New Phone Hotline To Assist Businesses With Covid-19 Grants

Do you run a North Somerset business that has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, or know someone who does?
North Somerset Council is encouraging businesses that have been negatively affected in any way by the Covid-19 pandemic to get in touch via its new dedicated phone line (01934 888 114) or email address ([email protected]). The council will then work with those businesses to identify which grants they can claim for and help them to apply for those grants.
There are lots of different grants available and it is getting very difficult to work out what you are entitled to and what you are not. To tackle this, The North Somerset Lib Dems have worked with the Council to put some extra resources into our business grants team can help businesses to navigate the grants and identify which ones you’re eligible for.
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Clean the Portishead Lake Grounds

Sign our petition calling on North Somerset Council (NSC) to dredge the lake at the Lake Grounds to make it safer and cleaner for us all. 

Many of us are alarmed to see the amount of mud in the lake during Portishead’s hot summers, shown in the picture below. The ducks and swans in the lake seemed even more concerned at their disappearing habitat.

Despite ongoing requests from Lib Dem Cllr Sue Mason that the lake be cleaned, NSC do not want to spend the money and so are saying that all we can do is wait for enough rain to fill the lake.

We see it as unacceptable that there is often more mud than water in the lake and demand that it is dredged, for the benefit of the people and the wildlife of Portishead. If you agree then make sure to sign our petition.

The previous Conservative Administration wouldn't do it while they were in charge, hopefully, this new administration will.

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Tackling Child Poverty in North Somerset

The Government has decided that schools will not be required to provide free school meals during February half term. The North Somerset Lib Dems agree with the NEU that "these are battles which should not have to be repeatedly fought" and that the government's plans represent a logistical nightmare. It should not be this difficult to do the right thing.

Families across North Somerset are being encouraged to continue accessing free school meals during the latest lockdown restrictions following reports from other parts of the country that inadequate meals have been provided.
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Here’s some ways you can get Online during this pandemic if you’re from North Somerset:

North Somerset Council has opened a free service aimed at increasing the level of basic digital skills and abilities in North Somerset residents and providing residents with the internet devices that have become essential over the pandemic.

The Council’s digital inclusion project ‘Get Connected’ is open to low-income residents on Universal Credit or with little or no qualifications. The council has 120 laptops available for loan for a period of 12 months to eligible residents. They will be supported throughout the year and encouraged to sign up for courses which aim to improve their confidence, employment prospects and connectivity and reduce social isolation.

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New Year's Covid-19 Update from North Somerset Lib Dem Councillors

Happy New Year to all our readers and friends. We know the last thing any of us wanted to face in the New Year was another lockdown; however, we are at a very challenging moment in the course of the pandemic and action is needed to save lives and protect our NHS. This update gives details of the new national lockdown rules and other useful information. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

from the North Somerset Lib Dem Council Group

New national lockdown


The Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown for England on 4 January, with immediate effect. The lockdown is very similar to the rules that existed in the first lockdown in March last year and the key message is please stay at home as much as possible. Most non-essential businesses will be closed and schools will not reopen for face-to-face learning until after the February half-term at the earliest.


You can read the full guidance on the lockdown rules here.

If you need help

If you need help during lockdown and you are shielding or unable to access support from family or friends, please contact North Somerset Together - the voluntary network set up by North Somerset Council to support communities.

You can access support via the website or by ringing 01934 427 437.

Support for businesses

At the moment, it is unclear what support will be available for businesses or self-employed people affected by the new lockdown. We expect further grants to made available through the lockdown period. As soon as information and application processes are clear, the North Somerset business website will be the best place to look for details.

Vaccinations well underway

The good news is that the local vaccination programme is well underway. Priority groups, including those over 80 years old and care home residents and staff, are being vaccinated at great pace thanks to the hard work of NHS staff. The Government has set the target of vaccinating all those in priority groups 1-4 by the end of February. This will include all those aged 70 or over and all those in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. This will protect those at the very greatest risk from serious effects from Covid-19.

The NHS have asked us to remind residents that they do not need to get in touch with their GP or hospital, and they will be contacted directly and offered an appointment for a vaccination in due course.

Local Covid-19 case data

The latest seven-day Covid-19 case rate for North Somerset (for the seven days up to 30 December) is 372.0 cases per 100,000. This is a 14% increase on the week before. This is now the highest case rate that North Somerset has seen since the pandemic began, overtaking our previous peak in early November.

By way of comparison, the North Somerset case rate at the beginning of October was 42.3, at the beginning of November was 178.6, and at the beginning of December 129.3. Cases accelerated during October and early November and then fell again during the second national restrictions in November. Since the November restrictions were lifted, case numbers have again risen in North Somerset to our current pandemic peak.

You can access the full data here.

Get in touch

  • Contact Councillor Ashley Cartman (Long Ashton) on 07904 188 187 or email [email protected]  
  • Contact Councillor Huw James (Portishead South) on 07716902189 or email [email protected]
  • Contact Councillor Caroline Cherry (Clevedon Walton) on 07906 068 777 or email [email protected]
  • Contact Councillor Geoff Richardson (Clevedon West) on 07986 433 640 or email [email protected]  
  • Contact Councillor Stuart Treadaway (Congresbury and Puxton) on 07762 314 887 or email [email protected]
  • Contact Councillor Patrick Keating (Blagdon and Churchill) on 07584 674 740 or email [email protected]
  • Contact Councillor Mike Bell (Weston Central) on 07881 320 279 or email [email protected] 
  • Contact Councillor Robert Payne (Weston Central) on 07904 026 096 or email [email protected] 
  • Contact Councillor Mark Canniford (Weston Hillside) on 07881 320 283 or email [email protected]
  • Contact Councillor John Crockford Hawley (Weston Hillside) by email [email protected]

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