April 7, 2020

Cardiff Council Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are for people who either receive Housing Benefit or Universal Credit which includes a housing element towards their rent but need extra help with rent or housing costs. Cardiff Council has a limited amount of money to make these payments and can only make payments to those in greatest need. The Council can award DHP for various …

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April 3, 2020

Housing Association Tenants: COVID-19 Assistance

If you are a tenant of a housing association property in Wales, all providers have banded together to commit not to evict any tenant who suffers financial hardship as a result of Coronavirus. They have also gone further and put together a package of support for tenants in these uncertain times. I’m extremely grateful to the Associations for taking the …

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March 31, 2020

Welsh Government Business Support (Monday 30 April)

The Welsh Government announced a £1.1bn support package for the economy and public services in Wales. The package consists of cash reallocated from existing budgets and new money – already announced – from the UK Treasury. The main thrust of yesterday’s announcement was an Economic Resilience Fund. The £500 million fund is made up of two main elements: A new …

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March 27, 2020

Information for Students during COVID-19 Outbreak

Welsh Government and Student Finance Wales The Welsh Government has a really helpful Q&A section for queries about higher education in Wales, Student Finance Wales and Coronavirus. You can access that by clicking here. Tenancies Cardiff University, Cardif Metropolitan University Students, as well as tenants of Liberty Living and Unite Students properties will be able to end their tenancy early …

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March 27, 2020

Cardiff Council Service Changes During COVID-19 Outbreak

Council Tax Assistance If you are concerned about your council tax please contact the Council Tax team​ at Cardiff Council via this online contact form. Alternatively, please email the office direct at ctax@cardiff.gov.uk​. If you are on a low income, or your income has reduced, you may be entitled to Council Tax Reduction – it’s absolutely worth checking if you are entitled to this. …

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March 27, 2020

MOT Exemption During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Government have now confirmed that vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities. cars, motorcycles and vans to be granted MOT exemption this will allow people to carry on with essential travel vehicles must be kept in roadworthy condition All …

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March 26, 2020

Home Office and Immigration Queries During COVID-19 Outbreak

Doctors of the World has translated the latest NHS guidance about Covid-19 into 34 languages. If you have immigration queries related to coronavirus, please email the dedicated Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. They have confirmed your email will receive a response within 5 working days. Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk. Your email must be in English. You can also call the Coronavirus Immigration Help …

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March 25, 2020

ACAS Advice for Businesses and Employees

Acas has up to date, relevant services to provide support around coronavirus and the measures we are taking to address the challenge, for employers and employees. I would be very grateful if you could share the below with constituents and local employers so that they have the latest, most accurate messages and information. Acas are the workplace experts, funded by …

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March 24, 2020

Can your business help with the COVID-19 effort?

The UK Government has established a new email address to help collect and prioritise offers for help from businesses aside from the Call for Action on ventilators. A reminder that any additional offers for support should be sent to: Ventilator.support@beis.gov.uk. People will be directed towards a webform to fill in with the relevant information. You can also call 0300 456 …

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March 23, 2020

Advice for Key Workers

Welsh Government Free Childcare for Critical Workers in Wales Critical workers in Wales will now receive free childcare for children under 5 thanks to this Welsh Government initiative. You can read more about this by clicking here. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot …

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