The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846..
Summer Activities for Children in Chesterfield Survey
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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.
Government further boosts chances of UK receiving COVID-19 vaccine
From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The restaurant finder tool now shows results within a 5 mile radius of the postcode used.
Diners who eat-in will benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August.
HMRC data about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and the VAT payments deferral scheme. Published updated weekly data (up to end of Sunday 26 July) for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
HMT management information about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and Future Fund Scheme.
How providers can submit course content to be included on The Skills Toolkit.
Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated the guidance on face coverings, face masks and protective clothing. The following information has been added: examples of essential care under ‘Caring for someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable’; guidance on how to get tested; and contact details for NHS Volunteer Responders.
Action notes to inform European Social Fund (ESF) grant recipients of an action they must complete. Hourly rate salary costs for project staff who are self-isolating/ill due to COVID-19 and unable to work, has been updated and republished.
A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. The ESF Q&A has been updated to provide clarity to a number of existing questions. See the dates next to the questions for updates.
Sets out the equality analysis undertaken for the Coronavirus Bill to enable ministers to fulfil the requirements placed on them by the Public Sector Equality Duty.
A guide for those receiving qualification results in England this summer. Added BSL signed version of the guide.
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
If you made a claim in error as you were not eligible for the grant, have been overpaid or would like to make a voluntary repayment, tell HMRC and pay some or all of the grant back. Information about when you must tell HMRC and pay the grant back has been added, also included details about when you may have to pay a penalty.
The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. Updated to reflect the extension of the validity of current PFA certificates.
The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.
If you’ve received a grant but were not eligible or you’ve been overpaid, find out what penalties you may have to pay if you do not tell HMRC.
Find out what you need to do if you’ve claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Contact section has been updated with information about complaints.
Governance Advice & Updates
The 2020 edition of the Charity Financials Income Spotlight reports that in the 2018-19 financial year charity income in England and Wales grew by 2.2% to £79.2 billion. Just 89 charities reported income over £100 million. These 'super charities' made up less than 0.1% of all charities but generated almost a third of the total income.
The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. We have seen a significant rise over recent years in the coalfields of the number of projects providing food to those who cannot afford it. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem with more people being referred to food banks, and tens of thousands of children skipping meals due to family income being too low.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the UK’s former coal mining communities, has joined forces with Company Shop to award fast track funds to projects responding to these growing challenges. Company Shop is the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of food and household products, and sells surplus food and household items from well-known retailers and brands at hugely discounted prices.
Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.
This grants programme is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19. This fund will support cultural organisations. This fund is to enable cultural organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat, providing them with support over a 6-month period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or operating on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date.
This funding is available to:
Organisations can apply for grants between £50,000 and £3 million.
The Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund is intended to help England’s live music venues that are at imminent risk of insolvency because of trading restrictions caused by COVID-19. This initiative forms part of a £1.57 billion Government funding package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sector during the pandemic.
There is a total budget of £2.25 million available. Grants ranging from £1,000 to £80,000 can cover operational costs incurred between 4 August and 30 September 2020. It is expected that most of the awards will be around £15,000 and that around 150 venues will receive funding.
Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced a £7.4 million COVID recovery fund for small and medium-sized charities that support people with complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. Around 140 charities will be given a two-year grant of up to £50,000 as well as a development partner. To ensure funding is distributed equally, at least a quarter of the funding will be given to charities that are led by, or that benefit people from BAME communities.
The Community Radio Fund, administered by Ofcom, has opened a second round of funding. Emergency cash grants are available to support Ofcom-licensed community radio stations that are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19.
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