Data will help provide future services for your area
Households across Oxfordshire are being asked to take part in Census 2021, a national survey that takes place once every ten years.
Census day is on March 21, but households will now be receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms. If you don’t get one in the next week, or need some more help or information, please visit census.gov.uk or call the census contact centre on 0800 141 2021.
Residents can also request a paper questionnaire if they would prefer to complete their census that way.
The census provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, apart from 1941.
One of the many things census data is used for is to help local councils underpin funding bids for community programmes such as the Families Active, Sporting Together (FAST) programme in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.
The FAST programme is aimed at making it easier and accessible for families to enjoy physical activity and sport together. This four-year programme is funded from a Sport England grant together with a range of partnership funding.
Meanwhile, information from the last census in 2011 helped the county council to better understand local communities in Banbury and develop the Brighter Futures programme, which improves access to education, financial inclusion and health services and increases employment opportunities.
Local census support centres will be open while the census is happening. Staff will offer help for people not confident online, who don’t have a computer or need help completing on paper.
It is an offence to supply false information or to not complete the census, and residents could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if people do not answer these.
There is a tidy up underway at the Reading Room - is this Double Deck Display yours? If so please email me to let me know and we can arrange for it to be reunited with its owner.
After many years of ups and mostly downs, our insurers have, with the aid of 7 months of level monitoring, decided that the kitchen wing has ceased to break away from the main building.
A contractor has been appointed and repairs are scheduled to start w/c 15th March*, this will be followed by decorators in W/C 2nd April.
This will allow the Reading Room to be ready as a polling station on the 6th May and allow plenty of time to spring clean before, hopefully, we can then return rejuvenated to our Parish Hall.
Please be aware that there are likely to be some hold ups in the road as scaffolding and other plant is delivered and removed to the Reading Room.
Since COVID has hit, we have been unable to meet as villagers and it will be great to get together to celebrate our village and welcome the many newcomers.
My heartfelt thanks to the Great Coxwell Support Group for all their efforts during this crisis.
Great Coxwell Parish Council
* Possibility 11th March
The following documents have been added to the website:
Parish Council Minutes - Jan 2021
Reading Room Minutes - Jan 2021
Reading Room Extraordinary Meeting Agenda - Feb 2021
Reading Room Extraordinary Meeting Minutes - Feb 2021
District Councillor Report - Feb 2021
County Council Media Release
People in Oxfordshire are being advised that more needs to be done to drive down new cases of COVID-19 in Oxfordshire with a decline in figures still only taking the county back down to levels experienced in December.
The number of cases in the county in the week-ending 5 February was 134.5 per 100,000 compared to a figure of 191 per 100,000 on 29 January. However, on 11 December the number of cases was 124.6.
Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We’ve done a good job in getting case numbers down in Oxfordshire but the figures here and elsewhere rose to such heights in late December and early January that we still have ground to make up. Now is the time to really make an impact.
“Over the last twelve months we have seen that if you give COVID-19 an inch it will gladly take a mile. We face uncertainty around the spread of different variants and what that means for our recovery from the pandemic. We also know the new UK variant is now the dominant form in UK, and if we were to relax now the case rate will not only go up but it will go up very fast to a very high level due to its increased transmissibility.
“The government and NHS are now asking people aged over 70 to get in touch to book a vaccination if they have not received a letter. This is great news! However, we should not let any of that take our eye off the ball in terms of the simple rules to follow in our daily lives to drive new cases down further.
“The lower we can get the figures, the better position we will be in to respond to any issues that may arise down the line. We must continue to be vigilant and keep our distance from people, wash our hands, wear a face-covering and abide by all of the lockdown restrictions on not mixing households.
“If ever there was any doubt, we know, now almost 12 months on from the first cases in Oxfordshire, that COVID-19 is a formidable adversary. It is only by taking individual responsibility for our actions that we can get ourselves into good shape as winter changes to spring. We also need to give the vaccines the very best platform to do their bit.
“I would also urge anybody who shows any symptoms to get themselves tested and if they are positive to self-isolate. There’s a lot of capacity on offer for testing and a great deal of very good advice on self-isolation. In all of these areas, we are much more advanced than we were looking back to March and April of 2020.”
To stop the spread, residents are being asked to follow the rules and get tested when they have symptoms of the virus, however mild. For those who test positive for COVID-19, help is available. Information, support and advice on self-isolation has been published on the county council’s website or residents can download the information as part of a self-isolation support pack.
People are also being asked to get vaccinated when eligible. Anyone over 70 can now arrange a vaccination through the national booking service by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. Further information on this is available on the NHS website.
Minutes for December and Agenda for January have been added to this page.
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