Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 07/2021

Monday 12 April 2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest fortnightly update – as always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well. 

Following the sad news on Friday (9 April) of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the flags at the Council’s Southbank Marina Headquarters have been half-masted in line with protocol and the Provost has expressed his condolences on behalf of East Dunbartonshire.

Our election team is in full swing with the Scottish Parliamentary Elections just three weeks away on Thursday on 6 May.  In the coming weeks you will see lots of information with reassurances about the Covid-19 measures we are putting in place to make sure it is safe to vote at our Polling Places and all information in relation to the upcoming poll can be found on the election page of our Council website.  We have included an election roundup in the news section below.

Now on to our regular news updates:

News from the Council…….

Fortnightly Service Updates

The latest fortnightly Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday 9 April.  As always, it covers all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight to Elected Members all of the work that's ongoing.  You can find this latest edition in the new Technical Note section of the Council website.

Covid-19 Latest Update

In their statement last week (6 April), the Scottish Government confirmed that secondary schools would reopen fully for the majority (with the exception of those who are still shielding) and plans are in place for their reopening a week today. 

With schools reopening, we will be reminding people that the community testing centre for those without Covid-19 symptoms is being extended to include the wider Bishopbriggs area.  Anyone who lives, works, visits or attends school can attend for testing and further details are available on our dedicated Community Asymptomatic Testing page on the Council website.

Our Community Protection teams have been busy supporting businesses that were able to reopen on Monday 5 April and looking ahead to support those that are preparing to reopen on 26 April as the next stage of restrictions are lifted.

Election Round-Up

Here are some of the things you might need to know in the run up to the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday 6 May:

  • If you or someone you know hasn't yet registered to vote you must do it very soon as the cut-off for new registrations is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes 5 minutes and can be done online:
  • The deadline to get a postal vote has passed but anyone who wants a proxy vote should apply on the Electoral Commission website by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
  • If you have a postal vote, did you know that Royal Mail has introduced priority post boxes, many with later collection times? Find your nearest priority post box on the Royal Mail website.
  • Polling places will be covid safe, following all public health guidelines. If you are voting in person, please keep yourself and others safe by:
    • Wearing a face covering
    • Bringing your own pen or pencil
    • Following all the signs in place at the Polling Places

Employee Wellbeing – Healthy Working Lives April News…….

The Healthy Working Lives focus for April is available in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone.  Highlights for April include:

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

To find up to date reliable information about bowel cancer and get involved with the  ‘Step up for 30’ challenge, information is available from the Bowel Cancer UK website.

Stress Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month.  According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. This year the theme is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’ with a 30 day challenge to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day.  It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits and create a positive behavioural change.  As a first step, download the 30 Day Challenge calendar and make your commitments a reality or to find out what else you could do information is available from the Stress Management Society.

On Your Feet Britain (29 April)

Take part in ‘On Your Feet Britain’ day – the national activity awareness day encouraging all desk-based workers across Britain to participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore.  This year we are looking forward to seeing how every worker gets active for the #BigWiggle – wherever your desk may be.  Registration details can be found on the On Your Feet Day website.

Other News…….

Keep on running

Staff at Merkland School are up to speed on de-stressing after a day’s work having established the Merkland School jogscotland group.  Lead by Head Teacher Kay Hunter, 14 members of staff have joined up to jog together on the varied routes around the school at the end of the working day.  Following all the Scottish Government guidance on group exercise, the team run on average 5k twice a week between them, boosting their physical and mental well-being during what has been a very stressful year for everyone.  Now the weather is improving and restrictions are relaxing, the group hope to increase in numbers next term.

Jogging is a great way to unwind and improve your physical fitness and the only equipment you need is a pair of trainers!  If you have never run before but are keen to start or if you are already a runner but would like to run with others, you can join a jog group near you.  Find out all you need to know on the jogscotland website.

Dates for your Diary…….

26 April           Next set of Covid restrictions due to be lifted
27 April           Deadline for registering for a proxy vote for 6 May election
29 April           On Your Feet Britain see above in Healthy Working Lives update
6 May              Scottish Parliamentary Election

And finally…….

As always, our continued thanks to all of you – stay safe and keep well and we’ll be back in a fortnight (Monday 26 April) with the next DCE update.

Ann and Thomas