a positive test result, or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you MUST stay at home. Find out when you need to self-isolate here.
From 1 December, FREE flu jabs will be offered to people aged 50-64. If you’re eligible, your GP practice will contact you when they’re ready to see you. Find out more.
In response to the impact of COVID restrictions on Birmingham’s economy, the government has given the council grant funding to help businesses most affected. Find out more – and apply – here.
The pandemic has highlighted how fast misinformation and fake news can spread. Follow guidance from reliable sources like the NHS. The more accurate the information we consume and share, the better our chances of keeping Brum safe.
Did YOU know…If you get a positive COVID test result, or are notified by the NHS to self-isolate, you may be eligible for a £500 lump sum? Find out more about test and trace support payments.
Tired of rumour and speculation? Then go straight to the source. Become a COVID-19 Community Champion to receive the latest updates from our Public Health team to share with your group or local area. Find out more – and sign up – here.
Visit the council’s website for translated audio and written information on Coronavirus Test and Trace.
For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.
Birmingham households will soon be taking part in the 2021 national census: the once-in-a-decade survey of UK housing and population that helps decide how services are planned and funded: from doctors’ surgeries to new bus routes. And, in the run-up to Census Day on 21 March 21, new jobs will be available locally: including census field officers.
The EU Settlement Scheme protects the rights of EU citizens currently in the UK. You can apply now.
Have YOUR say on the Birmingham Design Guide – which will shape the city’s future. As we rise to the challenge of climate change challenge, we want innovative and creative buildings and public spaces that will enhance the quality of people’s lives.
Domestic violence and abuse include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, in couple relationships or between family members. It can happen to any of us. Find out how to recognise the signs – and where to get help – here.
Cllr John Cotton – Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities – has explained how we’re working to make Birmingham a place where domestic abuse will not be tolerated. You’ll find support services here.
Grassroots community groups can apply for funding to support activity that responds to the needs of their local community. The deadline for the first round of applications is 8 December.
The council has held a public meeting to allow parents and carers to hear the findings of an independent inquiry into the Travel Assist home-to-school transport service. The full report can be accessed here.
Friday 27 November, has been National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. Need support with keeping YOUR energy bills low this winter? The FREE energy and money saving advice service LEAP is here to help. Call 0800 060 7567 or visit applyforleap.org.uk