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Police Warning of Scam Emails Regarding NHS Donations

Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:54 by Parish Council

ALERT
Criminals are targeting people with NHS scam emails. The NHS will NEVER ask you to send money directly to a bank account. If you would like to donate to the NHS, you should do so via their official channels or your local NHS Trust.

Stop:
Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge:
Could it be fake? It's ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. More »

Protect:
Contact your bank immediately if you think you've fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud*.

Read more here: http://actionfraud.police.uk/covid19

PLEASE DON'T ASSUME EVERYONE KNOWS
#TELL2 BY ANY MEANS, SHARING THE EMAIL, ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SIGN UP, OVER THE PHONE
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Garden Waste Service Update

Garden Waste Service Update

Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:44 by Parish Council

The Council has suspended its garden waste collection service for the time being. It has pledged to keep this matter under continuous review and will resume the service as soon as it possibly can.

The garden waste service was initially suspended on March 23 and while it had hoped it would resume soon, unfortunately it is now clear that it is not possible at this time due to staff shortages arising from the coronavirus pandemic. More »

Customers will be advised through the usual media channels of the resumption of the service.

The council is diverting its staff to ensure the refuse (black bin) and recycling (blue lidded bin) collections services continue as normal and are unaffected by this change.

The council is unable to arrange refunds to garden waste subscribers but it will extend customers' garden waste subscriptions automatically to cover the time the service is not running to ensure customers are not left out of pocket. Customers are advised there is no need to contact the council to arrange this, this will be done for them.

The council apologises for the inconvenience and will restore the service as soon as possible. In the meantime, residents are asked to store or compost their garden waste at home. Advice on composting is available online www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/compost

Borough businesses receive Coronavirus pay-outs

Borough businesses receive Coronavirus pay-outs

Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:43 by Parish Council

Businesses across Hinckley and Bosworth have begun to receive grants to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council began making the awards on Wednesday (April 1), 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