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Supporting Businesses across the borough

Supporting Businesses across the borough

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:30 by Parish Council

Businesses across Hinckley and Bosworth have begun to receive grants to support them through the coronavirus pandemic with more set to be paid this week.

Hinckley and Bosworth Council began making the awards today (1 April) on the first day of the business grant award scheme, paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to local businesses.

The council's business rates team have contacted hundreds of businesses to ensure they will be paid the grants they are due and will continue to work with local businesses to ensure all who are eligible will be provide with these much needed funds More »

More than 1600 businesses across the borough are eligible for the grants, which range from £10,000 to £25,000 depending on the size of the company.

In total, the council expect to pay out £22m in grant payments once all eligible businesses make their applications and staff work through processing these.

The council is intending to process more applications this week and is encouraging all eligible businesses to apply.

In addition the council has already processed over £1.8m of the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme relief, ensuring all qualifying retailers secure a 12 months business rate discount.

Chief Executive Bill Cullen said: "We have redeployed a number of staff from services across the organisation to contact the many businesses that we do not hold bank details for, to ensure we can make arrangements for secure payments to them and to mitigate through the systems we have in place against any potential fraud.

"To be in a position to be making payments to businesses from today is remarkable given the government has been continually updating guidance to councils, the most recent of which arrived yesterday.

"To help our teams to continue to work through the payments as quickly as possible we are asking companies to go online and sign up for e-billing."

Council Leader Stuart Bray added: "This is an absolute priority, we are determined to get the grants out to our businesses as soon as we possibly can to mitigate the impact of the closedown on jobs and the local economy. We appreciate it's a very worrying time and we are determined to do all we can to help our local businesses.

"My thanks to everyone at the council who is working on this in very trying circumstances."

For more information about eligibility and how to apply go to www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/coronavirus » Less

Borough Council launches Coronavirus residents' support scheme

Borough Council launches Coronavirus residents' support scheme

Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:26 by Parish Council

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has been supporting local residents who are self isolating and have no support networks through a Resident Support Scheme.

So far over 700 residents and tenants have been contacted and assistance provided where needed through the council and the voluntary and community sector.

The service prioritises those people who have no one else to help and who are the most vulnerable, for example those over the age of 70, those with an underlying health condition, individuals who are on their own and feeling isolated and families that are struggling to cope. More »

Assistance can be given to:

  • Link people into local support networks where these are in place.
  • Help with emergency food access and ongoing shopping assistance
  • Advise on collection of prescriptions and other essentials
  • Social contact for those who are lonely
  • Advise on financial help for those who are worried about their personal finances
  • Advise on how to look after your health and wellbeing whilst self isolating.

Executive member for Community Safety at the borough council Cllr Michael Mullaney said: "We know there will be many people in our communities who need help and support during these times and we have set up this support scheme for people who are self-isolating and may need some help as they have no support networks, like friends, family or neighbours. We are working with a range of local agencies, charitable organisations and local volunteers.

"I would also like to remind residents that whilst we need to socially distance, we also need to look out for each other. If you're in a fortunate position, then can I ask you to volunteer to help those in our borough. You can register your interest with Next Generation, who is already working with registered charities in the area. Visit www.nextgenhinckey.org or call 01455 632984."

If you are self-isolating or know somebody who is and as no or limited support networks such as friends, family or neighbours please call 01455 238141 or visit www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/coronasupport

People are encouraged to use the online services in the first instance to help with the high volume of calls. » Less

Burbage crime update from PCSO Darren Stretton

Burbage crime update from PCSO Darren Stretton

Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:24 by Parish Council

Crime in Burbage
Residential burglary and theft of/from vehicle crime figures are very good this week, but please remember advice like not leaving items in your car or van. Lock gates and doors to your home, set the house alarm if you have one when you go out and try not to keep cash or jewellery lying around the house.
Also be mindful of scams, please see Action Fraud for up to date news https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/. Remember that the elderly and vulnerable are often targeted so if you see anything of any concern call 101 or 999 to report. More »

Volunteers
Thank you for all your offers of help in the community during this difficult time. I have passed the details onto HBBC so they will contact you as and when needed. I am also aware that lots of you are looking out for your neighbours and elderly in your street so thank you. Your help will hopefully make sure nobody gets missed.

The Silver Line
The Silver Line is a helpline for older people. You can call anytime and it is free. It provides information, friendship and advice to older people. Have a look on the link below for more information.

https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

Coronavirus
We are actively patrolling public places and challenging behaviour that does not comply with Government guidelines https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. We are asking residents to think of others and do as they are being asked to do to keep themselves and others safe. I have seen and heard of lots of team work and support that Burbage residents have done to support each other. Please continue to do so and hopefully we will get through this difficult time very soon.

Darren Stretton (Police, PCSO 6035, Hinckley and Blaby, Burbage) » Less