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General news

General news and event news.

Covid surge testing to be deployed across Lancashire

Surge testing is being expanded across parts of Lancashire, including the borough of Burnley, following the identification of a number of confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India.

All cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts are being identified.

Working in partnership with local authorities, NHS Test and Trace is launching additional testing and genomic sequencing across a number of areas, including Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Rossendale.

What you can do to keep Burnley safe

How Burnley is responding to tackling the new variant and what we can ALL do to help

The Government has announced that surge testing and increased vaccination will be taking place in the borough of Burnley to help tackle new variants of concern. No one wants another lockdown.

We are stepping up our efforts to ensure that both PCR testing and vaccinations across our borough are as accessible as possible to all residents.

Here are simple steps we can ALL take to help stop the spread of COVID 19 including the new variants:

Statement from Directors of Public Health about new Covid variant

The following statement has been issued on behalf of the Lancashire Resilience Forum.

Following the issues around the guidance being changed on the website about people's recommended movements in areas where the new variant is spreading, the directors of public health in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Kirklees, Hounslow and North Tyneside have issued the following statement:

Burnley leads the way in job support for young people

Lancashire’s first face-to-face Youth Hub has opened in Burnley, giving unemployed youngsters the tailored support they need to get a job, thanks to a brand-new partnership between Jobcentre Plus and Burnley Council.

The hub, known as Thrive, is based at the offices of the Calico Group in Croft Street and will give 16-24-year-olds appointments with specialist youth employability coaches, who can help them learn and develop new skills to help them into work. They will also support their health and wellbeing needs to build resilience.

New Mayor of Burnley appointed

Councillor Mark Townsend has been appointed Mayor of Burnley 2021/22.

He stepped down as leader of the Labour group on the council to be able to take up the position as the borough’s First Citizen.

He was appointed during a ceremony at the Mechanics Theatre, Burnley. The event was revised from its usual format to take into account Covid restrictions. A wider Civic event will be held later in the year.

Burnley town centre awarded £80,000 for cultural project

The partners in Burnley’s Cultural Consortium are delighted to reveal it has been awarded a grant of £80,000 from Historic England as part of Lower St James’s Street High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) to create and deliver community-led cultural activities over the next three years.

Burnley HSHAZ is one of more than 60 High Streets to receive a share of £6 million for their cultural programme. 

Covid virus variant in Burnley- be alert and take action

Parts of East Lancashire have seen an outbreak of the Covid-19 variant first identified in India, which is known as variant B.1.617.2.  Last week, it was declared a “variant of concern” by Public Health England (PHE) after scientific studies found it may be more easily passed from one person to another. There are only a small number of confirmed cases in Burnley at this time.

Stay safe this Eid Mubarak

We know that Covid restrictions have been tough on everyone.

Celebrations have been changed or canvcelled, making it difficult to celebrate religious festivals that are important to many of us.

Please continue to follow Covid-19 guidelines when marking Eid, to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.


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