MAY 2023 Elections


Voter ID – what you need to know

From 4 May 2023, people who wish to vote in person (including those acting as a proxy), will be required to produce an accepted form of photographic ID to prove their identity before they will be issued with a ballot paper.

This will apply to:

  • Local elections
  • Town and parish elections
  • Neighbourhood planning referendums
  • UK parliamentary elections*
  • Police and crime commissioner elections

*The requirement for voter ID to be provided at UK parliamentary elections will take effect for polls after 5 October 2023.

Accepted forms of photo ID

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID when voting at a polling station.

International travel

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

Driving and Parking

  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
  • A Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Older Person’s Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Other government issued documents
  • Biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
  • Voter Authority Certificate
  • Anonymous Elector’s Document

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.

Out of date photo ID

You can still use your photo ID if it’s out of date, as long as it looks like you.  The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID

You can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if:

  • you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
  • you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you
  • you’re worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reason, such as the use of a gender marker

You need to register to vote before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.

How do I apply for a Voter Authority Certificate and what is the deadline to apply?

For the local and parish council elections taking place on 4 May 2023, the deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on 25 April.

Apply online

You will be able to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/.

Apply by post

You will also be able to apply by filling out a paper application form and sending this to the electoral services team at Solihull Council.  You can download the application form here. You can also request the instructions in large print, braille or easy read by contacting the electoral services team. Please print and complete the application form and post it to Solihull MBC, Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB.

Apply in person

From March 2023, you will also be able to apply in person at our Solihull Connect offices, located at:

Solihull Connect at The Core
Theatre Square
Solihull
B91 3RG

or

Solihull Connect at The Bluebell Centre
Ground Floor West Mall
Chelmsley Wood
Solihull
B37 5TN

Solihull Connect is open Monday to Friday* from 9.00am to 4.30pm

*Wednesdays from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  We are closed during bank holidays.

Information you will need to provide

When applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, you will need to provide your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number

You should apply using the same name that you used to register to vote.

You will not need to provide your gender, and your certificate will not have a gender marker.

If you don’t know your National Insurance number or don’t have one

You can find your National Insurance number on:

  • payslips
  • official letters about tax, pensions or benefits

You can still apply if you don’t know your National Insurance number, or don’t have one.

You will need to provide other forms of proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, bank statement and a utility bill.  The electoral services team will contact you about this.

If you don’t have any other accepted proof of identity, you can ask someone you know to confirm your identity. This is known as an attestation.

Providing a photograph

You will need to submit a photo with your application. The requirements for the photo are similar to the requirements for a passport photo.

Processing your application

Solihull Council’s electoral services team will process your application and send the Voter Authority Certificate to you by post along with instructions on how to use it. .

Voter Authority Certificates do not have an expiration date, but it’s recommended that you renew your certificate after 10 years.

All data you provide when applying for a certificate will be stored securely by Solihull Council, in line with data protection regulations.

For more information, please visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID

Christmas parking enforcement suspension

Solihull Council has announced that it will again be suspending parking enforcement in residential areas over the Christmas and New Year period.

Parking enforcement is suspended from 7am on Wednesday 21 December to 7am on Wednesday 4 January, when enforcement will resume as normal.

Parking relaxation applies to roads subject to single yellow line restrictions only. People should continue to park considerately and safely and continue to comply with the Highway Code.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said:

“By taking this decision, we want to give local people who are visiting friends and relatives better peace of mind so that they can enjoy their Christmas celebrations. Of course, please park considerately so that everyone can have a safe and happy time over the festive period.”

For more information about the Council’s Parking and Enforcement service, please visit www.solihull.gov.uk.

For more information contact the press office on press@solihull.gov.uk or 0121 704 6136.

Park Closures

Babbs Mill Tragedy

Castle Bromwich Parish Council was devastated to learn of the tragedy of the incident at Babbs Mill on Sunday, December 11th. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those affected. We are wishing courage and peace during this time of mourning, and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the family, friends, and community at this incredibly difficult time.

Weekly Update from The Castle Bromwich Neighbourhood Team

Here is a quick round up from me and the rest of the Castle Bromwich Neighbourhood Policing Team.
What’s been happening

Update on burglaries. There have been 3 burglaries in the area. Entry has been gained through different ways.  First offenders have gained entry from back of property and entered through an unlocked door left open. Second offenders have smashed front door. Third offenders have climbed onto garage roof and smashed window to side of property to gain entry and steal two vehicles. Officers have been speaking to neighbouring residents to gather CCTV and obtain any further information regarding the suspect. If you have more information please get in touch. Our website has information on how you can protect your home.
Update of theft from a motor vehicle. We have had one vehicle which has had their front bumper stolen.

Due to the increase in burglaries in the area additional officers have been out patrolling in marked and doing plain clothes patrol. The neighbourhood team have been out doing pro-active work trying car door handles and checking front doors are secure. We have also been at Morrison’s Supermarket offering crime prevention advice to customers.

A big thanks to Pauline from Morrison’s Supermarket, Castle Bromwich and management for their support as always. Helping with food bank donations and allowing us to speak to their customers about safety.

Message Sent By
Michelle Collins (Police, PCSO, Solihull North)

 

Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. If hot weather hits this summer, make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know.

Why is a heatwave a problem?
The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

* not drinking enough water
(dehydration)

* overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with
their heart or breathing

heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Who’s most at risk?
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

* older people – especially those over 75
* those who live on their own or in a care home
* people who have a serious or long term illness – including heart or lung conditions,
diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or some mental health conditions
* those who may find it hard to keep cool – babies and the very young, the bed bound, * those with drug or alcohol addictions or with Alzheimer’s disease
* people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places – those who live in a top
floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside.

Tips for coping in hot weather

* look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older
people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are
particularly at risk.
* stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how
to keep your home cool.
* close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember
it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
* if going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with
social distancing guidelines.
* Follow coronavirus social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly.
* Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
* never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or
animals
* try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
* walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have
to go out in the heat
* avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
* make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
* if you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety
advice
* Remember that while coronavirus restrictions are in place, you will need to follow
government guidance to use public spaces safely

For more information visit GOV.UK: Heatwave Plan for England.

If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that’s affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice.

You can also get help from the environmental health office at your local authority. They can inspect a home for hazards to health, including excess heat.

HEAT WAVE 3 ALERT

As you are undoubtedly aware, we are experiencing a period of high temperatures here in Solihull and across the country.

The heat can be dangerous for certain groups of people such as the elderly, those with existing medical conditions or the very young. In your valuable work you may come into contact with people from these groups, and your help in these hot conditions would be invaluable.

Please could you be extra vigilant if you know people to be on their own or without support, by ensuring that the messages below about how to keep healthy during a heatwave are passed on?

It is easy to become dehydrated in hot weather as we can soon lose more fluid than we take in, and even people at the peak of physical fitness can become ill if they are not careful. Drink cold non- alcoholic drinks regularly, keep out of the sun during the hottest times of the day between 11am – 3pm, and avoid physical exertion in the heat where possible. People who are elderly, the very young and those with chronic conditions are more at risk, so we urge that you to check on vulnerable friends and neighbours every day during the heatwave.

Birmingham and Solihull Commissioning Group and Public Health Solihull are encouraging people to follow the following tips:

Stay out of the heat:

  • • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) especially if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat
  • Take a bottle of water with you when out and about and especially when travelling by car or public transport
  • Wear loose, light coloured, cotton clothing, and a hat if you do go outdoors
  • Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Plan ahead so that you don’t have to go out in extreme heat by making sure you have enough supplies, of food, water and any medications you need. Ask a friend or relative to help you stock up if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.

Cool yourself down:

  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool (but not very cold) water, or place a damp cloth on the back of yourneck to cool down
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice, even if you’re not thirsty. Try to avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
  • • Eat normally even though you may not be as hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt losses from sweating. Try to have more cold foods, such as salads and fruit, as these contain a lot of water

Keep your environment cool:

  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate OFFICIAL 30 heat.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Try to sleep in the coolest room too.
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Keep rooms cool by keeping curtains closed while it’s hot outside (use lightcoloured curtains if possible, as metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter.
  • • Electric fans may provide some relief, however at temperatures above 35°C they may cause dehydration. The advice is not to aim the fan directly on the body and to have regular drinks.

Look out for others:

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves every day during a heatwave.
  • Make sure they have supplies of food, water and their normal medication.
  • Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars.
    Seek advice if you have any concerns:
  • People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool. Contact your GP if your symptoms become worse.
  • Contact your doctor, a pharmacist or NHS 111 if you are worried about your health or someone else’s health during a heatwave, especially if you are taking medication, if you feel unwell or have any unusual symptoms.

Commonwealth Games coming to Solihull 28th July – 8th August.

Did you know that the Commonwealth Games is coming to an area by your business? Specifically, the Queens Baton Relay (QBR) is passing through the Borough on 26th July and we want to make sure you are informed of any potential implications.

We want to keep you updated on what is happening and how this may affect your business so that you can manage any potential disruption or maximise the benefit of the baton coming to your area.

We have compiled a traffic briefing note, FAQs, a map of the QBR route and a list of roads the baton actually travels down.

These can found here:

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/news/commonwealth-games-and-queens-baton-relay-road-closure-briefing-note

For any business support requirements, or to find out how you can promote your business locally, please contact the Business Investment team at business@solihull.gov.uk.

For further information regarding local events in your area please visit www.visitsolihull.co.uk.

We hope you find this information useful.

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Jubilee Bank Holiday – Council to suspend parking enforcement

With so many Street Parties and Garden Parties being held over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, Solihull Council has agreed to suspend its parking enforcement service in residential areas where single yellow line parking restrictions apply. This will apply from 8am on Thursday 2 June and enforcement will resume from 8am on Monday 6 June.

Residents and visitors to the Borough are asked to comply with the Highway Code during this busy time and are reminded not to park close to road junctions and keep accesses free at all times.

Double yellow and red route restrictions will continue to be monitored and enforced where necessary, to ensure the anticipated increased movement of traffic over the Bank Holiday weekend can do so safely and without unnecessary delay.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said:
“It’s important that residents can meet with families and friends to join in with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. By suspending the single yellow line parking restrictions over the long Bank Holiday we can create space for motorists to park safely without fear of receiving a fine. I hope everyone enjoys their celebrations and has a great Jubilee.”

For more information contact the press office on press@solihull.gov.uk or 0121 704 6136.