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Coronavirus & your welbeing - Advice from MIND (added 01.04.2020)
South Hams & West Devon COVID-19 Important Update 31.03.2020
Low Income - Council Tax Reduction (added 30.03.2020)

Citizens Advice - Change to service (added 26.03.2020)
COVID-19 Important updates
South Hams & West Devon BC - Keeping businesses & residents informed
COVID-19 Important Information for Businesses (added 25.03.2020)
COVID-19 Update from South Hams and West Devon 24 March 2020

Recycling Centres Closed (added 24.03.20)

South Hams & West Devon BC - Business Update (added 19.03.20)
South Hams & West Devon BC - Business Update (added 17.03.20)
Postponement of Lifton Community Wellbeing Event - 19th March 2020
The Trafalgar Way (Lifton) - Competition
Latest information for your community on coronavirus (COVID-19)

POSTPONED: Community Wellbeing Event in Lifton on Thursday, 19th March 2020
West Devon Police Newsletter February 2020 - Tavistock Bulletin (added 26.02.20)
Notice of Road Closure: Liftondown Cross to Heale Bridge 13th May 2020 (added 24.02.20)
Paying for Council Services (added 19.02.20)
Cats Protection Bumper Jumble Sale on 7th March at Lifton Community Centre (added 18.02.20)
The Supercharged Recycling Trial (added 10.02.20)
West Devon Borough Council 2020/21 Budget Engagement (added 10.02.20)
Royal Voluntary Service - Reducing isolation in older people across West Devon - Volunteers needed (added 06.02.20)
Mobile Library Service in Lifton (added 06.02.20)

For residents of Lifton: Information about local salt bins, salt use and salt bags
Are you interested in becoming a Police Volunteer in a Community Speed Watch Scheme? (added 28.01.20)
Stagecoach Route Consultation 2020 (added 28.01.20)
The vulnerable set to benefit from double care boost (added 15.01.20)
Mayoral Awards Scheme - Nomination details and form 2019-20 (added 15.01.20)
West Devon - Action on Climate Change (added 17.12.19)
Torridge & West Devon: Declaration of Results following last week’s General Election (added 16.12.19) 
Merry Christmas from West Devon - Information on how to recycle this Christmas (added 11.12.19)
Devon Tree Planting, Devon Carbon Plan and 5G 'call for evidence' (added 06.12.19)
Don't miss the deadlines for 30 hours free childcare and primary school applications (added 05.12.19)
Winter is coming - ways to stay well (added 02.12.19)
Free Parking for Christmas Shoppers (added 19.11.19)

Consultation notification: the Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
Devon County Council is looking for micro businesses, sole-traders and freelancers (added 15.11.19)
General Election - Statement of Persons Nominated & Notice of Poll
General Election - Thursday, 12th December 2019
QE11 Recreation Ground Committee


 Coronavirus & your wellbeing - Advice from MIND
Please find some helpful advice from the charity MIND by clicking on this link: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

 


South Hams & West Devon COVID-19 Important Update

Please read the latest bulletin from South Hams & West Devon here:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSWDEVON/bulletins/2841678

 


Low Income - Council Tax Reduction

Here is a link to the West Devon Borough Council Tax Reduction Scheme: 
https://westdevon.gov.uk/article/6636/Low-Income-Council-Tax-Reduction


Citizens Advice - Change to services

Citizens Advice are changing their face-to-face services.  For more details, please look at this document: CAB Coronavirus closed face to face.

Coronavirus - Scam Alert

Scam alertFraudsters are preying on your fear and sending all sorts of scams related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Every hour we're being notified of a new scam or ransomware attack using the Coronavirus situation.

Below are some examples of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for:

  1. Emails that appear to be from organisations such as the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), or the World Health Organisation (WHO). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments. Phishing is the term used for dishonest people pretending to be a reputable company so they can gain your personal information.
  2. Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19.
  3. Emails that claim to have a 'new' or 'updated' list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.

Remain cautious! Always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:

  • Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organisation such as the WHO or CDC, go to their website directly online and follow links from there.
  • If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to enter your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.


Service Updates

Newspaper graphicRecycling 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.

Public Toilet Closures

By 30 March, all public toilets in South Hams and West Devon will be closed until further notice. Public toilets are ‘high touch’ areas and therefore closing them will help reduce the spread of infection.

Notices will be placed on all entrances to advise of the closure.

Salcombe Harbour

In line with government policy to tackle the spread of COVID-19 Salcombe Harbour Authority has suspended all none essential operations whilst maintaining a watch system in line with its statutory duties. The Harbour Office is closed and services such as boat lifting and the harbour taxi are cancelled with immediate effect until such a time restrictions are lifted.

We appreciate that the next few weeks (at least) are going to be difficult but we expect everyone to follow current government guidelines such as no unnecessary journeys and only leaving home for essential activities. We therefore do not expect to see our stakeholders using harbour facilities or going afloat without a good reason that falls within the guidance published at the time.

We will be in touch with new guidance when the situation changes. The boatman will endeavour to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14 daily from 30 March 9:00-4:30.

The Harbour Office phone will be answered remotely Mon-Fri 9:00-4:30 but email is our preferred means of contact for everyday business. Our out of hours contact number is 01803 867034 but in an emergency afloat or along the coast please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

These efforts are being made to maintain everyone’s health and safety. We look forward to getting back up and running to facilitate your enjoyment of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary when we are advised it is safe to do so.

SHDC Play Park Closures

Further to the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday evening, South Hams DC are commencing closure of our play parks.

The following action is being taken:

  • Play park closure signs are being produced today and tomorrow, with a view to being erected (subject to staff availability) between tomorrow and Friday at SHDC owned play parks.
  • Signs will be erected at fenced play areas on the gates/fencing advising of the closures. Gates will be cable tied/locked/chain and locked shut as appropriate.
  • At sites with unfenced play equipment, signs will be erected at entrances to the wider green spaces, or in the vicinity of the equipment.
  • Inspections of the play equipment will cease with immediate effect, however signs will carry a contact email address in the event that the public have cause for concern about the equipment.

For play parks owned by Town and Parish Council you are of course advised to take a similar course of action. Attached is an editable sign template, which you may wish to add your contact details to, print and erect at your play parks, as well as locking fenced play areas where this does not compromise access to a wider green space.

For Town/Parish Council owned sites with play equipment typically inspected by SHDC officers, these inspections will cease for the duration of the formal play park closures – this reflecting the fact that there should be no public use of play equipment at this time, and as inspecting officers will be heavily involved with the wider COVID-19 response.

Consistent with Government advice, South Hams DC are not closing wider green spaces/parks at this time, but we will of course monitor national advice carefully, act accordingly and keep you informed as to any change to our local approach.

Environmental Protection - Stray Dogs

There will be no collections of stray dogs for the foreseeable future. We are encouraging residents to advertise locally on social media if they find a stray or to take them straight to Animals in Distress in Ipplepen, or Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre in West Devon, known as Wingletang.

As of 1 April we will be not be using Foredown but will carry on using Animals in Distress.

Useful DCC Advice Webpage

Devon County Council have created a useful webpage where you can access information on general and stay at home guidance, advice for village halls, advice for community groups, protecting the isolated & vulnerable and advice for community transport. Click on the link below.



Keeping Our Businesses and Residents Informed

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.

SOUTH HAM'S WEBSITE - Advice for Businesses
WEST DEVON'S WEBSITE - Advice for Businesses



24 March 2020

Support and Advice for Businesses

To ensure businesses have up to date access to COVID-19 business support, the Government has set up a new website which hosts all the details of the schemes the Chancellor has announced.

The Council has summarised below the types of assistance being offered and the timescale for accessing the Government assistance.


Business Rates


BUSINESS RATES HOLIDAY FOR RETAIL, HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, irrespective of Rateable Value, will receive 100% retail relief for 2020/21. So every shop, pub, theatre, music venue, restaurant and any other business in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will pay no business rates for a year.

This has been extended to cover all premises, regardless of their Rateable Value.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues, for assembly and leisure, or as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

TIMESCALE

We are working hard to rebill all eligible businesses to show this 100% discount for 2020/21 as soon as possible. Eligible businesses will receive a new bill showing that there is nothing to pay for 2020/21.


CASH GRANTS FOR RETAIL, HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE

If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, you will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

Businesses in these sectors 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.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues, for assembly and leisure, or as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

TIMESCALE

The Council will receive the Government funding on 1 April. In the next day or so, we 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 Council’s
website in order for a payment to be made direct into their business bank
account. The payment should be received in early April.


SMALL BUSINESSES GRANT FUNDING

The Government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Please note that properties which are occupied for personal use, e.g. private stables, beach huts, moorings etc. will not qualify for these grants.

TIMESCALE

The Council will receive the Government funding on 1 April. In the next day or so, we 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 Council’s
website in order for a payment to be made direct into their business bank
account. The payment should be received in early April.


BUSINESS RATES HOLIDAY FOR NURSERIES

Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Year Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation Stage.

TIMESCALE

Eligible businesses will receive a new bill showing that there is nothing to pay for 2020/21 as soon as possible.


CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME

Under the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the payroll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’.

HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant. The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1st March and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary. All UK wide employers with a PAYE scheme will be eligible – this includes the public sector, Local Authorities and charities.

UK employers will need to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’ and notify their employees of this change.

Once the new online portal is live, employers need to submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings.

HOW DO I ACCESS IT?

HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. 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 cashflow support, you maybe eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.


CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOAN SCHEME

A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will launch to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. For loans up to £5 million, the Government is providing a guarantee of 80% for each loan. This will give lenders the confidence to continue to provide finance to businesses. The Government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee.

You will be eligible if your business is UK based with a turnover of no more than £45m per annum and your business meets the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria.

HOW DO I ACCESS IT?

Talk to your bank or finance provider as soon as possible and discuss your business plan with them. If you have an existing loan with monthly repayments you may want to ask for a repayment holiday to help with cashflow.


COVID-19 CORPORATE FINANCING FACILITY

The new Covid-10 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) means that the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies. This will support companies which are fundamentally strong, but have been affected by a short term funding squeeze. It will operate for at least 12 months.

FIND OUT MORE

More information on eligibility can be found on the Bank of England website.


TIME TO PAY (HMRC)

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

FIND OUT MORE

Call the HMRC Helpline for advice on 0800 0159 559


VAT DEFERRAL

VAT Deferral

The Government will support businesses by deferring Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months. UK Registered businesses will not need to make VAT payments normally due with VAT returns during this period. Taxpayers will be given until the end of the 2020-21 tax year to pay any liabilities that have accumulated during the deferral period. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the Government as normal.

The deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

FIND OUT MORE

This is an automatic offer with no applications required.


SELF-EMPLOYED

If you are self-employed and your trade is affected by COVID-19 we are working with the measures outlined by the Government, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and our own local powers to provide support where we can.


INCOME TAX DEFERRAL FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED

If you are self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to 31 January 2021. If you are self-employed, you are eligible.

TIMESCALE

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged in the deferral period.


UNIVERSAL CREDIT AND CLAIMING BENEFITS

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.

Business owners and their employees who cannot work or find their income streams significantly reduced due to coronavirus maybe eligible to claim Council Tax Reduction or apply for support from our Exceptional Hardship Fund.

Universal Credit is claimed online with the DWP and help with Council Tax is available from Council Tax Reduction and also an Exceptional Hardship Scheme. If you already receive help towards your housing costs and require further assistance you can make an application to our Discretionary Housing Payment Fund.

CLAIMING BENEFITS

For those with queries about benefit claims – new and existing, in relation to Coronavirus.

If you are self-employed and claiming Universal Credit and are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of Coronavirus, the Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) will not be applied for a period of time whilst you are affected. From 6 April the requirements of the Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed. This change will apply to all Universal Credit claimants and will last for the duration of the outbreak.

FIND OUT MORE

Apply below for Universal Credit.

COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) is a scheme to help people on a low income pay their Council Tax Bill by reducing the amount they have to pay.


COUNCIL TAX - HARDSHIP FUND

The Government has also announced a new £500million Hardship Fund so we can support economically vulnerable people and households, to be administered by the Council. The Government expects most of this funding to be used to provide more council tax relief, either through existing Local Council Tax Support Schemes, or through similar measures.

TIMESCALE

The Council has today received the Government guidance on the Hardship Fund and we will send out further update bulletins as soon as possible.


IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY PAYING YOUR BILLS


CITIZENS ADVICE

There are things you can do if you are struggling to pay bills like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of Coronavirus. Speak to the organisation that you owe money to. They might be able to help you by letting you pay smaller amounts or take a payment holiday. It is also worth checking with your bank or building society – 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 scheme is called Universal Credit) 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.

FIND OUT MORE

The Citizens Advice website has lots of information and advice.


HELP AND SUPPORT


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below is a link to the Government’s website page on Frequently Asked Questions.


THE HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST GROWTH HUB

Business support and advice is available over the phone, 03456 047 047 or by email info@heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk or accessing, The Heart of the South West Growth Hub website on the link below.


BUSINESS SUPPORT

You can contact the Government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice. 0300 456 3565 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm


HMRC – COVID-19 HELPLINE

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities. These businesses can contact HMRC’s new dedicated COVID-19 helpline for advice and support.

FIND OUT MORE

Call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559


COVID-19


SHDC and WDBC Leaders

Message from Cllr Judy Pearce and Cllr Neil Jory

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have, along with every other Council in the country, has been tasked with supporting the National Plan to protect the NHS and prevent unnecessary deaths.

You may have heard the Prime Minister advising that the NHS has identified 1.5M extremely vulnerable individuals with specific medical conditions who are most at risk from the Covid-19 virus. Letters advising those individuals will be sent out this week advising them to stay at home for 12 weeks.

Please note that these letters of instruction will be sent to a person’s registered home address. Individuals should, therefore, be aware if they are isolating in, or visiting their second home you may not qualify to receive help locally.

There may be others within our communities who are similarly vulnerable: over 70s; expectant mothers and people with underlying medical conditions that make them susceptible. Those individuals may also choose, and would be well advised, to self-isolate during this period.

Many of these people will have little or no direct support. It will be our job, working with all of our communities, to protect these people and shield them from the virus and the effects of the current emergency.

This will impact every town and parish nationwide, from Downing Street to Our Street. Together with helping to support businesses and responding to hardship cases, this task is going to be our absolute priority and we have been asked by the Government to do what it takes to complete our mission.

In order to respond we have spent much of the last few weeks planning for this escalating situation; we have reorganised our structure, working closely with the Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum – who will oversee this effort – and Devon County Council to focus our resources to take on the job. We now have the right people in the right places so we can react quickly and provide the extremely vulnerable with the support they need, shield them from the virus and protect the NHS. Government has promised us that if we lead the way the resources will follow.

We have created a Community Response Team, who are already talking to Town and Parish Councils. Our work to help, support and protect the most vulnerable people will develop over the coming week, as we work with our partners, including local voluntary groups.

If you are in need – or know someone who is – you can register that need at the email address below or by calling 01822 813600 or 01803 861234 providing the relevant name, contact number and address where possible. Local voluntary groups can register by contacting the Council at the same email address CommunityCoordination.Covid19@swdevon.gov.uk

Follow the Government’s advice, follow us on social media, stay in touch with your community and we will get more information out to you as soon as we have it.


Recycling Centres Closed

Please find below more information about Devon Recycling centres being closed:  https://www.devonnewscentre.info/devons-recycling-centres-closed-until-further-notice/

 


COVID-19 - A Business Update

South Hams & West Devon sent this bulletin at 18-03-2020 05:15 PM GMT

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18 March 2020

Keeping businesses informed

Newspaper graphic

Further to our newsletter yesterday on the measures in the Budget on 11 March which were announced by the Government, further announcements were made by the Chancellor yesterday to help businesses in these challenging times.


Chancellor Update

Chancellor

Here is an update on the announcements from the Chancellor yesterday:

The £3,000 grant to small businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief has now been increased to £10,000. As soon as we receive the Government guidance on this grant, we will contact the businesses which will be eligible for this grant.

The Chancellor has also announced full Business Rates Relief (a business rates holiday) for all businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors for the 2020/21 financial year. So all businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will pay no business rates for a year.

This means that every shop, pub, theatre, music venue, restaurant and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector will pay no business rates for 12 months.

In addition, the Chancellor has announced that a cash grant of up to £25,000 per business for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000 will be made, to help bridge through this period.

As with the measures from the Chancellor’s Budget, we have not yet been provided with the guidance from Central Government for these schemes and how businesses can claim for them, but will be in contact with eligible businesses as soon as we know.


Help for those who are self-employed

Business owners and their employees who cannot work or find their income streams significantly reduced due to coronavirus may be eligible to claim Council Tax Reduction or apply for support from our Exceptional Hardship Fund. To find out more information please visit our websites on the links below.


Further Information

For further Information, please see below a link to the Government announcement:


We are currently working hard with Central Government to get clarity over the measures announced in the Budget and other emergency measures and we will be putting staff in place to make sure we can administer the emergency measures.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates and announcements as they become available



Update for Businesses
South Hams & West Devon sent this bulletin at 17-03-2020 01:43 PM GMT

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17 March 2020

Keeping Businesses Updated

Newspaper graphic

These are exceptionally challenging times for all businesses and we are currently working really hard with Central Government to get clarity over the measures announced in the budget and other emergency measures that are going to be rolled out.

We expect to get advice this week and we will be putting staff in place to make sure that we can administer the emergency measures. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates and announcements as they become available.

Measures in the Budget 2020

budget

As you may have seen, in the Chancellor's Budget on the 11 March, the Government has announced a series of measures to help certain types of small businesses.

At present, we are still waiting for the details from Central Government and as soon as we have received this guidance, we will be able to confirm your eligibility for the reliefs which have been announced.


Your Current Business Rates Bill

If your business has a rateable value of £51,000 or greater and is not a public house your bill will be correct.

The Government has announced that to support small businesses affected by coronavirus, there will be 100% business rates relief for businesses eligible for the retail discount.

So eligible businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a tax holiday for a year for 2020/21. This applies to shops, cinemas, restaurants and hotels (as long as your rateable value is less than £51,000).

This does not apply to all businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000. It is only businesses who previously qualified for the retail discount and it has been extended to include some of the hospitality sector.

If you are a qualifying business (your current bill will show one or more of the following reliefs: 50% Retail Discount, Small Business Rate Relief, or £1,000 Public House Relief) you will be sent a revised bill in due course. If the revised bill means you have overpaid your 2020 business rates bill, you will be refunded.


£3,000 Grant for Small Businesses Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief

Peer Challenge

We currently have no additional details about the £3,000 grant that the Government has announced for business currently receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

We are currently waiting for Central Government to issue us with guidance on how to distribute this grant of £3,000 to the businesses which are eligible to receive it.

As soon as we receive the Government guidance on this grant, we will contact the businesses which will be eligible for the grant.


Council Tax - Hardship Fund

The Government has also announced a new £500 million Hardship Fund so we can support economically vulnerable people and households, to be administered by the Council.

The Government expects most of this funding to be used to provide more council tax relief, either through existing Local Council Tax Support schemes, or through similar measures. The Government will set out more detail on this funding, including allocations, shortly.

We will send out further update bulletins as soon as we have more information from Central Government.


Further Information

Click on the link below for more guidance for employers and businesses.

 


 Postponement of Lifton Community Wellbeing Event - 19th March 2020

Please see the message below from the organisers of the above event:
After much careful consideration of the current situation relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have reluctantly decided to postpone our Community Wellbeing event in Lifton on Thursday 19 March. This is very disappointing to us all but the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the event including local residents of all ages has to be our top priority.

Throughout the planning of this event, your support, commitment and encouragement has been heart-warming and greatly appreciated; it clearly demonstrates a strong community spirit.

To stress again - this is not a cancellation but a postponement. We are trying our very best to let everyone know, but if you could pass this message on through all your usual networks we would be very grateful.

We will be in touch with you again when, closely following Government advice and guidance, we feel it is safe to arrange a new date and time for a Community Wellbeing event to benefit everyone in Lifton.



The Trafalgar Way (Lifton) - Competition

Did you know the historic Trafalgar Way, the route taken by the messenger after The Battle of Trafalgar, passes through Lifton? He changed horses at The White Horse which became The Arundel Arms around 1815. There is a plaque on the walls of the pub celebrating this brush with history. Now The Trafalgar Way are inviting you to take out your brushes or cameras and make a ‘Postcard from the Trafalgar Way’ and you could win £1000! The competition has categories for adults and children. All the details can be found here: https://www.thetrafalgarway.org/postcards

 


6 March 

Latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We understand that our residents and visitors may have concerns about coronavirus. We would like to reassure you that the government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.

The county council is monitoring the situation closely and coordinating with Public Health England. We are taking all possible steps to keep you safe.

Visit the NHS website for the latest information and advice and the current situation in the UK or you can follow Public Health England’s Facebook page or Twitter feed for the latest updates, information and advice.


Handwashing advice

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Most of us think we know how to wash our hands properly, but there are seven steps to effective hand washing to help prevent the spread of germs. This video from Torbay and South Devon NHS shows how simple it is. Don't forget, you need to wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing 'happy birthday' twice (around 20 seconds).


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

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The Department of Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.


Every Mind Matters

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Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing – take the Every Mind Matters quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.

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Community Wellbeing Event in Lifton on Thursday, 19th March 2020

Please click here to find out more details about this event.


West Devon Police Newsletter February 2020 - Tavistock Bulletin

Please click here to read the latest West Devon Police Newsletter.


Notice of Road Closure

Road closure from Liftondown Cross to Heale Bridge, Liftondown on Wednesday, 13th May 2020 for a maximum of 5 days.  Please click here for more details.


Paying for Council Services

Earning money from investments, sharing services with South Hams District Council, restructuring senior management, savings from new contracts and prudent financial management: just some of the ways that West Devon Borough Council has managed to balance its budget this year.

Unprecedented cuts in core government funding means that balancing the budget has been a constant challenge for West Devon Borough Council over the past few years.

This year, thanks to sound financial management, our successful Invest to Earn programme and some difficult decisions, the Council has not only managed to present a balanced budget and close a predicted budget gap of £440,000, but has also put money aside for key projects that support the Health and Wellbeing of the Borough.

West Devon’s element of Council Tax bills will be increased by £5 per year – or 2.16%. This means that a Band D property would have paid £231.63 last year for West Devon’s element of the Council tax, will pay £236.63 this year.

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: “Over the last few years we have worked incredibly hard, exploring different options for managing our money and closing the gap in our funding caused by the loss of our core government funding.

“Our Core funding has been reduced by around £3 million over the last few years. We now no longer receive any Core Government Grant Funding (known as Revenue Support Grant).

“But I am delighted to be able to say that the hard work is now paying off and that this year, we are able to invest in some vitally important projects.

“This year we have been able to allocate £4.3 million for two community housing schemes which we hope will provide around 30 new homes in West Devon.

"The Council is also allocating £780,000 for Disabled Facilities Grants, to enable less able residents to live independently within their own home.

“In recognition of the climate change and biodiversity emergency we have created a new two year temporary post in the organisation for a Climate Change Officer.

“To support our economic aims and drive forward our work under the theme of Enterprise, we are creating a new job for an Economy Officer. Both posts are shared equally with South Hams District Council.

"We are also mind full of the increasing pressures on the Town and Parish Council precepts. After some debate we have agreed to defer a proposed increase to the cost of emptying dog waste and litter bins until next year. A consultation will take place with those communities to work out the way of recovering the costs of this service.”

The ongoing relationship with South Hams is one of the reasons why West Devon Borough Council has been able to manage its budget in such difficult times.

The council continues to make an annual saving of at least £2.2million by sharing its workforce and services with South Hams. Collaborating with them, and other Councils in Devon, on major contracts has also enabled the Council to make savings through economies of scale that entering into contracts on their own would not create.

The contract with Fusion Leisure for example, who now manage all of the leisure centres in West Devon and South Hams, has not only enabled the councils to make savings but has also seen improvements to the leisure facilities in all of the centres.

A recently renegotiated joint contract with FCC Environmental also saw the Council make savings of around £2 million during the lifetime of the new contract. Recently through that contract, the Council and FCC have rolled out a new and improved waste and recycling service with more materials now collected from the kerbside. Other initiatives to address the Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency will follow.

The Council is increasingly taking a commercial approach to address much needed economic regeneration. Our commercial strategy is to develop our assets, or acquire new assets, with the aims of providing economic benefit as well as an ancillary revenue return to the Council, where possible. Our four commercial property acquisitions purchased in 2018/19 are now generating a net income stream for the Council of around £280,000 every year.

To further our strategy, the Council is now exploring Commercial investment in renewable energy as part of its plan to tackle the Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency.

In addition to all of this, a recent review and restructure of the senior staff at the Council has resulted in an additional saving of just under £100,000 per year, and has produced a flexible and efficient management structure for the next phase of our development.

This year £150,000 has been allocated as the first step in upgrading the Council’s IT systems. The Council will be installing a flexible and innovative solution that we believe will provides excellent value for money and will further improve both customer interaction and in-house efficiency.

Cllr Neil Jory Said: “This Council has always been at the forefront of change in the public sector; we were one of the first councils to share a Chief Executive, and we will continue to take innovative steps in order to provide the income we need to protect the delivery of services.

The Council continues to face considerable financial challenges as a result of uncertainty in the wider economy and constraints on public sector spending. Our annual net budget of £7.2 million is about the same amount of money an average secondary school has to spend each year. We have to make every penny count.

“This year, as in recent years, we will be increasing our portion of the Council Tax. Without Core Government Funding, Council Tax is the biggest proportion of the Council’s income.

This year West Devon will be increasing their part of the Council Tax by £5 per year or 42 pence per month per household. This means a Band D household will pay £236.63 to West Devon Borough Council for 2020/21 to pay for the services the Council provides (out of an average total council tax bill for a Band D property of just over £2,000).

Cllr Jory concluded: “When you look at your Council Tax bill please remember that for every pound we collect, West Devon Borough Council only keeps 12 pence in every pound. This is because your Council Tax also funds your Town or Parish Council, Devon County Council, the Police and Fire services. When you look at it this way, the proportion of Council Tax we keep is small in comparison to the other services, and every penny we collect makes a big difference to our budget, and ultimately the services we are able to provide.”

These services the Council provides include: Planning, environmental health, affordable housing, homelessness, waste and recycling, car parks, beaches, stray dogs, street naming and numbering, pest control, licencing, dog fouling, fly tipping, council tax, benefits, play parks, litter bins, street cleaning, tree preservations, bottle banks, elections, grass verges, heritage preservation, building maintenance, disabled facilities grants, event licencing, markets, community safety, Environmental Health (Private Sector Housing).

Services that West Devon Borough Council is not responsible for include: Potholes, schools, social care, recycling centres, roads, off street parking, traffic lights and street lamps.

Follow this link to see more: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/4404/What-we-do
Link to Council budget papers: https://mg.swdevon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=271&MId=1277&Ver=4

 

  


The Supercharged Recycling Trial

From 24th February, 1000 households in West Devon will be trialing a new waste and recycling service. For those involved, their food and dry recycling will continue to be collected weekly, but their black sacks will be collected once every 3 weeks.

West Devon residents have been asking the Council for some time to help them recycle more. So last year they launched an improved recycling service, with more items collected for recycling.

Now that more items are part of the weekly recycling collection there should be very little waste for residents to put in their black sacks.

This trial will help West Devon Borough Council evaluate how we can all reduce our environmental impact through increasing recycling and reducing our carbon footprint.

Cllr Caroline Mott, the Lead Member for Waste and Recycling said: “This is the exciting next step in our journey towards a more environmentally friendly waste and recycling service.

“Did you know that nearly half of the waste that residents put in their black sacks could have been recycled. Just imagine the huge reduction in waste going to the incinerator in black sacks if everyone recycled all that they could.”

Throughout the trial West Devon will be collecting lots of information, including residents’ feedback, to let them know how things are going.

Progress of the trial will be reviewed by the Council after 6 months. Areas of West Devon where the trial is taking place include parts of Tavistock, Okehampton and Bridestowe Ward. Those homes which are in the trial will now have received a letter in the post telling them what they need to do.

They are also being offered the option to sign up for an email bulletin to remind them of their black sack collection and give them helpful waste reduction tips.

Cllr Mott continued: “We want to support the residents through this trial and will be providing them with lots of advice and tips for reducing their waste and increasing their recycling.

“We will be also holding roadshows in the trial areas and have identified ward members and local champions who can support residents through the trial.

Road Shows will take place:

Bridestowe - Village Hall, Pool Hill, EX20 4EW 19 Feb, 10.30 - 13.30

Okehampton - Ockment Centre, North Street, EX20 1AR 20 Feb, 10.30 - 13.30

Tavistock Scout Hall, The Den, Pixon Lane, PL19 9AZ 21 Feb, 10.30 - 13.30

LINK TO WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.westdevon.gov.uk


West Devon Borough Council Budget Engagement

 

As part of the annual budget setting process, we would like to engage with businesses on the Council’s Budget Proposals for the next financial year. The Hub Committee have recommended the 2020/21 Budget Proposals to the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 18 February.

We would like to capture the views of businesses electronically (as we did last year) and we have designed a short questionnaire for this purpose.

We would be grateful if you could spare five minutes to share your thoughts. The survey will close on Monday 17 February and the results will be shared with all of our councillors.

For more information visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSWDEVON/bulletins/27998ef


Royal Voluntary Service - Reducing isolation in older people across West Devon - Volunteers needed

Royal Voluntary Service are currently developing a volunteer-led initiative across West Devon to help reduce isolation and loneliness within older people.

The project - known as Community Companions - primary focus is to recruit and train small teams of volunteers to provide companion support to the most isolated within their own communities. The more local the focus the better. Royal Voluntary Service provides all the background support, DBS’s, safeguarding and training services for the volunteers to facilitate such activity to happen safely.

We are currently looking to promote the project throughout West Devon. The aim would be to attract volunteers to join the project and establish a support network that can then reach out to help the most isolated. Please click here for more information or go to Web: www.Royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk


Mobile Library Service in Lifton
Please click here for information about the dates and location for the mobile library service in Lifton.

For residents of Lifton: Information about salt bins, salt use and salt bags

Lifton Parish Council is a member of the Devon County Council snow warden scheme, which provides the parish with a supply of rock salt.
DCC provide salt bins around the village for use by residents during periods of cold weather.
Additional bins and salt bags are provided by the Parish Council to ensure that most areas of the village have access to salt when required.

Please find below their locations:
DCC Salt Bins - Top of Darkey Lane, Parkwood Rise x2, Duntz Hill, Park Road and Hannaford Road.
PC Bins - Parsonage Court, Village Shop and Primary School car park.
Salt Bags - Arundell Close, The Crescent, Arundell Gardens, Moorfield, Liftondown bus shelter and Lane’s shop Tinhay.

Local residents can use salt on public highways and pavements during cold weather conditions. Residents are not permitted to use the salt on private driveways or paths.

During periods of severe weather only, the Parish Council uses a local contractor to spread salt on a limited number of roads around the village.


Community Speed Watch Scheme

Community Speed Watch engages with the community providing the tools and ability to work with the police and have an impact on their own priorities.  Members of the community who are interested in taking part in Community Speed Watch must apply to become a Police Volunteer to participate in the CSW Scheme.

 

Please click here for more details.


Stagecoach Route Consultation 2020

Stagecoach have started a public consultation on proposed changes to some of their services. Please click here for more details. These are also published on Stagecoach’s website, accessible via this link: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west
The consultation closes on 1st March 2020.

 


The vulnerable set to benefit from double care boost

Permit helps care and health workers 'to do their jobs'

 

If you are a care or health worker, and often struggle to find somewhere to park, help is at hand - the new parking permit allows you to park on double yellow lines.

Holders of the improved permit will be allowed to park on yellow lines for up to an hour - but only if there is no other parking and you are visiting someone in their home.

The scheme is being launched initially as a year-long pilot and the changes are in recognition that in some communities parking can be difficult to find and can add to the stress of an already demanding job.

Visit Devon County Council's News Centre to find out more.

Massive cash boost for adult care and children's services

The New Year is set to herald an inflation busting cash boost for both adult care and childrens' services.

Devon's county councillors are being recommended to approve an increase of the children's services and adult care budget for 2020/2021 by a total of £35.2 million.

This will mean an extra £23.7 million for adult care and health and £11.5 million more for children’s services.

Visit Devon County Council's News Centre to find out more.


Mayoral Awards Scheme 2019-20

The Mayor is seeking out for recognition a West Devon individual or a firm or other organisation who/which 

§ has done something particularly noteworthy within the Borough or

§ has enhanced the reputation of the Borough on the national stage or,

§ made a significant contribution to the conservation and protection of the natural environment of West Devon.

An individual can include a person temporarily living away from the Borough but whose main place of residence remains in West Devon.

Please click here for further details and nomination forms


Action on Climate Change          Issued: 17 December 2019

West Devon has agreed the steps it will take in their fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. The Council has also agreed that it aims to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.
The full Council of Members at West Devon met this week to discuss how they are planning to approach climate change and bio-diversity loss.
When they met in May the Council declared a climate change and biodiversity emergency and agreed the formation of a working group. Since then the Council’s ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity Working Group’ has been working through ideas to produce a plan that will enable them to tackle the challenge in the most logical way.
They recognise that the task in front of us all is huge and the Council cannot find solutions for the whole borough on its own.
The Council has been told that to reduce the impact of Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, we all need to reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.
This week the Council are launching a borough-wide survey, asking residents for their thoughts on climate change, their current habits or behaviours and to identify what they think our barriers to change are. To complete the survey click here.
Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: “It is important for us to stay focused and break this down into manageable pieces of work. We have decided to break our challenge into two parts, we have the Council’s internal carbon footprint, the C02 emissions that we are responsible for and then we have those of the District, some of which are within our control but most of which are not.
“In the short time since we agreed to create a plan, we have brought together a set of ideas that will point us as an organisation in the right direction. Our aim is to be carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and to have improved the habitats in our green and wooded open spaces by up to 10% by 2025.
“For those things that are outside of our direct control, we have joined forces with the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group to support the creation of a Devon-wide plan, with the aim of Devon becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
“There is already a call for evidence, asking the public to make comments and add suggestions and we have supported the group with the themed discussions that have already taken place.”
West Devon Borough Council remain fully committed to working with communities and stakeholders, to share knowledge, experience and ideas, and have made a commitment to working with partners.
Mike Davies, Chair of West Devon Borough Council's Climate Change Working Group said: “This is our planet and we are in this together. We know that we cannot solve this on our own, but by working together and helping each other we can make a difference.
“As your Borough Council we have multiple roles in this, I have already talked about doing what we can for our own footprint and supporting the Devon-wide plan, but we also have a role in supporting and signposting you, our residents and businesses, to the latest information and enabling you to do all that you can.
“Please do get involved with your Town or Parish Council or local climate action group. Please do respond to our survey and answer Devon’s call for evidence. You can even work out your own carbon footprint using this calculator.”
Our Carbon Footprint
With the help of the University of Exeter, West Devon Borough Council has now established a baseline measure of its own Carbon Footprint. The total net carbon footprint for West Devon Borough Council is 5199.4 metric tonnes of C02 emissions per year. For comparison, the average home in the United Kingdom is estimated to contribute 2.7 tCO2e per year through heating.
We have already made significant attempts to reduce our footprint through actions such as reducing the business miles. Now we are progressing other ideas such as investing in a solar farm, facilitating a salary sacrifice scheme for electric cars, getting an electric pool car and changing our vehicle fleet to electric.
West Devon Borough Council has a dedicated new website, where residents can go for more information about what the Council is doing.
Devon Carbon Plan
A Net-Zero Task Force has been established, which will use its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan .
The Task Force has issued a call for evidence and has been conducting a series of hearings, to help gather views.
The views of the general public will play an important role in the production of the Devon Carbon Plan. Recommendations developed by the task force will be put to a Citizens’ Assembly next year. The Assembly will comprise a representative sample of Devon’s citizens from different social backgrounds, including young people.
Make sure you stay in touch with us, and get all of the latest information through our E – Bulletins sign up here.

www.westdevon.gov.uk

Please be aware that telephone calls to and from the Council may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

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Torridge & West Devon Election Results
Please click here for the Declaration of Results following last week’s General Election.

 

Merry Christmas from West Devon

As we now enter the festive season here is some information about how to recycle this Christmas.

This year we have produced a handy chart. Click on the link below to be taken to a web version and view the whole chart online. From there you can also download a copy if you wish.

Christmas Chart

Not sure what goes where?

Check out our short recycling challenge video, which shows what items go in which container. If you enjoy our video, why not create a recycling challenge of your own and share it on social media #WDBC

How to sort your recycling

And here are some short videos about recycling this Christmas

Wrapping Paper

Love Christmas Hate Waste

As well as being a time of too much tinsel, telly and corny eighties tunes – Christmas is also when many of us waste more food than usual.

With that in mind, food waste prevention campaign Love Food Hate Waste have put together their top five tips to help you make the most of the festive fare in your kitchen - Click on the link below to find out more.


Garden Waste Pauses for Christmas

If you subscribe to the garden waste service, you can put your real Christmas Tree out for recycling alongside your green sacks between 6 January and 24 January 2020.

Garden Waste Christmas




Dec 2019

Tree planting initiatives take root

Tree planting at County Hall

Pupils from St Leonard's Primary School helped us with a tree planting in the grounds of County Hall as part of National Tree Week and the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

It also marked the launch of our two free tree planting initiatives. We've teamed up with the Woodland Trust and the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum to encourage communities and landowners to plant more trees.


Schools contribute to Devon Carbon Plan

Devon Youth Parliament Climate Forum

Young people from across Devon have had the opportunity to contribute to the Devon Carbon Plan, which aims to set out how Devon can reach net zero carbon targets. More than 100 Devon students were joined by climate experts at the Devon Youth Climate Forum, hosted by the Devon Youth Parliament, to discuss how best to reduce carbon emissions. As part of the event, Youth Parliament members also helped plant a tree at County Hall.


Deadline extension for 5G “call for evidence”

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We've extended the deadline for our call for evidence on 5G so you now have until New Year’s Day if you want to take part by filling out the online questionnaire.

Our Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee is carrying out a spotlight review on 5G. As part of this review you're invited to provide us with your views on the technology and to share evidence or information that you feel scrutiny should consider in examining 5G.


Applications for primary school places close on 15 Jan

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If your child is due to start primary school in Devon in September 2020, the application process will close on 15 January 2020. This doesn't include children in Plymouth or Torbay, so parents of children in those areas need to apply directly to their local education authority.

It's easy to apply online or you can fill in a hard copy of the application form, which can be requested by calling our Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Don't miss the deadline for free childcare!

30 hours childcare

If you want 30 hours free childcare for your three or four year old in January 2020, you need to apply for your code before the Christmas holidays or it could be too late. Don't miss out!


Download the HANDi app for child health advice

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If you are unsure of what to do when your child is unwell, download the free HANDi app which provides expert advice on the most common childhood illnesses to parents/carers.

The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed. The app is free to download on Apple and Android devices.


Winter is coming - ways to stay well

Say no to norovirus this winter

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Norovirus, also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days

This infection can live on hard surfaces for weeks and spreads very quickly through environments where lots of people are mingling closely, such as hospitals, schools and nurseries. Alcohol or antibacterial hand gels are a popular choice for people wanting to protect themselves from the bugs that circulate during winter. However most people don’t realise that hand gels are NOT an effective protection against this common sickness bug.

The best way to protect yourself and others from catching this unpleasant sickness bug is simply to wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water, and to keep the environment you live and work in clean.


Have you had your flu jab yet?

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It takes between 10 and 14 days for your immune system to respond fully after you have had the flu vaccine, which is why it is important to have your vaccine early in the flu season.

For most people flu will clear up on its own relatively quickly, but for some people, including over 65s, pregnant women or people with underlying health conditions, it can be more serious. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for:

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions
  • pregnant women
  • children aged 2 and 3
  • children in primary school
  • frontline health or social care workers

If you’re eligible, you can get yours free at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy.


NHS App - book appointments and manage prescriptions

NHS app

Are you one of the 4,000 people in Devon who have already downloaded the new NHS App?

Wherever you are, 24/7, the NHS App allows you to book, cancel and track appointments at your GP surgery with ease.

You can order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record, and quickly check symptoms, plus access to NHS 111 online means no more wondering if you need urgent attention.

You can download it free from Android and Apple app stores.


Free Parking for Christmas Shoppers

West Devon Borough Council would like to add to the seasonal cheer this Christmas season with free parking events available in Tavistock, Okehampton and Chagford.

Go along and attend the Christmas shopping events and take advantage of parking in the towns for free. So spend an evening shopping with friends and family, enjoying the mulled wine and mince pies on offer.

The free parking events are:
Thursday 5 December - Okehampton’s Edwardian Evening
Friday 6 December - Tavistock’s Dickensian Evening
Friday 6 December - Chagford’s Late Night Shopping

The free parking will start from 4:00 p.m.


Consultation notification: Plymouth & South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) & Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
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Please click here for more information.


DCC is looking for micro businesses, sole-traders and freelancers

Devon County Council has launched a new trial looking at how to better support rural micro businesses in Devon. If you run a micro business in a rural area, help to shape the future of business support by joining their Engaging Rural Micros research trial.  Businesses can sign-up until the end of December 2019 at www.engagingruralmicros.com


General Election - Statement of Person Nominated & Notice of Poll

Please click here for a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Member of Parliament for Torridge & West Devon Constituency.


General Election - 12th December 2019

There will be a General Election on Thursday 12th December. Your polling card will alert you to the location of your polling station.

Please see the notice of election by clicking here.


QE11 Recreation Ground Committee

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