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Derbyshire County Councils Community News - May 2020

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News from Our Member of Parliament - Nigel Mills MP (28/4/2020)

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Dear Constituent,

In these challenging and unprecedented times, I hope you're all keeping safe and well. Please do continue to follow the guidance to stay at home where possible and keep checking the latest Government guidance and support here. 

Thank you again to all our key workers and to everyone who is following the stay at home and social distancing guidance. Thank you also to all our local businesses and schools who are working to supply frontline PPE. As just a couple of examples of many in Amber Valley who have fantastically adapted their production, John Flamsteed School's Design & Technology Department have already produced and supplied 2500 visors, David Nieper are making and supplying gowns to our local hospitals, BPI have donated 10,000 gowns to care homes and are producing for and supplying the NHS, and Concept Plastic Packaging are producing visors. 

The Government is continuing to announce unprecedented measures to help people through this crisis with support schemes for individuals, self-employed people and businesses. You can find a link to my Covid-19 support page with details of how to access these support packages below. 

Friday 1st May 2020, 6pm - COVID-19 Facebook Live Virtual Public Meeting 

This Friday (1st May) at 6pm, I’ll be holding a Facebook Live ‘virtual public meeting’ for Amber Valley constituents to discuss Covid-19, the latest on Brexit and local issues. You’ll be able to find the live video stream here

If you’re a constituent and would like to ask a question, please either reply to this email with your query, or post it as a comment on the facebook page above. I’ll try to answer as many questions as possible.

If you have a personal or specific issue you would like to raise with me, or for a virtual surgery appointment, do also continue to contact me by replying to this email or by ringing 01773 744341.

Covid-19 support and advice page:

You can find links to and details of the latest health advice, local support and Government support for individuals and businesses on the Covid-19 support page on my website here

Business support - The Government have launched a Coronavirus business support finder tool for businesses and self-employed people to quickly determine what financial support is currently available to them here

Job Retention Scheme - The Government’s Job Retention (furlough) Scheme has also now gone live for employers to submit claims. You can find the claim form and a step by step guide here

Bounce Back Small Business Loans - Listening to the issues raised by many small businesses trying to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, the Government has also announced Bounce Back loans for small businesses. Businesses will be able to borrow between £2000 and £50,000 under a new fast-track finance scheme, which will provide loans with a 100% government backed guarantee for lenders. The loans will be interest free for the first 12 months and businesses will be able to apply online for these from Monday 4th May 2020. More details are available here

Virtual Parliament & Committees:

Parliament returned from Recess in a primarily virtual form, but this is working and PMQs and select committees are all operating. You can follow parliamentary business on Parliament.live.tv here

I've been continuing to participate in select committee meetings, including the EU Future Relationship Committee and Work & Pensions Committee, and you can follow our current inquiries and recent interviews here.

Street Watch:

As always, if there are any street repairs in your area, such as potholes, pavement repairs or broken street lights, you can report these issues and concerns to me quickly and easily here so I can ask for the repairs to be investigated and addressed.

GDPR and privacy notice:

Data laws have recently changed with the introduction of the new GDPR legislation. You can find my office’s privacy policy here and, if you don’t want to receive these emails anymore, you can unsubscribe here.

Get in Touch!

As always, you can contact me by hitting the 'reply' button on this email, or you can ring my office on 01773 744341.

Twitter and Facebook

You can also follow me on Twitter @NigelMills and like me on Facebook here to stay up to date with news and events in Amber Valley throughout the month.

Yours sincerely,

Promoted by Nigel Mills MP of Unicorn House, Wellington Street, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3EH. 


Derbyshire Connect Active Travel Service - a Consultation by Derbyshire County Council

The Derbyshire Connect Active Travel access to health transport service has been operating since October 2017. This service is funded by Derbyshire County Council and offers people who find it difficult to use conventional bus or train services a transport service to reach medical-related appointments, e.g. doctors, hospitals, dentists, clinics etc. This is a door to door service with the fare being based on the distance travelled. 

This service has been very popular across Derbyshire apart from in the Amber Valley and Erewash districts where passenger numbers are very low. The County Council would like to find out more about why so few people are making use of the service in order to make a fully informed decision about the future operation of this service in Amber Valley & Erewash.

To take the survey or get more information please visit https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=156293303405


Mobile Library Service

Derbyshire Library Service has two mobile libraries, based at Buxton and Long Eaton, serving around 150 communities across the county. These communities are visited once every four weeks and the mobile libraries offer a range of services for everyone including fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, large print books, books on tape and books on CD as well as a selection of local studies books and information.

The mobile libraries have a lift for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

To view current routes/timetables please visit Derbyshire County Council’s website (opens in a new window)


Derbyshire Connect

Dial-a-Bus shopping buses for people who are unable to use conventional public transport.

For more information click here

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