East Hanney Parish Council

Serving the people of East Hanney

Clerk: Guy Langton
12 Brookside, East Hanney
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 OJL

Tel: 01235 867403

District Council Update - 24 June

Contact visits by the Community Support Hub

In the past couple of weeks, we've made visits to check the welfare of 269 vulnerable residents across both districts we'd been unable to reach by phone or email. We were able to speak to 161 on the doorstep and left letters where possible for the rest.

The visits proved to be worthwhile; most people we spoke to were absolutely fine and needed no additional help at this time, six individuals needed immediate support and another eight wanted to talk to somebody about what additional help they could get, but not urgently.

We've attached more details about the visits we've made, including a breakdown by district ward.

Discretionary grants for businesses

By last Wednesday's deadline we had received 137 applications for the discretionary business grants scheme, which we're now evaluating against the eligibility criteria. We're also following up with some of the applicants seeking further information and clarification.

If all the eligible applications are successful, we will still have some limited funding for a second round of applications, which we're planning to open soon.

Other local authorities have reported being in the same position as us – largely down to the very tight eligibility criteria the government applied to the funds.

For this second round, we'll have wider eligibility criteria. As before, we will be offering grants of around £5,000 to a maximum of £10,0000 depending on the size of the business.

All the eligibility details for this second round will be on our business support website at www.svbs.co.uk, ready for its launch.

High street funding

We're currently assessing how to spend some funding we've been provided by the government to help get high streets back up and running and we've had some feedback from relevant town and parish councils on how they think we could use the money most effectively to benefit their high streets.

There are restrictions on what we can spend the money on, which are largely around education and marketing, to ensure the public know our high streets are open for business, and how all of this can be implemented safely. This will need to reflect the latest position around social distancing announced yesterday.

We're currently working up some proposals based on the feedback we've received, and we'll let you know once they've been finalised.

Government recognition for volunteers

Earlier this month we were celebrating all the amazing work by volunteers in our districts and there's now an opportunity to get them formal recognition. The government is looking for nominations for honours or awards.

To nominate someone in your town or parish that you think has made an exceptional contribution to the response to the Covid-19 crisis in the UK visit: https://www.gov.uk/honours/nominate-someone-for-coronavirus-work

Further support for those receiving Council Tax Reduction

In April, the government announced a £500 million hardship fund to provide further support for people who receive Council Tax Reduction.

Both Cabinets have now confirmed the arrangements for how we will allocate our share of this money in South and Vale and so everyone who currently receives Council Tax Reduction will receive up to a further £150 off their 2020/21 council tax bill. We are now sending letters to all eligible residents to let them know.

More information on the support available to help people pay their council tax can be found on the our South and Vale council tax webpages.

Waste collections starting earlier

Our waste collections are starting an hour earlier this week due to the very hot weather. This is so the waste crews can avoid being out when the weather gets too hot. We're letting everyone know through social media and the waste pages of our websites and we're asking residents to put their bins before 6am. As normal, they can put them out the night before if that's easiest. If your waste collection days are still to come this week, please do help us get this message out to residents in your town or parish.

Citizens Advice scams awareness campaign, 15 - 28 June.

We're helping to raise awareness of advice and guidance to help protect residents against a high number of scams currently doing the rounds. Oxfordshire trading standards are running a social media campaign to advise residents on how to stay alert and what to look out for to avoid being scammed, so please help to spread these messages as well.

Citizens Advice has also put together an up-to-date list of scams to look out for, particularly Covid-19 related ones. You can find out more here.

Comms Team

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

www.southoxon.gov.uk @southoxon

www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk @whitehorsedc

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:10 by Guy Langton

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