Are Post Offices Open In Tier 4?
Southampton will be moving to Tier 4 from midnight on 26 December 2020 following the announcement by Matt Hancock today. – Tier 4 restrictions and guidance must be followed from one minute past midnight on 26 December 2020, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council said: “We’re all feeling deflated after the good news about the vaccine. We need to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel, however fed-up we’re feeling at the government’s new restrictions. This will be the third time Southampton has been put under strict COVID-19 regulations and I don’t underestimate for a second how difficult this will feel for everyone.
Southampton is a city of can-do small business owners. Many of them will be wondering if this is the final hammer blow to their livelihoods and aspirations and I would urge everyone to support their local businesses by shopping online with them wherever possible over the coming weeks.
- Our job of protecting the city is not done and until it is, we will stay on the frontline.
- This year, despite all our difficulties we’ve seen the best of the city, and I’m sure the spirit of Southampton will get us through this.” Dr Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council added, “”The COVID-19 infection rate for Southampton has now risen to 175.8 per 100,000 people.
Early evidence suggests that the new variant virus strain appears to pass from person to person more easily and so presents a real risk. The more people that become infected, the more that will potentially become very unwell, and this will put our health and social care services under real pressure.
Until the vaccines have been rolled out to a critical mass of people, I can’t stress enough how important it is for people to continue following guidance so that we can protect the most vulnerable, safeguard our local NHS and save lives.” Anyone who needs help should see the coronavirus information on our website or contact our COVID-19 resident helpline on 023 8083 4800.
Tier 4 Stay at Home coronavirus restrictions, which apply in Southampton from 26 December 2020 include:
Stay at home. You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a specific purpose, or a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as work, education and childcare, medical reasons, and shopping for essentials such as food and medicine and in the event of an emergency or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse) Non-essential retail businesses must close – including hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close except for take-aways, click-and-collect and drive-through or delivery. Businesses that can remain open include: essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and garden centres; petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services; banks, building societies and post offices. To help contain the virus, everyone who can work from home should do so. A reintroduction of the guidance to clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) that applied in the recent national lockdown. The CEV group are advised not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home, not to go to the shops and to stay at home as much as possible. Schools and colleges will remain open in Tier 4 areas, as will early years settings and childminders. In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble, or with one other person. If you need to travel, you should stay local. This means you should avoid travelling outside of the part of the city where you live, and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. The majority of public services will remain open, and you can leave home to visit them, including: NHS and medical services, such as GPs and dentists; Jobcentre Plus sites; courts and probation services.
How many post offices have closed in the UK?
Two Post Offices lost every week finds Citizens Advice 28 January 2022 New Citizens Advice analysis reveals 206 post offices have closed in the last two years, the equivalent of two closing each week. The consumer watchdog for the postal sector warns of a wave of post office closures across the country. Further analysis of Post Office data reveals:
- 1,291 Post Offices are currently deemed ‘temporarily closed’, but almost six in ten of these have been shut for more than two years
- One in three rural post offices are now offered as part-time outreach services, open for an average of just five and a half hours a week.
- Thirteen percent (totalling 233) of outreaches are open for only one hour a week, and one outreach the charity found was only open for ten minutes a week
This has led to huge gaps in the service. People have reported to the charity that they now spend more time and money accessing post office services, feel a loss of independence, and even increased isolation since their local office was shut. One woman who was reliant on the post office for paying bills and topping up her energy meter reported moving house after the local post office shut and she was unable to afford the bus journey to the new one.
Shortly after moving house the post office in her new village shut. One man came to Citizens Advice as the ninety minute journey to his closest open post office meant he could only travel once a week. As a result he had to save up all his post and bills for one journey, meaning bills became overdue and he was fined by his utility companies.
Research undertaken by Citizens Advice found that certain groups are more reliant on post office services than others. Despite closures, when asked, 18% of people said they still visited their post office weekly. This increased to 23% of those living in rural areas, 27% of carers, 22% of over 65s, and 21% of disabled people.
- The charity warns that the Post Office must increase the investment in rural locations to make sure communities across the country maintain connection to vital services.
- Dame Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Post offices sit at the centre of our communities.
- They help many small businesses thrive, stop already isolated communities being cut off entirely, and enable people to carry out essential tasks, like paying bills.
“But they’re at breaking point. We’re currently losing two post offices a week, and outreach services often aren’t an adequate replacement. Maintaining post office investment is crucial or the service will never keep pace with the needs of the communities it’s intended to serve.”
- Citizens Advice new report is to be published on 28 January 2022.
- Based on Post Office Ltd data as of the 30th September 2019 and the 30th September 2021. Calculation based on the increase in the overall number of temporary closures across GB between these dates (206) divided by number of weeks in two years (104).
- Citizens Advice analysis at a GB level of data provided by Post Office Ltd as of the end of September 2021.
- Citizens Advice commissioned Yonder Data Solutions to undertake a telephone survey of 4,015 GB adults. Fieldwork was undertaken in two waves between 7 and 28 February 2021, and 2 and 18 August 2021. The survey examined how often people use post offices and which Post Office services they use.
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: Two Post Offices lost every week finds Citizens Advice
Is UK post office working today?
Deliveries are operating as normal across the UK today.
Is the Post Office still on strike in England?
More on October postal strikes – Royal Mail has announced that strike action will occur again this week on Thursday 13th October 2022. The industrial action will also continue on Thursday 20th and Tuesday 25th October 2022. Royal Mail’s latest news on its website states, “We’re doing what we can to keep services running, but customers should expect significant disruption.” Unfortunately, Datagraphic has no influence over the decision to strike. _ Published 29th September 2022 The latest information about the postal strikes is that the CWU has proposed further strike action with its members during October, November and December. Royal Mail is ready to enter talks with the union to avoid industrial action.
Is post office on strike UK?
Why did Royal Mail workers go on strike? – CWU members working for Royal Mail took part in 18 days of strike action between August 26 and December 24, 2022, due to ongoing disputes over pay and unagreed changes to terms and conditions. Last year’s strike action was supported by around 115,000 postal workers in ‘delivery, processing, distribution and all other functions’ as well as members working in Parcelforce.
After the Christmas strikes, the CWU stated there would be no strikes during January in order to hold meaningful negotiations ‘with the aim of resolving the issues in dispute.’ During the strikes, Royal Mail said that it would do everything it could to minimise disruption on strike dates but although it has ‘well-developed contingency plans’, it wouldn’t be possible for them to ‘fully replace the daily efforts of its frontline workforce.’ They also promised to increase capacity in the days following strikes to help deal with disruption.
You can read more about the strikes on the CWU website, MORE : Who’s on strike today and how will it affect you? Daily update for February 16 MORE : When is the next teacher strike? February and March 2023 dates Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Share your views in the comments below
Can you get married on Tier 4?
Getting married on a Tier 4 study visa There are no specific restrictions on getting married in the UK while you are on a valid Tier 4 study visa. The key point to bear in mind is that your Tier 4 visa must be valid when you get married.
How long can I stay in the UK after my Tier 4 visa?
How long you can stay – How long you can stay depends on the length of your course and what study you’ve already completed in the UK. If you’re 18 or over and your course is at degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 5 years. If it’s below degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 2 years. Read the guidance to find out exactly how long you can stay,
What time is post office open in UK?
Does post office in UK work Saturday?
Royal Mail will deliver and collect your post every working day, and on Saturdays. You won’t get post on bank holidays.
What time do post offices shut in the UK?
Main Post Offices open 9:00 – 17:00 and 9:00 – 13:00 on Saturdays. Sub-Post Offices (ones in newsagents) usually close an hour for lunch. and closed on Sundays I presume?
Are post offices open during Royal Mail strike?
2. Check Royal Mail’s up-to-date information – To see the latest information from Royal Mail, you can check this website, You can also see if your area is affected by severe delivery delays by going to Royal Mail’s Service Delivery update (under “Deliveries today”).
What date is post office strike?
When are the Royal Mail postal strikes in February? – Previously, Royal Mail workers walked out a number of times in recent months, including in August, September and November. Workers also striked back in December over the Christmas period, including one date on Christmas eve.
Thursday, February 16 Friday, February 17
Are post offices closed on Royal Mail strike?
How do strikes affect deliveries? – On strike days, the Royal Mail says it will not be able to deliver first and second-class letters. However, it will deliver as many parcels and Special Delivery letters as possible. The timescale commitment offered on Special Delivery Guaranteed items will be suspended the day before any strike.
- People will not be able to claim compensation for late deliveries.
- Image source, Getty Images Image caption, Christmas posting dates were brought forward as a result of the December strikes Royal Mail delivery offices and customer service points will be closed.
- Letters will not be collected from post boxes.
The Post Office is a separate business and post offices are expected to open, although some have closed during previous strikes. In those that do open, you may not be able to post letters and parcels as you usually would, but other services such as bill payments and banking should run as normal.