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Huge Hastings community response helps people in lockdown

Huge numbers of selfless Hastings residents have stepped up to help isolated people cope with the Coronavirus pandemic, reports Hastings HEART, the organisation coordinating the volunteer response. Established by volunteers Kim Batty and Alastair Fairley, the Hastings Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) has now seen over 1,000 people volunteer to help those who are self-isolating…
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Keeping an eye on businesses during the COVID-19 crisis

In response to concerns about a possible increase in break-ins to commercial property the Business Improvement District (BID) has negotiated with the council and police to allow the security firm which operates the town’s weekend taxi marshal service to switch to mobile patrols. The BID has also teamed up with the Hastings Area Business Crime…
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Advice for protecting your empty business premises

While our towns are so quiet, not everyone is self-isolating at home!  Vandals and villains are taking the opportunity to break into empty premises to steal anything of value,or just trash the place.  So please share these top tips: Keep Your Premises Protected As the majority of our business premises face an uncertain period of…
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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns…
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Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

What is it? If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, you will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property. Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under may be eligible for a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with…
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HEART – Hastings Emergency Action Resource Team: volunteer now

HEART – Hastings Emergency Action Response Team is a group of volunteers who are willing to be called on to assist people who may require support and can’t get out during the current Coronavirus crisis. This may involve help with shopping, deliveries, collecting medication, mailing letters, linking you to other support agencies or services locally…
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Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch

The Neighbourhood Watch network in Hastings and St Leonards provides useful information about how to get involved in community support efforts. You can also sign up for email alerts from a wide range of services, including the police and local authorities.

Coronovirus Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who…
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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small and medium-sized businesses with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years.

Covid-19: Council develops vital community hub with partners

Hastings Borough Council together with a range of voluntary organisations and partners from the local community has developed a community hub to help residents in need of support during the Covid-19 crisis. Those who do not have family or local support at hand and those who are self-isolating because they have the virus or have…
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