New Fuel Voucher and Support Scheme

Attached and below is information about the fuel voucher and support scheme launched in Solihull to help vulnerable families and households who are struggling to pay their fuel bills due to loss of income or increased fuel use.

Solihull Council have provided funding in recognition of the additional burden the COVID-19 outbreak is having on vulnerable families and households who are struggling to pay their fuel bills due to loss of income or increased fuel use. The scheme supports people in the following ways:

  • Debt write off (up to £250) to those who are unable to pay their fuel bill and have been in debt with their energy supplier for the last six months and are unable to set up a debt payment plan with their supplier.
  • Energy Bill Support. Provision of funds to help with payment of energy bills of £49 for households, maximum of 3 applications. Further details can be found on the attached flyer.
  • Additional support in the form of energy advice such as tariff advice, Priority Service Registration with Western Power, accessing Warm Homes Discount, if applicable and onward referrals e.g. income maximisation, access to other funding for energy efficiency measures e.g. heating and/or insulation. 
  • Boiler servicing and chimney sweeping to ensure householders have a safe and warm home.
  • Boiler repairs to ensure no family is left in a no heat situation.
  • Boiler replacement if repairs cannot be undertaken and no other source of funding is available.

More Details can be found in the 2 documents below

Solihull Warner Winter Flyer

Warmer Winter Fuel Vouchers

Winter offer for families and vulnerable households – Winter Warmer Vouchers, Winter Warmth Campaign (expansion) and Jubilee Children’s Storehouse

Please see the attached information provided by Solihull MBC :-

Following the provision of Winter Grant Scheme funding from the government, new and additional activity has been supported to help ensure that families and vulnerable households have access to help to keep them and their homes warm during the winter.

Please find details, by visiting the website:-

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/news/more-help-available-solihull-households-keep-warm-winter

Also please see the “Help with food and fuel” Link below

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/Help-with-food

Solihull MBC are also promoting the Jubilee Children’s Storehouse and its clothing offer for children and young people through helping to increase their stock of winter clothing and shoes. Details of the the Jubilee Children’s Storehouse can be found here

Guidance for Halloween –

Please find below guidance, which has been provided by Solihull MBC, on how to have a safe Halloween this year for cascading through your networks.

Enjoy Halloween safely this year

Halloween is a time when people often gather together and this poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission.  

The current lockdown restrictions in Solihull prevent gatherings of more than 6 taking place in private gardens outside, with no one is permitted to come inside your home unless they have a valid exemption.

Below are ideas and guidance to help you plan a safe Halloween this year:   

Make sure you help to reduce the spread of the virus by avoiding:

Knocking on doors – this increases transmission potential and would expose our many as residents who are vulnerable and should be protected, as well as those who are isolating.

Traditional trick or treating – where treats are handed to children who go door to door or children take sweets from a shared bucket.

 

Organising or attending crowded costume parties held indoors, outdoors or at your own home.

Instead of the traditional door to door trick or treating where the virus can be spread by touch, why not try:

·         Carve or decorate pumpkins and display in your household

·         Organise a Halloween treasure hunt at home

·         Host a virtual party with themed games and music

·         Watch a scary movie with the familyincluding spooky treats

·         Have a virtual Halloween costume contest

By following this guidance you can enjoy a safe and fun Halloween, whilst also protecting your neighbours, friends and family!

Covid – 19 – HANDS – FACE – SPACE.

Coronavirus is still a very real threat, so please remenber to:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Wear a mask in enclosed spaces.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Get a test and self-isolate if you have symptoms.

To keep up to date on the government’s specific advice about the restrictions in place in Solihull, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/birmingham-sandwell-and-solihull-local-restrictions?utm_source=c7b8ddac-614a-45ae-b11b-da06f604752a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update

Please see the Tidbury Green Parish Council – Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update document below. The document provides an update from the Parish Council, along with details of information and support that is available during these difficult times. Also included below is the Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Outbreak document, which provides useful contact details to help you take care of your wellbeing during this outbreak.

Tidbury Green Parish Council – Coronavirus – Covid-19 Update document

Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Outbreak document

STAY SAFE

Coronavirus Scam Alert

Please see the attached Scam Alert document below, which was received from the Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board. This provides details of the seven most common Covid-19 scams which are currently being used.

Scam Alert