Coronavirus COVID-19 – some useful links for support and information

Advice, Information and Support for businesses, employers, self employed, and individuals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The websites below are being continually updated with the latest information, so please keep checking them.

Find out how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help on the NHS website
Click HERE 

For information on how Herefordshire Council is addressing the COVID-19 situation
The latest news on how Coronavirus is affecting residents and services across the county
Click HERE

WISH Herefordshire
If you need information, advice or support during the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, including where you can order ready-made meals/groceries/food for delivery, take a look at what’s available in your local area on the WISH Herefordshire website 

Herefordshire Council Talk Community
If you need any help with collecting shopping or medication, or just want someone to talk to at this difficult time, please contact the Herefordshire Council Talk Community team using the details below.
Contact us on 01432 260 027    Or Email: talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

Marches Growth Hub
Advice and information on the support available for businesses, employers, and self-employed
Click HERE

Government guidance to employers and businesses
Guidance for employers and businesses
Click HERE

DEFRA and APHA
Advice for livestock keepers and pet owners on maintaining the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Click HERE

Red Tractor COVID-19 Hub
Updated positions and guidance for those on Red Tractor Schemes
Click HERE

Perennial
Providing free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. Also offering support and Information on Coronavirus Covid-19
Click HERE 

Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

  • While you may have successfully claimed a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant, HMRC will be checking claims further down the line. Please see below for information on how to ensure you can back up your claim:
  • More information about record keeping for the SEISS was published in late June. There are two elements: the claim itself, and how coronavirus affected your business.
  • HMRC says you must keep a copy of ‘all records in line with normal self-employment record keeping requirements including how much you have claimed from SEISS and your claim reference number’.
  • The records must be kept for at least five years after the 31st January tax return deadline or, if later, four years after you send your tax return.
  • Remember to record the SEISS grant as part of your business income. Keep a copy of the SEISS calculation. This can be a screenshot of your online claim.
  • As well as documents showing how you worked out your SEISS claim HMRC requires you to keep records of how your business was adversely affected. Simply saying ‘we had less income’ won’t be enough. List cancelled contracts and orders as well as indefinitely delayed work for regular customers. Make records now while the details are still fresh.
  • Please see the link below for further information:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Choosing to Defer 31st July 2020 Tax Payment

  • The deferment is automatic. Therefore, all anyone needs to do take advantage of the government offer is to not make their July payment.Those struggling to find the funds to make their end of July payment on account can deferring their payment until 31 January 2021.
  • Customers will not need to contact HMRC to defer their payment on account – they opt into the deferral by simply not paying their tax bill due by 31 July 2020.
  • If no payment is received, HMRC will automatically update their systems to show payment has been deferred and no interest or penalties will be incurred, providing it is paid in full by 31 January 2021.
  • The only action customers may need to take is to cancel their direct debit if they have one set up for their payments on account.
  • If no payment is received, HMRC will automatically update their systems to show payment has been deferred and no interest or penalties will be incurred, providing it is paid in full by 31 January 2021.

“Farming Help” providing support for farmers affected by Covid-19

The Farming Help Charities – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund – are working together to support the Farming Community during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
We recognise that this could be an anxious time for many farmers and farming families and periods of poor health or self-isolation may result in temporary practical difficulties on farm.
This initiative is in conjunction with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The National Farmers’ Union, and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.
Utilising our Farming Help helpline (operated by FCN) and respective organisations/volunteer networks, we can offer the following local support. Get in touch on 03000 111 999 if you:

  • Feel concerned or anxious and would like to talk to someone who understands farming, will listen to you and help you think through your options
  • Would like help to draft a contingency plan to ensure you and your farm are prepared, should you be unable to work for a time.
  • If you or people you rely on become ill or are self-isolating and you need to find help locally- we will endeavour to find support for you in your local area. We will source contact details of local organisations and groups who may be able to assist you in finding help to feed livestock, collect shopping or collect prescriptions if you are unable to do so.

This directory will be revised and updated in the coming weeks and months.
Call 03000 111 999 or visit http://www.farminghelp.co.uk

Could you or someone you know benefit from support:-

Farming Community Network 03000 111 999 website: http://www.fcn.org.uk/

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) 0808 2819490 website: http://www.rabi.org.uk/

Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy 07966 927404 website: www.borderchaplain.org

You Are Not Alone (YANA) 0300 323 0400 website: www.yanahelp.org/

Farming Help 0845 367 9990 website: www.farminghelp.org.uk/

Addington Fund 01926 620 135 website: www.addingtonfund.org.uk/

Herefordshire Samaritans website: www.samaritans.org/branches/herefordshire-samaritans

Carerstrust 4 All – Hereford CarerLinks 01432 663 057 website: www.carerstrust4all.org.uk