Latest Covid 19 Information – for Wednesfield North Residents!

Good Morning Wednesfield!

Here is the latest news for all of you who are residents here in Wednesfield North. Today we are all hoping that the Government will come up with a plan to support Self Employed persons. I called for this as did many others, as soon as the first package of measures were announced by Government. Fingers crossed the proposals will focus on this sector today.

So, the uncertainty goes on. But from what I am being informed Wednesfield people are in the main following the Government guidance. But drawing on the best news that we can from this extraordinary situation we find ourselves in. The latest new I have is now very much part of this bulletin for you.

I want to tell you that – There is more help being organised for the homeless.

The City Council is involved in additional bed and breakfast rooms which will be offered to Rough sleepers. As well as those that are using our Night Shelters, and those in temporary accommodation, homeless individuals in the city are still being informed about following social distance guidance to keep themselves safe.

Updates on business support
Businesses who have been identified as potential recipients of the additional business rate relief measures (described in the update on the 19 March) are being excluded from the direct debit payment request for 1 April. We are awaiting clarification from our software provider on how to update our system to reflect this award. Once received, the updating of Business Rates accounts will be treated as a priority.

Letters/emails will be dispatched from Friday to all businesses who satisfy the criteria to receive grants from the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, informing them how they can apply online through a solution built by our ICT team.

For cases where the billing address we have on record is that of the business premises, ratepayers will be contacted through email and telephone by our Business Development Team. The grant funding is expected to be with us on 1 April, at which point claims can start being paid.

The Government has outlined the following support:

• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

More information on support we are providing to the city’s businesses can be found in the Guidance for Employers and Businesses section on our coronavirus advice webpage here.

Food Distribution Hub
|News from Aldersley Leisure Centre’s transformation into a Food Distribution Hub, which will provide weekly supply packages to vulnerable residents. A fleet of 30 vans have been secured from Eastgate Commercial Vehicles, which will be used for deliveries to residents. These have now been delivered (pictured below) and will be undergoing a medical grade deep clean today.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more