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Friday 17 April 2020

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we will now be providing regular email updates for residents to let you know about the latest information we have and any changes to local services that may be affected.

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Messages from the frontline

Shannon from Davies Court

We’re using social media to share the experiences of our Council heroes on the frontline who are continuing to provide vital services to our most vulnerable residents throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

You can view short video messages from Shannon of Davies Court (above), Debbie from Rothercare, Gill from our Reablement Service now and many more over the coming weeks.

Check out our on our Facebook and Twitter pages to see the messages and other updates on coronavirus and Council services.

We hope this will give you an idea of the wide range of services being delivered by the Council – and in some cases how we are having to innovate to ensure our residents continue to receive them.

Support available for people suffering Domestic Abuse

Rotherham Rise

A range of local and national support services are available for people suffering Domestic Abuse.

Rotherham RISE, which provides Domestic Abuse support on behalf of Rotherham Council has created a new web chat facility for those that find it safer to communicate online.

The facility is available between 9am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday via their website.

Please remember if you are in danger call 999, but if you cannot speak let the operator know by placing a silent call. To silent call, dial 999 once you are connected with an operator press 55 to let them know your emergency is genuine but cannot speak.

Rotherham Rise also provides a confidential advice line: 0330 202 0571, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

For support outside of these hours you should contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 200 0247 (freephone 24/7)

You are not alone, we want to do our best to help you.

Rotherham business aid tops £26.6 million

Rotherham Council has paid out over £26.6 million in business rates relief and grants to local businesses since the start of the Coronavirus crisis.

We are responsible for administering the small business grants and business rates relief packages in Rotherham on behalf of the Government.

While the Government was preparing guidance on the schemes, we were encourging local businesses to provide us with details about themselves so that we’d be ready to start issuing the support as soon as the guidance was provided. This has helped us to get the money out to businesses much faster.

We know that this will make a huge difference in helping to keep local businesses afloat, local people in jobs and in helping the local economy to recover quicker when we are in a position to begin the exit from coronavirus restrictions.

If you own a business that is eligible for support, we urge you to apply for funding as soon as possible. Visit our website for details:

Coronavirus: Support for businesses in Rotherham

Rotherham children secure preferred school places


Away from coronavirus news, yesterday was National Offer Day, when parents found out where their children will be starting Primary school or moving up from Infants to Juniors in September.

We are delighted to confirm that, once again, the vast majority of Rotherham children were offered a place at one of their preferred schools, with 98.3% of Primary and 99.7% of Junior starters being allocated one of their three chosen schools.

This was in spite of an increase in demand, with around 3,100 children being offered places this year – up by 200 on 2019.

Despite the pressure on the system, Rotherham consistently performs above the national average for children being offered one of their preferred school places.

For the small number of children who could not be accommodated at their preferred schools this time, all will be offered a place at either a school in their catchment area or the next nearest school with places available.

Any parent whose child has not been offered a place at their preferred school has the right of appeal, with all cases heard by independent appeals panels for a final legally binding decision. In light of the coronavirus, the Government is currently reviewing how those appeals will be heard.

Anyone wishing to appeal should still do so using the guide on the Council’s website.

Download our press release on National Offer Day below.

Press Release: National Offer Day