Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October
The Chancellor has today announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Full details of the announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october
Key details to note:
- Furloughed workers across the UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500.
- From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
- The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.
‘Meet our team’ videos
Our staff and contractors have been carrying out important roles to deliver services and support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From our car parking enforcement officers supporting the community hub to our bin crews collecting rubbish and recycling, we’ve taken a look into their roles to explain and share the great work taking place and the challenges they are facing through a series of short ‘meet the team’ videos.
Here are the first videos to be posted onto the relevant pages on our website, our @BasingstokeGov Facebook and Twitter handles and our council YouTube account:
- The first focuses on the community hub and can be viewed here https://youtu.be/JAgft7dlzPM
- Our second video visits our Serco bins crews https://youtu.be/5j6ctst4Zb8
Community volunteers working hard to support vulnerable residents
The Basingstoke and Deane Community Hub has taken over 1,200 calls from vulnerable borough residents following the launch of the coronavirus helpline.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) and community and voluntary groups to ensure that those most at risk can stay inside their homes and receive deliveries of food and prescribed medication during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline has been set up for residents who are at higher risk from the virus, are self-isolating and do not have access to any help from family and friends to register for support. The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm by calling 0333 370 4000.
Basingstoke and Deane Community Hub, through a wide range of community and voluntary groups and volunteers across the borough, has been able to purchase and deliver food packages, collect medical prescriptions from local pharmacies and signpost residents in need to other support available.
For more information about the Basingstoke and Deane Community Hub visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/covid-19-community-hub and for more information about the support available in your area, please visit www.bvaction.org.uk/basingstoke-deane-community-hubs