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

 

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

New Bounce Back Loans to launch:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-bounce-back-loans-to-launch-today

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up and running:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-up-and-running

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

Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

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

Guide for UK businesses:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-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:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Further businesses and premises to close guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/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
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-regulations-created-by-secretary-of-state-for-business-closure-covid-19

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-announces-workers-support-package

Childcare

Free childcare pay to continue even if nurseries closed: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-childcare-offers-to-continue-during-coronavirus-closures

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

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

Rough sleepers

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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced 

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.