Month: October 2020

Confusion over “official” Green Energy letter: Have you received one?

Quite a few residents have been in touch with Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) about a letter which has been landing on door mats across our area in the last month. The letter concerns a ‘green homes grant’ and features a logo which looks suspiciously like the Harrogate Borough Council logo–shown above.  An 01423 number to …

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Royal Mail launches doorstep parcel collections service

Royal Mail postal workers are now collecting parcels from customers’ doorsteps for the first time through a new service called Parcel Collect. The service will cost 72p on top of standard postage costs for every parcel, while pre-paid return items will cost 60p each. To find out how to use the service visit the Parcel …

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North Yorkshire: Heading for tier 2 by this weekend?

North Yorkshire could move into tier two coronavirus restrictions by the end of the week, according to the county council’s director of health and adult services. Richard Webb said this morning (28 October) the situation in the county was “hanging by a thread” due to rising infection rates. The Selby and Harrogate districts are particular …

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COVID 19: Yorkshire tiers and restrictions

With different areas of Yorkshire in different Covid-19 tier areas, residents, community groups, village halls and community buildings will need to to check with their local authority about how it affects them. To find out what level our area (North Yorkshire) is in view here. The restrictions change depending on the level and you can find …

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Help at hand for those struggling to pay rent, etc

We are aware that owing to COVID 19, and difficulties that people are facing with reduced employment, or sometimes losing their job, that some people are struggling to pay their rent. Discretionary housing payments can give you extra financial help if you’re already getting housing benefit or the housing element of universal credit but you’re …

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Grant available for people on low incomes who are told to self isolate

Extra financial help is available if you are on a low income, cannot work from home and are required to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test result, or, because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. The government will pay a taxable sum of £500 (back dated to 28 September), …

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North Yorkshire Coronavirus Data: Webpage now live

See information on the number of cases and how it is changing across the county and where you live–click here to go to the webpage. The current situation in North Yorkshire North Yorkshire remains in the medium Covid-19 alert level. Find out more about the current Covid-19 alert level and the restrictions in place. We have …

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Get Online Week, 19-25 October: A chance to hone–or begin–your digital skills

Next week is Get Online Week (19 – 25 October). The national campaign provides a dedicated opportunity to promote the benefits of using the internet and technology and it’s the ideal hook to incentivise people to become confident in using and expanding their digital skills–or to learn from scratch!   News from North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills …

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Latest COVID Guidance: 3-tier system explained

On 12 October, the Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons. The announcement sets out how the Government plans to standardise and simplify local lockdown measures, by introducing a three-tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England – set at medium, high, and very high. You can view the areas in England listed as local COVID …

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Green Homes Grant Scheme now live: Are you eligible?

Make your home warmer and your energy bills cheaper with a Green Homes Grant.  Homeowners in England, including landlords, can get up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation. Low income households can get 100% of the costs of work covered up to £10,000. For general information about …

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