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.

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01432 260 027

How to apply for Government support

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a wide-ranging support package for British businesses, making available £330 billion of guarantees.

Information how to apply for financial support is available here: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Get tested

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

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

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-outlines-winter-economy-plan

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Information on the Job Support Scheme:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/job-support-scheme

Information on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Healthcare professionals

Guidance for health professionals:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus

Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-provide-free-car-parking-for-nhs-and-social-care-staff

Schools and educational settings

Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare

Maintaining educational provision and the list of key workers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision

Self-employed

Claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-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 counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk 

Statutory sick-pay

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.

Supermarkets and accessing essential supplies

Read more here.

Travel

Read more here.