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Richard Shepherd’s County Councillor’s Blog

Richard Shepherd’s County Councillor’s Blog

National lockdown

Senior council, health and police figures across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have issued a statement saying that the national lockdown has been brought in "just in time" for our area, and adding that it could be the last chance to prevent a catastrophic peak in cases.

The prominent figures include the county council leader, Leicester's City Mayor, Leicestershire's assistant chief constable, a doctor working in a hospital and a director of children's services.

Mike Sandys, the county council's Director of Public Health, has said: "The figures make it clear that we've seen rates rocket…The new strain is now the dominant strain across the county and that's adding to existing pressures so people do need to stay at home or we'll be in real trouble."

People with symptoms are being urged to get a test. They must book an appointment by calling 119 or at

Government advice on the national lockdown is available at

It is important to access accurate information as there are Covid related scams. The item below gives some examples. It is also of course important to access trusted sources of information because the situation nationally and locally may change at any time.

Covid related scams

The Covid pandemic is being exploited by scammers, and Leicestershire County Council's Trading Standards Service is issuing warnings.

An example is a fake text message suggesting it has come from the County Council and regarding breaches of Covid restrictions.

The fake text reads: "We know you are breaching Covid restrictions by continuing to work in the hair and beauty sector despite government guidelines stating this is prohibited. You have been reported to Leicestershire council and a member of our team will be visiting your premises soon."

A further fake text has now been put out in which the scammers state that they have photographic evidence and that they will be issuing a £5000 fine and that a member of the enforcement team will be in touch with them shortly.

The County Council did not send these messages.

Another example is a fake text about the Covid – 19 vaccine rollout and is an attempt to steal personal and financial details. The text contains a link to a convincing fake NHS website with an application form. It asks for someone's bank/card details in order to "check identity". The NHS will not ask for payment.

There is also a scam text which states that residents are entitled to a payment due to being in Tier 4 – the message asks people to click on a link to provide personal details.

Something which happened in London is very worrying as an example of the lengths to which fraudsters are going. City of London Police are calling for assistance to identify an individual who cold called an elderly lady claiming to be from the NHS and charged her £160 for a vaccine. The lady paid the money and has been checked in hospital as it is unknown what she was given in the injection. Fortunately she does not seem to be suffering from any side effects.

If people need advice or wish to report any scam they are asked to call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Information is also available on the Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards website, which itself provides a link to the National Trading Standards website, and on the Council's Trading Standards Facebook. The link to the Facebook page is

SHIRE environment grants

Grants of up to £3000 are being offered to community groups and other organizations to help reduce household waste across the county. Examples of projects which have previously received funding include "fixers' groups" in Hinckley and Market Harborough, which help residents repair broken household items, and a series of waste reduction workshops run at Fearon Hall in Loughborough.

Projects must be located in the county of Leicestershire, not Leicester City or Rutland, and should help reduce household waste. Further information about the SHIRE Environment Grant can be found online at

The link above should take anyone interested in learning more to details of the application process and guidance notes, including a simplified application process for smaller grants of up to £300. The application deadline for the current round of funding is Friday, 26th February, 2021.

A "virtual" workshop will take place at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 20th January, to encourage community groups and other organizations to apply for a SHIRE environment grant. The link for signing up is:

Richard Shepherd, County Councillor

Telephone: 01509 413903


Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 11:00 by Julie Lovatt

Tags: Blog, County Council