Covid Testing in Grassmoor

One in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be passing it on without realising it. That’s why carrying on with testing is so important. You can pop along and get a free test at a venue close to you and get your results within minutes. Testing will take place at Grassmoor Community Centre on the following days:
Thursday 9 September – 9am-5pm
Thursday 16 September – 9am-5pm
Thursday 23 September – 9am-5pm
Thursday 30 September – 9am-5pm

CCTV Cameras – Winsick

Winsick residents may be aware that the Parish Council has been looking at the practicalities of introducing CCTV cameras along Mansfield Road. There is an issue of where to site the cameras but also, and more importantly, where to house the server that would be required to manage the cameras and the system.  So far it has not been possible to identify a suitable location. The Parish Council have however, asked Persimmon Homes if they can assist in any way. Further updates will appear on the website.

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre Statement

DERBYSHIRE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS’ CENTRES 

Press Release 

 

Date:                  02/12/20 

Contact name:  Colin Hampton 

Contact tel:    07870 387999 

Contact email:  [email protected] 

Embargo:           none 

 

Advice Centre Says Thousands Are Losing Out 

 

Advisers at the long established Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centres (DUWC) claim that thousands are losing out because they are not seeking advice both before and after making their claim for Universal Credit.  The DUWC has been advising people in Derbyshire since 1983 and can recognize the pitfalls that face people claiming benefits for the first time. Those facing redundancy, reduced or low income during the Covid-19 pandemic have heard one clear benefit message from the Government – CLAIM UNIVERSAL CREDIT! 

The DUWC advice team believe it is important to seek advice before and after claiming Universal Credit.  Failure to do so may lead to a loss of income with the recipient being totally unaware that they are losing out.

Andy Parkes, senior Welfare Rights Worker at DUWC says 

‘Before anyone considers claiming Universal Credit, they should know that:

  • Universal Credit can affect benefits that you may already be receiving –e.g. Tax credits –you could become worse off by claiming Universal Credit
  • Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit, if you are not entitled because you have too much income or savings -you may be missing out on other available benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance because you have paid National insurance contributions through work.’

Andy went on to say ‘the Centres advisers can discuss your circumstances and undertake benefit calculations, to be able to advise on possible claims.  We will see if we can increase your income or make sure you avoid any loss or reduction.

However, after claiming Universal Credit –it could also pay to take advice because:

  1. Online Universal Credit claims can be difficult to complete. You do not have to manage your Universal credit account alone. We are here to help and we can explain how it all works.
  • Your payments may not be correct and you could be missing an element of Universal Credit that could mean you will be owed more benefit.
  • You may be finding it difficult to meet your claimant commitment. These are the things you need to do to get benefit.  We can have a look at you circumstances and see if we can help.’

 

The DUWC has a helpline 01246 231441 for Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire operating from 8.0am and 4.0pm weekdays and has three Main offices for drop in at Chesterfield, Shirebrook and Alfreton as there is a realisation that not everyone can communicate remotely. The Shirebrook office has a special project to support migrant workers.  Colin Hampton, Co-ordinator of DUWC urged people to get in touch.

‘Thousands of workers are losing their jobs and may have never come in to contact with the Department for Work and Pensions.  It is essential that people are made aware of the help that is out there.  DUWC has been here for over 35 years.  Unemployment can be an isolating experience so it is important to reach out for assistance from those that have experienced unemployment and redundancy over the decades and can lend a helping hand.’ Colin concluded.

North East Derbyshire District Council – Support for Local Businesses Arising from the Covid Pandemic

North East Derbyshire District Council have launched an online application process for three funds established to help businesses in the District gain access to grants made available to those severely affected by national and local COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) will support eligible businesses with rateable values who have been required to close under the national guidelines. Dependent upon their rateable eligible businesses will receive between £1,334 and £3,000.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) is discretionary funding to support businesses under restrictions in LCAL 2 that are not legally required to close but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions from 17 October to 4 November 2020.Aimed at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses, pro-rata grants of between £934 and £2,100 are available.

Finally, the Additional Restrictions Grant will support businesses who may have to close but who do not have a rateable value and also those that are severely impacted rather than closed due to national restrictions of 5 November to 2 December 2020. Pro-rata grants of between £1,334 and £3,000 will be paid to businesses for the lockdown period based on their eligibility. For further details, click here.

Grassmoor Sport. Leiasure and Community Hub

You will no doubt be aware that the Parish Council has been working on plans to replace the existing Pavilion in Barnes Park with a new Sport, Leisure and Community Hub for some time now. The Parish Council is pleased to announce that work will commence on the new building next Monday, 30 November. The initial work will be to demolish the existing building and to prepare the base and services for the new one. The building is of environmentally friendly modular construction and will comprise six separate units which will be constructed off-site, then delivered and lifted in place by crane in early January. The building is due to be completed for handover in mid-March 2021. The project has been funded by the Parish Council, Grassland Hasmoor Big Local, Derbyshire County Council, Sport England and from Section 106 funding. The Parish Council will keep you posted on the progress of the project, including hopefully a photographic record.

Grassmoor Doctors Surgery

The Parish Council along with local residents, has been concerned for some time, that services at the Grassmoor Surgery were being run down in favour of services provided from the Clay Cross Surgery. This includes difficulty in booking appointments, lack of doctor cover and flu jabs generally being booked from Clay Cross. As a result of these concerns, the Parish Council have written to Royal Primary Care to seek an explanation for the apparent reduced service and also to seek assurances over the future of the surgery in Grassmoor. Royal Primary Care have responded to state that the changes in the service provided in Grassmoor were purely as a result of the Covid-19 situation and that these measures were put in place to safeguard both patients and staff. They have also assured the Parish Council that there are no plans to close the Surgery.

Dog fouling and litter problems in Barnes Park

Concerns have been raised with the Parish Council over the amount litter that is being left in the Park and also level of dog fouling which is occurring. The Parish Council does its best to keep these issues under control by providing both litter and dog waste bins in the Park. The Council also employs a Streetcleaner and Park Attendant who also helps keep the Park clear of litter and dog mess. However, both issues remain a persistent problem which potentially puts people off using the Park. The minority who leave litter or let their dogs foul in the Park are in danger of spoiling use of the Park for the majority who obey the law.

The Parish Council would therefore request that all users of the Park make use of the litter and dog bins provided.  If you see someone deliberately dropping litter, please report it to the Parish Council. If you see someone allowing their dog to foul in the Park (or elsewhere for that matter), please report this to North East Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Health Team who can then investigate and take action where appropriate. You can report incidents on line by clicking here. Alternatively, you can telephone them on 01246 231111. Your assistance and co-operation would be greatly appreciated.