A CONFIDENTIAL document prepared by Ceredigion Council shows that the local authority is braced for near certain shortages of fuel, food and essential medicines following a destructive No Deal Brexit.
Freedom of Information requests from the People’s Vote campaign have unearthed the secret “Risk Register” compiled by council officials that lists various threats hanging over local families, services and businesses if Brexit goes ahead.
The register lays bare the devastating impact a No Deal would have on the council and the local area. It highlights traffic jams, supply shortages and staff problems which, combined, could bring Ceredigion grinding to a halt within weeks of the UK leaving the EU.
The risk register includes the following issues of concern:
- That financial implications of Brexit ‘have a negative impact on the council’s financial position, the economy, on service delivery across a range of services and the environment’
- Potential impacts on the local economy include; ‘on support for farming and rural development, impact for land management and contribution to climate change, biodiversity, air quality and water quality, on fisheries, for the labour availability due to exit of migrant labour, funding for research and development, for food innovation, technology and business support (Food Centre Wales, Horeb)’
Lu Thomas, director of Final Say Wales said: “The concerns identified here are not hyperbole from politicians in the Remain campaign or exaggeration by journalists. They are the sober assessment of public officials in Ceredigion dedicated to the provision of key services from housing to traffic and waste management.
“This is not ‘project fear’ so much as ‘project here’ because the impact on council services will affect thousands of people in Ceredigion and the surrounding area as we go about their everyday business in these communities.
“At a time when the Prime Minister is saying he would be prepared to impose this kind of Brexit on the British people, these risk registers should provide a wake-up call to both politicians and the public.
“During the last referendum, the prospect of a No Deal was barely discussed and it is outrageous to claim there is any form of democratic mandate for it now. Before any form of destructive Brexit is inflicted on these communities, it is essential for the health of our democracy that the permission of the people is sought through a final say referendum.”
Connect to Kindness Calendar launch
Showing acts of kindness is now more important than ever, and this is why a kindness calendar has been launched as part of the Connect to Kindness campaign in Ceredigion.
Connect to Kindness is a regional campaign that was launched in July 2020 across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. The campaign aims to create more understanding about the benefit and impact of kindness to ourselves and others in our community.
As part of the kindness calendar, members of the public are asked to send in their photographs, artwork, or even prose of poetry, or anything that represents kindness and its power. The chosen piece will then be included in the calendar for a particular month in 2021.
Entries can be sent in via post or e-mail and must be submitted by noon on 22 November 2020. Full details can be found at: https://connecttokindness.wales/calendar/.
Cyra Shimell, “We hope the calendar will bring some fun at this unprecedented time. It will be interesting to see peoples various interpretations of what kindness means to them. Get as creative at you like!”
If you would like more information about this campaign, visit https://www.connecttokindness.wales/. You can also take a look at the Facebook page ‘Cysylltu â Charedigrwydd Ceredigion – Connect to Kindness Ceredigion’ to see some stories of random acts of kindness.
For more details contact Cyra Shimell, Community Connector Plus Development Ceredigion on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Business offer WG help in ‘non-essential’ shopping row
- To limit the spread of the virus and allow for individual discretion, retailers will prominently display Welsh Government approved signage in front of known non-essential items and in communal areas. The signage will make clear the government’s regulation and the need to abide by it.
- This message will be reinforced through in-store announcements and social media messaging. Advising customers to put off non-essential purchases
- We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs
- If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer
- Retailers will remove special in-store promotional displays of non-essential items in order to minimise browsing and avoid triggering a non-essential purchase.
- These recommendations would mean non-essential items are not removed from shelves – or cordoned off in stores – but large notices are placed in front of the products and in communal spaces informing customers of the Welsh Government’s regulations and the Welsh public are trusted to make the right decision.
Pupils at Ysgol Henry Richard asked to self-isolate as COVID-19 case confirmed
A SMALL number of pupils at Ysgol Henry Richard, Tregaron have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days following the confirmation of a COVID-19 case at the school.
The Contact Group have been asked to self-isolate as a precautionary measure in the first instance. All confirmed contacts of the positive case must remain at home for 14 days to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community.
In addition, pupils travelling on the same bus as the confirmed positive case have also been contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days again as a precautionary measure in the first instance. These pupils come from more than one Year Group from Ysgol Henry Richard.
Due to the strong procedures that have been put in place in the school, only a small amount of pupils are having to self-isolate. All parents have been contacted by the School and will also be supported by Ceredigion Contact Tracing Team.
The Council urges all parents to refer their children for a test if they develop any of the symptoms, which are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
You can apply for a test on https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or by phoning 119.
No further details will be provided regarding this matter.
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