Coronavirus


Track & Trace Guidlines

posted May 28, 2020, 12:06 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The BCGBA have today (Thursday 28th May) published new Guidance relating to Track and Trace 


How Track and Trace Works 


Track and Trace Press Release


Updated Stay at Home Guidance - households with possible coronavirus infection. 


League's Gesture To Ease Financial Strain

posted May 23, 2020, 4:56 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League is to give its clubs direct financial support as they continue to be short of significant income due to the coronavirus.

All of its 26 member clubs have been granted £42.50 each to effectively pay this year’s BCGBA affiliation fee (£35), Shropshire affiliation fee (£5) plus £2.50 for the BCGBA Handbook that every affiliated club has to buy annually.

“The vote to do this was taken during a Zoom conference meeting and reflects the fact that all the league’s officers are eager to give something back to clubs at a time when they are starved of income due to the on-going health crisis,” said secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

“It’s a gesture the league can afford and officers hope that it is one that is accepted as a show of appreciation of our clubs, who are the lifeblood of the league.”

Clubs were notified of the news direct by email, in which the Telford-based league’s plans for the rest of the summer were outlined.

“The next step as far as the league is concerned is to canvas all clubs for their views on a possible return of competitive fixtures – hopefully in July and in whatever form.

“To that end, a questionnaire will be sent to all clubs next week asking for feedback.

"But at the moment club officials have enough on their plate trying to organise phase one of the re-opening of greens, which could be cancelled at short notice if virus figures take a turn for the worse.”

Update On Reasons To Self Isolate

posted May 18, 2020, 3:40 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Issued Monday 15th May and forward by the BCGBA:

From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.

Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and, after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.

The individual’s households should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell.

Signed jointly by:

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton

Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor Smith


Council's Clear Outdoor Sports Rules

posted May 12, 2020, 11:35 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 12, 2020, 1:13 PM ]

Telford & Wrekin Council Guidance for participation in ALL outdoor sports, issued Tuesday 12th May:

Following the Government’s latest announcement around the coronavirus pandemic response, some outdoor sport and leisure facilities will begin to re-open as part of a phased approach in easing of restrictions put in place for the lockdown.

From Wednesday 13th May, the participation of outdoor sport like BOWLS is allowed, but it must be alone, with members of the same household or with one individual from a different household - providing social distancing measures are observed.
 
But with regard to Bowring, Hartshill and Dawley parks - the council says park play areas, multi-use games areas, skate parks, Bmx tracks, BOWLING GREENS and cricket squares all remain CLOSED. Please do not use them.

Another Crisis Funding Opportunity?

posted May 6, 2020, 12:03 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Business Support Grants - New Discretionary Fund available

The Government announced last week that a discretionary fund was being made available to Councils to provide certain small businesses,which were previously outside of the Government scheme, with a grant.

This follows a letter that Telford & Wrekin Council Leader Cllr Shaun Davies wrote to the Government recently, asking for more funding for Telford and Wrekin to support businesses who were falling outside short of the Government’s business support programmes.

We are waiting for further details to be announced this week, but the Government have indicated that the following businesses are likely to be included in the new scheme:

  • Businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces eg: industrial parks, science parks etc;
  • Regular market traders;
  • Small charity properties that would meet the criteria for small business rate relief;
  • Bed and Breakfast properties.

In addition to the above, the business must:

  • Have less than 50 employees;
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restrictions;
  • Have ongoing fixed building related costs;
  • Have been trading on or before 11 March.

We are waiting further guidance from Government before we can determine the businesses who will qualify.  As soon as the Government releases this information, we will be in touch.

Support Grants paid to Telford and Wrekin businesses to date


To date,  we have awarded over 2,200 grants with a value of almost £27m to small businesses or those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. 

We have written to every business within the borough who we believe qualifies for a grant, as well as sending reminders and promoting the support available via social media.

In addition, almost £30m business rate relief has been awarded to nurseries, retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020/21.

And the Council is committed to revisiting the almost 500 applications from businesses previously rejected because these didn’t meet Government criteria for the scheme’s initial stage.

For more information about the full support available for businesses, please contact the Council’s Coronavirus Business Support Hotline on 01952 383838 - 9 a.m. – 5 p.m Monday to Friday - or  visit the Council’s website.

Practice is NOT Allowed

posted Apr 28, 2020, 5:32 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Following a number of inquiries during the current lockdown period, the result of the health crisis, the chief executive officer of the BCGBA has responded:

"Following the announcement on the 23rd March all sporting pitches and similar were ordered to close and is currently legislation.

The only permitted activity on a green is therefore essential maintenance to keep greens available to bring back into play at some point when restrictions are lifted.

Therefore no practice is currently allowed.

As soon as any change is announced I will post out on Social media and via the counties."

Mark Bircumshaw 

Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown

posted Apr 17, 2020, 11:23 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.

It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

The tips and advice given via the link below are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. 

Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.


Council Grants Update

posted Apr 15, 2020, 2:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Telford & Wrekin Council has approved over 1,600 applications totalling £19m for business support grants in response to coronavirus, from small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Grants of £19m awarded so far to support Telford and Wrekin businesses

The Council has been able to approve the vast majority of business grant applications, after the Council’s Revenue’s team have worked extremely hard since receiving the funding from the Government at the start of April.


The team are processing applications as quickly as possible so borough businesses can get this much needed support during the coronavirus pandemic.


It comes after the Government announced at the end of March a series of business grants available and the Council has been supporting and assisting eligible businesses to apply for them.


This is in addition to a number of other support measures available for borough businesses, including the deferral of payment of business rates, all of which can be found on the Council’s Coronavirus webpage.

In total, the Council expects that up to 2,400 businesses could be eligible to apply for these grants and any business that thinks that they meet the Government’s strict criteria and has yet to apply can do so online at www.telford.gov.uk/businessgrants

Council Leader Shaun Davies said: “We continue to do all we can to process grant applications to get these payments to businesses as quickly as possible, as we know this is desperately needed in this challenging time.

“We are delighted that as a result of this and with 90% of applications processed to date being approved, we are among several local authorities in the country who have already paid over 50% of the total government grant payments to local businesses.

 “We ask those businesses with outstanding grant applications to bear with us as verifying some applications is a complex process that may require further information from businesses in some cases.

“We encourage all businesses to keep up-to-date with a range of local measures to support them as well as with the government measures, at www.telford.gov.uk/coronavirus

Details about the Government grants available

Small Businesses – a grant of £10,000
• Business properties with a rateable value below £15,000 which are currently in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses – a grant of either £10,000 or £25,000.

Guidance issued on 30.03.20 has extended this grant to charities.
Properties with a rateable value below £51,000 in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector are entitled to claim a grant as follows:
• Properties with a rateable value below £15,000 are entitled to a grant of £10,000
• Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but below £51,000 are entitled to a grant of £25,000


There are certain exclusions to the grant:


• Properties occupied for personal use such as private stables or moorings
• Car parks and parking spaces
• Businesses in liquidation or dissolved as at 11th March 2020
• Properties with a rateable value over £51,000


THESE GRANTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO MEMBER CLUBS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF TELFORD & WREKIN - VIA THEIR LOCAL COUNCIL 

Grants Are Being Delivered

posted Apr 9, 2020, 11:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Telford & Wrekin Council has already approved over 1,200 applications for business support grants in response to coronavirus, from small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Telford and Wrekin businesses start getting grant payments to support them during coronavirus

It comes after the Government announced these grants near the end of March and the Council has been supporting and assisting eligible businesses to apply for them.


This is in addition to a number of other support measures available for borough businesses, including the deferral of payment of business rates, all of which can be found on the Council’s Coronavirus webpage.


Grant support payments approved so far total over £14.1 million to 1,207 borough businesses, representing 84% of the applications the Council has so far received.


In total the Council expects that up to 2,400 businesses could apply for this and any business that has yet to can do so online at www.telford.gov.uk/businessgrants

These grants are also available from Shropshire County Council for clubs located outside of the T & W boundaries.

One member club in T & W has already benefited, having received the following and responding . . .


Support to small businesses

Small Business Grant Fund

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Government announced there would be support made available to small businesses. 

Our records show that you are currently in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief, or Rural Rate Relief, and I am pleased to say that you may therefore be entitled to claim a grant of £10,000.  Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property, so we require an application form completing for each property.

There are certain exclusions to the grant:
• Properties occupied for personal use such as private stables or moorings
• Car parks and parking spaces
• Businesses in liquidation or dissolved as at 11th March 2020
• Properties with a rateable value over £15,000

To apply, we need you to complete a short application form.  Please visit the website and fill in our webform on www.telford.gov.uk/businessgrants 

If you need any assistance, please call 01952 383838.

 

Yours sincerely,

The Revenues Service 




Guidance On Applying For Sport England Emergency Grant Funding

posted Apr 6, 2020, 12:05 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

£20m SPORT ENGLAND COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FUND - to cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurances, equipment hire and retrospective losses backdated to 1st March 2020. Awards will be made of values from £300 up to £10,000.

The Award criteria will include the following:-

Your Club delivers activity in disadvantaged areas; Your Club includes members from one or more of the following groups:- Women/Girls, Disabled People, People in lower socio-economic groups, Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), Older People and People with long-term health conditions

The financial need to keep your Club going; The impact of not receiving funding

Based on the application and the award criteria, here is a list of Do's and Dont's - from someone who does these kind of applications for a living -  which may be helpful:-

DO

Be honest and state any reserves the Club has.

Stress if your Club is located in a disadvantaged area. Include outline demographic information on your area, e.g. unemployment rate, population demographics, age profile of your community, health data etc. This information should be available through Census data or by contacting your Local Authority

Cite and stress all the groups your Club engaged with, e.g. Women/Girls, Older People, BAME, Disabled People, People with long-term health conditions and people in lower socio-economic groups

Stress the importance of the role your Club plays in your local community e.g. promoting physical and mental health and well-being, social interaction, combating social isolation/loneliness, engaging with local schools etc

Stress how you are maintaining contact with your members

Set out the financial impact between April and June. Cite examples of any mitigating actions the Club is taking.

Cite the minimum outgoings the Club has to meet e.g rent, utility bills etc

Cite examples of the impact of not receiving financial help e.g facilities could fall into a poor state of disrepair and risk being unusable when we emerge from the crisis, risk of losing a vital community asset etc

Cite the impact on club members/the local community e.g decreased physical activity, social isolation, decline in mental health, loss of community facility is a significant risk when it will be most needed when we emerge from the lock-down etc

Be clear and concise; Use simple and easy to understand language; Ensure the level of funding you need is accurate

DON'T

Waffle

Use acronyms

Tell blatant lies. Any funding you receive could be subject to audit

 

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