£20 million paid out in lifeline to Worcester businesses

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

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

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

 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

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

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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Garden waste collections back in action

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Worcester City Council is resuming collections of customers' garden waste on Tuesday 14 April. The paid-for service had to be suspended on 19 March so that the Council could focus on emptying black bins in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. The Council has put extra resources into bin collections over the past week to catch up with all black and...
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Free parking in Worcester for health workers, carers and volunteers

 Worcester City Council is allowing NHS staff, health and social care workers, and NHS Volunteer Responders to park for free in the city – in line with Government guidance. The free parking has been in place since the start of the Coronavirus lockdown, but the Government is now providing official parking passes to health workers and volunteers...
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£3.575m to be paid in grants lifeline to Worcester businesses

Worcester City Council is processing £3.575m worth of grant applications from local businesses, with payments arriving in bank accounts from today (6 April). 267 grants are being paid to a wide range of local businesses - including hairdressers, estate agents, restaurants, mechanics, printers and recruitment agencies. Grants of £10,000 are availabl...
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Action to ensure waste and recycling services continue

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Worcester City Council's waste and recycling collection team is working hard to make sure the city's bins are emptied during the corona virus pandemic. Eleven crews were out in operation today, and are aiming to complete all outstanding black bin collections by the end of tomorrow (Friday 4 April). From next week, residents should continue to leave...
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Coronavirus: Support for Worcester residents struggling to pay Council Tax

Worcester City Council is encouraging residents who are facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 virus to apply for Council Tax Support. Worcester residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months instead of the usual ten - as long as you start paying in April. To set this up, please email march@southwo...
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Support for Worcester residents struggling to pay Council Tax

Worcester City Council is encouraging residents who are facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 virus to apply for Council Tax Support. Applications can be made here:  https://www.worcester.gov.uk/council-tax/pay-my-council-tax Worcester residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months inste...
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Coronavirus: Registration opens for grants to Worcester businesses

Registration is open now for Worcester businesses that qualify for grants to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak. Grants of £10,000 are available to small businesses that already qualify for small business rate relief or rural rate relief. Grants of £25,000 will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property that has...
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Coronavirus: waste and recycling collections in Worcester

Worcester City Council has put in place a contingency plan to deal with disruptions to waste collection services in the coming weeks and months. The Coronavirus outbreak means that there will be periods over the coming weeks and months when the Council's waste and recycling team does not have its full roster of staff available, as some will be self...
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