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Chichester District Council is urging local businesses affected by the recent national coronavirus restrictions to apply for Government grants, which can be applied for through its website.
Three types of grant funding are available, including Local Restriction Grants; Additional Restriction Grants; and the council’s Covid Recovery Grant. Details of all of the grants available can be found at: www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme are now being accepted with grants of up to £3,000 available at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020. These grants are to help the following businesses in the Chichester District:
- businesses who were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed but are not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspaces in the non-essential retail and hospitality sectors).
- businesses who, while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector).
This discretionary funding follows the launch of the Local Restrictions Support Grant, which provides grants for local businesses forced to close during the national coronavirus restrictions period from 5 November to 2 December 2020.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant offers three rates of grant payments, ranging from £1,334 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or lower; £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000; and £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above. Affected businesses are urged to apply for this at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020
Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council, says “Applying for these grants is quick and easy, and I would urge all eligible businesses to do so as soon as they can. This will ensure businesses receive the support they are entitled to as quickly as possible.
“Chichester District businesses and organisations can also apply for the council’s Covid Recovery grants. These grants comprise of small grants of up to £1,000 towards the cost incurred of keeping customers and staff safe or larger, match funded grants up to £5,000 towards new projects for recovery from lockdown.
“We have set up a simple process on our website where businesses can check which grants they may be eligible for and apply at www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.”
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant and Local Restrictions Grant are open until 13 December 2020. Businesses can find further information on the support available during the pandemic at www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up to the council’s free business email newsletter, Ebiz:www.chichester.gov.uk/ebizsignup and the council’s general email newsletter: www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts. Both newsletters offer a great way to receive updates on the latest Government guidance and help during the coronavirus outbreak.
- West Sussex will be in Tier 2 from next week
- Local support for NHS Test & Trace
- Immunisation job opportunities
New local restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus will come into effect next week. The government has announced that from Wednesday (December 2), West Sussex will be in Tier 2. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place.
You can find a full breakdown of the new restrictions here.
National restrictions continue to apply until December 2.
A new service has just gone live to support the national NHS Test and Trace system.
Working from West Sussex County Council’s COVID-19 Community Hub, the Local Tracing Partnership will take on responsibility for contacting individuals across East and West Sussex who have received a positive COVID-19 test result, but were unable to be contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team within 48 hours.
Residents in West Sussex who need to be contacted by the Community Hub, will receive a text, call or email from one of the below:
- Text: COVID TRACE
- Phone: 01243 642153
- Email: West Sussex County Council Local COVID Tracing Partnership
The NHS is looking for people who can help deliver the biggest ever immunisation programme that Sussex has ever seen.
They’re looking for trained vaccinators and people who they can safely train to be vaccinators. This includes people who can work as flexibly as possible, including evenings and weekends.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) also need people who can support the programme, including administrators, front-of-house staff, drivers and operations managers.
If you can help, please look at the job opportunities being advertised on the SCFT website, where you can also apply.
Henley’s rather rotten noticeboard has now been replaced with a very smart new one, so check out the notices whenever you are passing.
NB Thank you Frank and Jose for a very level installation (see the little yellow spirit level).
to replace the very rotten one
We will soon be introducing revised winter opening hours. This will see an extension of the current opening hours at your local library, offering more opportunities for browsing, using computers and study space (where available).
The new timetable will mean that libraries in our largest communities will be open throughout the day, including over lunchtime for working customers. Families will also be able to visit after school, and every library will be open on a Saturday, for part or all of the day.
The revised winter opening hours will also provide an opportunity for us to work safely with our partners and local organisations who provide vital support in our local communities. Each library will set a day aside for “services by appointment”, so that we can continue to respond to local needs, and work with key partners, who may require a face to face venue in their local community.
Keep an eye out for our next newsletter, where we will be revealing the winter opening hours for your local library!