2.4.20

Fwd: News from Vale of White Horse District Council


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News from Vale of White Horse District Council

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Title: Support for people struggling financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic
 
Description: We are putting a range of measures in place to help people who are being affected financially by the Coronavirus pandemic
 
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Fwd: Fw: South and Vale media release - Support for people struggling financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic


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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 16:34
Subject: Fw: South and Vale media release - Support for people struggling financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic
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Support for people struggling financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic


South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are putting a range of measures in place to help people who are being affected financially by the Coronavirus pandemic, including support for individuals and for businesses.

Support for individuals - council tax

Hardship fund for people on Council Tax Reduction

The government has confirmed details of a £500million hardship fund.  Under this scheme, people in receipt of Council Tax Reduction will receive a minimum of £150 off their council tax bill for 2020/2021, unless their bill is less than £150, in which case their bill will be reduced to zero. This is in addition to any support they already receive.  

The councils are now working to confirm the amount each individual qualifying household will receive off their bill – as soon as this is complete, revised bills will be issued.

Council tax payments

Where possible, people should continue to pay their bills as normal.  If someone is genuinely having difficulty paying their council tax, they should contact our council tax team on:


People who are currently not being paid, and are struggling to pay their bill, are encouraged to apply for Council Tax Reduction – their account will then be put on hold for 30 days while their application is processed.

To apply for Council Tax Reduction please visit southoxon.gov.uk/ctrs or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/ctrs

For more information about support and advice for individuals please visit southoxon.gov.uk/covid19 or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/covid19

Advice and support for businesses

The councils are prioritising awarding the extensions to retail rate relief to existing accounts and working to identify eligible ratepayers.  Work has also taken place to identify and collate the necessary information to allow the councils to pay Small Business and Retail Grants.

 

Letters have gone out to ratepayers who we believe qualify.  To claim a grant, businesses should complete the required form which can be found at:


Payments will begin to be processed from week commencing 6 April. 


Those that can pay their bills should do so as normal, however those businesses who are genuinely having difficulty paying their business rates should contact our business rates team via:

 

The South & Vale Business Support team publishes the latest government advice and support on svbs.co.uk and via twitter (@TeamSVBS), including about rates relief and business support grants.  Business can also sign up to receive an e-newsletter via the website.

 

The website also lists the latest job vacancies for individuals seeking temporary employment, exercises to stay healthy while working from home, and links to mental health organisations.

 

The government has advised those who are self-employed who are in urgent need of financial assistance to apply for Universal Credit and Council Tax Reduction.  This will provide them with support until a grant for the self-employed becomes available in June.

 

Cllr Andy Crawford, Cabinet Member for Finance at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "We are working hard to put measures into place to provide urgent assistance to council tax-payers and businesses that have been badly affected by the pandemic.  Thank you to everyone for their patience during this time.  Following each announcement, we have to wait for government guidance and these schemes can take time to set up and check who is eligible."  

 

Cllr Leigh Rawlins, Cabinet Member for Finance at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "We know this is an extremely challenging and worrying time for many people.  We hope that the measures we are putting in place will help to put people's minds a little more at ease.  Above all though, our advice is, if you are struggling to pay please get in touch with our council tax or business rates teams and they will do their best to help you."




Communications
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400

Fwd: Message from Chief Inspector Matt Bullivant Deputy Lpa Commander of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse 02/04/2020 09:40:21 [317336]


Sheryl Sanders
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Subject: Message from Chief Inspector Matt Bullivant Deputy Lpa Commander of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse 02/04/2020 09:40:21 [317336]
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Message from Chief Inspector Matt Bullivant Deputy Lpa Commander of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse


I understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.  

You will be aware that the police were given new powers to help reinforce these measures and whilst these are an option to us, we will only use them as a last resort. Officers will routinely be stopping members of the public and vehicles to ensure the Government's advice is being adhered to so please don't be alarmed if you are stopped and work with us if you are told to return home.

This current climate offers up a lot of uncertainty which can make people feel anxious, unsettled and fearful but I want to reassure you that my team and I are still policing your communities, responding to emergencies as well as effecting the Government's restrictions to stay inside and only go out in very specific circumstances. 

I can assure you that all police officers and staff are extremely grateful for the consideration they are being shown and are increasingly motivated to keep you safe and secure in such unprecedented times. To offer my reassurance to you we are being extremely well guided and supported by a central team of dedicated officers and staff to ensure we have the flexibility and ability to adapt to our local policing needs. 

By continuing to stay home, you can protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you again to the residents of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse for your co-operation during these challenging times.

Useful information and advice:

For more information on the Government's restrictions, please visit the GOV.UK website

You can find a number of frequently asked questions and a message from Chief Constable John Campbell on our website

If you need to report anything to us that is not an emergency, you might experience some delays calling 101 so where possible report through the Thames Valley Police website. In an emergency always call 999. 



Sent on behalf of Chief Inspector Matthew Bullivant, Deputy Commander for South & Vale LPA (Local Police Area) 

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1.4.20

Fwd: Fw: Council tax and paying bills


 

 

Council Tax: The government have announced a £500million hardship fund. Under this scheme, people in receipt of Council Tax Reduction will receive a minimum of £150 off their council tax bill for 2020/2021, unless their bill is less than £150, in which case their bill will be reduced to zero. This is in addition to any support they already receive. Vale are now working to confirm the amount each individual qualifying household will receive off their bill – as soon as this is complete, revised bills will be issued. 

Where possible, people should continue to pay their bills as normal. If anyone is having difficulty paying their council tax as knock on impact of the Coronavirus situation, they should contact our council tax team on: 0345 302 2315 or at vowh.counciltax@secure.capita.co.uk

 

Paul Barrow

Councillor for Ridgeway Ward

Vale of White Horse District Council

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fwd: Fw: Covid Business support - website


Corona virus District Council support for businesses

 

The Vale of White Horse District Council is committed to supporting all local businesses and has launched an online form to help local businesses apply for small business and retail grants.

 

Businesses in the Vale of White Horse can find the form and more details via the Vale website (http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/business/business-rates).

 

The council is working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to understand the UK Government's support for businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. The Government's package of measures to support businesses include:

  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief

 

Fwd: South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils suspend kerbside collections of small electrical items, textiles and batteries


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Subject: South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils suspend kerbside collections of small electrical items, textiles and batteries
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South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have suspended their kerbside service collecting small electrical items, batteries and textiles for recycling.

This is because the recycling centres for these items are unable to accept them for processing as staff shortages due to illness and social distancing has meant work at these centres cannot continue as it did before the Coronavirus pandemic.

Unfortunately, the councils do not have storage for such items and so cannot collect them at this time.

They have issued a warning to residents: Please do NOT put unwanted or broken electrical items or batteries in the general refuse (rubbish) or recycling as they can cause a fire in the bin trucks.

A fire in the truck could endanger the lives of bin crews and others nearby. A fire could also lead to the loss of a bin truck and less of a service at a time when the waste service is needed by everyone.

Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "We are sorry for this temporary stopping of the service and would thank people for their cooperation at this time. Please keep these items at home and as soon as we can start collecting textiles, batteries and small electrical items for recycling again we will let people know via facebook and twitter."

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "Textiles are a valuable resource for our charity partners. If residents can store them for the time being then please do so, as 100 per cent of the clothes collected from kerbside collections are recycled, no matter the quality."

For information on changes to council services at this time please see:

southoxon.gov.uk/covid19

whitehorsedc.gov.uk/covid19



Communications
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400

31.3.20

Fwd: News from Vale of White Horse District Council


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News from Vale of White Horse District Council

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Title: South and Vale district councils launch online form to help businesses access government grants
 
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