7 April - North Devon Council Coronavirus update

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North Devon Council Newsletter
Coronavirus (COVID-2019)

Current information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Looking after your mental health

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Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can cause anxiety and affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we should do to support and manage our wellbeing.

It might seem more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing while you are staying at home and avoiding contact with other people.

On our website, we have some links to other sites which we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is so much discussion of potential threats to our physical health.

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Changes to benefits announced

Coronavirus benefit changes

 The Government is doing whatever is necessary to ensure people are supported through these unprecedented times. That is why Universal Credit is rising by £1,040 a year - and Working Tax Credit is going up, too.

 They are providing more support for benefit claimants in the Private Rented Sector by increasing Local Housing Allowance rates, helping to alleviate affordability challenges.

 They are temporarily relaxing the Minimum Income Floor for all self-employed Universal Credit claimants affected by COVID-19. This means if your earnings drop, your UC payment will rise to top them up.

 Carers won’t lose out on their entitlement during the Coronavirus outbreak due to a break because of isolation. They will continue to receive their Carers Allowance in full during this time.

Changes to waste and recycling collections

Easter bin collections

A quick reminder for those of you who are struggling to remember what day it is that we have two bank holidays coming up for Easter and your waste and recycling dates will change. https://bit.ly/2xbdCmz 🐣

Collection Dates

Be scam aware

Coronavirus scams

Update on business grants

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Our Coronavirus business support grants application form will be online on Thursday 9 April.

Thank you for your patience while we got our new system up and running. 

Please have the following information to hand when you apply

  • The name of the business as it appears on your business rates bill
  • Evidence of your business bank statement (a screenshot of your paper statement or online banking statement) showing account details and recent transactions
  • Your business rates reference number
  • Your VAT number if you are registered
  • Your company number if the company is limited

Register yourself if you are extremely vulnerable

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If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can register yourself online to let the Government know whether or not you need support.

You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or hospital clinician. If this has not happened, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.

It may take time for any support offered through this service to arrive. Wherever possible you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you meet your needs.

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

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Other sources of advice and information

Avoid misinformation on Coronavirus - only follow advice from official, trusted sources. 

Devon County Council




NHS England


Public Health England


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