Practical at home support from Age UK and business rate review

A couple of updates for members about practical at home support from Age UK and the business rate review update from the Government:

Age UK Winter Support project – Practical Support at home 

Blackburn BID member Age UK Blackburn with Darwen’s Winter Support project is offering a range of practical support to adults (registered with a Blackburn with Darwen GP) who are recovering following discharge from hospital, following a Covid -19 diagnosis or living with a long term health condition.

They can support with shopping and prescription collection, transport to outpatient and Covid -19 vaccination appointments and access to services such as free advice and information and support to get online.   

People should ring 01254 266620 Monday to Friday, contact them through their website or message them through their social media channels @ageukbwd for support. 

Vicky Shepherd Chief Executive said “The post recovery period following a hospital admission from Covid -19 and other illnesses, whilst a patient on the virtual Covid ward, or at home can be long for many people who may find that they need a little bit of practical support. Get in touch and we can help”. 

Please help to get the message out about this where you can.

Business Rates Review Update

The government has announced today that the final report of their Fundamental Review of Business Rates will now be published in the Autumn. 

Due to the ongoing and wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic and economic uncertainty, the government has said the review’s final report would be released later in the year when there is more clarity on the long-term state of the economy and the public finances. 

The fundamental review of business rates was announced by the Chancellor at last year’s Budget. A call for evidence was published in July 2020 to seek stakeholders’ views on key issues including reforming the rates multiplier and looking at alternative ways of taxing non-residential property. 

The call for evidence closed last year and the government is currently considering responses.  An interim report which will include a summary of responses to the call for evidence will be now be published on 23 March, along with a number of tax documents, consultations and calls for evidences on a wide-range of tax-related issues.  

You can find the full announcement here:

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