Coronavirus: Discretionary Business Grants South Hams District Council

Apply for a Discretionary Grant – Act NOW  Issued: 24 June 2020

Do you need an urgent cash injection for your small or micro business? South Hams District Council is calling on eligible businesses to apply now for a share of government funding before money runs out.

If your business was trading on 11 March this year and you can show a major fall in income due to Covid-19, you could be prioritised for funding support.

To be eligible for a grant ranging from £1,000 to £25,000, you should not have qualified for any other grant, other than the furloughed Job Retention Scheme or the Self‐Employed Income Support Scheme.

In line with government requirements, the following business types will be prioritised for funding support:

  • Tourism based businesses who fit the criteria above;
  • Food, drink and hospitality supply chain;
  • Marine sector – such as ferry companies, sailing schools, power boat schools and marine services such as boat servicing. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  • Charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr Judy Pearce, said: “So far in our first batch of payments, we’ve already paid out £630,000 and we’re eager to support many more small businesses in the South Hams, but you need to act quickly before the funds run out.

“We urge you to get in touch if you fit the funding criteria and we’ll work quickly to get the money to you.”

Unfortunately, those not eligible for funding under this scheme include:

  • Small businesses with a turnover of more than £10.2 million, balance sheet of more than £5.1 million and more than 50 staff
  • Micro businesses with a turnover of more than £632,000, balance sheet of more than £316,000 with more than 10 staff
  • Businesses who were not trading on 11 March 2020
  • Businesses currently in administration or insolvent
  • Businesses whose property rent, mortgage payments and rateable value is above the threshold of £51,000.

The Council will be checking all claims against previously approved grants, data held on file and with HM Revenue and Customs records. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be reclaimed.

If a business believes it fits the criteria stated, they can apply for funding via the Council’s website.

Please ensure you have the corresponding supporting documents at hand before you start the application, including bank statement for March this year, latest set of accounts, HMRC Self-assessment with a cash flow forecast. You may also need a Tenancy Agreement, if applicable.

Please take care when entering details and especially numbers; incorrect information provided could significantly delay your grant.  Please check your bank account details carefully – we will not be able to pay a discretionary grant twice, so if you provide incorrect bank details, you may not receive the grant if we cannot reclaim the original payment.

To find out more and to apply for the Discretionary Grants, visit:
www.southhams.gov.uk/discretionarygrants

Toolkit Available to Support Older People from Violence

A toolkit to help raise awareness about violence in older people’s relationships.

The Toolkit has been developed by the South Devon Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (SVDVA), because they know that older people, 50 and above, who are not in happy and healthy relationships can find it difficult to find support.

The ability to recognise the signs of abuse and to be aware of options available are some of the key aspects of the toolkit, which will improve safety and personal wellbeing.

It is important to remember that relationships are not always between couples. Domestic abuse can happen within any family dynamic, regardless of age or gender.

Instances of abuse are very varied. It could be someone is controlling life decisions or causing physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological harm in some way, but it is never too late to seek support to be safe and happy. There are always options and choices.

The ‘Relationships Later in Life’ toolkit is available to download from the Splitz website: www.splitz.org/resources/talk-toolkits.html

If you are being abused, or if you have any concerns that an older person you know may be at risk of, or experiencing abuse, Police have dedicated domestic abuse officers who will help and advise you. Call 101 for help and guidance or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.  Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to report to the police, you may wish to contact Victim Support directly.  Call your local Victim Support Team in Devon and Cornwall on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday.

Loneliness Awareness Week – How lockdown has impacted on loneliness


young man sitting in window looking alone

How lockdown has impacted on loneliness

Recent ONS analysis has shown that during the first month of lockdown, the equivalent of 7.4 million people said that their wellbeing was affected through loneliness.

They were more likely than others to struggle to find things to help them cope, and were less likely to feel that they had support networks to fall back on.

As restrictions have started to ease, and more people are going back to work and school, important social connections will slowly re-build.

But the effects of loneliness for some will be longer-lasting. There are many people who haven’t been able to return to their daily lives yet, or who have to self isolate, and will continue to need support.

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Charities and private sector organisations have got together to organise online events and offer tips on how you can help someone who may be lonely.

Here are some ways that you can get involved in Loneliness Awareness Week.

Directly from Devon County Council Newsletter 18 June 2020

Reopening of St George’s Church

St George’s Church is delighted to be able to inform you that it re-opened at 10am this morning for private prayer.It is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm.The front couple of rows of pews and the Lady Chapel are available for those who wish to sit and have some quiet time.

Hand sanitizer is available: both in the porch and also inside the church.
Obviously strict social distancing guidelines must be followed.
It has been necessary to cordon off much of the interior.

The Church has had a good clean, and pews and handles have been disinfected in preparation.
Areas that may have been touched will be sanitised at the end of each day.

Lockdown changes – Gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities

Some of the guidance changees next week. LINK

What can I do that I couldn’t do before?

From 13 June, you will be able to:

  • Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children – in other words, you are in a household where there is only one adult. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart. Support bubbles should be exclusive – meaning you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households
  • Attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual prayer

From 15 June:

  • You will be able to visit any type of shop and some additional outdoor attractions – drive-in cinemas, and animal attractions like zoos, farms and safari parks
  • Year 10 and 12 pupils in secondary schools and further education colleges will begin to receive some face to face support
  • You will have to wear a face covering on public transport

You will still be able to meet outdoors with groups of up to six people from different households, provided social distancing is observed and you stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household or support bubble.

As before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family inside their homes (unless you are in a support bubble from 13 June) or for other limited circumstances set out in law
  • stay away from your home or your support bubble household overnight – including holidays – except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six (unless exclusively with members of your own household or support bubble or for one of the limited set of circumstances set out in the law)