General

The Census

The Census 2021 is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions about services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport. The once-in-a-decade, nationwide survey of housing and the population helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area from doctors’ surgeries to new bus routes. For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk

Census day will be on March 21, but households will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

You can fill your questionnaire in online as soon as you get your access code in the post and your personal information is protected by law. If you need help, you can visit www.census.gov.uk where there’s a wide range of support services available in various languages.

 

 

Council Grants For Businesses And Taxi Drivers

The council has launched a second round of business support grant payments following an earlier round of successful grant pay-outs to struggling businesses.

The council will be introducing much-needed financial grants to eligible taxi drivers of private hire and hackney carriage vehicles.

Are You Eligible for the Healthy Start Scheme?

Healthy Start is a national scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families with children under four years old on benefits and tax credits. The national Healthy Start scheme provides free vouchers each week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula. Click here to see if you are eligible and to apply for the Healthy Start scheme.

National Business Response Network

The National Business Response Network was set up at the start of the pandemic to identify community needs and match them up with businesses who can help. This might be around food, clothing, laptops, virtual volunteers etc. Any registered organisation can make a request on the website here, and their local coordinator will try to match up their need with a business or other organisation who can help. Some requests get sorted within days and others can take quite a bit longer – it just depends if the right organisation to help is there at the right time. It’s always worth putting the need up and seeing if it can be met!

 

Settled Helps EU Citizens Struggling To Survive

Settled is a charity that helps vulnerable EU citizens living here apply for Settled Status post-Brexit.  To remain in the UK, EU citizens must apply by 30 June 2021. They are very worried at the number of EU citizens living in Birmingham who are unaware of the need to apply for Settled Status and are struggling financially due to problems accessing benefits. Settled’s Hardship Funds team helps EU citizens to apply to retain their right to live here and to apply for a hardship fund to tide them over until their benefit problems are resolved.

Please contact them if you know of someone who requires their assistance.

Email: advice@settled.org.uk and mark your email Hardship Funds.