Following a recent briefing on Monday (16th March) the following measures have been announced:
- Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others … and those ‘others’ should also stay at home for 14 days
- Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others
- People should work from home where they can
- People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres
- People should stop all unnecessary travel
- By the 21st March, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks
……….… and of course, everyone should regularly wash their hands and avoid contacting the NHS unless it’s essential.
If you apply the above measures to your private and working lives, we should be able to delay the epidemic.
Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is advising people affected by the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis to be alert for bogus cold callers offering home repair work.
Trading Standards is warning homeowners that rogue traders could use the damage caused by the storms as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property.
Their advice is not to buy goods or services from a doorstep caller, even if they claim that the work needs doing immediately.
Those who have suffered damage as a result of the storms should first check with their insurance company to see if they are covered for repairs, as some policies include emergency assistance support.
People who rent their property should contact their landlord and their contents insurance company. Most insurance companies will appoint their own trades people to carry out the work.
For those who are not covered by insurance for any repairs, they can find a reliable trader through the Trading Standards approved trader scheme called Buy With Confidence.
If people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, they should contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) by calling 0345 23 07 702.”
For more information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders or telephone 01392 383430.
Trading Standards in partnership with Northamptonshire Police can also provide No Cold Calling stickers on request by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. They can also provide consumers with information about their legal civil rights.
A new Housing Advice Drop-in service is being launched on Monday 10th February 2020 between 10am and midday. This will take place at the Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill Lane, Reedings, Moulton, NN3 7AX
Further drop-ins will follow on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month between 10am and midday.