CORONAVIRUS: How to access government financial support in North Somerset

The Government has announced additional help for people whose household income has been affected due to coronavirus.

Cllr Ash Cartman, North Somerset Council’s executive member for finance, said: “There is lots of financial help available to assist people through these unprecedented times. I would like to reiterate the message around paying council tax – we would ask all those who are able to continue to pay their monthly instalments to do so as council tax provides a significant proportion of the council’s revenue and enables us to run important local services, many of which are under pressure during this difficult period.”

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A Boost For Our Care Homes

North Somerset Council has today agreed a temporary increase to adult care provider fees to help them deal with the increased costs associated with COVID-19. The Liberal Democrat Group welcome the increases which will be backdated to 6 April and remain in place until 31 May. The Council will review whether further payments are needed next month 

All care home placements made by North Somerset Council will benefit from a flat-rate increase of £100 per week and home care payment rates will increase by £1 an hour.

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CORONAVIRUS: Council Launches £40.4m Local Business Support Fund

A £40.4 MILLION support fund for small businesses in North Somerset has now been fully launched, with the work and support of Liberal Democrat Council Group. The fund is to be spent on small business grants of £10k or £25k.

Lib Dem Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “We want to help local businesses during this difficult time, and we urge businesses and individuals to get in contact with the council to see what available support there is. We recognise this is a difficult time and we want to help organisations to get the financial help they need.”

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Council Lobbies Government And Asks Somerset Businesses For Help With PPE

North Somerset Council is appealing to the Government for additional personal protective equipment (PPE), and to local businesses for any spare PPE, so it can be used by the authority’s care workers. 

Although the Lib Dem co-led Council’s care teams currently have sufficient PPE, stocks nationally are running low, and priority is being given to NHS staff.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Mike Bell, Executive Member for Health and Social Care at North Somerset has called on the Secretary of State, for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP to improve protection for those workers on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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North Somerset Councillors met again on March 7th to discuss the Councils response to Coronavirus. Lib Dem councillors, Cllr Caroline Cherry, Patrick Keating, Huw James, Geoffery Richardson and Wendy Greggs led the constructive scrutiny sessions, asking questions on PPE, Special Schools, Accessible Communication, and Business Support.
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