Please see below a list of people are advised to go to for information,
Government Help and Support
HMRC Coronavirus Helpline
0800 015 9559
HMRC Self-Assessment Payment Helpline
0300 200 3822
Helpful information can also be found on the Devon County Council website at www.devon.gov.uk/document/coronavirus-advice-in-devon.
If anyone thinks they might be experiencing potential early coronavirus symptoms they should not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but instead visit NHS 111 online at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and only call 111 if they cannot get help online.
Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.
Grants available for applications of UNDER £500
While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and Local and National Government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and local communities are also preparing to safely assist those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.
Through the COVID-19 Action Fund, DCC will rapidly provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak
These can include:
- Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
- Support for accessing online information and services
- Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
- Transport related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak.
Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, Town and Parish Councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together
**(a) Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding. If you fall into this category, organisations that DCC would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:
- Town or Parish Councils
- Local Community and Voluntary Services organisation (CVS)
- Village Hall
- Another constituted local Voluntary group that qualifies
If you are uncertain how to do this then please contact COVID19FUND@devon.gov.uk and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.
The application form can be accessed online here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/document/covid-19-prompt-action-fund/
But I have also attached a form that you can share with your contacts. We are asking that all applications are either online, or emailed back to COVID19FUND@devon.gov.uk as there may be nobody in our offices to process paper applications.
Sincere apologies if you receive this communication more than once. We are trying to cascade this through our networks as fast as possible, and there is a chance that you are a contact on more than one network distribution list.
Dear Pump friends,
April’s Pump is available in the CO-OP, Paper Shop, Church Porch, Bus Shelter Jacobstowe, The Burrow in Exbourne, they should be delivered in Iddesleigh and Monkokehampton (they were delvered to Anita)
Due to the present Coronovirus situation when no events or reports of events are likly to be recieved in the near future.
I have decided to put the Pump on “hold” to be resumed when the present rescritions are lifted.
If you are an advertiser with the Pump your advertisment will carry on by the same number of issues that have not been printed.
I will still produce an online version, so if you wish any news, announcement events etc. to be included please email me the copy or add the item through ListEvents.net
Tel: 01803 861368 / 01822 813648Email: email@example.com
Keeping Our Businesses and Residents Informed
Issued: 24 March 2020
We recognise that these are very difficult times for businesses and residents within South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils and it can often be hard to find all the information you need in one place to access support and help.
The Councils have put together a fact sheet summarising all the various funding packages which have been announced by the Government and ways in which people can receive financial assistance.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector will receive a business rates holiday for 2020/21 and we are working hard to rebill all eligible businesses as soon as possible. The revised business rates bill will show there is nothing to pay.
Cash grants of up to £25,000 are also being made available by the Government for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Businesses in these sectors, who on 11 March would have been eligible for the expanded retail discount scheme, with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.
There is also a cash grant available of £10,000 for businesses who, on 11 March were eligible for small business rates relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs.
In the next day or so, the Councils will send a letter by post to the business rates contact address of businesses who might be eligible for the cash grants. Please look out for this letter at your business rates contact address as it will contain a unique reference number to enable you to apply online. Eligible businesses will be asked to apply online on the Councils' websites in order for a payment to be made direct into their business bank account. The payment should be received by eligible businesses in early April.
There are also things you can do if you are struggling to pay bills like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of Coronavirus. Our advice would be to speak to the organisation that you owe money to. They might be able to help you by letting you pay smaller amounts or taking a payment holiday. It is also worth checking with your bank or building society as they might be able to help you with your debts or let you delay loan or credit card repayments or have a payment holiday.
If you are not working because of Coronavirus, you might be able to claim benefits (the Universal Credit scheme) if you’ve lost your job or you’re self employed and can’t get work. What you can claim will depend on your situation.
The Government has also recently announced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where the HMRC will reimburse 80% of employees’ wages, up to £2,500 per month. The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March and is initially open for three months. All UK-wide employers with a PAYE scheme will be eligible to apply. HMRC expect the first grants to be paid within weeks and they are aiming to get this done before the end of April. If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
Details of all of the various types of support and financial assistance are on the Councils' website. Please keep an eye on our websites and social media for updates and announcements as they become available so that we can keep businesses and residents informed.
Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Waste has asked me to send you the latest information regarding our recycling centres and Covid 19
Covid 19 - Support and Advice for Businesses
The Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership is working hard with key partners in Government, Local Authorities, Business Representative Organisations and other agencies to support businesses through the unprecedented health and economic shock we are facing due to the Covid 19 pandemic. A significant number of measures and financial support packages are emerging from Government both for individuals and employers, and local partners are considering further levels of advice, support and guidance. Navigating these and managing an ever increasing level of enquiries from businesses is creating capacity issues for some agencies and partners, and I wanted to offer the Heart of the SW Growth Hub as the main sources of advice, guidance and help to ease the pressures particularly on Local Authority Partners.
Details on the specific financial packages of help and support, eligibility and processes for applying are still being developed, however having a single place of consistent information and sign posting to where to apply, and other sources of information and where enquiries can be logged would seem to be an appropriate action to take. At the same time local and free support and assistance is being offered by local partners and we are including details of these schemes and links to apply and find out more on the Growth Hub website. The Growth Hub team have capacity and interim support has been put into place by LEP partners to ensure increased volumes of enquiries can be managed. Longer term capacity is also being reviewed considering the budget announcement of more funding for Growth Hubs. Updates and communications on latest advice will also begin shortly from the Growth Hub and businesses can sign up to receive this service.
I have set out below the key details for you and your teams to promote the use of the Growth Hub and a briefing note is attached. I hope this will ease the workload and capacity you are all facing.
Website - https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 03456 047 047
If you have some spare time at weekends or during the week, maybe you'd be interested in carrying out some maintenance work on behalf of the Parish. If so, please contact the Clerk on 01837 83484.
Emergency Assistance Volunteers
Exbourne and Jacobstowe are looking for volunteers to to come forward and help to coordinate assistance to the vulnerable in emergencies such as flooding, snow and ice. If you think you can help, please contact the Clerk on 01837 83484
Access to Parish Council Meetings
Due to the current restrictions on movement the Parish Council will hold meetings via video conferencing using Zoom software.
All parishioners are welcome to join the meeting and can do so using a computer or tablet device with an internet connection or can telephone into the meeting, to listen to the discussion.
Parishioners will also be able to speak during the early part of the meeting.
Zoom software can be downloaded for free https://zoom.us/pricing or you can connect to the meeting using your web browser
Telephone calls will be charged at the normal rate for calls and in many cases the call will be covered by you normal call plan, subject to the length of time of the call.