Harlow residents can now book a face-to-face appointment to register a birth for babies born before 30 April 2020.
News / Mon 22nd Jun 2020 am30 08:38am
Essex registration services resume
HARLOW residents can now book a face-to-face appointment to register a birth for babies born before 30 April 2020.
The Government has confirmed that authorities can recommence registration services, provided appropriate safety procedures are in place and social distancing measures can be maintained.
In response, the registration service team has worked hard to implement new processes to help manage demand and carried out risk assessments at each registration office to ensure people stay safe.
The registration team are initially prioritising registrations for babies born before 30 April this year. Provision will be regularly reviewed and the service will open for appointments for families with babies born after 30 April 2020 as soon as it is able to.
Notice of marriage appointments can also resume, although the Government’s guidance on weddings and civil partnerships has not changed and ceremonies are still unable to take place.
This week, registration staff will start to contact couples who have ceremony dates booked before 31 August 2020 and who still need to give notice for their ceremony.
Cllr Susan Barker, ECC’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customer Services, said: “We are pleased to now be in a position to resume some of our registration services and know how eager families and couples will be to complete these important milestones in their lives.
“We have spent considerable time implementing new processes to ensure we were in a position to book face-to-face appointments as soon as it was safe to do so.
“The wellbeing of all residents and our staff is our absolute priority and we’re looking forward to welcoming people back to our registration offices.”
If a child was born after 30 April 2020, parents and carers can still make a claim for child benefit or universal credit without registering the birth. Visit gov.uk/child-benefit or gov.uk/universal-credit for more details.
To book a birth registration appointment in Essex, please visit https://www.essex.gov.uk/register-a-birth