Coronavirus Community Information and Updates

COVID 19 USEFUL INFORMATION

Latest news from Hereford City Council: HERE

HEREFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS AND EVENTS

All Hereford City Council meetings are currently suspended. At this time, whilst waiting for Government legislation to change/be updated, council business will be conducted via email communication. These cancelled meetings include the Annual Meeting of the Council on Monday 11 May 2020, the Annual Parish Meeting 13 May 2020 and the Community Group Achievement Awards for this year.

The May Fair will not be coming to Hereford on Tuesday 5 May 2020.

Hereford City Council High Town events are postponed until further notice.

The Council will make decisions as required during the current COVID 19 crisis via email communication with Members and their decisions being executed under ‘Proper Officer’ delegated authority.

Information will be regularly updated on the City Council website and links to that information will be sent out via the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Should you wish to speak to an Officer you can ring the Town Clerk on 07711 788762 or the Deputy Town Clerk on 0797 1520819

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Hereford BID have created a list of essential businesses open across the City: https://www.herefordcitylife.co.uk/article/essential-businesses-open-across-city

TALK COMMUNITIES – HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL

Supporting the local community throughout the coronavirus outbreak https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/969/herefordshire_council_%E2%80%93_supporting_the_local_community_throughout_the_coronavirus_outbreak

If you wish to email the address is talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk Or you can call on 01432 260027

For the latest news about how COVID-19 is affecting council services visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest government advice visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

HVOSS – COVID-19 – LATEST information    http://www.hvoss.org.uk/latest-news/covid-19-latest.aspx

HEREFORD FOOD BANK can be contacted via https://herefordfoodbank.co.uk/

HEREFORD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – NET CORONAVIRUS APPEAL FUND- Information available via https://www.herefordshirecf.org/

HEREFORD CITY ROTARY CLUB – Visit https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=605 to find out the support available from the club.

COVID-19: STATEMENTS FROM CHIEF CONSTABLE ANTHONY BANGHAM AND THE PCChttps://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/covid-19-statements-from-chief-constable-anthony-bangham-and-the-pcc/

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION FROM HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL

Business Support Grants:

The priority over the last 2 weeks has been for the ‘virtual call centre’ to gather as much information as possible to allow the government’s business grants to be transferred to businesses’ bank accounts and support packages to be provided, as necessary.

Government funding should be received this week and it is our intention to pass as much as possible instantly through to local businesses.

Email approaches for business bank account details originating from the council’s herefordshire.gov.uk addresses are genuine, but do request further assurance before handing the information over if they are at all concerned.

Information on this initiative to provide rapid financial payments to businesses can be found online here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/364/pay_your_business_rates

Council Tax Hardship:

Help is available for households facing financial difficulties through the council’s existing Hardship and Council Tax Reduction Schemes. April council tax payments will be requested for households paying by direct debit in the first half of April. We are continuing to examine additional ways in which we can offer flexibilities to households as regards council tax payments and scheduling at this difficult time.

Throughout the day up-to-the-minute bulletins and updates are posted to the council’s Coronavirus Blog page here:

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/964/coronavirus_latest

Government guidance and frequently asked questions on CV-19 can also be found on the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Local residents can volunteer for ‘Talk Community’ ground-level support groups through the council’s volunteer registration facility which went live last week. Link here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help

Local residents can register their support needs from the ‘Talk Community’ ground-level support groups through the council’s community support registration facility which went live last week. Link here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/883/coronavirus/4

The government launched its ‘Operation Shield’ initiative last week in conjunction with the NHS to identify the people most vulnerable to Coronavirus because of complex and serious medical conditions. However, it is quite possible that there are local residents who fall through this net and fail to be identified top-down as needing to completely confine themselves to home for at least 3 months.

Guidance on Operation Shield and the circumstances which may justify the need to shield can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Local residents who have not received letters from their NHS contacts, and who believe themselves to be especially health compromised, should self-identify as needing to ‘shield’ on the government website at this address: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

You can still access ebooks and audio books through Borrow Books app so people can still ‘take books out’.

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200149/libraries/71/ebooks_eaudiobooks_and_online_resources

Useful Documents:

Food box and ready meal delivery service list

Hereford Services

Hereford National Services

Guidelines for Requesting Food Parcels