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Council Tax Hardship Scheme

Council tax hardship scheme expanded to help more economically vulnerable residents in Chichester District

Leading councillors have agreed to expand a scheme which helps economically vulnerable people in Chichester District pay their council tax.

In March, the council was issued with £699,000 of Government funding to help those experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 to pay their council tax.

As a result, all working age recipients who already received the council’s own Council Tax Reduction support automatically received £150 and all new Council Tax Reduction recipients who are eligible will also receive £150 for the 2020-21 financial year, subject to funding being available.

It is estimated that providing support to existing and future working age recipients of Council Tax Reduction will account for around half of the funding. To ensure that as many people are supported as possible, councillors have agreed to extend this support to pension-age recipients of Council Tax Reduction and all council tax payers that are financially vulnerable as a result of the pandemic.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are financially vulnerable as a result of COVID-19 and are finding it difficult to pay their Council Tax.

“The funding is there to complement our own existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme which supports residents on low incomes,” explains Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance and Revenues at Chichester District Council. “The Government is allowing local authorities the freedom to decide how best to use any remaining funding for council tax support.

“We wanted to extend this support to include other council tax payers that may be financially vulnerable as a result of Covid-19 and it will allow us to support those who are in the most need. We already have plans to proactively contact those residents who will benefit from this help.

“We understand that this is a difficult time for many people and I would urge anyone who is struggling to make payments to apply for Council Tax Reduction. This is a means tested benefit and does not take account of outgoings. If you think you may be eligible, please visit our website for further details and to apply at: www.chichester.gov.uk/myaccount

“If you are already in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and are still having difficulties paying your bills, you can now apply for this new support by filling in the Discretionary Housing Payment application form at:www.chichester.gov.uk/benefitforms

“Residents can also contact us by emailing benefits@chichester.gov.uk or calling 01243 534509.”


Council Tax Hardship Scheme2020-07-11T05:26:59+01:00

Shop local, Eat local, Love local

Many of you will have seen the new banners that have appeared close to North Mill and at The Grange, encouraging us to all Shop local, Eat local and Love local.

Love Midhurst banner 2

Our local shops and businesses were amazing during the lockdown – they really stepped it up a gear when we were at our lowest. Many did free deliveries which they’ve never done before, offered safe collections and starting stocking essential items that many supermarkets had sold out of.

Lockdown may now be easing and people are starting to go back to some more normal routines, but please remember to continue to support your local shops and encourage others to do the same. We hope you agree that we owe them a very big Thank you!

Shop local, Eat local, Love local2020-07-10T15:40:48+01:00

Could you become a Parish Councillor?

Have you ever thought of becoming a Parish Councillor? Do you want to find out what’s involved and what a difference you can make to your local community?

We have several vacancies on the Council and lots of opportunities for the right person to get involved in some exciting ongoing projects and to help shape the future of the Parish.

You don’t need to have any specific experience in a similar role. It’s more important to be passionate about your community, have a willingness to get involved and have a few spare hours a month to help make things happen. As a Council we meet 6 times a year (although not face to face at present) and then depending on what areas you get involved in there would be other project or committee specific meetings in between.

Being a Councillor really isn’t anything like you might expect. It’s not like The Vicar of Dibley 😉 If you’d like to find out more and have a chat about what’s involved, in the first instance please get in touch with our Parish Clerk by emailing parishclerk@easebourne.org

Could you become a Parish Councillor?2020-07-07T16:05:31+01:00

Save the date!

Despite the current pandemic the Parish Council is hoping that come September a relaxation of the lockdown rules means we’ll be able to host our annual family picnic in Easebourne Park.
So, we’re hoping to hold it on Sunday 6 September from 1 to 5pm (weather and lockdown permitting) just ahead of back to school plans.

Everyone in the Parish is welcome. For now, just save the date. We’ll provide more details soon!
Save the date!2020-07-07T15:50:47+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-07-03T19:08:00+01:00

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 are published

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 are published

Plans for how West Sussex will cope with any local outbreak of COVID-19 have been published by West Sussex County Council.

Every County and Unitary Council has been asked to publish its plans to deal with local pockets of the virus which may appear.

The West Sussex plan, which includes details about the public health response, what action businesses and members of the public might be asked to take, and how this will be communicated, can be found on our website.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at West Sussex County Council, said: “COVID-19 has affected our way of life and everyday routine extensively. We have been asked to make unprecedented sacrifices in order to limit the spread of this virus and as national restrictions begin to lift, it is important for us to make sure that here in West Sussex we are able to monitor and manage any rise in cases locally.

“I know that a considerable number of people, as well as our businesses, are very keen to get back to a more normal life, but I also recognise that this will cause a certain amount of anxiety. We want to ensure that we get the balance right between keeping our residents safe and well while getting our economy back on track.”

To ensure the plan is delivering for residents, a Local Outbreak Engagement Board (LOEB) will be established as a sub-group of the County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). This is chaired by Amanda Jupp and will report to the quarterly Health and Wellbeing Board, which is held in public. Dates and times of the meetings are available on our website.

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 are published2020-07-03T07:48:11+01:00

Update from Chichester District Council

Thursday 2 July 2020

Issued by the Communications Team – publicrelations@chichester.gov.uk




This briefing is to keep you updated on the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the district.

Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Stay alert
  • Service changes
  • Parks reopening
  • Litter in public places
  • Parking patrols boosted
  • Public toilets
  • Domestic waste and recycling collections
  • Parking offers
  • Meeting up with friends and family
  • Pubs and restaurants reopening
  • Stay safe, leave a space
  • Community hub
  • COVID-19 local outbreak plan
  • Legionella risks after lockdown
  • Keeping children safe online
  • Shielding reminder
  • Coronavirus statutory sick pay scheme
  • Stay in touch 

Latest update

This week the Prime Minister made a speech outlining how the Government would be bringing forward £5billion of funding for capital investment projects to support jobs and the economic recovery. Projects include:

  • hospital maintenance;
  • road network improvements;
  • school re-building and repairs;
  • digital upgrades and maintenance to some court buildings;
  • prison building maintenance and creating temporary prison places;
  • a series of local growth projects; and,
  • money to speed up investment in town centres and high streets.

You can find out more about the Prime Minister’s announcement at https://bit.ly/PMBuildSpeech

Stay alert
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. You can find more information on what you need to do at www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus and the very latest government advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Service changes

Please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus for all the latest information.

Parks reopening

Our play parks will be open again by this weekend. Please make sure that you refer to the guidelines that we have placed at each site to make sure that you and your children stay safe.

Litter in public places

Our litter enforcement officers are patrolling busy areas and fining anyone who is caught littering. We have seen an increase in the amount of litter that is being generated, especially on our beaches and in our car parks. We want to assure you that our teams are working flat out to keep on top of this, but we ask that if you find a full bin, or you can’t find somewhere to place your rubbish, please take it home with you.

Even though we are regularly clearing up and emptying bins, the sheer volume of people using our car parks and beaches has meant that we have seen an increase in littering. We will be increasing our messaging from our Against Litter campaign, to remind people that they have a role to play in making sure that our district is kept beautiful. Find out more at www.chichester.gov.uk/againstlitter

Parking patrols boosted

We have boosted parking patrols, especially in our coastal areas, and we will continue to do this. We’ve also met with the West Wittering Estate who own and run West Wittering beach and car park to discuss concerns raised by local residents. They are gradually increasing parking capacity, and they are advising anyone who has not booked that they should not visit West Wittering beach. We have been issuing Penalty Charge Notices to anyone who parks illegally, and we are looking at other possible measures that could be taken. We are also working closely with West Sussex County Council, which is responsible for the roads, and the Police — who have the powers to deal with anti-social behaviour — to discuss what further action could be taken, especially when hot weather is expected.

Public toilets

All of our public conveniences remain open and are being cleaned regularly. Please remember to maintain social distancing when using our parks and toilets.

Domestic waste and recycling collections

We are continuing to empty your bins as usual, including household waste, recycling, green recycling and trade waste. The teams have been working hard to make sure that all services are running.

Parking offers

Don’t forget that if you are paying to park in Chichester District Council car parks you can select two hours and get a third free if you use the MiPermit app over the next three months. We are also offering free parking at Avenue de Chartres car park on Saturdays and Sundays for the next three months. Find out more atwww.chichester.gov.uk/parking

Meeting up with friends and family

From Saturday, two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures – updated guidance on social distancing can be found at https://bit.ly/SDUpdated
Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, this will be reduced to a distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

Pubs and restaurants reopening

This weekend, many pubs and restaurants across the district will be reopening. We have written to all of them offering advice and guidance, especially around licensing and planning as the Government has indicated that restrictions in these areas could be eased this month, to help them get back on their feet.

However, we do ask that everyone makes sure that they plan ahead because many pubs and restaurants will be working to a strict ‘bookings only’ policy to limit numbers. Please make sure that you follow social distancing guidance at all times and avoid large gatherings or congregating outside licensed premises.

Stay safe, leave a space

It is vital that we all observe social distancing rules as part of our fight against coronavirus. We’ve produced signage which is being displayed across the district, reminding people that they must stay safe and leave a space. We’re currently working on another project which will further expand on this work and we’ve also produced a video with our local businesses to welcome shoppers back to our High Streets at www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal

While our Civil Enforcement Officers, Foreshore Officers and Community Wardens have all been closely monitoring social distancing and offering advice, they do not have any powers to enforce these measures.


Community hub

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council and its Community Hub which is there to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. We have been supporting the hub by collecting and delivering food, supporting volunteers, calling people to check that they are okay.

You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help, or if you want to volunteer your services in these difficult times. This will be available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries from 8am-8pm. The team will be contacting the most vulnerable to tell them how to get help. The best way to contact the hub is online; if you have access go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub.

A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980. We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support.

COVID-19 local outbreak plan

We have been working very closely with West Sussex County Council and our other partners to create a Covid-19 Local Outbreak Plan. The plan works hand-in-hand with the test and trace system, providing a strategy on how we will reduce the spread of the virus if infections start to increase locally. If we see a local spike in coronavirus cases, the plan will ensure a speedy response to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading further. This could range from making sure that infected individuals self-isolate, to locking down a specific local setting or even introducing a wider local lockdown where we will all need to follow this agreed plan.

Legionella risks after lockdown

Our Health Protection Team is reminding local businesses and voluntary groups that they must legally consider the potential for hazardous bacteria if their water system has been fully or partially closed during the lockdown period. If premises have been closed, or operating at reduced capacity, there is an increased risk of Legionella, which grows in water systems that have not been flushed through regularly, and where water has stagnated.

Those premises currently preparing to reopen can find information and advice at www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34084/Council-urges-premises-to-carry-out-post-lockdown-Legionella-checks?fbclid=IwAR2CdZ8IkfD_RGsH5FCZdv4ixAWOgtwHKhi3I4KhZc-uBYIK6ymgTvZ1GXs as well as helpful links at www.chichester.gov.uk/foodguidance.

Keeping children safe onlineAdvice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been updated and can be found atwww.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online

Shielding reminder

Millions of people shielding from coronavirus will be able to spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July. You can find out more information at www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-to-ease-guidance-for-over-2-million-shielding

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The guidance for employers on whether they can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related statutory sick pay has been updated to include Information about employees who have transferred under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Stay in touch

Make sure you stay in touch with our daily updates on:






You can also now sign up for our e-newsletters at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts

Update from Chichester District Council2020-07-03T19:08:35+01:00

Getting set for the re-opening of the Park

From Saturday 4th July, the play equipment in Easebourne Park will once again be accessible. The re-opening of course comes with some guidance that’s been provided to us from the Government. Signage will be placed throughout the Park to encourage visitors to maintain social distancing and carry out frequent hand sanitising after using equipment or touching any surface.

Here’s a copy of the notice – COVID-19 Park Guidance July 2020

For most of us this is now second nature, but please take a moment to read the signs when you next visit and do all you can to stay safe whilst there is still a risk of COVID-19 being spread.

Getting set for the re-opening of the Park2020-07-01T10:36:07+01:00

Select and Collect service coming to a West Sussex Library near you

Libraries in West Sussex are introducing a phased reintroduction of services from Monday 6 July, starting with a ‘Select and Collect’ service.

The service will allow residents to collect books from the front doors of all 36 West Sussex County Council owned libraries without the need to enter the building.

People will be able to reserve specific titles in the usual way online or by phoning their local library. In addition, people who may not know exactly what they want to borrow, will be able to ask for a more general selection of books chosen by a member of the West Sussex Library team.

Customers can complete a short online form or phone their local library giving them some basic information so that appropriate books can be selected.

People will also be able to pick up existing reservations made before Monday 23 March.

When items are available, the library service will let customers know and arrange a time for the items to be collected.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the West Sussex Library Service has done their utmost to make sure that they offer all library users an alternative service to tide them over until lockdown restrictions were eased.

“Now, they are taking their first step back to a ‘new normal’ by offering this fantastic ‘Select and Collect’ service. We hope that this will get our regular library users comfortable with heading back into their local library when they re-open fully at a later date. It will also allow library users to see some of their regular library staff and have a chat or talk through any worries or concerns they may have about using the libraries at this current time.

“Whatever you plan to do, the staff at all of our libraries are looking forward to welcoming you back.”

Browsing inside the library is not yet available and all libraries will be operating with reduced hours for the foreseeable future.

Once the ‘Select and Collect’ service has been trialled, the next priority is to restore customer access to IT whilst still enabling staff to work safely.

For anyone who cannot visit the library and would like to borrow a selection of stock or request specific items, the Essential Delivery Service, which was set up when libraries closed towards the end of March, will still be available.

There are currently no overdue charges for outstanding items, so please do not worry if you are unable to return your books at this stage.

To take advantage of the ‘Select and Collect’ service, visit arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/staff-select and fill out the short online form.

Select and Collect service coming to a West Sussex Library near you2020-06-30T09:34:30+01:00