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  • HMRC Job Retention Scheme Email
    Article: Apr 23, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help and Support

    "As part of the government's commitment to supporting employers through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees' salaries through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    The following live webinar provides a step-by-step guide on how to make a claim through the scheme.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Apr 22, 2020

    The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have released figures on local authority Covid 19 grant payments as of 20 April 2020.

    The data for the local authorities in East Kent is as follows:

    Local Authority Initial Allocation Identified grant recipients Number of grant payments made Value of payments (£) Payments made/Identified recipients (%) UK rank/315 Value/Allocation (%) UK rank/315
    Ashford Borough Council £30,262,000 2,646 1,546 £18,505,000 58.43% 134 61.15% 96
    Canterbury City Council £48,240,000 2,728 1,628 £21,380,000 59.68% 124 44.32% 217
    Dover District Council £27,634,000 2,040 1,205 £14,330,000 59.07% 129 51.86% 161
    Folkestone and Hythe District Council £28,808,000 2,297 1,551 £18,090,000 67.52% 69 62.80% 86
    Thanet District Council £40,108,000 3,036 1,896 £20,985,000 62.45% 105 52.32% 156
  • HMRC Business Update
    Article: Apr 22, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help and Support

    "More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April.

    To be sure payment comes through to you before the end of the month, you will need to apply today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April).

    Accessing the system

    We have noticed that some people have had difficulty accessing the system because they do not have an active PAYE enrolment. In order to make claim you will need to:

  • Folkestone Triennial 2017 exhit [house]
    Article: Apr 21, 2020
    By A message from Creative Folkestone Triennial

    As the impact of Covid-19 continues to reverberate throughout our community and across the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Creative Folkestone Triennial. Our priority lies with ensuring that our team, artists, partners and you remain safe and well. We therefore feel it would be irresponsible for us to continue as planned with Folkestone Triennial in September.

  • HMRC Furlough Scheme Site
    Article: Apr 20, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help

    You can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees' salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020.

    Before you make a claim:

    • please read all the available guidance on GOV.UK before you apply
    • gather all the information and the precise calculations you need before you start your application - if you have a payroll provider, they will be able to help you with this
    • you can find out more in the calculation guidance where you can access a claim calculator - this will allow you to check your claim for most employees who are paid the same amount each pay period
    • access our simple step-by-step guide for additional help.
  • Purple ribbon recognising Domestic Violence (MesserWoland / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/))
    Article: Apr 14, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Last week Priti Patel announced that the Home Office is working with charities to provide an extra £2m for domestic abuse support.

    We are relieved that the Home Secretary is taking these steps to tackle the terrifying rise in domestic violence.

    However, the Home Secretary can still go much further. For far too many people, their home is not a place of safety. Many thousands of people are in the horrific position of being isolated in the same place as their abuser.

  • Sad old man
    Article: Apr 6, 2020
    By Rob Bird

    Amongst all the shocking statistics of deaths attributable to Covid-19 it is easy to forget the large numbers of people who die from other natural causes each day. Many of these people are cared for, with compassion and dignity, in our hospices.

    Hospices are an intrinsic part of our society. They also take pressure of our hospitals and social care services, which is vital at the current time.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By Dr Katharine Harvey - Chief Economic Development Officer - Folkestone & Hythe District Council

    "Dear Business Owner

    I wanted to provide an update on some of the key initiatives to support businesses in our district:

    • Coronavirus Business Grant Scheme for businesses in Folkestone & Hythe District - all businesses that are eligible for these grants have been contacted by our Business Rates Team by email or post. To access this grant some details are required to make these payments, so please see the link below to where this information can be provided on an electronic form. Our systems require software changes to make these payments, so please bear with us while these are being implemented. However, please be assured that we are working as hard as possible to get these grants to you as soon as we can. https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/business-grant-fund
    • Local Telephone Help Line for Folkestone & Hythe businesses - the council has part-funded a dedicated business support telephone helpline which is being run through the Kent & Medway Growth Hub by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce (KICC). The helpline number is 0333 3602300 and will be open 8:30am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
    • Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund - launched in Oct 2019, this grant scheme supports improvements and encourages new and innovative ideas to help our high streets adapt and thrive in the future. The fund is still open for applications but these will not be reviewed until September. The Economic Development team will not be able to offer support in developing project ideas during this time, but all approved projects will continue to be processed.
    • Independent Retail & Hospitality Business Support Programme - this support programme covers all elements of a business review, including how to best use social media and/or other platforms to continue to trade during these difficult times. Any businesses in Folkestone & Hythe interested in accessing this support, please email economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk.
    • As part of this initiative a webinar is to be held explaining two new initiatives that have come out of the current covid-19 situation which are designed to help local businesses - Ben Pearce from digitalbeans, a leading digital agency based in Canterbury, who has launched a FREE online store solution: https://yourlocal.delivery/, designed to support local businesses in Kent and Floortje Hoette, Chief Executive of Produced in Kent, who has created a new directory website Help Kent Buy Local https://helpkentbuylocal.co.uk/. The webinar details are Friday 3rd April, 2-3pm; Help Kent Buy Local; https://zoom.us/j/832545779?pwd=QzIzNldoSWV0TlZ5RXptWXJtRWhkQT09; Password: 739080

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