Get help from Herefordshire Council
In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Herefordshire Council is working with community organisations and local businesses to help connect people to the support being coordinated in your area.
Talk Community Team Helpline
01432 260 027
The Talk Community Team from Herefordshire Council are also putting in place a programme to work with existing community support groups to roll out any support they can offer. They have a helpline number and will link people who need support with the people providing support in their area.
How to apply for Government support
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a wide-ranging support package for British individuals and businesses, making available £330 billion of guarantees.
It is expected that the schemes announced will be up and running by the beginning of the week commencing 23 March.
Information how to apply for financial support is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19
How to get an isolation / sick note online
This service is for if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
Guidance by category
Below is a series of links to helpful information for all those who are concerned about the social, economic and health impacts of the Coronavirus:
Businesses and Employees
New Bounce Back Loans to launch:
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up and running:
Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:
Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:
Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:
Guide for UK businesses:
Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus. Temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow:
Further businesses and premises to close guidance:
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/production-and-supply-of-ventilators-and-ventilator-components
New regulations for business closure
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers
Free childcare pay to continue even if nurseries closed: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-childcare-offers-to-continue-during-coronavirus-closures
Guidance for health professionals:
Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff:
Pubs and restaurants
Guidance for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-grant-permission-for-pubs-and-restaurants-to-operate-as-takeaways-as-part-of-coronavirus-response
Extra £3.2 million emergency support for the homeless: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/3-2-million-emergency-support-for-rough-sleepers-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Schools and educational settings
How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020:
Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/voucher-scheme-launches-for-schools-providing-free-school-meals
Guidance on school closures: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close
Maintaining educational provision and the list of key workers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision
Further details on exams and grades:
Claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme:
Tax helpline to support businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19
Changes made to Statutory Sick Pay and how Universal Credit supports self-employed claimants: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses
Delay Council Tax payments until the start of June:
Email the request and proof of self-employed status to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Government has taken a number of steps, including making regulations that make it clear that employees who self-isolate on the basis of published advice from Public Health England (and the devolved health authorities) will be entitled to SSP. The Government has also announced that it will introduce legislation to make SSP payable from the first day of sickness and that it will refund SSP payments made by businesses with under 250 employees.
Changes to Statutory Sick Pay: https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay
From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor.