South Gloucestershire Council update 30 April
The latest updates from South Gloucestershire Council
Council updates and support
For the latest on changes to council services, please visit https://www.southglos.gov.uk/servicedisruption
Garden waste collection starts again
We re-started our garden waste collections from Monday 27 April. If you previously subscribed to this service, we have extended your subscription to make up for the missed collections. To find out when your subscription will expire visit http://www.southglos.gov.uk/collectionday. Please put out your green bin, on the same day as your black bin, food waste and recycling, by 7am.
You can check your collection date by visiting http://www.southglos.gov.uk/collectionday. You can apply for or renew a garden waste subscription by visiting http://www.southglos.gov.uk/gardenwasteservice
It’s currently taking our crews longer than normal to complete all their rounds. If you think your collection has been missed, please bear with us and don’t log a missed collection until the following working day. Thank you for your patience.
We have now approved more than 2,000 business support claims and issued over £24 million in grants. We are writing to all businesses who are likely to be eligible to urge them to apply via our online form https://beta.southglos.gov.uk/information-for-businesses-and-employers/
Government’s Bounce Back Loans scheme
A new Bounce Back Loans scheme was announced by the Government this week which will support smaller businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic by providing loans of up to £50,000.
The Bounce Back Loan scheme has been designed to ensure that small firms who need vital cash injections to keep operating can get finance in a matter of days. The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/government/news/small-businesses-boosted-by-bounce-back-loans
Apply for a Bounce Back Loan at www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan
Council meetings go virtual
We held our first online Cabinet meeting on Monday 27 April as part of our efforts to ensure that normal Council business can continue. The Cabinet (Executive) is the part of the council which is responsible for most day-to-day decisions. You can watch the meeting by visiting https://southglos.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/484809
Cabinet agrees way forward on climate change and updating the Local Plan
At Monday 27 April’s meeting, Cabinet agreed to take forward actions and policies to support the Council’s Climate Emergency declaration. It also agreed to progress an updated Local Plan that will set out how the district will grow in a sustainable way for the future, meeting the needs for new homes and employment capacity, while reducing our impact on the environment as we work to become carbon neutral by 2030. You can read the full story by visitinghttp://www.southglos.gov.uk/newsroom
Community aid groups eligible for Member Awarded Funding
If you are a member of a community-based group that is helping the most vulnerable and isolated in our society during the Covid-19 pandemic, your group may be eligible to apply to councillors for our discretionary Member Awarded Funding. We’ll temporarily amend the rules governing how this money can be allocated so that smaller and less formal groups are able to receive it. You can read the full story on Newsroom http://www.southglos.gov.uk/newsroom and learn about how to apply by visiting https://www.southglos.gov.uk/maf
Support for children and young people
Do you know any children struggling with the uncertainty and impact of coronavirus? Are you a young person looking for support? Take a look at the helpful resources on our website including ‘Things to Do While Self-Isolating’ (Based on 5 Ways to Wellbeing), and a video by Bronwen from Off the Record with useful mental health tips by visiting http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/mind-you/coronavirus-covid-19-useful-information/
Learning in lockdown: free online courses for adults
Would you like to pick up some new skills while in lockdown? Our community learning team is offering new free online courses for adults. Visit http://www.southglos.gov.uk/communitylearning for more information on the courses, visit the new community learning Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/sgloslearning for other information and updates or call 01454 864613.