In this issue
In e-Borough Insight this time last year, we were confidently looking forward to a year of growth, of a wide variety of public events and we were featuring specific projects the council was about to undertake. Scant weeks later and everything began to change.
The last year was a challenge, for many personally as they lost loved ones, employment, schooling, holidays and time with friends and family. There has been a lot in the news about how this has impacted on our mental health and in this issue we highlight the Every Mind Matters NHS initiative, which provides practical tips and expert advice for when we are feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep.
There's real hope for the year ahead with the vaccine roll out. However the unscrupulous have seized on the opportunity to try and take advantage of the situation and make a quick and dishonest buck. In this issue we highlight the latest Covid scams.
Scheduled elections for the county council and the role of police and crime commissioner were postponed last year. These are now scheduled to take place this spring and we start our coverage highlighting the option for postal voting, so you can reduce your contact with others and keep your vote.
The year ahead will be busy for local democracy. As well as the county and police and crime commissioner elections, there's also a ward boundary review (more of that next month) and the launch of the national census - see the Key Facts section.
In this issue we also feature the latest news from our partner agencies and from across the Council.