COVID-19 update from RMBC …..#ThankHoliday weekend …

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Thursday 6 April 2020

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It’s the #ThankHoliday weekend!

We hope you can join us in showing appreciation for Team Rotherham this weekend.

Rotherham Council is joining forces with other Councils across the country to say thank you to the carers, the refuse collectors, the teachers, the cleaners, the support workers, the highways teams, the environmental health officers, the school cooks, the drivers, the volunteers, the social care workers and the foster carers – everyone who is working so hard to keep Rotherham going during these difficult times.

And let’s not forget those busily working away in the background too – the finance team processing millions of pounds of financial support for residents and businesses, the contact centre staff dealing with urgent calls for help and our IT Team rollingout the technology for most of our staff to carry on working from home.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitteraccounts and join in by telling us about someone you know who is helping to keep Rotherham going or to just show your appreciation, using the hashtags #ThankHoliday and #RotherhamTogether

Thank Holiday weekend

Boost for care workers

Great news for care workers across the region who are being recognised for their vital work during the Coronavirus pandemic. As of this week, if you are a care worker you can apply for a membership at the Company Shop, helping you to cut your grocery bill.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey contacted Company Shop founder and chairman John Marren asking him to consider opening his doors to care workers, in recognition for the critical role they are playing on the frontline.

Mr Marren said: “We have always served a membership of NHS, emergency services and FMCG supply chain workers, and we are incredibly proud of the heroic job they are doing on the front-line. We are pleased to have been able to work closely with John Healey MP as we further extend our membership to care workers, who are playing a vital role to provide essential care across our region.”

If you are a care worker for a local authority or a private provider you can now apply for membership at the Community Shop website:

Company Shop website

Hotline to report businesses breaching regulations

If you have concerns that a business maybe breaching of the Coronavirus restrictions by businesses, relating to closures and social distancing, can be made to the Council by calling:

Officers are operating seven days-a-week between 8.30am and midnight, including over the Easter weekend. To encourage compliance with the restrictions, we will take appropriate action. This could be advice and guidance, direction or, if necessary, enforcement action.

Officers are following Government guidance on precautions around COVID 19 when conducting operations and will advise callers appropriately based upon individual circumstances.

If you are concerned that members of the public are breaching social distancing restrictions, you should report this to the police, via their website:

South Yorkshire Police

Financial support for local businesses tops £19.1 million

We’re thrilled to report there’s been fantastic take-up of grants and Business Rates relief scheme by local businesses.

Up to today, Rotherham Council has processed and paid the equivalent of a staggering £19.1 million to 1,729 business in our borough so far. This is made up of 1,537 Small Business Rates Relief and 192 Retail Relief claims.

These payments will go a long way towards safeguarding the future of those businesses, ensuring their employees are paid and retained and will ultimately help our local economy to recover when we get through this.

We’d urge any company yet to apply for support to do so as soon as possible – lets keep jobs and investment in Rotherham.

And to customers, please continue to support local firms when you can – they need your business more than ever.

Coronavirus: Support for businesses