If anyone wishes to speak to a Council officer during office hours, face to face, they can do so via appointment. Please contact the office on 01793 771066 and we will arrange a suitable time. Strict COVID-19 guidance will be followed including wearing of masks, social distancing and strict timings.
Emails are still operational for all staff.
Following ongoing communication and discussion with the community group “Outreach Purton” , The Council are working to provide essential basic support for residents who do not have the facility to rely on relatives, friends or neighbours. We have all agreed the following support initiative.
Hopefully these actions will bridge the gap whilst the government works on the formal arrangements to safeguard our most vulnerable. Please always listen to the government guidance in all you do.
Please see the latest update regarding COVID-19. Business Support
The council has sent out over 8,000 letters to business who are eligible for either the:
Small business grant scheme (£10,000)
For businesses that pay little or no businesses rates, the Small Business Grant Scheme will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and rural rates relief.
The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme (£25,000)
The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.
For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000
For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.
The letters ask people to complete an online form, accessed via a dedicated grants webpage http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19, so we can ensure the grants are issued appropriately and help minimise fraud. Around £1.5m has been issued today (2 April 2020) as we started to release vital funds to support businesses struggling during the coronavirus outbreak.
We’re aware that many businesses are not open. If they think they are eligible they can complete the webform without the need to pick up their letter http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19. They will not be disadvantaged by not having the letter.
The team will stay in contact as much as possible with the group over the coming weeks.
Helping our communities to be aware of misinformation.
We’re supporting national efforts to encourage members of the public to check the information they receive and share about COVID-19.
The Government is running a ‘Don’t Feed The Beast’ public information campaign via its Share Check List website to empower communities not to believe or spread information from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation, or become victims of criminal fraudsters running phishing scams.
The public can really help stop the spread of potentially dangerous or false stories circulating by following official government guidance. The ‘SHARE’ checklist below includes basic but essential advice such as to checking the source of a story and analysing the facts before sharing.
Source - make sure information comes from a trusted source
Headline - always read beyond the headline
Analyse - check the facts
Retouched - does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?
Error - look out for bad grammar and spelling
Please kindly share this information with your communities to help them protect themselves as well as others.
Cllr Philip Whitehead