Elect Michael Payne
to Labour's NEC

Elect Michael Payne to Labour's NEC

15 years

Labour Party membership

9 years

Elected office in local government

15 years

Trade Union membership

2 years

Parliamentary Candidate

15 years

Labour Party membership

9 years

Elected office in local government

15 years

Trade Union membership

2 years

Parliamentary Candidate

My priorities


 

Unity

Giving all members from all traditions a voice in how we put Labour back on a winning path toward Government and Keir in Number 10.


Diversity

Campaigning for greater representation for women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ members at all levels in our party.

 

Campaigning

For a radically transformative Labour Government and more Labour councillors in every corner of the country.


Accountability

I’ll stand up for the rights of members and workers, hold national officers to account, visit CLPs nationwide and report back after every NEC meeting.

My priorities



Diversity

Campaigning for greater representation for women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ members at all levels in our party.


Unity

Giving all members from all traditions a voice in how we put Labour back on a winning path toward Government and Keir in Number 10.


Accountability

I’ll stand up for the rights of members and workers, hold national officers to account, visit CLPs nationwide and report back after every NEC meeting.

Campaigning

For a radically transformative Labour Government and more Labour councillors in every corner of the country.

My Story


I know the positive changes a Labour government can make, I was the first in my family to attend university, studying Law at Lancaster University.

I've served as a Labour Borough Councillor since 2011 and County Councillor since 2013 - winning both seats from the Conservatives. Working with a fantastic team, I played an integral role in helping Labour secure an unprecedented three term Labour majority administration on Gedling Borough Council - never done before since the council’s creation in 1974.

In 2014, I was Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Newark CLP in Nottinghamshire, receiving the backing of the FBU, GMB, Unison & USDAW. I know how to take the fight to the Tories, contesting the 2014 Newark parliamentary by-election, substantially increasing Labour's vote share between 2014 and the 2015 General Election and taking Labour from third to second place.

Since 2017, I've served as Labour’s Deputy Leader of Labour in local government in England & Wales - representing all Labour councils, groups and over 6,000 councillors nationally. I travel the length of the UK helping Labour to win in local government.

I'm a lifelong campaigner for social equality. As one of the UK's first openly gay Deputy Council Leaders, I've campaigned relentlessly for more representation of BAME, LGBT, disabled and women members at all levels of our party and public offices. In 2018, I worked with LGBT+ Labour to establish LGBT+ Labour Councillors Network, and I'm serving as the inaugural chair.

Contact me

How can the party better support our grassroots, activists & candidates? How do we stay radical, relevant and win the confidence of the public?

What can we do to get more women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ candidates and tear down the structural inequalities that still exist in society?

Finally, how can I represent you best and feedback my work on your behalf? I want to hear from you - please get in touch.

**🚨 GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES TIER 3 FOR GEDLING BOROUGH & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 🚨**

Today Government has decided to place Gedling Borough and Nottinghamshire under Tier 3 (Very High Alert) restrictions. It is deeply disappointing this decision was made by Government ministers without any consultation with local leaders in Gedling or across our county.

Residents across our borough have made significant sacrifices in recent weeks and months - the 55% decrease in Coronavirus cases in our borough over the last 4 weeks has only been possible thanks to the everyone playing their part and adhering to the restrictions. Now more than ever we need to look out and care for each other. This awful virus has had a significant impact on many people's mental health, particularly as they've not been able to see their family and friends. The loss of life from this virus has also been truly heartbreaking.

Our local hospitals remain under significant pressure and need all our help as they continue to support, care for and treat the most vulnerable and seriously ill.

The Government must now urgently come clean about what the route out of Tier 3 is for our borough.

Our businesses across Gedling have already borne the brunt of the devastating impact of Coronavirus - the Government must urgently ensure our local businesses are given all the financial support they need to prevent irreversible job losses and businesses closing for good.

Below is the information published by the Government about the restrictions affecting Gedling Borough that will begin on Wednesday 2 December:

🔴 All Tiers

Across all tiers, everyone:

▪️must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption

▪️should follow the rules on meeting others safely

▪️should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers

▪️should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling

▪️must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed at the end of this guidance

🔷 Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Regular testing will be offered to up to 2 family members or friends per resident by Christmas, which – when combined with other infection-control measures such as PPE – will support indoor visits with physical contact. Detailed guidance will be published shortly.

🔷 All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

▪️essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales

▪️certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3

▪️personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

▪️public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3

▪️allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks

▪️essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites

▪️places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

🔷 Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary

🔴 Tier 3: Very High alert

This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

In tier 3:

🔷 you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

🔷 you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

🔷 hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

🔷 accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training

🔷 indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:

▪️indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play

▪️casinos

▪️bingo halls

▪️bowling alleys

▪️skating rinks

▪️amusement arcades and adult gaming centres

▪️laser quests and escape rooms

▪️cinemas, theatres and concert halls

▪️snooker halls

🔷 indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:

▪️zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves

▪️aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions

▪️model villages

▪️museums, galleries and sculpture parks

▪️botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses

▪️theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs

▪️visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes

▪️landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

🔷 leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close

🔷 there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators

🔷 large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

🔷 places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies

🔷 weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

🔷 organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place

🔷 organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

🔷 you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

🔷 avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

🔷 for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

🔴 Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers:

▪️as part of a single household, or a support bubble

▪️for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

▪️for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

▪️for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

▪️for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

▪️to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

▪️for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

▪️for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

▪️for birth partners

▪️to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

▪️to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life

▪️to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present

▪️to provide emergency assistance

▪️to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm

▪️to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

▪️to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

▪️to facilitate moving home
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Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. Together we will continue the fight for a world free from gender-based violence. #16days ♀️
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On #armisticeday we remember those who have given their lives to serve and protect us.
#lestweforget #wewillrememberthem

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.
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Her Majesty The Queen honours the Unknown Warrior - an unidentified British serviceman who died on the #WW1 battlefields, & was buried at Westminster Abbey 100 years ago.

The grave of the Unknown Warrior remains a solemn tribute to all service personnel who have lost their lives in combat #LestWeForget

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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**🚨 COVID-19 TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS FOR GEDLING - FROM FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 🚨**

Government has now formally announced that Nottingham and all of Nottinghamshire will be moved into Tier 3 'Very High' Local Covid Alert Level, this affects everyone in Gedling Borough and will come into force at one minute past midnight on Friday 30 October 2020.

Here's what the Tier 3 restrictions mean 👇🏻

▪️People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.

▪️People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.

▪️People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.

▪️All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.

▪️Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).

▪️Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.

▪️Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.

As well as the main Tier 3 restrictions, Council Leaders have agreed the following additional local restrictions:

▪️All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

▪️The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.

▪️Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of Livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close.

▪️Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.

▪️Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.

▪️Outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as animal attractions or landmarks).

▪️Saunas and steam rooms must close.

▪️Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.

▪️Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.

▪️Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.

❗Government and local partners will closely monitor the impact of these new restrictions, which will be in place for 28 days from Friday 30th October and will be kept under review.

As well as the new restrictions, please continue to:

🧼 Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

😷 Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will coming into contact with people you do not normally meet

↔️ Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.

More information 👇🏻

We appreciate there is a lot of information to absorb. We are continuing to work through the guidance for these stricter/additional restrictions and will share more details, guidance and FAQs as soon as possible. This information will be posted on the council website.

More detail about the Tier 3 restrictions are on the Government website here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

This awful virus has affected us all and we must work together by following the new measures to save lives and protect our local health services.

Further restrictions will be tough for everyone but we the reality of the situation we all face is serious. 👇🏻

🔸 Transmission has increased in all age groups especially older people.

🔸 In the last month, the number of people in Nottinghamshire testing positive has risen sharply. This increase was seen first of all in Nottingham City and Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Gedling. Other parts of the County are seeing similar increases. In some districts, the number of cases has trebled in the last fortnight

🔸 Also, a rise in transmission in people aged 60 or over in every district of Nottinghamshire; in some places this has been very steep. This is a grave concern because it is the group which is most vulnerable to serious complication associated coronavirus infection

🔸 These infections are leading to serious pressures in our local health and care system. Our local NHS and care system has prepared itself for this second wave but already at NUH (for example) the number of beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 exceeds the Wave 1 peak.

🔸 This has resulted in serious disruption to planned care of other patients. We face the prospect of similar pressures and disruption at Sherwood Forest and Bassetlaw Hospitals. Services beyond health and care are also experiencing severe challenges with increasing levels of staff absence due to sickness or isolation

🔸 To curb these increases, further action is required across the whole of Nottinghamshire. This entails moving to “Very High” Local Alert Level - with a package of restrictions which, taken together as a whole, are designed to slow down the spread

🔸 At present, our NHS is there for any and all of us who need it - they have good arrangements in place to diagnose and treat any one of us swiftly and safely – anyone with symptoms they are concerned about should get them checked out. But waiting longer to take action to stop the spread would threaten the NHS and care system and, with it, the health and lives of people in Nottinghamshire who depend on it.

🔸 The additional measures will last for 28 days and will not be easy for anyone. But it is essential that each of us gives our full support to them.

I may not have answers to all of your questions but I'm sharing all the information I can that is available to me from the Government and Public Health officials.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves. ❤️

** UPDATE 21.25pm 28 Oct 2020 **

Government's website has now been updated with Nottingham & Nottinghamshire specific guidance.

See link below 👇🏻

www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-nottinghamshire
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Contact me

How can the party better support our grassroots, activists & candidates? How do we stay radical, relevant and win the confidence of the public?

What can we do to get more women, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ candidates and tear down the structural inequalities that still exist in society?

Finally, how can I represent you best and feedback my work on your behalf? I want to hear from you - please get in touch.

**🚨 GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES TIER 3 FOR GEDLING BOROUGH & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 🚨**

Today Government has decided to place Gedling Borough and Nottinghamshire under Tier 3 (Very High Alert) restrictions. It is deeply disappointing this decision was made by Government ministers without any consultation with local leaders in Gedling or across our county.

Residents across our borough have made significant sacrifices in recent weeks and months - the 55% decrease in Coronavirus cases in our borough over the last 4 weeks has only been possible thanks to the everyone playing their part and adhering to the restrictions. Now more than ever we need to look out and care for each other. This awful virus has had a significant impact on many people's mental health, particularly as they've not been able to see their family and friends. The loss of life from this virus has also been truly heartbreaking.

Our local hospitals remain under significant pressure and need all our help as they continue to support, care for and treat the most vulnerable and seriously ill.

The Government must now urgently come clean about what the route out of Tier 3 is for our borough.

Our businesses across Gedling have already borne the brunt of the devastating impact of Coronavirus - the Government must urgently ensure our local businesses are given all the financial support they need to prevent irreversible job losses and businesses closing for good.

Below is the information published by the Government about the restrictions affecting Gedling Borough that will begin on Wednesday 2 December:

🔴 All Tiers

Across all tiers, everyone:

▪️must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption

▪️should follow the rules on meeting others safely

▪️should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers

▪️should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling

▪️must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed at the end of this guidance

🔷 Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Regular testing will be offered to up to 2 family members or friends per resident by Christmas, which – when combined with other infection-control measures such as PPE – will support indoor visits with physical contact. Detailed guidance will be published shortly.

🔷 All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

▪️essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales

▪️certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3

▪️personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

▪️public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3

▪️allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks

▪️essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites

▪️places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

🔷 Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary

🔴 Tier 3: Very High alert

This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

In tier 3:

🔷 you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

🔷 you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

🔷 hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

🔷 accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training

🔷 indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:

▪️indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play

▪️casinos

▪️bingo halls

▪️bowling alleys

▪️skating rinks

▪️amusement arcades and adult gaming centres

▪️laser quests and escape rooms

▪️cinemas, theatres and concert halls

▪️snooker halls

🔷 indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:

▪️zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves

▪️aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions

▪️model villages

▪️museums, galleries and sculpture parks

▪️botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses

▪️theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs

▪️visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes

▪️landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

🔷 leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close

🔷 there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators

🔷 large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

🔷 places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies

🔷 weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

🔷 organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place

🔷 organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

🔷 you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

🔷 avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

🔷 for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

🔴 Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers:

▪️as part of a single household, or a support bubble

▪️for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

▪️for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

▪️for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

▪️for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

▪️to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

▪️for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

▪️for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

▪️for birth partners

▪️to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

▪️to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life

▪️to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present

▪️to provide emergency assistance

▪️to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm

▪️to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

▪️to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

▪️to facilitate moving home
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Today is International Day ​for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. Together we will continue the fight for a world free from gender-based violence. #16days ♀️
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On #armisticeday we remember those who have given their lives to serve and protect us.
#lestweforget #wewillrememberthem

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.
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Her Majesty The Queen honours the Unknown Warrior - an unidentified British serviceman who died on the #WW1 battlefields, & was buried at Westminster Abbey 100 years ago.

The grave of the Unknown Warrior remains a solemn tribute to all service personnel who have lost their lives in combat #LestWeForget

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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**🚨 COVID-19 TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS FOR GEDLING - FROM FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 🚨**

Government has now formally announced that Nottingham and all of Nottinghamshire will be moved into Tier 3 'Very High' Local Covid Alert Level, this affects everyone in Gedling Borough and will come into force at one minute past midnight on Friday 30 October 2020.

Here's what the Tier 3 restrictions mean 👇🏻

▪️People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.

▪️People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.

▪️People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.

▪️All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.

▪️Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).

▪️Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.

▪️Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.

As well as the main Tier 3 restrictions, Council Leaders have agreed the following additional local restrictions:

▪️All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

▪️The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.

▪️Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of Livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close.

▪️Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.

▪️Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.

▪️Outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as animal attractions or landmarks).

▪️Saunas and steam rooms must close.

▪️Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.

▪️Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.

▪️Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.

❗Government and local partners will closely monitor the impact of these new restrictions, which will be in place for 28 days from Friday 30th October and will be kept under review.

As well as the new restrictions, please continue to:

🧼 Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

😷 Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will coming into contact with people you do not normally meet

↔️ Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.

More information 👇🏻

We appreciate there is a lot of information to absorb. We are continuing to work through the guidance for these stricter/additional restrictions and will share more details, guidance and FAQs as soon as possible. This information will be posted on the council website.

More detail about the Tier 3 restrictions are on the Government website here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

This awful virus has affected us all and we must work together by following the new measures to save lives and protect our local health services.

Further restrictions will be tough for everyone but we the reality of the situation we all face is serious. 👇🏻

🔸 Transmission has increased in all age groups especially older people.

🔸 In the last month, the number of people in Nottinghamshire testing positive has risen sharply. This increase was seen first of all in Nottingham City and Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Gedling. Other parts of the County are seeing similar increases. In some districts, the number of cases has trebled in the last fortnight

🔸 Also, a rise in transmission in people aged 60 or over in every district of Nottinghamshire; in some places this has been very steep. This is a grave concern because it is the group which is most vulnerable to serious complication associated coronavirus infection

🔸 These infections are leading to serious pressures in our local health and care system. Our local NHS and care system has prepared itself for this second wave but already at NUH (for example) the number of beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 exceeds the Wave 1 peak.

🔸 This has resulted in serious disruption to planned care of other patients. We face the prospect of similar pressures and disruption at Sherwood Forest and Bassetlaw Hospitals. Services beyond health and care are also experiencing severe challenges with increasing levels of staff absence due to sickness or isolation

🔸 To curb these increases, further action is required across the whole of Nottinghamshire. This entails moving to “Very High” Local Alert Level - with a package of restrictions which, taken together as a whole, are designed to slow down the spread

🔸 At present, our NHS is there for any and all of us who need it - they have good arrangements in place to diagnose and treat any one of us swiftly and safely – anyone with symptoms they are concerned about should get them checked out. But waiting longer to take action to stop the spread would threaten the NHS and care system and, with it, the health and lives of people in Nottinghamshire who depend on it.

🔸 The additional measures will last for 28 days and will not be easy for anyone. But it is essential that each of us gives our full support to them.

I may not have answers to all of your questions but I'm sharing all the information I can that is available to me from the Government and Public Health officials.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves. ❤️

** UPDATE 21.25pm 28 Oct 2020 **

Government's website has now been updated with Nottingham & Nottinghamshire specific guidance.

See link below 👇🏻

www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-nottinghamshire
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