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Homes England provide online update

Northern Arc Virtual MeetingHomes England held a virtual community drop-in session on Tuesday 5 May 2020 to provide an update on progress at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill.

The Northern Arc development will create a new community of approximately 3,500 homes (30% affordable) employment opportunities, three new schools, health provision, improved pedestrian and cycle connections, sports and leisure opportunities as well as supporting highways infrastructure.

The drop-in took the form of a series of live online presentations, with updates on key areas of the Northern Arc project, such as
infrastructure, ecology and biodiversity, building work and future phases.

The online presentation was recorded so that anyone who was unable to tune in live can watch it back at any time over the next six months. To view the presentation visit https://bit.ly/Northern-Arc-5-May

Over 100 people joined the event and Homes England received over 90 questions from members of the public. Due to the number of questions asked and wanting to reply to all of them in full, Homes England has uploaded a comprehensive document that includes responses to all of the questions raised at https://burgesshill.net/perch/resources/admin/qa-5-may-2020.pdf 

Place and Connectivity public engagement

Place and ConnectivityWe are currently working with West Sussex County Council to deliver a Place and Connectivity Programme in Burgess Hill that will provide significant infrastructure improvements and link key destinations in the town.

The Programme is designed to support the Burgess Hill Growth Programme, which includes approximately 5,000 homes (30% affordable) employment opportunities, three new schools, health provision, sports and leisure opportunities as well as new roads and bridges.

Over £21 million of Government and developer funding has been secured for the Place and Connectivity programme to create improved, high quality walking and cycling routes and public spaces to and through the town.

Proposals include the creation of new pedestrian and cycle paths linking Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath, enhancement of the Burgess Hill Green Circle network and improvements at both Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield train stations. Real time passenger information will be provided to residents at bus stops using electronic notice boards and there will be significant improvements to pedestrian and cycle routes around the town.

The coronavirus outbreak means it is not currently possible to host a public exhibition so we have provided all the relevant information for you to view online at http://www.burgesshill.net/placeandconnectivity

We would like to hear your views about these projects so please visit the website and let us know what you think by completing the online feedback form provided. Our online platform will be live until 25 June 2020.

New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

The Skills ToolkitThe Skills Toolkit is a new online platform that will help you build skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond. Access high quality, flexible courses in digital and numeracy skills to support learning while you stay at home.

We know lockdown has made life difficult for many of us but if you can find the time, grab this opportunity to build up your existing skill set and discover new talents.

Digital and numeracy skills are among those that are most sought after by employers and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.

You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts.

Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills. For more information visit https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/


Virtual VE Day celebrations

Friday 8 May 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary since the day guns fell silent in Europe at the end of the Second World War. To commemorate the occasion Mid Sussex District Council awarded grants of £250 local groups towards local events in the community.

Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures meant that the planned community celebrations could not take place. However, we didn't want the day to pass without recognition so we asked our residents, Councillors and Council staff to share their photos and memories to help us commemorate a Virtual VE Day for 2020.

The response was tremendous and we were able to create a short video. We hope you like it.

Care for others and make a difference

Social Care posterThe coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we view the world and in particular the way we view certain jobs. In the past it had been easy to miss the important role key workers play in our society but over the past two months we have realised just how vital their work is to our everyday lives.

The Department for Health and Social Care is currently recruiting nationwide for people who would like to make a difference to the lives of others everyday by starting a career in Adult Social Care.

All you need to start working in adult social care are the right values, but if you want to build your skills into a career, adult social care offers plenty of opportunities for progression.

While every role requires core life skills like teamwork and problem solving, it's your values, behaviour and attitude that will set you apart. So if you're the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then adult social care could be the career for you.

To find out more about how varied and rewarding a job in Adult Social Care can be visit https://www.everydayisdifferent.com/home.aspx 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme The Government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is now live to help self-employed people or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.

The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. 

The grant does not need to be repaid but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance.

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and all of the following apply:

- You traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
- You traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
- You intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
- You carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

If you receive the grant you can continue to work, start a new trade or take on other employment including voluntary work, or duties as an armed forces reservist.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Coronavirus Pandemic Resident Survey

Survey imageIn these difficult and unprecedented times, it is crucial that we keep connected with how residents are feeling about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is important that we have a good understanding of how you are interpreting national guidance, how the pandemic is impacting your life, your use of Council services in West Sussex, and the concerns that you may have during this time and when looking at the future.

With this in mind, West Sussex County Council has produced a short 10-15 minute survey to find out how the coronavirus pandemic has affected you as a West Sussex resident.

To let them know simply visit http://ow.ly/MkJK50zHjGL

The survey closes on 31 May and the responses you provide will be used by West Sussex County Council to help inform their response to Coronavirus going forward.

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