Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Powys County Council actions

Key actions already taken:

  • Business support grants - as a council we've paid out more than £40m to thousands of businesses across Powys. Read more - Powys businesses receive cash boost
  • Bounce Back Loans - UK Government's new fast-track finance scheme is providing small businesses with loans of up to £50,000. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months
  • Economic Resilience Fund - This has been paused due to receiving 9,000+ applications. This will give Welsh Government an opportunity to consider what further support businesses, charities and social enterprises need
  • Emergency Volunteering Leave. If you are interested in taking EVL please contact PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations) on 01597 822191 or 01686 626220 or by following this link:
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies postponed
  • New internal resource. A new COVID-19 intranet portal is now available for staff and councillors. It brings together in one co-ordinated area a wealth of internal corporate announcements, information and resources about COVID-19. Check your emails and the front page of the staff intranet for full details
  • Temporary mortuary facility set up on the Wyeside Industrial Estate, Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells. The temporary facilities will mean that the county can be confident that it has the capacity to provide dignity in death for the people of Powys
  • New bereavement support during the Covid-19 Pandemic launched
  • Additional £181k housing benefit allowance to 1,200 households
  • As per Welsh Government advice, you must stay at home apart from essential travel or you may be fined
  • Testing for key roles within social services
  • Powys Community Sector Emergency Response Team register for volunteers
  • Financial support line - 01597 826345
  • Business support schemes launched
  • PCC managers and supervisors are being asked to ensure they record any COVID-19 related absences on iTrent People Manager using new coding. See revised instructions circulated by email from Corporate Communications on 01/04/20.
  • Emergency childcare hubs for school and early years opened for key workers in strategic locations
  • Council and Police provide new advice on businesses requirements with Covid-19
  • Public bus service reduced to modified Sunday service  
  • Most council public rights of way open, areas in Brecon Beacons National Park closed 
  • The council is urgently seeking more staff recruiting in a wide range of roles.
  • The council has issued a warning to residents not to fall for scams amidst the pandemic. Staff supporting vulnerable clients in particular are urged to see the full story.
  • The Council has stopped all non-essential business. Priority areas are work in response to Covid-19; keep our communities safe and resilient; and Corporate - running the Council
  • Council facilities/services closed - libraries, leisure centres, day centres, museums, playgrounds, Household Waste and Recycling Centres
  • Parks remain open but crowds of more than two will be dispersed
  • All Council employees who can work from home or remotely should now be doing so
  • Employees should encourage residents/service users to contact council via email, website, apps or phone rather than face-to-face to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Meetings to be carried out using Skype/Teams where possible
  • We are working with partners to coordinate and support emergency response to people in our community who may be affected by COVID 19.  The team, called Community Services Emergency Response Team (C-SERT). More information.

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