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County Councillor Report (May 2020)

County Councillor Report

May 2020

by Wendy Pattison – Tel. 07779 983072

And now on Facebook: Cllr Wendy Pattison

County Councillor Wendy Pattison Northumberland

[All text and images provided by Cllr Wendy Pattison.]

Clapping for the NHS and our Carers

All of the Longhoughton Ward Villages are coming out in force and clapping for our wonderful NHS and Carers.

I wanted to share with you a photo of Andy Grant who lives in South Charlton and has been playing the bagpipes for everyone in South Charlton village at 8pm every Thursday evening. Many of you may already know Andy, as he has the Pipers Pitch Food outlet in the Craster car park.

Andy Grant playing during ‘Clapping for the NHS and Carers’

How can I get help?

DO YOU NEED HELP? If you are struggling with managing at home and need support for basic things like food, and have been unable to get help from family, friends or local community groups, the council has set up a Community Response Hub as part of Northumberland Communities Together.

If you need immediate assistance:


Phone: 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.


If you are worried about the immediate welfare (health or well-being) of a child or adult contact Onecall – 01670 536400 – 24 hour service, 365 days a year.

Safeguarding information & advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

SAFEGUARDING – The latest advice and information around safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect continues to be a priority for all agencies in Northumberland. Some people may be particularly at risk during the Coronavirus outbreak, due to isolation, domestic abuse, financial scams, and other forms of abuse. It is important that everyone is aware of these risks and knows how to reduce or report them.

Please continue to report any concerns about a vulnerable adult or a child who is at risk of neglect or abuse in Northumberland by using the following contact details:

Professionals should continue to report safeguarding adults concerns in the usual way by completing the Safeguarding Adults Enquiry Form.  

You should always call 999 in an emergency.

Register now for COVID-19 small business grant funding

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FUNDING – Businesses in Northumberland can register now for small business grant funding to help mitigate the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small businesses who already receive small business rate relief and rural rate relief can apply for a £10,000 grant, and retail, hospitality, leisure businesses operating from premises with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 can apply for a £25,000 grant.

A registration form is available now on Northumberland County Council’s website at – the Council will be paying out these grants as soon as possible once details are verified.

Larger businesses, with a turnover of up to £41m are able to apply for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which is being delivered by the British Business Bank.

The Northumberland Business Hub is a specialist team put together to support businesses and employers both during and following the current coronavirus outbreak.

The team is working to help people to access available support, providing advice and guidance, and finding out what the key issues are for the business community in the county.

To find out more go to

Specialist hub is supporting Northumberland businesses

BUSINESS – Northumberland County Council has established a specialist team to support businesses and employers both during and after the current Coronavirus outbreak.

The team is working together as the Northumberland Business Hub – helping people to access available support, providing advice and guidance, and finding out what the key issues are for the business community in the county.

The Government has announced significant support for businesses and individuals who may be suffering from hardship due to Coronavirus, and the council will be supporting the implementation of these, as well as delivering some directly within Northumberland.

If you are a business and have a question, visit and complete the enquiry form.

Measures that are currently available to businesses include:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), a grant worth 80% of profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month

Northumberland County Council is implementing the £10k and £25k grants and you can find details of how to register for these at:

Be alert to criminal activity during Covid-19 lockdown

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY – Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police are working together to urge residents to be extra vigilant to those who might be taking advantage of the current lockdown.

The agencies are working together to raise awareness of the risks of opportunistic crime, to support residents and to help keep them and their properties and possessions safe.

Reports of raids on closed businesses, thefts from garden sheds and individuals impersonating council officials have all been received in recent weeks.

The council has received isolated reports of people visiting properties pretending to be social workers.
Council officers have stressed that all social workers and care managers carry official identification and if residents are in any doubt about their ID they can call Onecall on 01670 536400 to check this.  All genuine staff will be more than happy for residents to do this.

“Please continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us so we can gather intelligence around those looking to target others for their own selfish gains and help ensure we focus our resources in the right areas.”

If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of crime, please report it to Northumbria Police by visiting their website or if someone is in immediate danger or you need support right away call 999.

You can report scams to Action Fraud online at or by phone on 0300 123 2040

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