Covid-19 Communications

 

31.3.2020 If you are suffering with any financial hardship during these difficult times please see the useful information below...

Guidance for families suffering financial hardship

The council website has full details regarding help available for individuals and families who may find themselves in hardship during this unprecedented time:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/

Help for families who have had Changes to income:

If families have been working and their income has been reduced then they will need to contact the DWP to see if they are entitled to universal credit. The claim needs to be made on line with the DWP.

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim

If their income has decreased but they are not entitled to universal credit then they may still be entitled to local council tax support or free school meals. The form can be found at the link below.

www.barnsley.gov.uk/benefit-claim-form

Council Tax, Local Council Tax Support and Free School Meals.

If families are struggling to pay their council tax they can contact the council on 01226 787787 and press opt 2. The lines are busy but we have put extra staff on the lines.

For anyone in receipt of local council tax support and free school meals and their income has changed they will need to complete a change in circumstances form as they may be entitled a further help with their council tax:

www.barnsley.gov.uk/benefit-change-in-circs-form

Entitlement to local council tax support and free school meals will be reassessed as soon as possible. If in the meantime they are struggling to pay their council tax then they need to contact us as highlighted above and a payment arrangement will be discussed.

Council Tax Hardship Scheme

The Government has announced that a council tax hardship scheme will be available to those who are considered ‘financial vulnerable’. Details of the scheme will be published week commencing 30th March 2020 and details will be made available here:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/

Other support / helpful links

For general advice on what help and support may be available please visit:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/advice-benefits-and-council-tax/benefits-help-and-support/

The local welfare assistance scheme helps people who are in financial crisis due to an emergency or other unexpected circumstances:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/advice-benefits-and-council-tax/benefits-help-and-support/local-welfare-assistance-scheme/

For assistance with food please visit:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/advice-benefits-and-council-tax/benefits-help-and-support/foodbanks-in-barnsley/

Web chat is also available on all council tax, council tax support and housing benefit webpages. The phone lines are busy and we are asking people to go online where they can.

If people do not have access to the internet they need to phone 01226 787787 opt 3. We will then make an appt to phone people back and go through the form over the phone.

31.3.2020 Update from Barnsley Council for anyone facing uncertainty about their current and future employment

During these difficult times, many residents are unfortunately facing uncertainty about their current and future employment. To address this and to support our residents, the employment and skills team have developed a simple, single point of contact to make it easier to speak to someone and access the free support available to residents who may have been: 

  • Furloughed
  • Laid off/unemployed
  • Are at risk of redundancy
  • Looking to develop or grow skills

Barnsley Council’s Employment and Skills service has joined forces with Enterprising Barnsley and other employment support providers to make it easier for residents to access employment and skills support.  We have launched the Barnsley Employment Helpdesk providing a simple single point of contact for all residents who would like to speak to someone and access support.   We aim to respond to enquiries on the same day with a referral to support within 24 hours.

Support can be accessed through the website and its webchat function:   https://www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk/support-for-employment/

We’re on the end of a phone and can provide advice to determine eligibility for Universal Credit and how to start and prepare claims; job searching, getting a CV ready, support with applications and interviews and access to free training if residents want to develop your skills for a new role or promotion.

We are working on getting a contact phone number and unfortunately in the meantime we are only able to receive enquiries through the email or webchat.  However, if individuals are not able to access email or webchat, if they can ask a friend, neighbour or professional to email us their phone number we will phone them straight back.    

Our partners include: Barnsley Council Adult and Community Learning, Enterprising Barnsley, The Growth Company & Wiseability, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, The Citizen’s Advice Service

For further information about Barnsley Council’s response to Covid-19, visit: barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/

24.3.2020 Unfortunately, Gateway Church has had to close temporarily but they do have one Food Bank open (centrally) at Mottram Hall, Mottram Street, near the Interchange - usual day & time: 11am-1pm every Thursday.

23.3.2020 If you require any help or support while school is closed to the majority of pupils, you can still contact us by phone. Where possible, we will try to ensure there is someone available to take your call. We will keep updating this page and put on useful links for support for Parents when we can. For learning links, please follow the tab at the left hand side of this page.

Berneslai Homes can be contacted on 01226 775555. This is their general enquiries line and will be able to give the most up to date info at the time of contact. They will also be updating their website and Facebook page to reflect any changes as and when these occur.

 

Community Shop - The store is still open and receiving regular deliveries. There is a limit of 2 items per person on everything except paracetamol, toilet roll and bread where the limit is 1. There is also a limit of 5 people in store at a time however they are using a 1 in 1 out policy so it’s a fairly good turnover. The Hub and café are currently closed.  

Shop opening times are: 

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 15:45

Saturday: 08:00 - 14:45

Sunday: Closed 

Telephone: 01226 733458

Their facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/662041174168800/

20.3.20 Please see the letter below if your child / children normally qualify for free school meals.

20.3.20 Free School Meal Vouchers

20.3.20 - Please see the urgent letter below and respond accordingly if necessary. 

20.3.20 Letter to parents

20.3.20 For those children who have been allocated emergency childcare provision please see the letter below with arrangements for week beginning 23.3.2020

Allocated Emergency Childcare

20.3.20 Letter from Mrs Sanderson

Letter from Mrs Sanderson

COVID-19 UPDATE

 We are sure you are aware of the Government’s announcement this evening (Thursday 18th) that schools will close to the majority of pupils after Friday 20th until further notice. We are awaiting further clarification from the Government tomorrow and recognise that Parents and Carers will have many questions to ask, as we do too. Can we please ask that you refrain from contacting the school to ask questions about the closures. The plans and further information will be sent to Parents/Carers as soon as possible.

As always thank you for your cooperation at this challenging time.

There are a number of different websites for your child(ren) to access while school is closed. Links to these can be found on the Learning Links page.