SSDC Business Support Grant

SSDC is responsible for administering the business rates relief and business support grants.

Grants not loans

There has been some confusion over the business support grants and the business bounce back or business interruption loans with some reluctant to apply thinking they may have to pay it back. The Business Support Grant scheme is not a loan so businesses/organisations can be reassured of this.

We have a straight forward process via our website for people to apply for a grant. The link for this is www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/business-support/ and then click on the ‘Government Grant Funding Schemes’ tab.

We still have around 980 businesses and organisations who have yet to apply for a grant.

What we still need to do

We have undertaken a range of activities to publicise the Business Support Grants and encourage businesses and organisations to apply. So far we have:

  • Set up a web-page providing advice on support and an online application process
  • Contacted by letter or e-mail all businesses/organisations we identified as being likely to qualify for a grant
  • Phoned out on a number of occasions, where we hold a contact number to those who had not applied in the first couple of weeks
  • Undertaken a social media campaigns across a number of weeks to promote the business grants available and how much we have paid out
  • Engaged with the local Chambers of Commerce and business groups to get the message to as many businesses as possible
  • Shared information with all of the Environmental Health registered businesses – circa 1000 businesses
  • Promoted it through the Tourism Newsletter

Customers who want to make an enquiry direct themselves should send it to revenues@southsomerset.gov.uk.

South Somerset District Council Press Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day during the pandemic

Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day).

This year, the Government has moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism. 

We had been hoping for communities to run a whole host of activities. However, in line with the latest expert medical and scientific advice from Public Health England and guidance on mass gatherings, plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe public events cannot take place, including the planned national celebrations (Visit GOV.UK to find out more).

There are still lots of ways you get involved and show your support in marking the day.

ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE

Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945. 

The address to the nation will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. The public will be encouraged to open their doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.

The official commemorations will begin at 11am with a national moment of remembrance and a two minute silence. 

The ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ will take place at 3pm on the 8th May with people invited, from the safety of their own home, to stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you.” 

ACTIVITIES

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a template pack so that the public can hold a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home complete with homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children

You can also use English Heritage’s pack to help you put together your own celebrations to mark the #VEDay75 from home.

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow will host history lessons for children from today. At 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dan will host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day.

South Somerset District Council has also designed a VE Day puzzle for you to try which can be found here – https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/3149/ve-day-puzzle.pdf

We will be publishing even more VE Day-themed activities on our special page for children throughout the week – visit https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/family-activities/

CHURCH SERVICES

Following Government guidance, it will not be possible to attend a church service to commemorate those who fought in WW2. However, the Archbishop of Canterbury will record a special reflection and moment of prayer for VE Day.

WASTE COLLECTIONS

Friday 8 May will see no waste collections so those recycling and rubbish pick-ups will be on Saturday 9 May from 7am.

Collection crews are asking all residents to ensure their containers are out on time, with contents sorted, plastic bottles squashed, cardboard flattened, and – if safe – cans crushed.

The Somerset Waste Partnership has also issued activities for VE Day which can be found here – https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/one-day-later-collections-after-ve-day/

WHAT IS VE DAY?

On Friday 8 May, it will be 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. 

The war in the East did not end until 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day). 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the greatest generation that served in combat and on the home front during the Second World War.

“Whilst we now need to celebrate VE 75 in our homes and on our doorsteps, rather than in parades and street parties, I know the nation will come together to mark this historic occasion.

“In these difficult times, acts of remembrance are even more poignant and I am sure that millions will want to join me to remember and give thanks to those who gave so much to secure peace, freedom and prosperity in Europe.”

Henstridge Burial Ground during the Covid-19 pandemic

Henstridge Parish Council wishes to remind residents to observe the social distancing rules while tending the graves of loved ones during the pandemic.  Please try to avoid touching surfaces and ensure you wash your hands when returning home.  If a funeral is in process, the burial ground will be closed to visitors. 

In line with Government guidance, funeral services should only be attended by members of the immediate family who are not in any of the high-risk categories and are not self-isolating.  The number of mourners must be restricted to ensure a safe distance of 2 metres (6ft) can be maintained between individuals.   Only the following people should attend:

  • members of the person’s household
  • close family members
  • if the deceased has neither household or family members in attendance, then it is possible for a modest number of friends to attend

The Parish Council realises that this is very difficult for people but needs to ensure everyone’s safety and help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Further information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

News from South Somerset District Council

News from South Somerset District Council: 
South Somerset District Council is continuing to ensure that our communities receive all the help they need during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes offering extra support in areas where our residents need it most.  A big addition to this extra support is the brand new pop up SSDC Wellbeing Hub which has been set up to supply food parcels and other supplies to South Somerset residents in most urgent need. The Hub is already up and running and more than 30 deliveries have already been made to residents who are shielding or who fit the criteria where they are recognised as vulnerable.

How do I get a food parcel?  Residents who are shielding who have NOT received a food parcel from the Government and residents who are assessed as vulnerable can now call 0300 790 6275 to find out if they are eligible.

How much do they cost?  Shielded people (as identified by the NHS) will get their first food parcel free. Vulnerable people will pay a set fee depending on the size of parcel required.  £26 for a single person, £30 for couples and £52 for families of 4-5 people. This service is non-profit and delivery is free.

What is in the food parcel?  All goods are non-perishable and should give a broad choice of food needed to prepare balanced meals. The parcels also include toilet rolls, cleaning and hygiene products.

How long does it take to get a food parcel?  Most food parcels will be delivered the next day between 10am and 4pm.

If this self-isolating goes on for some time, what happens if I need a repeat order?  You can email or phone an order through to the team. Your details will have been saved making ordering and paying quicker.

How often can I order?  Box contents are built around a weeks’ worth of food, re-ordering shouldn’t be required under this time period.

Can I book a time slot?  No, deliveries will usually be next day and between 10am and 4pm.

What if I have not received a shielding letter?  Shielding letters come from the NHS. Your GP or hospital will have provided names of patients that they consider vulnerable & require shielding. If you have not received a letter and feel you should have one, then you should contact them.

 Age UK are providing support for vulnerable residents – shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.   Call 01305 269444 or e-mail enquiries@ageuknswd.org.uk