Shopper/Delivery Driver for Essential Supplies across Bassetlaw
BCVS has recently been successful in securing funding from Nottinghamshire County Council for a Shopper/Delivery Driver for Essential Supplies across Bassetlaw. The driver, Matthew Bowmer, is now in post and we would like to offer you the opportunity to utilise this service for your vulnerable clients. Matthew is able to undertake shopping, pick up click & collect orders, collect prescriptions, as well as undertaking other journeys including taking small items to the recycling centre and taking clothing to a clothes bank. There is no charge for this service.
Please telephone BCVS on 01909 476118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information or to request support.
Latest News received by the Town Council
Thursday 24 December 2020
Bassetlaw & Nottinghamshire to remain in Tier 3
The Government has decided that Bassetlaw, along with the whole of Nottinghamshire will remain in Tier 3: very high alert restrictions throughout December. The next review date is Wednesday 30 December.
Rates of infection, their trajectory and pressures on the local health and social care system are all factors considered in making the decision.
Full details on the measure are available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert
Tier 3 Grant Information
Whilst Bassetlaw remains within Tier 3 Restrictions the Council will automatically send payments out to businesses that have already received Tier 3 funding, for each new period under Tier Restrictions while Government continues to provide funding.
The payment for the period 16-30 December will be automatically made to businesses that have previously received the payment for the period 2-16 December. Please refer to our Policy Guidance for full details.
The Council has now received notification of the funding available under the Government Christmas Support Payment Scheme for Wet-Led Pubs. Application forms are being sent directly to businesses the Council believes may meet the eligibility criteria based upon information provided under the Tier 3 Restrictions Grant.
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
Cyber safety guide
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.
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.