coronavirus


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Discretionary Grants for small businesses

Published on June 15, 2020 at 10:58 am

A new support scheme for small businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis is now open in Rossendale.

The Government has made £877,750 additional funding available to the Council to allow us to further support small businesses through this grant scheme.

The scheme is aimed at small and micro businesses across the borough who didn’t receive help through the initial Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

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New campaign launched about making and wearing face coverings

Published on June 10, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Rossendale Council is urging resident to make it, wear it, wash it as face coverings become mandatory on public transport next week.

From Monday, June 15, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.

Government advice is, wherever possible, for people to continue to avoid public transport and instead walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.

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Government guidance on workplace opening

Published on May 20, 2020 at 12:20 pm

The Government has announced that certain business and workplaces are now able to open.

It has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses re-opened in some form and to keep workplaces operating safely.

The full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

The guidance applies to businesses currently open and the additional businesses which can open from Wednesday, May 13th, which are: garden centres and some outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses.

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Borough to pay tribute to fallen key workers

Published on April 28, 2020 at 8:27 am

Rossendale Council will pay tribute to key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus by holding a minute’s silence at 11am today.

Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes hopes all residents in the borough will take part in a silence to remember all those key workers who have died during the pandemic.

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Businesses urged to apply for Government grants

Published on April 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

Rossendale businesses are being reminded to apply for the Government grants during the coronavirus closures.

It is estimated that 1,800 local Rossendale businesses are eligible for the grants, but just over 900 firms have applied so far – only  half of those who could claim.

Rossendale Borough Council is keen to support all businesses and pay out the grants, and has been contacting firms who have not yet applied.

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Residents encourage to clap for the borough’s key workers

Published on April 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for key workers delivering essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline health and care heroes as well as other workers and volunteers who are delivering essential services by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Sport England announce community emergency fund

Published on April 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Organisations that deliver or enable sport or physical activity in Rossendale can apply to a new fund set up by Sport England in response to the coronavirus emergency.

The £20m Community Emergency Fund is open for bids from local sports, voluntary and community organisations including small charitable trusts for grants between £300 and £10,000.

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Fund-raising drive launched as hundreds of  residents are helped thanks to the hub

Published on April 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

Rossendale Connected, a new community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus, has taken more than 400 calls since it launched.

The hub, which runs seven days a week, was set-up to  support the communities, families and individuals facing tough times because of the coronavirus outbreak and the stepping up of social distancing and isolation measures.

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First business payments out today for Rossendale firms

Published on April 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has started to send out Government grant payments to local businesses affected by the coronavirus.

Following the package of support announced by the Government for those affected by the restrictions and closures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Council contacted businesses to promote access to the grant, and received the funds from Government on Wednesday, 1st April in order to pay the grant.

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Support for local businesses during coronavirus – update

Published on April 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is dedicated to supporting all our local businesses through these challenging and unprecedented times.

The Government has introduced a package of business support for those affected by the restrictions and closures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Help is also at hand for a range of issues through the Council.

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Coronavirus update

Published on March 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Council staff continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to keep providing essential services, support our most vulnerable residents and support our businesses as much as we can through these extremely difficult times for us all.

It also means we have to make tough but necessary decisions.

Sadly, we have had to make the decision, in line with government advice and guidance, and in line with what other councils have done, to close our cemeteries except to funerals.

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Coronavirus scam warnings

Published on March 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

People are being warned about a series of scams related to the coronavirus.

Rossendale Council are backing The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)’s warnings issued after reports that scammers are targeted people both in person and through technology and through price rises in shops throughout the country.

One scam involves fake healthcare workers claiming to be offering ?home-testing?

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Coronavirus: Update from the leader and chief executive [March 25]

Published on March 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

This week, the Government announced further measures to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.

This is an extremely worrying time for everyone in the borough.  But it is important we follow the government’s advice and guidance.

The measures to increase social distancing include:

·       Shopping for basic necessities

  • One form of exercise a day
  • Medical need
  • To care for a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to work only when absolutely necessary.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 23]

Published on March 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm

The Council is committed to keep you up to date as much as possible during this extremely testing time for our residents, businesses and community groups.

Last week, we launched our first community newsletter, pulled together by our communities team. It includes a wealth of information for people to help during this extremely challenging time.

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NoWcard pass information

Published on March 20, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Anyone with a NoWcard pass in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool can use it for free travel before 9.30am in the morning from Monday 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restriction on using concessionary travel passes during the morning peak has been lifted to allow pass holders to take advantage of those shops that are now dedicating the first hour of shopping to older and vulnerable people.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm

As civic leaders, we have committed to keep you up to date as possible and provide regular updates for you as we get face this crisis together.

At present, we are managing to provide our essential services as normally as possible. So far, we are not expecting any disruption on our services other than those outlined yesterday.

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Coronavirus update: Information for businesses [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 11:01 am

We know many businesses and their employees are worried. We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. 

An announcement was made by the chancellor for support to businesses on Tuesday.

The government has also set up a support helpline.

Rossendale Council’ s Economic Development Team are logging requests from local businesses for support, but we await further information on how any funding may be distributed.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 18]

Published on March 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

We know this is a very worrying time for our residents and our businesses. We are facing the greatest public health crisis in generations. It is a crisis which is having a major impact on all our lives.

As civic leaders, we want to reassure you and your families that any steps we take are in line with national advice and guidance.

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Leader update on coronavirus situation

Published on March 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, has updated on the latest situation around coronavirus and the Council’s response to it:

I know residents and businesses are incredibly worried about coronavirus. It is the worst public health crisis in a generation.

As a Council, please be reassured we are working with Lancashire County Council, Public Health England, the NHS and others so we are fully prepared to tackle this in our borough.

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Coronavirus update

Published on March 12, 2020 at 11:35 am

We are continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council and Public Health England to monitor the developing situation around the coronavirus infection.

The picture is constantly evolving and we are currently undertaking sensible preparations as a responsible organisation informed by LCC, national advice and guidance and Government policy.

In the Council’s role as a community leader we are working with all the relevant authorities and local partners to support the Government’s plan.

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