South Gloucestershire Council update 7 May
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
Victory in Europe Day 75th Anniversary in South Gloucestershire
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day and on 8 May, like many people across the country, residents in South Gloucestershire are finding new ways to mark the day and remember the bravery of all those who lived, worked and fought in the Second World War.
A national singalong to Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is being organised by British Legion to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Across the UK, people are encouraged to join in song from their front doors at 9pm on Friday 8 May.
Here in South Gloucestershire, all physical events have been postponed due to COVID-19, but many local groups have moved their celebrations online for people to join at home. For details of events and more information visitwww.southglos.gov.uk/VEday
Have your say on South Gloucestershire’s proposed Council Plan for 2020-2024
We want to hear what you think about our new Council Plan which covers the period 2020 to 2024.
The consultation on the plan launched on Tuesday 5 May and we would like to hear from residents, businesses and other organisations about their views on our key priorities and commitments for the next four years and onwards.
The basis of the Council Plan is four key priorities which will inform the council’s policies and decision-making. The key priorities and emerging commitments are based on what you, our residents, have told us are important, and what our day-to-day evidence gathering suggests requires focus to improve outcomes for the people of South Gloucestershire.
We have all faced the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus outbreak. This arrived at a time when the emerging Council Plan was to be released for public engagement and has drawn attention to the many roles and responsibilities of Local Authorities and our partners. We are of course well underway with a comprehensive emergency response but as we identify our commitments for the next four years and beyond, we recognise that some of these will need additional resource and attention for at least the next 6-12 months and into a long-term economic and community recovery plan.
Have your say here www.southglos.gov.uk/councilplanconsultation
Weekly recycling services re-starting next week
Following the changes to recycling collections in March, weekly recycling and food waste collections will be reinstated from Wednesday 13 May.
Please put your recycling out every week on your normal collection day. You can check your collection day at www.southglos.gov.uk/collectionday
If you think your collection has been missed, please bear with us and don’t log a missed collection until the following working day here or by calling 01454 868000. It’s currently taking our crews longer to complete their rounds.
Please sort your recycling and keep it contained; this makes it easier for our crews to collect and helps prevent litter.
If anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, all personal waste such as tissues and cleaning cloths should be in a securely tied bag, inside another bag and kept separate from other waste for at least 72 hours before being put into the black bin for non-recyclable waste. Please do not put used tissues into your recycling containers, they are not recyclable and could endanger others.
Thank you for your efforts to protect our collection crews.
We have now approved 2,499 business support claims and issued over £30 million in grants. We are writing to all businesses who are likely to be eligible to urge them to apply via our online form www.southglos.gov.uk/businessinfo
New business discretionary fund
The government has set up a discretionary fund to accommodate certain small businesses that previously did not meet the criteria of the business support grants scheme.
The discretionary fund will provide support to small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are able to demonstrate a significant drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic restriction measures and is expected to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and Bed & Breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates.
We will contact businesses who are eligible. Further details will soon be available at www.southglos.gov.uk/businessinfo
Full closure of Yate One Stop Shop
In March, we closed all of our One Stop Shop (OSS) sites but continued to carry out emergency and pre-booked essential appointments. After considering the safety of the public and our staff, we’ve decided to fully close the Yate OSS.
Patchway and Kingwood One Stop Shops also remain closed but will continue to carry out emergency and pre-booked appointments e.g. homelessness, foodbanks and welfare support.
Staff from Yate OSS will be redeployed to our central contact centre. Full closure will last until we can re-open which will depend upon government guidance. You can continue to deliver items to the Yate OSS, which will be collected regularly.
In extreme emergencies, our staff will deliver food vouchers directly to residents. We will display key phone numbers, websites and details of local councillors at the Yate OSS. Please share this message where you can.
‘You are not alone’ - domestic abuse campaign
We have worked with our domestic abuse support services provider, Next Link, to tell people that services are still open and isolation rules do not apply if you’re a victim of domestic abuse. You can view the video herehttps://youtu.be/pnei0znXyCc
Call 0800 4700 280 or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/domesticabuse for help.
Supporting your wellbeing
It’s so important to look after your mind as well as your body at a time like this. We have lots of advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing available at https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/stress-less/. We also have a dedicated website www.southglos.gov.uk/mindyoucovid19 for supporting children and young people who may also be struggling with the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19.
If you would prefer to speak to someone to find out what support is available, call 0333 577 4666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - between 11am to 7pm Monday to Friday, or between 12pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership has a 24-hour helpline: 0300 3031320.
If you know of anyone who would benefit from this information please pass it on.
Our Frontline (www.ourfrontline.org) is a new service formed by Samaritans, Mind, Shout and Hospice UK, supported by The Royal Foundation, providing round the clock support to all of those going to work as part of the national response to the Coronavirus. From supermarket staff to delivery drivers, social workers to police officers, Our Frontline provides mental health and bereavement support and tailored online resources.