Covid Update from Wigan Council

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Vaccination updates

As you will be aware, we have been releasing the borough’s vaccination statistics on a Friday for the last three weeks. From this week, to enable our teams to align the release of figures with national colleagues, we will start to release this information each Tuesday.

Please keep an eye out for the new graphic on our social media channels from tomorrow, and we will include it in Friday’s briefing

Census 2021

Preparations are underway for the 2021 census, which will take place on March 21. It will be a digital-first census and households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to fill in the questionnaire online.

Paper questionnaires will be available on request.

Over the coming months we will be raising awareness of the census and its function to encourage as high a participation rate as possible for our borough. In the meantime, please signpost residents to census.gov.uk for more information.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the government the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every 10 years since 1801, with the exception of 1941

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Cold weather awareness

Following on from the freezing temperatures over the weekend, the Met Office has alerts remaining in place for the next few days.
Snow is forecast in some areas in the region and ground frost will again create challenging conditions on the road networks.

Please help to share the message that everyone needs to take extra care as a result.

Mayoral transport fund

The Mayor of Greater Manchester alongside Transport for Greater Manchester set out on Friday the next stage of the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver on improving bus transit routes, upgrades to rail stations and an expansion of charging points.

Included as one section of the funds is plans for a new rail station in Golborne.