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COVID: Registration opens for new discretionary grants to support Worcester businesses

Applications are now open for grants for Worcester businesses that have been impacted by the November 2020 lockdown.The new Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant offers support to businesses which are not eligible for the existing Local Restrictions Support Grant , using funding from central government. Worcester City Council will, at its own disc...
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Disruption to Worcester bin collections

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A number of Worcester City Council's recycling and waste collection team have been told to self-isolate, after one of their colleagues tested positive for Covid-19. As a result there will be some disruption to bin collections in the city over the coming days, potentially lasting until Friday, November 27. The Council is giving priority to the colle...
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Worcester City Council services in the lockdown

The new national lockdown has had an impact on some of the services the City Council provides to the people of Worcester.However, the Council is working hard to keep as many services as possible running normally, within the restrictions imposed by the Government's lockdown rules.Councillor Marc Bayliss, Leader of the City Council, said: "This is no...
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Follow the rules and get the number of Covid cases down in Worcester

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Rising rates of Coronavirus across Worcester are currently causing concern for Public Health officers. The Director of Public Health in Worcestershire is appealing to the city's residents to follow the guidance and help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the city, as infection rates are increasing rapidly. Latest data shows that in Worcester ...
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Covid advisors team launched in Worcestershire

A new team is taking to the streets to help guide and support residents and businesses through the coronavirus pandemic in Worcestershire. Covid advisors will be out and about in the county to support communities, offering advice, sharing the most up-to-date government guidance and supporting businesses as they work to keep everyone safe. The Covid...
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£114,820 to help Worcester families pay for food and get access to accommodation

Worcester City Council has been awarded £114,820 by central government to help support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies allows local authorities in England to use their discretion, to identify and support those most in need w...
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£3,000 grants for Worcester community groups

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Worcester City Council is offering grants of up to £3,000 to city charities, volunteer groups and community groups that can deliver services to Worcester residents suffering from hardship or poor health this winter.The aim of the new Health and Hardship Grant Fund is to help residents cope with the impact of Covid-19 and to tackle key health issues...
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It's your city - have your say

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Worcester City Council wants you to have your say about what should be its priorities for the year ahead and how the Council can help you to deal with the disruption caused by Covid-19. The Council's Annual Survey is open now at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit and runs until 8 November 2020. We all want a city that is safe, prosperous, accessible...
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£20 million paid out in lifeline to Worcester businesses

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Nearly 1,500 Worcester businesses have received payments totalling approximately £20 million through three central Government COVID grant funds since the lockdown began in March. Worcester City Council has processed payments to 1,435 Worcester businesses through the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund. A...
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City Council to help local communities recover from lockdown

Worcester City Council has drawn up a draft Community Recovery Strategy to help ensure people across the city get the support they need as the city and the nation start to come out of lockdown. The draft Strategy, which will be considered by the Communities Committee on Wednesday July 22, is a broad-ranging plan that includes promoting physical exe...
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Worcester Tourist Information Centre re-opens

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The Worcester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is re-opening its doors to the public on Wednesday 8 July. The Centre, which is located on the High Street next to the Guildhall, will initially open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm and aims to extend the opening hours in August. Staff at Worcester's TIC have conducted a thorough COVID...
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Help us to keep Worcester open, healthy and safe

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With the majority of Worcester's shops expected to reopen on Monday June 15, Worcester City Council is asking residents and businesses to work together to ensure the city is open, healthy and safe. The City Council is putting up signs in all the city's main shopping areas and its own car parks to remind people of the importance of social distancing...
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Worcester volunteers are coronavirus heroes

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The efforts of hundreds of Worcester people who selflessly give up their time to help others are being celebrated this week (National Volunteers' Week:1 – 7 June 2020). Hundreds of residents have volunteered their services since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic – and community support groups have sprung up across the city. "This pandemic hasn...
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Use car parks not yellow lines, motorists reminded

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Drivers are being encouraged to use Worcester's car parks and resist the temptation of leaving their cars on yellow lines, as some lockdown restrictions are lifted. With the Government allowing people to leave their homes more often and take longer journeys it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of motorists heading into the ce...
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Mayor donates 10,000 masks to NHS in Worcestershire

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has donated 10,000 masks to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, to help protect NHS staff as they continue to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks have been paid for by the Worcester Muslim Cemetery trustees. "The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly devastating for ethnic mino...
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Thanks for supporting Worcester’s waste crews

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From cheering and clapping, to colourful messages stuck to the bins and even gifts - Worcester residents have been really showing their support for the city's waste crews during the lockdown. Now Worcester City Council is returning the compliment, with massive signs on the sides of two 26-tonne waste lorries reading, "Your waste collection crews th...
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Mayor encourages food donations during Ramadan

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is encouraging local residents to donate to the Worcester Foodbank and to local charities during Ramadan (23 April – 23 May 2020). Members of the Worcester Mosque are making donations to the Worcester Foodbank and other local charities every Friday, throughout the month of Ramadan. On Friday 1 May the...
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Action to control gull population continues during lockdown

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With the peak gull nesting season now upon us, action is being taken in Worcester to deter the birds from nesting on residential and business rooftops. Hawks and falcons have been deployed to make daily two-hour flights round Britannia Square, near Worcester's city centre, with the aim of putting off gulls from nesting there.The flights, which are ...
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City Council gives isolated Veterans a helping hand to keep in touch

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A Worcester charity has joined forces with the City Council to purchase five computer tablets, to help Veterans who are in isolation stay in contact with the wider world. Stepway, a local charity launched in 2019 to help Veterans readjust to civilian life, is lending the equipment to individuals who have no home access to a computer. Worcester City...
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Worcester City Council to start holding virtual committee meetings

Worcester City Council is set to hold its first "virtual" committee meeting next week, to ensure local democracy continues despite the Coronavirus outbreak. The Planning Committee will be the first to meet via an online video conference on Thursday April 23 from 1.30pm, and the public and press will be able to listen in to the meeting via our websi...
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