Free parking to support effort to tackle coronavirus

Wychavon is allowing people to park for free in all of its car parks as part of a range of measures designed to support people through the coronavirus outbreak.

The move has been introduced to help people while shopping for essentials and support volunteers caring for the vulnerable.

Free parking was introduced last week for NHS, health and adult social care workers.

These workers can also park for free, and for any length of time, in on-street parking bays while on essential duties and displaying evidence such as a photocopy of their ID badge.

Wychavon staff are working flat out to help people in need. A range of support is available.

  • Anyone struggling financially is urged to make a claim for Universal Credit, Council Tax Support and any other benefits they may be entitled to. Check if you are eligible at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • Anyone of working age and claiming Council Tax support will receive a one-off reduction of up to £150. More details on the Wychavon website.
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses will receive an automatic 100% discount on their Business Rates Bills. This will be applied automatically and new bills issued.
  • Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 are available to qualifying businesses. Businesses need to register their details on the Wychavon website. More than 700 businesses have already logged their details.
  • Self-employed people can get help through the Government's self-employed income support grant which is being administered by HMRC.
  • Details of other support available for businesses including how they can claim funding from the Government to pay the wages of staff is available at www.wychavon.gov.uk/business
  • Our housing team has offered temporary accommodation to all known rough sleepers across the district and are continuing to offer advice and practical support to those in emergency need

Wychavon is also playing an important role co-ordinating the community and voluntary sector response across the district, working with county, district, town and parish councillors. This effort has focused on identifying anyone vulnerable needing help with accessing food or essentials.

Any resident who does not already have support from family and friends, adult social care or another community group and needs help, should fill in the form at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help or call 01905 768053.

People who would like to offer help to support their community during the outbreak can also register by filling in the form on the website.

Wychavon staff are currently working hard to maintain critical services including waste and recycling collections.

These remain unaffected currently, although bulky waste collections have been stopped until further notice.

Residents are being asked to support crews by not carrying out house, shed or garage clearances at the moment

unless they can store the waste created for a period of time. Crews cannot take extra waste as it would overwhelm the service.

Committee meetings have been cancelled and our Community Contact Centres are closed but people can still email or call.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "This is the greatest public health emergency in a generation and I want every resident and business owner in Wychavon to know that we are all working flat out to support you.

"To anyone in need of support our message is – please do not struggle alone. Get in touch with us. We are ready and here to help you through this."

Cllr Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: "I want to pay tribute to all our staff in the NHS and social workers for the fantastic work they are doing under very difficult circumstances. Thanks also to supermarket staff who are going the extra mile to keep shelves stocked and ensure everyone has access to

essentials.

"I also applaud the effort being made by the community to rally together to support each other during this difficult time. Everyone needs to follow government advice and stay safe."

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus to find out about all the latest support available to residents and businesses and the impact the outbreak is having on our services.

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