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Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information
Covid Winter Heating Support – Now taking referrals ONLY
Thank you to everyone who shared the message about the covid winter heating support scheme. The scheme is helping eligible residents to pay their heating bills and keep their homes warm.
With your help we have received over 1,100 requests for support. This is an incredible turn out, however, it is a lot more than we anticipated.
Due to the volume of requests, we have decided to temporarily shut down the online application form. This will give our team the chance to get on top of the applications and make sure that everyone who has applied is spoken to.
However, we do not want to leave anyone struggling, so we are still accepting direct referrals into the scheme from professionals. This means that if you come across a resident in need, you should make a referral on their behalf. This will enable us to prioritise the most vulnerable.
You can make an online referral by visiting – www.staffordshire.gov.uk/covidwinterrefferal
Just to remind you, we are able to support residents who:
- Are struggling to pay their fuel bills
- Have a broken heating system
We will be able to give residents:
- Up to £200 worth of financial assistance to pay their heating bills
- Emergency radiators and a winter warmth pack if their heating is broken. We will also investigate whether a long-term central heating solution could to be installed at a heavily discounted rate.
Staffordshire County Council need your help – volunteer to help our Covid response
Early in the pandemic, Staffordshire County Council asked for volunteers to help make sure critical services could continue in the face of rising Covid-19 cases. More than 700 of you volunteered, which meant vital tasks, like caring for the vulnerable, could continue. We’re calling on our army of volunteers once more, to help at this critical stage of the pandemic. The NHS will soon be rolling out mass vaccination centres in the county and is looking for our support to man the centres and to make sure priority groups get the vaccine. Likewise, our hospitals also need support.
We also need support at our testing centres, and to identify and contact people in the care sector who are eligible for the vaccine. Helping in these critical areas means we can test more people, make sure those who need vaccinations get them in good time and free up hospital staff with clinical experience to help in critical areas.
We’ve made a commitment to provide support where we can. If you think you can spare some time to help, either inside or outside of work hours, please speak to your manager first and sign up to I Count.
For more information on the opportunities available, visit I Count on the Do It Staffordshire platform.
Please help if you can.
“Entitled To”: Online Benefits Checker
“Entitled To” is an online benefits checker, enables residents to easily input their details and find out what benefits they may be entitled to.
We are encouraging people to use it directly themselves, but the county council are keen for all their provider services, staff, partners and volunteers to promote it with residents.
The e-video link shows how simple it is to use. The calculator is free to use, and it should only take 10 minutes to complete – all details provided are anonymous.
Please find below a link to the latest weekly list of planning applications.
Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:
Families who are struggling financially could get up to £200 financial help to pay their heating bills. This support is part of the covid winter grant scheme.
Financial support will be given to families as pre-paid meter credit or be paid directly to their energy provider to add credit to their account or to clear prior debt.
Families in an emergency situation who do not have heating, will also get portable heaters delivered within one week and a winter warmth pack including hats, scarves, blankets and gloves. Their information will also be shared with the Staffordshire Warmer Homes scheme which will help to get a long term heating solution in place.
This fund is limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. We know that most residents who will need support are already known to parish councils and other services. That’s why, this week we are asking you to share the information about the scheme with your councillors. We hope that councillors will encourage residents to apply for the support on a 1:1 basis or make referrals into the system before we launch the fund publicly.
Residents can apply online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/covidwintersupport. If residents do not have access to the internet, councillors can make referrals through the website with their permission, or they can apply over the phone by contacting ‘Beat The Cold’, a local charity who are helping us to deliver this scheme on 01782 914915.
We have been asked to pass on this survey details.
- Last year Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) supported 38 farming families in the county, with an associated expenditure of £66,191 (the most supported county in the West Midlands). Income was a fantastic £20,824!
- Today sees the launch of the #BigFarmingSurvey and they are hoping to gain 26,000 responses nationally.The survey can be seen here http://ex.ac.uk/BigFarmingSurvey or for those who’d like to request a printed copy to be sent to them please email FarmSurvey@exeter.ac.uk
In addition, 28,000 farms will be mailed by University of Exeter, printed copies will also appear in two editions of Farmers Guardian, one of Farmers Weekly, in the Feb issue of NFU British Farmer & Grower, Farming Wales and Student Farmer and also in the CLA magazine. This really is going to be the largest farming survey of all time.