Latest COVID19 News Items

Please note, the most up to date news feed of items South Stoke Parish Council has been asked to share with our residents, is on our Facebook page.  You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see this, please just click on this link and you will be able to see all the items.

We understand some parishioners may feel Facebook is not the correct conduit to get information out to the residents.  Unfortunately, most of the information is coming to us via social media (Facebook and Twitter) so is therefore very easy to reshare on the Parish Council page directly, this ensures the information is up to date, relevant and most importantly accurate.

Below are some important pieces of the latest news.

£500 for low-income families

The government recently announced a £500 support grant for low-income families that are forced to self-isolate for two weeks following a Covid-19 test. SODC have been asked to administer this scheme and are urgently looking into the implications as they have just a couple of weeks to put a system in place. SODC will provide more information when they have it.

UPDATE from SODC: Support available for those affected by local lockdowns and NHS Test and Trace 

Financial support for individuals 

Residents receiving certain benefits may be eligible for £500 in financial support if they’re told to self-isolate through the NHS Test and Trace system. This is a government scheme, which we’re administering on their behalf.

The scheme has only just been announced but we will be open for applications on Monday 12 October.

Claims can be backdated to 28 September when we open for applications.  To claim, residents will need to apply within 14 days of their self-isolation period ending.     

There’s more information, including details on who is and isn’t eligible for this fund, on our websites:

Once the scheme is up and running, we’ll start letting residents know this is available and send you the information on how residents can make a claim. The scheme is expected to last until 31 January 2021.

Important update on testing in Oxfordshire - SODC Update

We’ve been made aware of a worrying trend of people turning up at our hospitals in Oxfordshire, asking to be tested for Covid-19. This is possibly as a result of the national issue with testing capacity, where people have struggled to book a test online.  We are therefore supporting our NHS and Public Health colleagues in pushing out the extremely important message that people with symptoms must NOT go to a hospital.  Testing does not take place in hospital settings and by turning up people are putting extra strain on resources by having to turn people away and also potentially putting vulnerable people at risk.

Current advice is to keep trying to book a test even if you are struggling, as it’s only possible to book a slot when one becomes available. Slots become available throughout the day so it may take a few attempts at different times of the day.

The other key message is to only book a test if you’re displaying symptoms.  You can book a test by calling 119 or by registering online via


SODC Recommence Bulky Waste Collections

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have reopened their paid-for bulky waste collection service for large household items and are also issuing a warning about fly-tipping while other outlets for domestic waste remain closed.

With household waste recycling centres still closed, along with charity shops and their donation banks, there are fewer places to dispose of unwanted items that do not fit into kerbside collections.

The councils have issued a warning to anybody tempted to fly-tip -  this includes leaving rubbish next to litter bins – that they will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.

Bulky waste collections

It is a paid-for service costing £40 for up to three items - and £8 per additional item, up to a maximum of six items.

As the council offices are currently closed to the public, at this time we can only take orders online using credit or debit cards for payment.

Examples of items collected:

  • furniture (such as sofas, chairs, and tables)
  • televisions
  • washing machines
  • mattresses
  • fridges and freezers – household only (not ones made for commercial use.

The council cannot collect any type of commercial waste or DIY waste.

Register for SSEN Priority Service

SSEN have contacted the Parish Council asking us to make the residents aware of their priority service.  Please register online.

Or fill in their postal form: SSEN Priority Services.

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.

Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):

How to check if they are genuine:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

Oxfordshire County Council Message

Please do not light garden fires during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed for the time being and we need you to hold material for now.

As well as the danger of the fire spreading uncontrollably, there are people in the community living with serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.

Instead, please compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over.

Thames Valley Police Message 

Regarding Coronavirus incidents, please remember:
📞 101 - if a group is breaking social distancing guidelines and the incident is happening now.
💻 Report online - anything else relating to COVID 19
☎️ 999 - if a life is threatened or a crime is in progress (as usual)

Visit our advice page: