FREE PLACES FOR CHILDREN AT SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEMES IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE  

Holiday Activities and Food Programme Parents Poster

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) has funding for families who receive free school meals for their children, due to the benefits they receive, to have fun with their friends and enjoy new experiences at a local holiday scheme this summer. The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is co-ordinated by CCC.

An eligible child will be entitled to up to 64 hours of free holiday childcare through the school summer holiday period. Parents can book places directly with participating holiday schemes, more information can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf

Currently the take up is good but we want to reach out to more families who would find this scheme valuable during the long summer holidays. A meal is also provided as part of the offer and children will have much needed social contact and physical activity.

 

Playing field improvements works scheduled to last 3 weeks

The Installation of replacement equipment and some additional adult equipment is due to start 11 June is expected to be finished by 30 June.  The playing field is expected to remain open throughout but is subject to some items of equipment being unavailable.

This refurb is being part funded by the Hail Weston Parish Council and Huntingdon District Council.

Thank you in advance for your support and patience.

HWPC

Further details e-mail philhwpc@gmail.com

COVID-19 Business Grants Form LIVE

Dear Business Owner,

We are getting in touch with you to let you know that you can, from today, access more grants to support your business. We have been working hard over past weeks through a number of schemes the Government has created – with the intention of making those complex processes as simple as possible for you. Thank you for patience whilst we did this. The result is that with a simple to use declaration form you will be able to access the funding all at once and you will not have to make multiple applications or supply more supporting paperwork.

As you have previously successfully received funding from the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG), the grants listed below can all be accessed simply by filling out the declaration form. This can be accessed by clicking on the ‘apply’ button below. The declaration form should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Once you have submitted the form, and assuming all is ok, then we’ll get on with the job of sending you the grant.

The range of money available to eligible businesses is dependent on the rateable value of your businesses but can range in total across the schemes from just over £6,400 to almost £17,200 (this figure is an example, from all grant schemes combined, based on different rateable values and maximum qualifying periods)    

Apply

 

About the form 

The form is a declaration that your business has continued to trade since you successfully applied for the Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG) that covered the period of 5th November to 2nd December 2020. Provided that your business is still eligible, completion of the declaration will enable your business to receive a continuous payment grant.

The payments will be based on your business type, the dates you were trading, and the impact that national and local restrictions had on your businesses, as determined by the Government. The rules the Council follows and the amounts you will receive are specified by the Government.

We appreciate this is a very unsettling time for you and we are prioritising support for businesses. We encourage you to read our website information which is regularly updated.

MyHuntingdonshire portal account 

Your previous applications for a business support grant would have been made using your MyHuntingdonshire portal, which you should already have a login and password for. You will need this information to submit this new declaration form.

A step-by-step process on how to check for updates and any correspondence, once you have submitted your declaration form, can be found under the grant specific FAQ’s listed above. More information on current grants is available on our website.

What can I do if I need help? 

If you have any queries about the declaration form, please visit our website where you will find a link to FAQs for each grant scheme, before submitting your declaration form.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and will therefore be unable to provide a response.
Yours faithfully,

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Team  

Huntingdonshire District Council 

Census 2021 will help shape your community for the next 10 years

The Census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The Census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

The ONS have reviewed the digital-first Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

Follow and share @Census2021 posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin

If you need help or have any questions, visit www.census.gov.uk

 

Tier 4 guidance

The link to the Tier 4 guidance is here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

I am also asking people across the county to look out for neighbours and friends who may be alone or under specific pressures and suggesting that they ring or contact them online

The network of support hubs run by the district and city councils and the Countywide Co-ordination Hub can offer support to those who may be lonely or isolated, or who suddenly need very practical support. To contact the hub network people need to call 0345 045 5219 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk

For anyone whose mental health is being more severely impacted, there is the Lifeline support number 0808 808 2121 which operates daily from 11am to 11pm and for people with a mental health crisis you can phone the NHS 111 number and ask for Option 2. More information about mental health support is available on the Keep Your Head website  www.keep-your-head.com

I am writing to confirm the announcement made in Parliament this afternoon that Cambridgeshire will be under tier 4 restrictions from 12.00am on Saturday (26 December).

Case numbers have more than doubled in Cambridgeshire in the most recent week, with the most rapid increases seen in South Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, and Cambridge City. There are significant increases in all districts.

It is thought that this rapid increase in infections – after a period of reducing rates – may be associated with the new variant of the disease which is being seen across London, the East of England and South East England. Peterborough was placed in tier 4 last weekend (20 December).

Under the new restrictions, all non-essential shops must close as well as personal care services such as hairdressers, gyms and entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas. Hospitality venues such as pubs, cafes and restaurants must also close, offering only take away and delivery services.

People must reduce their contact with anyone outside of their household /support bubble to the absolute minimum and can meet with only one other person from another household outdoors, socially distanced at all times.

People should stay local and travel outside the tier 4 area is only permitted for essential reasons such as work, education, or medical appointments.

It is a great shame that we have reached this stage, especially when I know how hard so many people have worked to keep rates of the virus down, and how much we have done as a council with our district and city council colleagues and partners to keep people safe and to protect our health services.

However, this isn’t simply a reflection on everyone’s efforts so far. We know that the new variant is up to 70% easier to catch, and this may have contributed to the increases seen in Cambridgeshire and also elsewhere. Thankfully, there is currently no evidence that the virus leads to worse outcomes than other variants.

With rates of the virus rising sharply it is clear that we need to do even more. We will be working with our district and city council colleagues on this, and we need everyone across Cambridgeshire to do more as well.

I will be asking residents to play their part and avoid all non-essential contact with anyone outside of their household or support bubble – and any help you can give to promote those messages internally and externally will be extremely helpful.

The tier 4 rules, which I ask you to share with residents, are as follows:

  • Don’t invite anyone into your home for social reasons, who you don’t normally live with or who isn’t in your existing support bubble.
  • Only leave home for essential reasons (for food/medicine/essential care or personal safety) and when you are out, remember to keep 2 meters away from anyone you don’t live with, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay in well ventilated, uncrowded places.
  • You can go out to exercise alone, with people you live with, or with one other person you don’t live with providing this is in a public place like a park.
  • Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so, and if it is essential to work outside the home take maximum precautions – particularly travelling to or from work (avoid car sharing and busy public transport, wear a mask, regular hand washing or sanitising, staying in well ventilated places, and cleaning surfaces).
  • Don’t travel outside tier 4 unless for essential work or education or a legally permitted reason – and reduce the journeys you take inside the area. People from tiers 1 – 3 should not travel to tier 4 areas, except for essential purposes such as work, education or a legally permitted reason.

Other impacts of the tier 4 rules are as follows:

  • All non-essential shops have closed. Click and collect is allowed.
  • All hospitality is closed – except for take away, drive through or food delivery.
  • Businesses offering personal care, hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, gyms etc are all closed.
  • No weddings except in exceptional circumstances, funerals with only a maximum of 30 people.
  • Places of worship open for private prayer or communal worship – but don’t mix with anyone not in your household.
  • Visits to care homes can take place if there are arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows.
  • Close-contact indoor care home visits supported by rapid testing, which are allowed in some care homes in Tiers 1-3, will not be allowed in Tier 4.
  • Entertainment venues are closed. Some outdoor sports facilities are allowed with Covid secure measures