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Latest news from Essex PFCC -  April 23, 2021

Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Elections

Elections Information

On Thursday 6 May residents in Essex will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Find out more about the candidates on

the Choose My PCC website.

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Self Isolation Support

Self Isolation Payments

It is now easier to get a £500 support payment if you have to self-isolate. Essex County Council and other local councils have simplified the discretionary Test and Trace Support scheme.
You must self-isolate if you or someone you’ve had contact with tests positive for Covid-19. You risk spreading the virus and could be fined if you don’t. You may be eligible for a discretionary payment if you are:
• employed, including self-employed or on a zero hours contract
• earn less than £500 a week net
• have household savings less than £16,000 and
• unable to work from home
• the parent or guardian of a child or young person told to self-isolate and you need to take time off to look after them.
If you are on a low income and receive benefits, you may be eligible for a payment from the national scheme.

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New Firefighters

Fire Service welcomes 13 new firefighters

The Service’s new recruits were welcomed into the Service by Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Jo Turton and their Station Managers while their proud families and friends looked on virtually.
The ceremony was live streamed to family, friends and colleagues across the Fire Service who watched the firefighters carry out road traffic collision and ladder drills.

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Laptops for schools scheme

Open for donations

Essex County Council has re-opened its appeal for old laptops to be donated to help children in need to study.
Since December 2020, the council has distributed 5,000 laptops, tablets and Chrome Books to schools and colleges to give to families whose children don’t have access to a device at home.

How to donate