Are you self isolating as a result of the Coronavirus Covid 19? Do you need any help with shopping? There is a group of volunteers in the village who are happy to help with running errands during the crisis. Please pass this message on to neighbours who may not have access to the internet or social media
If you ring Gill on 01780 410117 she will be able to find a volunteer to help.
If you are able to help by shopping for someone please forward your name to Gill.
Coronavirus – update re the GP surgeries
The 4 GP practices in Rutland have made some significant changes to the way we work in order to reduce the infection risks to patients. More information can be found here https://rutlandhealth.co.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-rutland-gp-services/
Coronavirus Update from
Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns
Update from our local MP Alicia Kearns – Monday 26th March 2020 pm
I am writing to you again to update you on the new mechanisms of support for self-employed people that the Government announced a few moments ago.I am proud of the support the Government has thus far provided to our communities, but I know that many self employed people, who through no fault of their own risk losing their livelihoods, are deeply and understandably anxious about the support available to them. Thank you for your patience.I have been lobbying Ministers every day for the last two weeks to ensure you get the support you so rightly deserve.
This afternoon, the Chancellor announced the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, through which the Government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last 3 years, up to £2,500 a month. This Scheme will be open for at least three months across the UK, and the Government has been clear that it will be extended if needed.
We are committed to supporting self-employed people throughout this time, and so grants will be claimable while still doing businesses.
This scheme is both fair and deliverable. Unlike almost any other country in the world, the Government is providing the same financial security to self-employed people and furloughed employees. It’s only open to those with trading profits up to £50,000, who make a majority of their income from self-employment, and to minimise fraud only those already in self-employment, who have a tax return for 2019 can apply.
More information on the Scheme can be found HERE
To make sure no one who needs it misses out on support, we have decided to allow anyone who missed the filing deadline in January, four weeks from today to submit their tax return.
The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme is being worked on as an urgent priority by HMRC and will be accessible no later than the beginning of June. Once the Scheme is up and running, HMRC will contact all those eligible directly.
The launch of the Scheme builds on the support that is already available to self-employed people, including access to the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Income tax payments due in July can be deferred to the end of Jan 2021, and we’ve changed the welfare system so you can access Universal Credit in full.Thank you again for your patience, it was important we took the time to get this support for the self-employed right.On a personal note, I greatly appreciate the number of residents who have got in touch with me to ensure they are doing all they can to follow the Government’s guidance and protect Rutland and Melton’s communities. It is by us all doing our part that we will beat this virus and heal our country. Each of us can save lives if we make the right choices.
I remain completely committed to supporting each and every one of you in whatever way my role as your MP allows. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Update from our local MP Alicia Kearns – Monday 23th March 2020 pm
An hour ago, the Prime Minister announced that we must all now stay at home for three weeks to push down on the curve of transmission and save lives. I have summarised the details for you in this email, as I am keen to ensure that residents are fully informed at this time.
From now, you may only leave home to:
- Shop for food, which should be done as infrequently as possible with a strong preference for online ordering. All other non-essential shops will be closed (e.g. electronics stores).
- One form of exercise a day which should be done alone or with your household, but note play parks will be closed.
- Medical reasons.
- Help vulnerable people.
- Travel to and from work if it is necessary and you cannot work from home.
You may not gather publicly in groups of more than two except for households. This means you should not be meeting friends and family members anywhere.
In one of my first speeches in the House of Commons, I stated my belief that the first job of government is to keep its people safe. To do so, and protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the police will now enforce these restrictions through fines and dispersal orders.
The situation will be reviewed in three weeks, and I will, of course, provide regular updates on steps the Government is taking to heal our country and beat coronavirus.
I remain completely committed to supporting every single one of you throughout this outbreak in whatever way my role as your MP allows. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Update from our local MP Alicia Kearns – Wednesday 18th March 2020 pm
Last week, the Government set out its initial economic response to tackle the coronavirus with a £30 billion package of support for people and businesses. But, the Chancellor has been clear that the Government will do whatever it takes to support our economy through this crisis – and we wholeheartedly mean it.
Yesterday the Prime Minister and Chancellor announced a range of methods and made its unwavering commitment to supporting every single person and business in the coming days, weeks and months.
I have summarised the announcements for you and hope they provide some reassurance in this uncertain time. You can also find a shorter summary under my email.
SUPPORTING PEOPLE’S FINANCIAL SECURITY
For those in difficulty due to coronavirus, the Government are rightly introducing a three-month mortgage holiday. This means that people will not have to pay a penny towards their mortgage while they get back onto their feet.
In the coming days, we will go much further to support people’s financial security, working with trade unions and businesses to develop new forms of employment support to help protect people’s jobs and income throughout this period. I will, of course, update you on this platform in the next few days when the specific details of this have been finalised.
Yesterday, the Government also announced that the IR35 tax reforms have been delayed by a year in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.
This is in addition to the measures announced in the Budget last week, which included; increasing the eligibility criteria for Statutory Sick Pay, providing a £500 million Hardship Fund to local authorities and making it easier for self-employed people to access the benefits system if self-isolating. Further details of these policies can be found on my website in my dedicated coronavirus section.
SUPPORTING SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES
The Government has facilitated an unprecedented package of government-backed loans and guarantees to support small and medium enterprises through the outbreak.
I know it will come as a reassurance to many Rutland and Melton business owners that £330 billion – equivalent to 15 per cent of our GDP – has been made available so any businesses who need access to cash to pay their rent, the salaries of employees, pay suppliers or purchase stock will be able to access a Government-backed loan.
To support lending to small and medium-sized businesses, the Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been extended. This means that, rather than providing loans of £1.2 million, it will provide loans of up to £5 million, with no interest for the first six months.
The scheme will be up and running by the start of next week, and I will provide more information on how to access the loans on this platform, on my social media and on my website.
I must stress that we are resolutely committed to providing businesses with whatever support they need and if demand is greater than the initial £330 billion, we will go further and provide as much capacity as required. There is no limit to this Government’s support of its people and economy at this time.
We understand that this outbreak will have the most significant impact on the smallest businesses’ cash flow, and so yesterday the Chancellor announced that we will increase the grants given to our 700,000 smallest businesses from £3,000 to £10,000.
Again, this is in addition to the measures announced by the Chancellor in last week’s budget which included; a Government commitment to refund businesses with fewer than 200 employees Statutory Sick Pay costs and additional support for small businesses’ tax affairs through the Time to Pay service. Further details of these policies can be found on my website in my dedicated coronavirus section.
SUPPORTING THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR
At a time where people have been advised by the Government to social distance, it is crucial that we support the hospitality sector as it bears the economic brunt of this crisis.
I hope you will join me in welcoming the 100% Business Rate Discount for every single enterprise retail, hospitality and leisure business, regardless of rateable value that was announced yesterday. This means that every single Rutland and Melton shop, pub, theatre, music venue and restaurant will not pay Business Rates for the next year.
To further shield the smallest hospitality, retail and leisure businesses, we have introduced an additional grant scheme of up to £25,000. Businesses with a rateable value of less than£ 51,000 can now access this grant.
In the coming days, weeks and months, we will introduce further pragmatic means of support wherever the need arises, and I would like to reiterate that the Government’s support of its people at this difficult time sincerely has no limit.
I have created a page on my website with a list of available support for those who may be self-isolating, and I hope the strength of our community coming together to support one another will be a beacon of hope in this most unprecedented time.
The page is linked on the buttons below, and I encourage residents who may be able to provide support and assistance to those in need to check out the section titled ‘Coronavirus- Volunteer to Help and Support our Community’.
I am completely committed to supporting every single one of you throughout this outbreak in whatever way my role as your MP allows. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Coronavirus Update Summary
FOR FAMILIES AND WORKERS:
A three-month mortgage holiday. This means that people will not have to pay a penny towards their mortgage while they get back onto their feet.
New forms of employment support to help protect people’s jobs and income will be announced in coming days
IR35 tax reforms have been delayed by a year in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Increased the eligibility criteria for Statutory Sick Pay.
A £500 million Hardship Fund to local authorities.
Making it easier for self-employed people to access the benefits system if self-isolating.
£330 billion – equivalent to 15 per cent of our GDP – has been made available so any business can access a Government-backed loan.
100% Business Rate Discount for every single enterprise retail, hospitality and leisure business, regardless of rateable value.
The Business Interruption Loan Scheme for SMEs to provide loans of up to £5 million, with no interest for the first six months.
Increase grants given to our 700,000 smallest businesses from £3,000 to £10,000.
Refund businesses with fewer than 200 employees Statutory Sick Pay costs.
Support for small businesses’ tax affairs through the Time to Pay service.
The grant scheme of up to £25,000 can now be accessed by Businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000.
More to come in the coming days
This is an update recieved by Richard Foster on Monday evening March 16th from our local MP Alicia Kearns.
Here is a summary for you of the decisions made today by the Prime Minister on the outbreak of coronavirus. I have set out the information you need according to whether you have symptoms, are symptom-free, are over 70 or have a chronic health condition.
After a COBRA meeting today, the Government has updated its guidance on how our communities across the nation can come together to protect our most vulnerable citizens from coronavirus. The Prime Minister and his expert advisers will provide daily briefings from now on, and I will endeavour to provide frequent updates on this platform too.
The Government’s objective remains to delay and flatten the peak of the epidemic by bringing forward the right measures at the right time to minimise suffering and safe lives. I would like to stress that this is a real-time event, and the steps that are taken will change from day to day to reflect the developing situation.
It appears that we are now reaching the fast-growing part of the upward curve of infections, and the number of cases could double every five days if we do not put in place a serious and targeted response.
Proportionate and nationally coordinated action is being taken in line with the best scientific evidence and medical advice available. This will save lives.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS SYMPTOMS
The Government is asking anyone with the coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough or a high temperature, however mild, to stay at home for 7 days if they live alone or 14 days if they live in a household with other people.
Crucially, we are now asking every member of a household to stay at home, even if only one person has a cough or temperature. If you do not have symptoms but are self-isolating, you can still exercise. If you fall into this category, you should not go out at all, if possible, even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise which can be done at a safe distance from others.
It is likely that you will need to rely on friends and others to do your food and essential shopping. At this time, it is ever more important that our communities come together and support friends and neighbours who may be self-isolating.
IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPTOMS
Even if you and your entire household do not have symptoms, we still need you to help this country make the most effective response to the outbreak.
Unfortunately, now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and refrain from visiting pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues. It is also the time to avoid all unnecessary travel and to work from home if you possibly can.
I understand that these measures are difficult and disruptive, but the Government is clear that such extreme action is only to be taken as and when it will make the biggest difference and save the most lives. That time is now.
If you have no symptoms, we are asking you to avoid unnecessary social contact and travel. Please do not attend any mass gatherings.
I know that social distancing is very difficult to maintain, but I cannot emphasise enough how each of us doing our part will help bring down the peak of this wave of infection and make it easier for the NHS to cope with the continuing outbreak and save lives.
The Government’s priority is to protect our society’s most vulnerable people, and the Prime Minister has confirmed further steps to ensure they are shielded as well as possible from this outbreak.
OVER 70s AND PEOPLE WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS
The Government is asking people with underlying health conditions and those over 70 to refrain from all social contact for around 12 weeks. This is advised not enforced. People over 70 should continue to exercise if possible and can, therefore, go out, but are asked to self-isolate as much as possible.
Although it is demanding, this period of shielding and maximum protection is being introduced now to coincide with the peak of this disease, which will occur at marginally different times across the country.
At this time, we must look out for our fellow citizens. I cannot stress enough the importance of not calling 999 or 111 unless it is an emergency.
Locally, a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum has formed and is working to support our communities. If we follow scientific guidance, look out for each other, and commit wholeheartedly to the national effort, we will reduce the potential impact of this virus locally.
In the coming days and weeks, I plan to create a page on my website with a comprehensive list of all the support available to Rutland and Melton residents throughout this outbreak. I will share it on my Facebook as soon as it is operational and hope residents will be reassured by the strength of our community, as we come together to support one another in these unprecedented circumstances.
I am completely committed to supporting every single one of you throughout this outbreak in whatever way my role as your MP allows. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In addition Alicia Kearns had included some useful links:-