Borough Insight

In this issue

The success of the vaccination programme and the publication of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown came as a welcome relief on what had been a rather drawn out February. And then the sun came out and everything started to look a lot brighter. Unfortunately that also led to a lot of people deciding that they no longer had to follow the Covid rules and guidelines.

Packed green spaces and beaches led to the deputy chief medical officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam pleading "Do not wreck this now, it is too early to relax", before adding that the rules still apply even if you have had the coronavirus vaccine. He said: "there are some worrying signs that people are relaxing, taking their foot off their brake at the wrong time."

In this issue of eBorough Insight we look at the roadmap, we revisit the guidelines and why they are still important. With more people being called forward for their covid vaccination we also explore with Surrey Heartlands some of the most frequently asked questions about 'the jab'.

We also report on the council setting its budget for the next financial year and what that means to your council tax.

This month sees Census Day which provides a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The first Census was in 1801 and has been carried out every 10 years since (with the exception of 1941 due to the WW2). While a fascinating and on-going record of how the country and the society we live in are developing, the Census actually provides essential information.  All kinds of organisations use the data, from local authorities to charities, to help them provide the services everyone needs, including transport, education and healthcare.

This issue also features the normal roundup of borough news from the council, our partners and the community.

Stay safe.

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