Tuxford Town Council

Serving the people of Tuxford

Clerk: Clare Fox
The Beeches Community Centre
Birch Court, Tuxford
Nottinghamshire NG22 0NF

Tel: 01777 870192

Latest News received by the Town Council

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire move to Tier 3 Very High restrictions for Covid-19 (Announced Wednesday 28 October 2020)

Please find media information below in relation to the Government's announcement today on Tier 3 restrictions. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-covid-alert-level-update-for-nottinghamshire
This information is also available on the Council website: https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/updates-about-coronavirus/

Bassetlaw, along with the County, Borough, District and City Councils have now agreed that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire should move together into Tier 3 restrictions for the city and the county following discussions between Government and Council Leaders.

The 'Very High' alert measures come into force at one minute past midnight on Friday 30 October 2020.

The Tier 3 restrictions mean:

  • People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.
  • People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
  • People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don't live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.
  • All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).
  • Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.
  • Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.

As well as the main Tier 3 restrictions, Council Leaders have agreed the following additional local restrictions:

  • All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.
  • The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.
  • Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of Livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close.
  • Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.
  • Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.
  • Outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as animal attractions or landmarks).
  • Saunas and steam rooms must close.
  • Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.
  • Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.
  • Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.

Government and local partners will closely monitor the impact of these new restrictions, which will be in place for 28 days from Friday 30th October and will be kept under review.

As well as the new restrictions, please continue to:

  • wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will coming into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.

More information

We appreciate there is a lot of information to absorb. We are continuing to work through the guidance for these stricter/additional restrictions and will share more details, guidance and FAQs as soon as possible. This information will be posted on the Bassetlaw District Council websites.

More detail about the Tier 3 restrictions are on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

New Government Support for Businesses

The Chancellor has today announced changes to the Government's winter support schemes.

What do this announcement mean for Bassetlaw businesses in a Tier 2 High Alert Area?

Amendment to the Job Support Scheme

Today's announcement reduces the employer contribution to those unworked hours to just 5%, and reduces the minimum hours requirements to 20%, so those working just one day a week will be eligible. That means that if someone was being paid £587 for their unworked hours, the government would be contributing £543 and their employer only £44.

Employers will continue to receive the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus. The Job Support Scheme Closed for businesses legally required to close remains unchanged.

For further details please refer to the Job Support Scheme Factsheet

Business grants are expanded to cover businesses in particularly affected sectors in high-alert level areas

The Chancellor has announced additional funding to support cash grants of up to £2,100 per month primarily for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector who may be adversely impacted by the restrictions in high-alert level areas.

This additional funding will be administered by Local Authorities (LAs) to support businesses in high-alert level areas which are not legally closed, but which are severely impacted by the restrictions on socialising. The funding LAs will receive will be based on the number of hospitality, hotel, B&B, and leisure businesses in their area.

LAs will receive a funding amount that will be the equivalent of:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants of £934 per month.
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£51,000, grants of £1,400 per month.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000, grants of £2,100 per month.
  • Local Authorities will also receive a 5% top up amount to these implied grant amounts to cover other businesses that might be affected by the local restrictions, but which do not neatly fit into these categories.

Following today's announcement the Council is waiting on the full guidance from Government on the business grants scheme. We understand this a very worrying time as businesses continue to be severely impacted by the pandemic and this is a matter of urgency but please do not contact us directly at this stage. Once we have the guidance from Government we will update you via this business newsletter, the Covid-19 business support page on our website and via social media.

Grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings

  • The government will provide two taxable Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants to support those experiencing reduced demand due to COVID-19 but are continuing to trade, or temporarily cannot trade.
  • It will be available to anyone who was previously eligible for the SEISS grant one and grant two, and meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Grants will be paid in two lump sum installments each covering 3 months. The first grant will cover a three-month period from the start of November 2020 until the end of January 2021. The government will pay a taxable grant which is calculated based on 40% of three months' average trading profits, paid out in a single installment and capped at £3,750.
  • The second grant will cover a three-month period from the start of February until the end of April 2021. The government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.

For further details please visit the HMRC website.

Covid Alert Level for Bassetlaw

Test & Trace Support Payment

If you are required by law to self-isolate from the 28 of September you may be supported by a payment of £500

Cyber safety guide

The National Cyber Security Centre's re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve their cyber security.

Leadership Programme

The Small Business Leadership Programme is free and fully funded for SMEs to enhance resilience and develop potential for future growth and productivity.

Further Government Updates

Advice for food businesses: Guidance for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food has been updated. Updated guidance

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: Working safely guidance has been updated on the operation of soft play and indoor play areas and taking payment in licensed venues. Updated guidance

Defer your Self-Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus: You had the option to defer your second payment on account if you were: registered in the UK for Self-Assessment and finding it difficult to make that payment by 31 July 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus. Check what you need to do if, after 31 July 2020, you chose to defer your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year. Guidance

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: 30 November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31 October 2020. After this date you will not be able to submit any further claims or add to existing claims. More information

Job Retention Bonus: Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government's Job Retention Bonus. Check your eligibility and find out how to apply.

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace: Guidance has been updated to add further clarification on the venues in scope of the policy. Guidance has also been added for hospitality venues on how to verify whether an individual has checked in on the NHS COVID-19 app. More information

Government increases investment in Traineeships and introduces funding for employers who provide a work experience place – The government has provided an additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, to fund high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. This funding is enough to triple participation in traineeships. For the first time ever, the government will fund employers who provide trainees with a new work experience placement, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The Traineeship work placement is on offer to all employers and during the qualifying period from the 1st August to 31st January each employer may support up to 10 Learners. The government has also expanded eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below, to ensure that more young people have access to high quality training.
More information

For more details on traineeships, the benefits they can bring to your organisation and how you can support a young person by providing a work experience placement please visit:

New Covid Alert Level for Bassetlaw

The Government has introduced a new three tiered system of local Covid Alert Levels in which different parts of England will be placed into "medium", "high" and "very high" alert levels.

The Government has announced that Bassetlaw, along with the rest of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City, will be placed in the "High" Alert Level (Tier Two), with additional local restrictions coming into place from 00.01 on Wednesday 14 October.

Find more information about what these restrictions mean for you - Local Covid Alert Level High.

The infographic also provides a snapshot of the new rules.