The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited

 

 
 

Date:  04/06/2020

                             Issue: 47

 

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Links Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily close the office until further notice in order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and VCS group representatives in support of the official attempt to slow down the pandemic. If there are any changes, we will keep you informed.

Please note that the staff will be working from home and can be contacted on the details below during our usual office hours 10:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday. Our email address info@linkscvs.org.uk will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: sandra.pink@linkscvs.org.uk Mobile: 07889 726846..
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email: martin.conlan@linkscvs.org.uk
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: sushri@btinternet.com Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email: james.lee@linkscvs.org.uk


Help Needed in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Survey

We know about the community groups that operate and the good work that you all do.  Sadly, we understand that many of you have had to close down due to the Coronavirus crisis.

We are now mapping the help that is available in your residential area. 

However, there are still people needing help, mainly for shopping, collecting prescriptions, someone to talk to; and they could be your neighbours. 

Are you doing this in your local area or do you know of any people who have got together and are offering neighbourly support to people in need?

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey so that you can be added to the list of help in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire.

Link to survey here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NRRNR9G


Chesterfield COVID-19 support directory

Comprehensive directory providing details such as:

  • national and local resources
  • support on how to stay active as well as health and wellbeing information
  • where to get home food deliveries as well as emergency food provision
  • personal and business financial support and guidance
  • resources for children and parents

The directory can be accessed here - http://ow.ly/Nqir50zjdrz

Please use the contact link at the top of the page to suggest corrections or contributions to the information in the directory, making sure you select ‘other.’


Below you can find a range of sources for advice and guidance on the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak for individuals and organisations.  These websites are updated regularly so to ensure you have most updated guidelines please check them frequently. Please forward this on to anyone you think may find this helpful.

Included in this bulletin:

Government Updates

How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) rough sleeper accommodation survey data: May 2020

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

National COVID-19 surveillance reports

Home Secretary oral statement on health measures at the border

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

COVID-19: background information

Short-term options for health, welfare and financial decisions

Making and registering an lasting power of attorney (LPA) during the coronavirus outbreak

Rural Payments Agency update – June 2020

Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from English border rules

Governance Advice & Updates

HMRC Additional Webinars

Gift Aid rules relaxed due to Covid-19 pandemic

New Charity Chat podcast

NCVO Governance Roundup

Government Updates


How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-treat-certain-expenses-and-benefits-provided-to-employees-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-serious-incidents-to-the-charity-commission-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

Privacy notice on COVID-19 virus testing for critical workers and their household members who are self-isolating because they’re showing symptoms.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacy-information


Coronavirus (COVID-19) rough sleeper accommodation survey data: May 2020

New management information about the support for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-rough-sleeper-accommodation-survey-data-may-2020 


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published every Wednesday. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic 


National COVID-19 surveillance reports

National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports


Home Secretary oral statement on health measures at the border

The Home Secretary delivered an oral statement to the House of Commons on health measures being introduced at the border in response to coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/home-secretary-oral-statement-on-health-measures-at-the-border 


Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 


COVID-19: background information

Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information


Short-term options for health, welfare and financial decisions

Find out about the ways people can make certain decisions for you or do certain things on your behalf 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/short-term-options-for-health-welfare-and-financial-decisions


Making and registering an lasting power of attorney (LPA) during the coronavirus outbreak

If you want to make an LPA now, you can still do so while observing government guidance on social distancing, self-isolating and shielding.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-and-registering-an-lpa-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Rural Payments Agency update – June 2020

Read this update for information about the schemes – Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and the Basic Payment Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rural-payments-agency-update-june-2020 


Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak

This page holds a tracker list of open, staffed and suspended courts during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be regularly updated. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals-tracker-list-during-coronavirus-outbreak


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What schools need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Updated to reflect the announcement by the Prime Minister that the government’s 5 tests have been met and the decision, based on all the evidence, to move forward with the wider opening of education and childcare settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from English border rules

This guidance explains who will be exempt from new English border rules introduced due to coronavirus. The rules will apply to travellers to the UK from 8 June 2020. Updated to add information on what those exempt need to show at the border to enter the UK.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules 


Governance Advice & Updates


HMRC Additional Webinars

Demand for these webinars has been exceptional, so even more dates have been added.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3667545685723120643 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim: This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/87281838429017601 

There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now.


Gift Aid rules relaxed due to Covid-19 pandemic

HMRC has agreed to relax a few Gift Aid rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these have been negotiated by the Charity Tax Group. One example is that of charities being able to claim Gift Aid on ticket refunds for cancelled events. 

https://fundraising.co.uk/2020/06/01/gift-aid-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ 


New Charity Chat podcast

DSC Trustee Andrew Purkis speaks to Charity Chat about how the definition of charity has expanded since the 1990s, whether charities are essential, and other issues about the challenge of the lockdown and possible consequences for the future.

https://soundcloud.com/charitychat/e91-the-changing-remit-of-charities-with-andrew-purkis-obe 


NCVO's Governance Roundup

NCVO’s governance round-up for charity trustees this month:

  • What the new corporate insolvency and governance bill means for charities
  • Our next webinar: Governing through the next phase of the pandemic 
  • Three key steps for successful scenario planning 
  • Implications of easing the lockdown - what our members have told us
  • The reality of board diversity and why coronavirus makes it urgent to address

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/05/28/governance-round-up-may-2020/ 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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