New Funding for Supported Bus Services 2020/2021
The Government are making available new funding to enable local authorities to increase their support for bus services. Devon County Council are running a public consultation to help them use this funding in the best possible way. You can find more information and have the opportunity to "have your say" here.
Due to the reduction of bus services across the county, Devon County Council are trialling an on-demand subsidised taxi service for Devon residents for key workers accessing employment only.
This service is intended to replace those journeys which were previously made by bus - a subsidised flat fare will be charged.
Requests can only be made by email and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the following information in your email:
NAME, ADDRESS, KEY WORKER STATUS, EMPLOYER / PAYROLL REF
JOURNEY REQUIREMENTS (pick up/drop off)
DCC will aim to respond to all requests as soon as possible during normal office hours – journeys should be booked 48 hours in advance of travel.
Some of this is a duplication of previous posts which is to ensure the relevant previous information remains easily accessible.
The government advice on isolating yourself and family if you show symptoms and advice on isolating/shielding is on the link below.
The link below is the the government advice site for employees with information about entitlements etc. This is clearly evolving quickly but the site should be updated frequently.
The Money Saving Expert is a good source of advice on benefits, potential help for the self employed and salary and rental protection schemes.
Devon County Council and South Hams District Council have advice pages on their websites.
The Citizens Advice Service is continuing to work but only offers advice remotely. You can contact them in the following ways.
Adviceline 03444 111 444 (Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm)
WhatsApp 07497 758779
Letter: Citizens Advice, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE
If you have a fever it is recommended that paracetamol is the first line drug to take. Many branded products also contain paracetamol so please check ingredients and do not exceed the recommended daily dose. If you do please seek medical advice.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Totnes has been closed .
The Minor Injuries units at Kingsbridge and the Cumberland Centre in Plymouth remain open. Please use them appropriately.
MIU - Cumberland Centre (Plymouth)
Tel: (01752) 434390
Opening times: 08:30 - 22:00 (09:00 - 22:00 Thursdays)
Opening days: 7 days per week
X-ray available: 09:00 - 20:45 (7 days)
MIU - South Hams Hospital (Kingsbridge)
Tel: (01548) 852349
Opening times: 09:00 - 17:00
Opening days: 7 days per week
X-ray available: 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon-Fri)
If family carers become ill the following organisations may be able to assist:
Disability Information Service 0345 155 1005
If you believe that you might need support from the community please contact Cllr Andrew Hollett, details below. If you have neighbours or friends who may not be accessing this site but you feel they may benefit please ask them to contact Andrew or give permission for you to do so.
If you are willing to be a Community Volunteer to help with the above or be willing to make regular phone contact to someone to ease the isolation please contact Cllr Trudie Timlin Brown also details below.
Cllr Andrew Hollett. Tel. 830361 andrew.hollett@
Cllr Trudie Timlin Brown Tel 830683 email@example.com
It may be useful to gather some names of volunteers willing to dog walk and this may suit dog friendly teens and others, please contact Trudie.
As mentioned in our previous post we are aware that the level of media coverage can make this situation feel overwhelming and frightening leading to anxiety in people. If you are concerned or don't understand some of the terms in the media or advice sites Clr Baumer (Retired Consultant) and Di Baumer ( Retired Public Health Nurse) have kindly offered to give telephone or email advice. They can be contacted as detailed below. This is NOT an alternative to receiving individual advice from your GP or Specialist Medical Care Team. It is part of our broader community response.
Dr H. Baumer firstname.lastname@example.org
Di Baumer 830274 dianaebaumer@
Many people will have stocked up on staples but be finding fresh produce more difficult. Holbeton Village Stores already delivers milk and will be happy to deliver vegetable boxes/bags. Please discuss with Jack Purkis. 830246 or holbetonvillagestores@
To protect the shop staff it is safer to order a delivery. If you go into use the Post Office please follow the guidelines posted on the door about accessing the premises.
Prescription Collection Service.
We have some noble volunteers who have agreed to collect prescriptions from those who are isolating or are unable to for other reasons. Cllr Baumer has kindly agreed to support this service.
For those who have a laptop or mobile phone they can be an invaluable way of maintaining contact with family and friends, locally, nationally or internationally. Many of us have them but are unsure of how to use these features to for example make video calls so we can chat for example with grandchildren. Jack Purkis has kindly offered to help anyone who would like to set up a What's app group on an android mobile phone. Pete Stevens can assist with setting up Skype on laptops, and What's App/Facetime on phones (Tel email@example.com
In the interest of keeping fit and healthy Helen Norris suggests the following:
Beginners Pilates Workout with Kim Saha on You Tube.
Yoga with Adrienne on You Tube.
If you have a Smart TV you should be able to access them on there which from experience is much easier to follow than from a phone!
Even if isolating we are lucky to live somewhere where we can walk and run without bumping into people. If you want to take up running or as I call it shuffling try the wonderful NHS Couch to 5k app link below.
By the time you have finished isolation could be over and you can join Holbeton Harriers! I am sure existing Couch 2 5k'ers will be happy to offer support.
For those who are missing exercising their vocal cords have a look at sofa singers link below. Even in dark times there are chinks of light with people doing wonderful things.
Apparently Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach is offering a daily PE class for kids every morning at 9am on his You Tube channel. It gets millions of views.
Ukulele Wednesdays is offering weekly lessons/jam on line which may be of interest to all ages and benefit to a few specific residents!
Although the libraries are closed books can still be downloaded from Devon County Council library website.https://www.
A local resident has suggested Wok Your Way Devon who are delivering asian food to this area once a week. Their facebook page has more information.
Lawsons in Ivybridge has closed but is still taking orders for home delivery (charges apply). They can supply crafting, baking, gardening, DIY equipment.Ivybridge - 01752 892543
Jack Purkis is interested in fundraising to provide outside equipment such as goalposts on the sports field for the young ( and not so young ) people ,if you are interested please contact him directly. This will not be able to be used until current restrictions are lifted.
If you have other suggestions for activities (that I can print!) please share with me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been liaising with Ivybridge Food Bank about providing support for those in need. Food banks are really struggling as people prioritise themselves. If you are able to donate food locally it will be much appreciated. Financial donations can be made online to the Trussell Trust.
As ever there are individuals who seek to profit from the current situation . The information below is from Citizens Advice and the District Council.
The Parish Council has closed the playpark, the bike track, the public toilets and the Reading Rooms until we are advised we can open all facilities safely.
Recycling centres closed
Devon County Council have closed all the household waste recycling centres in Devon until further notice. Residents are asked to safely store the waste they would have taken to the recycling centre at home until the centres reopen.
Bulky Waste Collection
The closure of the recycling centres will mean that the Council’s bulky waste collection service will also be suspended with immediate effect until the centres can reopen. Anyone who has pre-booked a collection will be notified of the cancellation and refunded in full. Other waste collection are still operating as normal.
Many thanks to all the people who have volunteered, it is much appreciated . We are in this for the long haul and you will be needed. Can I also thank my fellow councillors for all they are doing.
We are keen for this information to be circulated as widely as possible so if you can pass the links on or print it off and give to neighbours that would be helpful.
Giving World provide free of charge clothing, food Items, toiletries, cleaning and household products so the most vulnerable people in our communities can stay safe and well.
COVID-19 presents us with one of the greatest challenges we have seen during our lifetimes. However, during this difficult time we, at Giving World remain committed to supporting people in crisis by providing our service in the time of their greatest need.
We understand the need in our communities will grow. Please be assured that we will continue to service our partners and your beneficiaries’ needs, whilst following all the latest government guidelines for employee and volunteers’ safety.
If you are not already registered with us to access free of charge business surplus stock, you can do so here: https://www.givingworld.org.uk/charity/
Browse the available products here: https://products.givingworld.org.uk/product-categories
Any queries contact us by email: email@example.com
Issued: 24 March 2020
We recognise that these are very difficult times for businesses and residents within South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils and it can often be hard to find all the information you need in one place to access support and help.
The Councils have put together a fact sheet summarising all the various funding packages which have been announced by the Government and ways in which people can receive financial assistance.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector will receive a business rates holiday for 2020/21 and we are working hard to rebill all eligible businesses as soon as possible. The revised business rates bill will show there is nothing to pay.
Cash grants of up to £25,000 are also being made available by the Government for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Businesses in these sectors, who on 11 March would have been eligible for the expanded retail discount scheme, with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.
There is also a cash grant available of £10,000 for businesses who, on 11 March were eligible for small business rates relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs.
In the next day or so, the Councils will send a letter by post to the business rates contact address of businesses who might be eligible for the cash grants. Please look out for this letter at your business rates contact address as it will contain a unique reference number to enable you to apply online. Eligible businesses will be asked to apply online on the Councils' websites in order for a payment to be made direct into their business bank account. The payment should be received by eligible businesses in early April.
There are also things you can do if you are struggling to pay bills like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of Coronavirus. Our advice would be to speak to the organisation that you owe money to. They might be able to help you by letting you pay smaller amounts or taking a payment holiday. It is also worth checking with your bank or building society as they might be able to help you with your debts or let you delay loan or credit card repayments or have a payment holiday.
If you are not working because of Coronavirus, you might be able to claim benefits (the Universal Credit scheme) if you’ve lost your job or you’re self employed and can’t get work. What you can claim will depend on your situation.
The Government has also recently announced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where the HMRC will reimburse 80% of employees’ wages, up to £2,500 per month. The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March and is initially open for three months. All UK-wide employers with a PAYE scheme will be eligible to apply. HMRC expect the first grants to be paid within weeks and they are aiming to get this done before the end of April. If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
Details of all of the various types of support and financial assistance are on the Councils' website. Please keep an eye on our websites and social media for updates and announcements as they become available so that we can keep businesses and residents informed.