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Annual Canvass 2020

Have your say - residents in the Borough of Melton urged to look out for their voter registration details from Melton Borough Council

Local residents are being reminded to make sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With elections taking place in the Borough of Melton in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part and have a voice on decisions that affect them. More »

The annual canvass ensures that Melton Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. Once registered they will be able to take part in any future elections.

Edd de Coverly Electoral Registration Officer at Melton Borough Council said:

"It's important that residents keep an eye out for messages from Melton Borough Council so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the local authority area. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions from your local authority.

"If you're not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you would like to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we'll send information explaining how to do this in the post."

"This year's canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working hard to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing."

Residents who have recently moved are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Melton Borough Council and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:

"It's really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

"There's lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter."

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at electionservices@melton.gov.uk . » Less

Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:36 by Victoria Webster

Coronavirus Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here's what need to do: More »

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won't ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you're not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk

2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it's vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​ » Less

Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:23 by Victoria Webster

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER STATION LANE KIRBY BELLARS

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.

A road closure is required on Station Lane at the level crossing on the 28th June 2020 for 1 day only (06:30 – 14:00).

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Network Rail can undertake annual safety inspections.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: Station Road, Main Road, Leicester Road (Kirby Bellars), Leicester Road, Wilton Road, Asfordby Road (Melton Mowbray), Main Road, Main Street (Asfordby) and

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2020 18:08 by Victoria Webster