The Department of Health & Social Care has confirmed the Covid-19 mobile testing units will be at Rayleigh Leisure Centre on 13th, 14th and 15th May. The units will operate from roughly 10.30am to 4pm each day, using military resources.
HMRC has launched an online tool the public can use to find out if they’re eligible to make a claim through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. You will need your Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number and your National Insurance number to use the tool.
A new temporary zero VAT rate will be applied to supplies of PPE from today 1 May to 31 July 2020, for businesses and individuals purchasing for protection from infection.
After careful consideration and following Government advice, the council is restarting its collections of large items again from early next month after temporarily shutting them down in March due to the pandemic.
Due to operational staff undertaking essential duties in line with the council’s response to COVID 19, Hockley Woods car park will remain closed to allow staff to continue safe working practices whilst maintaining social distancing. Hockley Woods remains open to the public via pedestrian access as normal.
Despite the beautiful spring weather, the council is urging people to remember to #StayHomeSaveLives, by following social distance guidelines, you are really helping to stop the spread of COVID 19. Thank you for staying home. If you’re finding the current situation difficult, please remember you are not alone. Support to help you is available https://www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/article-categories/mental-well-being/
The council operates a Voluntary Sector Grant scheme which aims to support local voluntary and community organisations that deliver services and/or projects in the Rochford District. Due to the impact of COVID 19 on community organisations we have seen a lower than normal amount of applications this year and so we have extended the application deadline until Friday 15th May. Details can be found here: https://www.rochford.gov.uk/voluntary-sector-grants-202021-guidance-notes
Residents who are shielding (also known as “Category A” residents) who registered with the Government for food parcels, have their parcels processed and delivered direct from the Government via a dedicated phone line and on-line system. Where any such residents have concerns about their parcels e.g. residents who no longer want a parcel; non delivery of a parcel; change in dietary needs etc they should contact the Essex Welfare Service to advise.
Due to COVID 19 Citizens Advice has suspended its face to face services. For clarity below are the up to date contact details.
We’re delighted to confirm that all bin collection services are running today, and the weekend catch up was completed. Thank you to all residents for your continued support.
We need your continued support during this difficult time as some of our compostable collection services have been affected due to reduced staffing levels.
Essex County Council has established the Essex Welfare Services as part of PROVIDE (a health and social care service). EWS has been set up to assist the most vulnerable in the community to allow them to access shopping, medicine and other support.
The last three weeks have changed almost everything that most of us have come to take for granted, visiting friends and family; spending time outdoors; even shopping trips to the supermarket.
As we move toward Easter weekend, please remember to use green spaces and footpaths near where you live for daily exercise. Please don’t drive to beaches, country parks or other beauty spots. Essex County Council has put together some good tips to find local paths and parks near your home.