If you do need some help at the moment…

The council’s volunteer scheme – Rotherham Heroes – is now up and running, hundreds of people have signed up to help their communities. Of course we are no expection.

If you are self isolating at the moment, or if you know someone who is, and you need support with things like:

  • Shopping
  • Collecting your prescription
  • Walking a pet
  • Having a friendly voice on the phone
  • Emergency food parcels

Help is at hand! You can request help for yourself, or for someone else, by clicking here, or calling 01709 807319.

Working with Maltby Town Council and St Mary Magdalene’s Church, and supported by Bramley Parish Council and Morrisons, your local Labour team have been delivering food packages to residents who might otherwise be going without. If you’re stuck and need a quick response, Sunnyside Supplies are available – please call 01709 807319.

UPDATE: You can now find Sunnyside Supplies on Facebook by clicking here.

In addition, the council has now announced additional support with council tax bills for those on the very lowest incomes – either those in receipt of council tax support already, or who need to make a new claim before the end of May.

Rotherham’s scheme goes further than the national guidelines put forward by the government, but it is funded by a one-off national grant. Anyone in receipt of council tax support, or who starts to receive it because they become unemployed at the current time, will see their bill cut by a further £200 (or cut to zero, if they would have been paying less than £200 otherwise).

More than 13,000 households across the borough will benefit as a result, with two thirds of those being people in low paid work. If you’re eligible for the scheme you don’t need to do anything, your bill will be reissued with the additional discount (or a refund if you’ve already paid for this year in full). If you aren’t currently claiming, but you think you might be eligible, there’s more information on the council website here.

At the beginning of lockdown Sue had additional commitments due to family circumstances. She sends her personal thanks and appreciation to Weston Park Hospital staff.

Sue continued to deal with surgery reports, and council business from home. She has also phoned people living alone and had many interesting and uplifting coversations. You can find the latest information to contact us here.

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