The Chancellor, yesterday evening, (27 March 2020), announced a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
GOV.UK has further details about who is eligible for the scheme and how it will work.
Self-employed people do not need to get in touch with HMRC as the scheme isn’t yet open for applications. HMRC will contact eligible customers by the beginning of June, inviting them to apply.
Unfortunately, we are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. If someone gets in touch claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, please do not respond.
HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for these details.
The government has also introduced the following help for the self-employed:
We will continue to share the most up to date information directly with you as it becomes available.
First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive – HMRC
Parking in South Hams and West Devon
To support local communities, key workers and the NHS, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils have suspended parking enforcement in all of their pay and display car parks. With the exception of White Strand car park, where short stay restrictions still apply, to ensure that spaces are available for the pharmacy in Salcombe.
This decision protects both council enforcement officers, who may otherwise be at risk of contracting the virus, and key workers, as now they do not need to use the pay and display machines. South Hams District Council has also closed North Sands, Bigbury and Slapton car parks to discourage people from making unnecessary journeys.
As parking charges have been suspended, there is currently no requirement for people to renew their parking permit. Therefore, the councils have temporarily suspended the sale of parking permits. These will go back on sale when parking charges return.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “Everyone has been told that they should be staying at home unless their journey is essential for work, food or medical reasons. Therefore we should not be seeing people using our car parks for pleasure and social activities. Relaxing enforcement will make it easier for those essential workers who need to use our car parks.
Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council added: “If you do have to go out for essential supplies and medicines, can we ask you to please park sensibly in our Town Centres. Please also bear in mind that leaving your car unattended in a carpark for a long periods of time, may mean that there are no spaces for key workers.”
Both Leaders said: “Please listen to the advice, stay at home and don’t put yourself and others at risk.”
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After much discussion the Queens have decided to close the take away service along with other pubs in the area who have done the same, to ensure public safety is maintained.
Sandra and Kevin would like to thank everyone who has supported the service over the last week by ordering meal and drinks and wish everyone well and to stay safe.
Slapton Parish Council are hosting the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at Slapton Village Hall. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm with a tea and coffee reception from 7pm.
All parishioners and clubs of the parish are invited to attend to hear an update on the past year and share plans for 2020.
Due to the Coronavirus, the Parish Council are following SHDC's approach to the emerging situation which is based on Government and PHE advice. At the moment it is business as usual regarding public gatherings although a sensible approach is encourage and anyone not feeling well on the day is asked to consider staying at home. Also if you do have hand sanitiser, please bring this with you to use and hand washing facilities are available at the hall.
A copy of the minutes will be available upon request 2 weeks after the meeting and these will also be downloadable from the Parish Council website to ensure everyone is fully informed of the discussions who is not able to attend. Meanwhile, the presentation slide deck is available above.
I look forward to meeting you all at the meeting and thank you for supporting the arrangements.
Julie Hinder, Chair of Slapton Parish Council
Parish Council Meeting
Slapton Village Hall, 7.30pm, Monday 2 March 2020
Cllr Training briefing session held at 7pm - 7.30pm
The most recent meeting agenda will be shown here. It is usually published one week prior to the meeting.