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Crosby Library joins national Census celebration by lighting up purple

Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo joined more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The event was organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of the census, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, joined beloved national landmarks in celebration of the census, these included the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

 

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

 “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

 “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton Council’s library service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

 

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.

“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”

Every household in England and Wales should have received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.

In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.

If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the Census website  The census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online. 

Crosby Library and Civic Centre to go purple in celebration of Census 2021

Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.Image of man on beach to denote that Census 2021 is coming

The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of Census Day on March 21, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, will join landmarks in England and Wales include the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower – lighting up in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 through to March 21.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

 “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

 “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton’s Library Service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.

“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”

Now that residents have their code to complete they can complete their form online at the Census website 

 

 

Important update when getting your SMART Covid test at Aintree Racecourse

Due to maintenance work taking place at Aintree Racecourse as part of preparations for the Grand National, Sefton residents accessing SMART Covid tests at this site will need to take a different route once inside the Aintree racecourse complex.

From Tuesday 16th to Tuesday 23rd March, instead of entering the test site via Grand Nation Way, visitors should look out for traffic marshals who will direct them along the alternative route.

The diversion will involve minimal disruption for visitors accessing their SMART Covid test.

SMART tests are available at Aintree Racecourse from 8am – 8pm – no appointment necessary.

Owing to the current national lockdown, only key workers and those with caring commitments no COVID-19 symptoms should now be going for SMART tests.

Full details about testing in Sefton are available on the Council’s website. 

 

 

Controlled explosion on Formby beach: update from Merseyside Police

Following the controlled detonation of an explosive device at Formby beach today (26 February), Merseyside Police have provided the following statement:

Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are in attendance at Formby beach today (Friday 26 February) following the discovery of a suspected unexploded ordnance device. 

Officers were called around 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday 25 February) after the device was found by a member of the public.

The device has now been safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.  

A cordon remains in place in the Victoria Road area while safety checks are completed. 

We would like to thank the community for their patience while we deal with the incident.

Sefton residents up the vaccine ‘Q’ with pioneering new technology

Sefton residents have recently been alerted to their clinically extremely vulnerable Covid-19 status as part of a national push by Government.

QCovid, a new predictive risk model developed by Oxford University, uses technology that analyses a combination of risk factors based on medical records, to assess whether somebody may be more vulnerable than was previously understood, has helped clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from Covid-19.

In letters to those affected, including those residents already known to be clinically extremely vulnerable, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHCS) is urging residents to continue shielding until March 31 – vital information on how to do this can be accessed by visiting the Sefton Council Covid-19 webpages.

Also in the letters, is confirmation that those residents now categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable will receive their vaccination jabs sooner, which was one of the key drivers to develop the innovation.

The risk model has been combined with emerging evidence gathered from the first wave of the pandemic following a study commissioned by England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty and funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The research found there are several health and personal factors, such as age, ethnicity and BMI, as well as certain medical conditions and treatments, which, when combined, could mean someone is at a higher risk from COVID-19.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Sefton Council said:

“The vaccination programme is the most vital tool we have in limiting the impact of Coronavirus in our communities. The arrival of QCovid and the fact it has enabled even more of our clinically extremely vulnerable residents to be administered with their first Covid vaccine jab, is reassuring for them and their many loved ones.

“While this an important step forward, I want to echo the sentiments of the letter sent to them from the DHCS and urge caution from all clinically extremely vulnerable residents – please do not let dropping infection rate and the vaccine rollout lead to complacency, please continue adhering the shielding advice until March 31.”

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