Additional help and advice for charities.

NCVO (National Championing Voluntary Organisations) has announced further help and advice for charities: They've just made three important additions to their existing coronavirus advice: Charity funding from the government | The very latest information on the £750 million promised by the chancellor and how it will be allocated. Click here Other funding opportunities for charities | A list of the key national and regional funds open for applications. Click here Coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing) | What it is, how it works, who is eligible Click here

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March.

Thousands more employees will able to receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020, the government announced today. eligibility cut-off date for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to 19 March 2020 the change will mean thousands more workers can be furloughed scheme expected to be fully operational next week Under the scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last month, employers can claim a grant covering 80% of the wages for a furloughed employee, subject to a cap of £2,500 a month. To qualify and to protect against fraudulent claims, individuals originally had to be employed on February 28 2020. But fo

Portsmouth Water - help for the vulnerable via priority services.

Looking after our vulnerable customers is hugely important to us. If you've received a letter from the NHS, or been advised to stay home for 12 weeks due to #COVID19 please sign up to our Priority Services register. We can help. https://www.portsmouthwater.co.uk/customer-services/priority-services/ A message from the CEO of Portsmouth Water: Good afternoon Penny, The COVID-19 emergency has created an atmosphere of concern and uncertainty for us all but as a key public service we believe it is more important than ever that we stick to delivering our day to day business as closely as we can. Therefore we are maintaining and strengthening our focus on delivering our core service of providing un

Health Secretary confirms Portsmouth NHS Debt write-off.

Dear Penny, I am writing to you on the £13.4 billion of hospital trust debt we announced last week that we are writing off, and to provide you with a trust-by-trust breakdown in the table attached. This announcement is part of the ongoing support measures we are providing our incredible NHS as it leads our national effort against Coronavirus. In essence, this announcement means that we are writing off any historic finance that NHS providers have drawn down to cover day-to-day financial gaps or to fund urgent infrastructure investment. As you can see in the attached table, this decisive action will benefit each of the trusts by ensuring they can continue to provide world-class care without th

Dedicated Bike Doctor clinics for key workers.

Special Bike Doctor clinics have been arranged to keep Portsmouth's key workers on the road, thanks to Portsmouth City Council and Community Cycle Hub. From Tuesday 14 April, key workers who rely on a bike to get around can have their bike checked for free and, where possible, repaired. Bike Doctors will be on hand every Tuesday (from 14 April) between 10am and 4pm at the Community Cycle Hub on Winston Churchill Avenue (opposite the police station). Councillor Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "We want to help our key workers whenever we can. We are grateful to our partners at Community Cycle Hub who provide this service, and help keep our key wor

Update from Age UK

Dear Penny, During the COVID-19 epidemic, Age UK will be providing you with a brief, weekly email with resources and advice that you can share with older constituents. This week’s email will focus on safeguarding and access to treatment issues during the COVID-19 epidemic. Safeguarding advice All of your older constituents, people who have underlying health conditions, or are considered vulnerable, are being asked to stay inside for the foreseeable future. Although we typically think of the home as a safe place, for some people being at home, with limited contact with the outside world, can increase their risk of experiencing abuse or neglect. You may have already seen that calls to domestic

Portsmouth City Council grant funding now available

Portsmouth City Council have announced that funding and guidance has now been received from the Government, so they will now start preparations to make payments to businesses eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund. Businesses are encouraged to check if they are eligible on the website and then complete the online form so payments can be processed. PCC will be making payments as quickly as possible but ask businesses to be patient as their IT systems need to be changed and there will be a lot of applications to process. Application for grants can be made here. https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/coronavirus-covid-19/business-rates-

Emergency Community Fund launched by Sports England

Sport England have launched a £20 million hardship fund to help out local sports clubs in difficulty as a result of coronavirus. They will be writing to every English MP about this. The fund is open for applications now. https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Charities and voluntary organisations update from Penny Mordaunt

Help for Charities and voluntary organisations: A number of funds have been set up to assist charities and voluntary organisations. Below is a link to the funds that have been launched by HIWCF to assist smaller local charities and community groups as a result of Covid-19; Grants are available from £1000 to £20,000 (and £10,000) respectively. http://www.hiwcf.com/grants/ There are two funds, 1st is We’re all Together for grants of between £1,000 and £20,000 and the second is the National Emergency Trust for awards from £1,000 to £10,000. Both of these grants are live now with no closing date. A third grant system is due to come online shortly called 'We're all together' - VIVID.

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