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Update on Local services

by timpickstone on 10 November, 2020

A quick update from us on recent changes to local services and also sources of help for those people who may need it.

Council Services, what is and isn’t open?
The rules for our current ‘lockdown’ are different from earlier in the year. 

Services which are now closed include: Leisure centres.  marriage/civil ceremonies, museum and tourist info centre. Civic centres (e.g. Longfield Suite) will remain closed as will Libraries, although a “click and collect” service will continue as will access to digital resources and support.

Services that remain open include: grounds maintenance, market operations, elections and land charges, adult learning, emergency response (ie out of hours) and the staying well team in adults social care.

The full list of service changes is here:

Household Waste Disposal Centres (operated by GM Waste) are open, with special guidance. More details here:

Bury’s Community Hubs 
Bury Community Hubs are here to provide support to 11,000 residents in the Borough of Bury that are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable.  This group of people of varying ages need to take extra care because they are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Bury Community Hubs also provide support to residents that don’t have anyone else to turn to for support, including people having to self-isolate. 

Generally, the hubs support people with life’s essentials and help them to keep safe. 

The clinically extremely vulnerable have been advised to not go out to shops or pharmacies. Through its Community Hubs network, Bury Council is reaching out to this group to ensure they have the support they need over the next few weeks.

Help can be given with food shopping and collecting prescriptions as well as telephone befriending support and support to get online for things like supermarket deliveries.

Call 0161 253 5353 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) for information or if you need a hand or you are aware of a neighbour who may need help. 

Financial support for individuals, including for those self-isolating
A scheme that offers a one-off £500 payment to those asked to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace is now open for applications. This is aimed at those on low incomes. A £500 payment will be made to people who cannot work from home and will lose income as a result. Further details and an application form are available at For those experiencing financial difficulty, the government’s website offers help and advice. Find out more here:

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day
Finally, because of the current restrictions the normal events at the cenotaphs in Prestwich and elsewhere in Bury could not take place on Sunday. Thank you to the Prestwich Remembers team for their excellent video of a virtual cermony which is available to watch here:

As always, if there are issues that we can help with please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We hope this is useful. Stay safe and well.

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