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  • HMRC Job Retention Scheme Email
    Article: Apr 27, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help and Support

    Below is the latest update email regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from HMRC:

    "Wages for furloughed employees are now being paid through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, just six working days after claims opened.

    Payments for claims made on Monday 20 April will be in employers' bank accounts by tomorrow (28‌‌ April).

  • Teacher Bulletin
    Article: Apr 23, 2020
    By Department for Education

    The following is an excerpt from an email from the Department of Education to teachers. The sections quoted may be useful to parents:

    Support for remote education

    This week has seen the launch of several online resources with DfE backing. We have published a set of high-quality resources on GOV.UK, and many suppliers are making their own resources, both online and hard-copy, available to schools for free, including:

  • HMRC Job Retention Scheme Email
    Article: Apr 23, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help and Support

    "As part of the government's commitment to supporting employers through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees' salaries through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    The following live webinar provides a step-by-step guide on how to make a claim through the scheme.

  • HMRC Furlough Scheme Site
    Article: Apr 22, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help

    More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April.

    To be sure payment comes through to you before the end of the month, you will need to apply today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April).

    Accessing the system

    HMRC have noticed that some people have had difficulty accessing the system because they do not have an active PAYE enrolment. In order to make claim you will need to:

  • Article: Apr 22, 2020

    The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have released figures on local authority Covid 19 grant payments as of 20 April 2020.

    The data for the local authorities in East Kent is as follows:

    Local Authority Initial Allocation Identified grant recipients Number of grant payments made Value of payments (£) Payments made/Identified recipients (%) UK rank/315 Value/Allocation (%) UK rank/315
    Ashford Borough Council £30,262,000 2,646 1,546 £18,505,000 58.43% 134 61.15% 96
    Canterbury City Council £48,240,000 2,728 1,628 £21,380,000 59.68% 124 44.32% 217
    Dover District Council £27,634,000 2,040 1,205 £14,330,000 59.07% 129 51.86% 161
    Folkestone and Hythe District Council £28,808,000 2,297 1,551 £18,090,000 67.52% 69 62.80% 86
    Thanet District Council £40,108,000 3,036 1,896 £20,985,000 62.45% 105 52.32% 156
  • HMRC Business Update
    Article: Apr 22, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help and Support

    "More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April.

    To be sure payment comes through to you before the end of the month, you will need to apply today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April).

    Accessing the system

    We have noticed that some people have had difficulty accessing the system because they do not have an active PAYE enrolment. In order to make claim you will need to:

  • Folkestone Triennial 2017 exhit [house]
    Article: Apr 21, 2020
    By A message from Creative Folkestone Triennial

    As the impact of Covid-19 continues to reverberate throughout our community and across the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Creative Folkestone Triennial. Our priority lies with ensuring that our team, artists, partners and you remain safe and well. We therefore feel it would be irresponsible for us to continue as planned with Folkestone Triennial in September.

  • HMRC Furlough Scheme Site
    Article: Apr 20, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help

    You can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees' salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020.

    Before you make a claim:

    • please read all the available guidance on GOV.UK before you apply
    • gather all the information and the precise calculations you need before you start your application - if you have a payroll provider, they will be able to help you with this
    • you can find out more in the calculation guidance where you can access a claim calculator - this will allow you to check your claim for most employees who are paid the same amount each pay period
    • access our simple step-by-step guide for additional help.
  • Sad old man
    Article: Apr 6, 2020
    By Rob Bird

    Amongst all the shocking statistics of deaths attributable to Covid-19 it is easy to forget the large numbers of people who die from other natural causes each day. Many of these people are cared for, with compassion and dignity, in our hospices.

    Hospices are an intrinsic part of our society. They also take pressure of our hospitals and social care services, which is vital at the current time.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By Dr Katharine Harvey - Chief Economic Development Officer - Folkestone & Hythe District Council

    "Dear Business Owner

    I wanted to provide an update on some of the key initiatives to support businesses in our district:

    • Coronavirus Business Grant Scheme for businesses in Folkestone & Hythe District - all businesses that are eligible for these grants have been contacted by our Business Rates Team by email or post. To access this grant some details are required to make these payments, so please see the link below to where this information can be provided on an electronic form. Our systems require software changes to make these payments, so please bear with us while these are being implemented. However, please be assured that we are working as hard as possible to get these grants to you as soon as we can. https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/business-grant-fund
    • Local Telephone Help Line for Folkestone & Hythe businesses - the council has part-funded a dedicated business support telephone helpline which is being run through the Kent & Medway Growth Hub by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce (KICC). The helpline number is 0333 3602300 and will be open 8:30am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
    • Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund - launched in Oct 2019, this grant scheme supports improvements and encourages new and innovative ideas to help our high streets adapt and thrive in the future. The fund is still open for applications but these will not be reviewed until September. The Economic Development team will not be able to offer support in developing project ideas during this time, but all approved projects will continue to be processed.
    • Independent Retail & Hospitality Business Support Programme - this support programme covers all elements of a business review, including how to best use social media and/or other platforms to continue to trade during these difficult times. Any businesses in Folkestone & Hythe interested in accessing this support, please email economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk.
    • As part of this initiative a webinar is to be held explaining two new initiatives that have come out of the current covid-19 situation which are designed to help local businesses - Ben Pearce from digitalbeans, a leading digital agency based in Canterbury, who has launched a FREE online store solution: https://yourlocal.delivery/, designed to support local businesses in Kent and Floortje Hoette, Chief Executive of Produced in Kent, who has created a new directory website Help Kent Buy Local https://helpkentbuylocal.co.uk/. The webinar details are Friday 3rd April, 2-3pm; Help Kent Buy Local; https://zoom.us/j/832545779?pwd=QzIzNldoSWV0TlZ5RXptWXJtRWhkQT09; Password: 739080
  • Article: Apr 2, 2020

    "Good afternoon,

    As part of the settlement reached with Ofwat last year following its investigations, we will reduce wastewater charges to existing customers and make payments to eligible former customers totalling £123 million over five years.

    For existing customers, this will be in the form of a bill reduction starting on 1 April 2020. In the first year, this will be approximately £14 per customer. In the following four years it will be approximately £9.

  • 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:

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