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  • Non Domestic Rates Demand Notice
    Article: Mar 31, 2020

    The Government announced earlier in March that all businesses that received full Small Business Rate Relief would qualify for a £10,000 grant (non-repayable). There is now more news on this scheme, and for Folkestone and Hythe businesses a form to complete to claim the payment.

    Please note that I will link ONLY to the Folkestone and Hythe District Council website here for security to reassure you I'm not operating a scam.

  • Parking Sandgate High Street / Gough Road
    Article: Mar 30, 2020

    Folkestone and Hythe District Council are granting free parking permits for registered carers and pharmacists - on top of those already provided for NHS staff and doctors.

    Free permits will also be issued to those involved in the volunteer community support hubs set up by Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2020

    We would like to update you on Rising Sun's response to the Covid-19 outbreak. This will be reviewed as the situation progresses and government guidelines develop.

    We are very concerned that self-isolation and social distancing restrictions will present increasing challenges and risks for survivors of domestic abuse and their families. We anticipate there will be increased household tension and domestic violence due to forced coexistence, economic stress, and fears about the virus.

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo (Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo)
    Article: Mar 27, 2020
    By Dr Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, Folkestone & Hythe District Council

    Dear Business Owner

    Please see further information and links relating to government announcements over the last couple of days on our https://folkestone.works/coronavirus-business-updates/ website. These include:

    • Grants for businesses in Folkestone & Hythe District - to access grants some details are required by the Business Rates Team to make these payments. Please see the link below to the council's corporate website to provide this information on an electronic form https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/business-grant-fund
    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme - the government yesterday announced further support for the self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally - advice is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector - Updated 26 March 2020 - guidance to assist transport settings in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Rainbow Centre Logo
    Article: Mar 27, 2020

    The following update, regarding the Rainbow Centre, has been sent out by John Burgess, the Manager of the Homeless Support Service to various stakeholders:

    "Please note that the Homeless Support Service is implementing some changes in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.

    We are delighted to hear that Folkestone and Hythe District Council have placed those individuals who we know to be rough sleeping, into emergency accommodation.

  • Folkestone Safe Haven Project
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    District Councillors have received an update on the Folkestone Safe Haven Project, which is due to open on April 6th:

    "The Folkestone Haven will be opening from the 6th April 2020 as planned, but as mental health phone support initially rather than face to face support.

    The Haven has been designed for people in a self-defined MH crisis and was due to be an open access, face to face service every evening, weekend and bank holiday.

  • Phone
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Below are updated details on two of the three community hubs in Folkestone and Hythe, as well as thre district-wide details.

    Folkestone (and surrounding areas) 7 days a week 9am - 4pm

    01303 316186

    Covid-19@3hsp.co.uk

    Hythe (and surrounding areas) 7 days a week 9am - 4pm

    01303 269602

    Covid-19@ageukhl.org.uk

  • Article: Mar 25, 2020

    There are various sources of information and support available at the moment, and the suituation is very fluid. Please note that the details below may change over the next few days.

    The national numbers for information are:

    Government business support helpline - 0300 456 3565 ​​
    HMRC Coronavirus tax helpline - 0800 015 9559​
    Universal Credit helpline - 0800 328 5644​
    School closures Coronavirus helpline - 0800 046 8687​

  • Phone
    Article: Mar 24, 2020

    Government has published its full guidance on staying at home and away from others. This can be found on the Government website at:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

    Please follow this advice fully and, if you need support during this time, please contact your local community hub. You can find details about these at:

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo (Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo)
    Article: Mar 23, 2020
    By Dr Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, Folkestone & Hythe District Council in Email to Local Businesses

    Further to the Governments announcements last Friday, we have further updated our www.Folkestone.works website with information and links. The key points are summarised below.

    • For UK workers of any employer placed on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government will pay up to 80% of a worker's wages, up to a total of £2,500 per worker each month. These will be backdated to 1st March, will be initially open for 3 months and may be extended if necessary.
    • VAT payments due between now and the end of June will be deferred. No VAT registered business will have to make a VAT payment normally due with their VAT return to HMRC in that period. Income tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021
    • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, launched at Budget, will now be interest free for twelve months.
    • A £10,000 grant payment for businesses in properties in receipt of rural rate relief or small business rates relief on 11th March, including those in receipt of tapered relief, will be eligible for.
    • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure properties qualifying for retail discount on 11th March will be entitled to either, £10,000 where the RV is £15,000 or less or £25,000 where the RV is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.
    • All grant payments will be made directly to businesses by the local authorities and no business needs to apply for these grants. The Government is aiming to make this funding available to local authorities for payment in early April.
  • Phone
    Article: Mar 20, 2020

    In Folkestone and Hythe District, three Community Support Hubs are being set up for both those that NEED help due to COVID-19 issues over the next few weeks, and those OFFERING it. There have been a HUGE number of people wanting to help, and the Support Hubs (which should offer phone numbers, email and online forms) will be the place to do so.

  • Debit and Credit cards [Plastic money]
    Article: Mar 20, 2020

    A number of local businesses have asked me if I know anything more about the Small Business Rate Relief Grants of £10,000 recently announced by the Chancellor.

    I only have access to the same information as everyone else, but the Government's website appears to have a little more detail on it today, as below. Key takeaways are: it is £10,000 for eligible businesses (not "up to"), there is no need to apply (but I'd watch for communication from your Council) and the money should be available from some time in early April...

  • Recycling and waste collection boxes and bag
    Article: Mar 20, 2020

    All Folkestone & Hythe District Council recycling and waste services are currently running as normal.

    Bin collections during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    Rubbish collection is a high priority council service, provided by Veolia and we will do everything possible to keep it going whatever the circumstances.

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo (Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo)
    Article: Mar 19, 2020
    By Dr Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, Folkestone & Hythe District Council in Email to Local Businesses

    The Government has made a series of announcements in the Budget last week and over the last few days on measures to support businesses during this difficult time. [Update 23 March 2020 - see the Coronavirus: Business Support Measures [23rd March Update]. ] We are regularly updating information about these on our www.Folkestone.works website, including:

  • Sandgate and West Folkestone Focus March 2020 Page 1
    Article: Mar 18, 2020

    The issue that never was: this edition of SWF Focus was written and printed by mid-March, and although a few hundred were delivered on 12 and 13 March, the remainder were to be delivered week commencing March 16th.

    Having taken advice from a range of people, it has been decided that delivering this leaflet door-to-door for every resident in Sandgate and West Folkestone as usual is not appropriate at this time. Although the risk of our volunteer deliverers, or the leaflets they would be delivering, acting as a means of transmission of Coronavirus seems slight it is not nil, and so we do not wish to cause additional concern to local residents by delivering at this time.

  • Ear
    Article: Mar 17, 2020

    After the Government update last night on the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic, there have been a number of anouncements and changes locally. I can't comment on if the Government advice is right / adequate (I'll leave that to experts!) but I am hearing a lot of updates from across our local community, and thought it might be helpful to bring them together here.

  • Munira Wilson
    Article: Mar 16, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP has called for all social care workers to be tested for coronavirus, alongside NHS staff, and has asked the Health Secretary for clarity on the issue of testing for the virus.

    After raising the question of coronavirus testing in the House of Commons, Munira Wilson said:

    "Some of the most vulnerable in our society live in care homes. Shortages in the care workforce are already a problem. That's why staff at care homes must be supported to the same level as staff in the NHS.

    "It is essential that front-line NHS staff are tested for coronavirus. It is also critical that front-line social care workers are tested. That is why I raised this issue with the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons today.

    "At present, the Secretary of State is not providing sufficient detail about how this will be achieved and the timeframe for this. We need urgent answers.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Health Secretary to announce the public health grant amidst the Coronavirus crisis.

    Ed Davey, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Munira Wilson , Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, have written to Matt Hancock calling on him to announce the funding to ensure councils could fulfil their role as a "key part" in containing the virus.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Having failed to tell local councils how much the public health grant will be, the Tories have made it all but impossible for councils to ensure our communities have proper healthcare.

    "Even if it was business as usual this would be shameful, but with the Coronavirus it is nothing short of an abdication of duty.

    "Public health information is vital to lowering the Coronavirus peak, but even more alarming is the inability for local councils to try and address the inevitable gaps in our social care sector getting worse.

    "Whilst the Prime Minister and Health Secretary are happily touring the TV studios, they are utterly failing at the most basic level to support councils in their vital work."

    The full text of the letter is as follows:

    'Dear Secretary of State,

    I am writing to urge you to immediately announce the public health grant for local authorities for 2020/21.

    The unacceptable delay has made it extremely difficult for local government to plan health services in the community such as sexual health services, the NHS Health Check programme and public health advice to NHS Commissioners.

    With the coronavirus, this delay has become even more serious.

    Public Health funding is a crucial component for ensuring public services work together to issue advice and information, but also plan for knock on effects on the social care workforce for example.

    The delay has also compounded the severe reductions in local authorities' public health grant funding - over £700 million in real terms between 2015/16 and 2019/20 - which has left councils under incredible pressure to deliver vital community health services.

    The Government has said on various occasions that the best way to reduce the peak of Coronavirus is to contain and delay it - public health information is a key part of that strategy and it must not be neglected by this government.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ed Davey MP, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats
    Munira Wilson MP, Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats'

  • Leas Club / Leas Pavilion, Folkestone
    Article: Mar 2, 2020
    In Email update from Developer's Architect

    On Tuesday 10th March from 2pm-8pm at The Channel Suite, Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2DZ there will be an opportunity to view proposals for The Leas Pavilion and adjacent car parks to Cheriton Place and Longford Terrace, prior to the submission of a Planning Application.

    Representatives will be available to provide detailed information about the scheme and answer any questions that you may have. The information will also be available online at www.leas-pavilion.co.uk from Wednesday 11 March.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2020

    "Today's report of Kent's first case of coronavirus in Maidstone will concern many. Our thoughts are obviously for the patient, his or her family, work colleagues and friends.

    We now know that it is highly likely that Covid-19 will have a major impact on Maidstone and the rest of Kent. We are liaising with officers at both County and Borough level to ensure that everything is being done to get Kent prepared for any emergency.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Earlier today, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran slammed the Conservatives for "failing the most vulnerable", as analysis of new rough sleeping statistics shows that the Government is significantly off track on its target of eliminating rough sleeping by 2024.

    The Conservatives announced the revised target, which was previously 2027, after the election in December.

    The latest Rough sleeping snapshot, published today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, shows that there were an estimated 4,266 rough sleepers in England on any given night in Autumn 2019, a reduction of just 411 people (8.8%) on 2018's figure. The figures are still a massive 141% up on 2010.

    According to Government figures, the South-East has some 900 rough sleepers on a typical night, the biggest number outside London.

  • SCAM
    Article: Feb 25, 2020
    Been notified of a scam that is circulating today and is mainly targeted at call centres although they could try and ring any number.
    Call are being reported nationally coming from 020 379 57734. The calls suggest they are from Amazon and saying that your Amazon Prime subscription has expired. The callers don't actually know if you have an Amazon prime account but they will offer to renew your subscription and take a payment over the phone.
  • NHS GP Registration forms
    Article: Feb 24, 2020
    In Letter from NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group

    I am writing to inform you about arrangements made for patients currently registered at Park Farm Surgery. The doctor that runs the surgery has made the decision to end their contract with NHS South Kent Coast CCG and will not be providing GP services at the practice after 1 April 2020.

    We are pleased to confirm that we have secured provision for the 3,000 patients registered at Park Farm Surgery so they will all have continued access to a full range of GP services and care after this date.

  • African Elephant (Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0))
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    At the Folkestone and Hythe Full Council meeting on 20th February the Liberal Democrat group of Tim Prater and Gary Fuller declined to support the Conservative budget, both abstaining in the vote on General Fund Budget and Council Tax 2020/21 which increased average Band D council tax by £5.04 (1.91%) to £268.38.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Full Council meeting on 19th February, an amendment to the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme proposed by Lib Dem Group Leader Tim Prater and Green Group Leader Lesley Whybrow missed stopping the development of Princes Parade by ONE vote.

    The amendment, which fell 14-15, would have removed the required £29m funding for Princes Parade Development from the Council's Capital programme. The vote was lost after two members that voted to stop Princes Parade development in June - Labour's Ray Field and UKIP's Terry Mullard switched sides and backed the Conservative administration in opposing the scheme. The only Conservative Councillor to back the amendment was Peter Gane.

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