Coronavirus - Council Leader Update

Following the Government’s announcement that a national lockdown will take place from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, some of our services will inevitably change or be suspended.

I know how frustrating this is to people, especially businesses who have gone that extra mile and invested heavily to make their business Covid secure only to be told again that you have to close.

Of course, the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority and those living and working across Bolsover District have continued to show fantastic community spirit throughout the pandemic.

But it is a balancing act between public safety and ensuring the local economy can survive. The changes in legislation, the new tiered levels of restrictions and now a further national lockdown, only go to confuse people and compound the problems our local businesses are faced with and could even sound the death knell for many and ultimately the high street.

So, we must continue to do all we can as a local council to help the local economy and high street get back on its feet, whilst protecting our communities.

Services and community support

We will continue to provide essential council services for our residents and businesses, like we have throughout the pandemic, and continue to support the most vulnerable members of our community.

Our Community Support team will help co-ordinate the response to the current national lockdown and assist with any community issues including requests for food parcels and/or medication and any general wellbeing concerns.

So, in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect people, please see the list of services below that will be affected:

  • Contact Centres – Telephone and online transactions will continue as normal, but face-to-face contact will cease from 4.30pm on Wednesday 4 November and will reopen at 9am on Thursday 3 December 2020.
  • Go! Active - Our Go! Active leisure facility will close at 9pm on Wednesday 4 November and will reopen at 6am on Wednesday 2 December 2020.
  • Leisure – All outreach sports and activities will either be suspended or cancelled.
  • Street cleansing - The emptying of dog waste bins and street litter waste bins will continue according to demand. The service will be flexible and adapt as necessary.
  • Housing Repairs - We will not be undertaking routine and non-urgent repairs or inspections inside your home. We will contact you to discuss any scheduled repairs and rearrange them once the current situation improves. We will continue to carry out urgent and emergency repairs, repairs to the outside of your home, and repairs to empty properties as normal in a safe way.
  • Meetings – All full council meetings will be cancelled during the national lockdown. 
  • Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support – Benefit form/evidence can either be posted to us or preferably documents should be provided by scanning andThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. them. You can also submit a claim online at www.bolsover.gov.uk For all other benefit enquiries please telephone 01246 242436 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Council Tax – Council Tax information/evidence can be posted to us or preferably documents should be provided by scanning and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. them. For all other council tax enquiries please telephone 01246 242440 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Payments - Debit card payments can be made online at www.bolsover.gov.uk or via the Automated Payments Line on 0300 456 0503 (account reference numbers will be needed). Cash payments cannot be accepted at present. If you would like to speak to someone about paying a bill, please telephone 01246 242424.

All other services include waste and recycling collections will continue as normal as we play our part in protecting and delivering services that you need.

Business support

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Businesses (registered for business rates) required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

For further information on the two schemes above, please visit the GOV.UK website.

We are still waiting to hear of our expected funding allocation, what the application process is and the criteria restrictions. Once this has been confirmed, details will be made available on published under our Covid-19 pages.

I have been spearheading a campaign to support our local high street for some time and offered the services of our Communications, Marketing and Design team to help promote local businesses through our Bolsover TV channel, publications, graphic designers and social media channels, all free of charge. If any business is interested in taking up this offer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 01246 242323.

For further information on any Covid related issue or to access our Community Support Team please telephone 01246 242424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regards
Steve

Steve Fritchley
Council Leader

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