My Wigan Borough Updates

Schools return on 8th March

Schools and colleges will re-open to all pupils from 8th March.

Our schools are committed to making sure their premises are as safe as possible.

It’s been made clear by the government that all children must return to school by law, unless they are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV).

If your child is classed as CEV, they should continue to follow shielding advice until this is lifted or reviewed on 31 March. You should also liaise with the school directly to discuss virtual learning arrangements.

If a parent or family member in the household is CEV, but your child is not, you should continue to send your child to school as children are less likely to catch the virus and transmit to other people.

If there are concerns about getting your child to school, you can make arrangements with another family member or you can ask the school to put you in touch with other families nearby to help.

All secondary school pupils will be tested three times at school in the first couple of weeks following their return. Schools will also encourage families to do your own home tests twice a week and to report the results.

If you have any questions about the return to school process, the borough’s Director of Public Health, Professor Kate Ardern, will be joined by our Assistant Director for Education, Cath Pealing for a Facebook live Q&A on Thursday 11th March at 6pm.

You can view it online here.

In the meantime, these steps continue to be really important to help keep everyone safe:
please continue to:

wash your hands
wear a face covering
watch your distance. 
Find out more here
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published 

It shows: The rate of new cases in Wigan is lower than the previous week but remains higher than regional and national rates.

Wigan has the 6th highest rate of new cases in GM for the latest complete week.

As of 2 March, there were 38 COVID-positive patients in WWL hospitals – the same level as last week.
View the full tracker here
Voters urged to register in time to have your say in May

On Thursday 6 May residents aged 18+ across Wigan Borough can take part in the local council elections and the Greater Manchester Mayoral elections.

In order to vote, you must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, we are urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April.

It takes just five minutes to apply online here.

Voters will have a range of options for casting your ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote in your place, known as a proxy vote.

For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For information on how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can click here.

This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls
The Census is on the way

Each household in the borough will soon receive a letter about Census 2021 and how you can take part.

Census Day lands on March 21 and we will be encouraging everyone to fill in the survey. The Census has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

The Census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.

And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing you to complete the questionnaire online.

Paper questionnaires will be available on request.
Find out more here
Have your say on Greater Manchester’s Local Nature Recovery Plan

Councils and environmental agencies across Greater Manchester are creating a local nature recovery plan to support the future of our region’s natural environment.

Have your say on the plans here.

This consultation will close at end of 7th March so be quick to have your say if this is something you feel passionate about.
International Women’s Day

We will be marking International Women’s Day on our social media channels from 8th March.

We will also be hosting an online panel event on Friday 12th March, 6-7pm, which everyone is invited to attend.

The panel will be made up of female leaders from the council, business and community sectors in the borough, who will discuss how we can make sure our female leaders of the future have the opportunities they need to succeed.  
Book your place here