Starting the year with a bump!
With four national meetings in the first days of January, we can see we have a lot on our plate this year. We have gone straight into tackling the end of the transition from leaving the EU and into the national lockdown. This was a reaction to the Christmas lifting of regulations and the following increase in new infections of over 50,000 a day, for four days in a row, with hospitals overflowing. It is hard to see that there is a plan for dealing with the virus and foreseen problems seem to come as a surprise and responses later than advised.
It is a very worrying time, with a heart-wrenching 100,000 covid deaths, the highest in Europe, and I am sure you will want to join with me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all who are suffering. Thankfully the situation is improving, with vaccinations going as fast as they can. It is clear the three rules of keeping space, face covering and washing hands remain vital. The national lockdown guidance is here.
We were in national lockdown March 24th – July 4th, and Nov 5th – Dec 2nd, Tier 3 from Dec 2nd – Dec 30th, Tier 4 from Dec 31st – Jan 4th and now the third six-week national lockdown from Jan 5th – Feb 15th. The District Council has so far distributed well over £23m, though for many businesses, it will be small compensation for closing over the Christmas period.
Support Helplines: 01522 782189 Covid related
Good Neighbourhood Schemes The YMCA Community Lincs are helping to set these up. Some of our self-help groups are expanding their support into puzzle and book swaps, activity packs and more.
We have pressed for good mental wellbeing in our area, and there is better access to good services. The list of contact details are at the end of this e-mail.
Eligible businesses who completed an EOI will be contacted directly by the council while those potentially eligible businesses who did not register an EOI but for which the council already holds data will also be contacted and invited to apply by the Grants Team.
There is a helpline here 0800 998 1098
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021. You can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
Thank you for your support.
Marianne Overton MBE
Cllr Mrs Marianne Overton MBE
07920 235 364
Independent Councillor for Bassingham and Welbourn on Lincolnshire County Council
Supporting mind as well as body
Shout crisis text number: 85258
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