Communications2020-03-31T18:11:16+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

May 4th, 2020|Categories: Communications, News|

Update from West Sussex County Council

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Communications, News|

Update from West Sussex County Council

As we enter a further stage of lockdown we wanted to give a reminder of where you can find the latest information and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.It is so important that we all continue to stay at home wherever possible and do not meet others, even friends or family. Remember you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

We should all make sure we:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash our hands as soon as we get home

With the majority of us spending prolonged periods of time at home, taking care of your mind as well as your body has never been more important. The Every Mind Matters website from the NHS has guidance, tips and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing at this challenging time.

If you are unsure about the advice then take a look at the government website for guidance on what you can and cannot do. There is also a really helpful blog from Public Health England which is regularly updated to answer many frequently asked questions.

There are steps we can all take to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please follow the NHS advice and:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Please also visit our dedicated webpage where you can find updates on our services and how they are being impacted in light of the current situation, as well as lots of other links to useful sources of information for residents and businesses.

 

Support and local advice

Could you benefit from emotional support, guidance and a listening ear? If so, Carers Support West Sussex are on hand to help during these uncertain times.

They are available via email, phone or online where they can offer you a friendly and informal chat. You do not need to be in a caring role to benefit from this service.

Phone: 0300 028 8888
Email: info@carerssupport.org.uk
Website and online chat: www.carerssupport.org.uk

Response line opening times: Monday, Tuesday , Thursday  & Friday  9am – 5pm, Wednesday  9am-7pm, Saturday  10am-12pm.

 

Urgent appeal for specialist equipment

NRS Healthcare runs the county’s specialist rehab equipment service on behalf of the council and the local NHS.

People in West Sussex who are no longer using key items of specialist community equipment are being asked to return them as soon as possible to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Items urgently needed include; specialist hospital-style beds, mattresses, hoists, commodes.

Any unused equipment currently on loan can be returned if no longer needed.  To arrange a collection please phone NRS Healthcare on 0345 127 2931 or email enquiries@westsussex.nrs-uk.net

All collection drivers will follow strict social distancing measures.

 

April 18th, 2020|Categories: Communications, News|

£37 million in COVID-19 grants issued to local businesses in the Chichester District 

Local businesses will receive more than £37 million in council grant payments aimed at supporting them through the COVID-19 crisis.

In the first two weeks, Chichester District Council has issued over £23 million in grants to 1,900 businesses through the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant scheme launched by the Government.

Through the Small Business Grant Scheme, a one-off grant of £10,000 is available to businesses currently eligible for small business rate relief, rural rate relief or tapered relief to help them meet ongoing business costs, whereas the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant provides a payment of either £10,000 or £25,000 to eligible businesses to help meet ongoing costs.

Businesses are encouraged to apply for assistance atwww.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020

“These are unprecedented times and we want to make sure that each and every business that’s eligible for this support receives the help they are entitled to as quickly as possible”, says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council.  “We only need a few details to get payment made and so the sooner we receive these details, the sooner we can get the grants paid, so please get your forms in as soon as you can. We have been contacting eligible businesses to make them aware, but we also need people to help us spread the word. For more information and to submit your details please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020

“A number of businesses will receive support through the increase of Expanded Retail Rate Relief, including pubs. This will assist around 1,000 businesses in our district, with a total rates reduction of £27million in this financial year. The Government has also introduced 100% business rates relief for day nurseries registered on Ofsted’s early years register. This will assist 18 nurseries in the district and reduce their combined rates bill by £250,000. There is no need for businesses to apply for these reductions and amending bills showing the full reduction have now been issued.

“In addition to this work, the council’s Economic Development team has been helping hundreds of businesses, making sure that they are aware of how to access all of the help that is available. This includes how to access grants; help under the coronavirus job retention scheme; and, assistance for the self-employed.”

All applications received before 4 April will be paid into the nominated bank accounts from Friday 17 April onwards. Businesses that applied before 4 April but haven’t heard from the council by 21 April are encouraged to get in touch with the council by emailing taxation@chichester.gov.uk

Businesses are also being warned of scams, which target businesses that could be eligible for grant support. These scams may ask for account details, direct businesses to websites that are not genuine, or offer help for a small fee. These grants can only be issued by councils and so businesses are being encouraged to visitwww.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020 or emailtaxation@chichester.gov.uk

The council has created a range of new pages on its website with answers to frequently asked questions. For information about the range of support available for businesses, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupport.

 Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up the council’s free email newsletter, EBiz: www.chichester.gov.uk/ebizsignup. EBiz is compiled by the Economic Development Team and is a great way to receive updates on the latest Government guidance and help during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

 

April 17th, 2020|Categories: Communications, News|

Brief

Our aim is to communicate with all residents within Easebourne parish and to be as transparent as possible. Our primary communication method is still our public Parish Council meetings held every other month and our Annual Parish meeting.

Given the significant number of changes taking place within the Parish we rely heavily on this website to assist in providing you with updates from our meetings and projects. News stories and updates will also be shared through our Facebook page. Please do follow us on Facebook and share updates with your friends and family to help keep Easebourne Parish updated.

We will continue to utilise our notice boards around Easebourne and Henley village for significant updates, updates in the United parish magazine, along with door drops when necessary to reach out to everyone in the Parish.

If you would like to ask your Parish Council anything please feel free to attend one of our meetings, or contact the Parish Clerk via email, post or phone. Details can be found on our Contact Us page. Please bear in mind that our Clerk works 13 hours a week and so there maybe a delay in receiving a reply.

Members

Carol Cantlon (Head)

Ian Milne

Mike Noble

David Pack

Kay Graetz (Co-opted)