Councillors Covid-19 Outbreak Briefing 6 April 2020

Service Update from Cotswold District Council 

● As of Monday 6 April, Resident Services have 75% staff availability and the highest percentage of staff home-working since the crisis began.

Council Tax Support Hardship payment qualifiers identified (where we will be adding £150 to 2020/21 Council Tax Support entitlement). CDC will be helping 450 households, totalling £67k.

Business Rate Grants, where the customer has provided their information, will start to go out today (Monday 6​th​ April) – 10 test payments will be made.

● Please encourage any eligible businesses that have not submitted their details to download the form from the Council’s website at https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/business-and-licensing/coronavirus-business-and-licensing/ and return it by email ASAP.

Waste:​ 27 staff are self-isolating. Green Waste collections remain suspended and Street Cleaning is scaled back but all other services are operating as usual.

Finance: ​The deadline for our 2019/20 Financial Statements has been extended to 31/8/20 for draft accounts and 30/11/20 for the audited Financial Statements.

Finance:​ MHCLG have asked for data on the financial impact of Covid 19, both direct financial implications and indirect (e.g. loss of income). Some initial work has already been carried out but this requires further refinement to include items such as: investment income, commercial rental income, the impact upon Retained Business Rates and Council Tax (which will impact upon both the current financial year 2020/21 and next financial year 2021/22).

This and the rest of this briefing which contains some very useful links on Community Support, Resilience, Love thy Neighbour, Domestic Abuse support and Business Support is contained in the PDf below.