Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News : Wednesday 6th May 2020
SPECIAL MEASURES FOR COMHAIRLE MEETING
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, have special measures in place, to allow a meeting of the Comhairle, today Wednesday 6th May. This will be the first time such a format has been adopted.
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, committee meetings have been temporarily suspended, but items will be considered at the full meeting of the Comhairle.
Most Members of the Comhairle will attend on a virtual basis. An archive recording of the meeting, will be available on the Comhairle website shortly afterwards.
HMRC INVITES SELF-EMPLOYED TO GET READY TO MAKE THEIR CLAIMS
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have began to contact people, who may be eligible, for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
The claims service opens on Wednesday 13 May and is being delivered ahead of schedule, with payments reaching bank accounts by 25 May, or six working days after the claim is made.
The scheme will benefit self-employed individuals whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
SEISS is a temporary scheme that will enable those eligible, to claim a taxable grant, using information from their self-employed earnings, which they have provided in tax returns over the last three years.
WIND FARM TO RUN DELIVERY SERVICE FOR POINT AND SANDWICK RESIDENTS
Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, is to co-ordinate a delivery service for residents in the Point and Sandwick area. This will be a service for those who are self-isolating, or otherwise unable to shop as normal, due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
There are nearly 2,000 households in the Point and Sandwick area, with high rates of : pensioner poverty, fuel poverty and vulnerable people. Two delivery drivers/organisers are to be recruited by the charity and they will be collecting orders from local shops and distributing them, using the Point and Sandwick Trust community minibus.
Funding for the posts has come from, the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund via Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with Point and Sandwick Trust, among a number of island organisations to have received money from the fund. The service will function by residents ordering, whatever shopping they need directly from local shops and paying over the phone. The shopping will then be picked up by the drivers and delivered to homes.
SPORTS CLUBS KEEPING ACTIVE
Many Island sports clubs are keeping people active during Lockdown through the use of Social Media. Sports clubs are engaging with their members by providing training and setting challenges which can be completed at home.
The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Norman A. Macdonald, said:
“Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes the efforts made by Sports clubs to keep people active and entertained during lockdown. It is vital that people continue to abide by the lockdown rules which are essential in protecting our communities from the spread of COVID-19.
By providing online activities these clubs are doing a great job of ensuring people are able to keep fit even in these difficult circumstances.”
Stornoway Running and Athletics Club have been posting weekly circuits to help keep people active. In addition to the circuits the club have introduced virtual racing, the race occurs weekly and requires participants to run 3km or 5km.