Communities Together


17 April 2020

​Government's £750m for the charity sector

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the £750m will go on:​

  • £360m will be directly allocated by Government departments to charities that cover hospices, St Johns Ambulance, victims charities, vulnerable children charities and the Citizens Advice.
  • £370m to small and medium-sized charities through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund to support organisations at the heart of local communities making a big difference during the outbreak, including delivering food, medicines and providing financial advice.
  • Match funding donations to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20m.

Barnet COVID-19 Community Help Hub 

The Community Help Hub is a one-stop resource for residents that has been developed with Barnet Together. Updated daily, the hub provides access to services for adults and young people in Barnet. It also features good news stories with examples of the great work happening around the borough in response to the crisis. Share yours here.

​Updated Council services are on COVID-19, Facebook or on Twitter @BarnetCouncil and Barnet Together community sector updates are here or on Twitter @BarnetTogether

​For non medical related urgent help, get in touch or call 0808 281 3210 (9am to 5pm, seven days a week) 

​Please donate to the Barnet Together Community Fund as this will help community groups supporting residents most in need.

Urgent request for paid care workers in response to the pandemic - Barnet’s community urgently needs more Care Workers. Terms are flexible to suit. Please apply here.

Help if you are an employer

Small Business Grant Fund will provide eligible businesses with a lump sum grant of £10,000 Small Business Rate Relief Scheme or Rural Rate Relief Scheme. For more details, please see the full eligibility criteria. Check the advice page for more details.

​Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector Grant Fund will provide eligible businesses with a lump sum grant of £10,000 or £25,000 under the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme based on the premises Rateable Value. Check the full eligibility criteria or advice page.

​Business rates holiday for nurseries will benefit from a business rates holiday for the 2020/1 tax year. The Council will identify eligible businesses, apply this and adjust bills.

​Rent-free period for the council’s commercial tenants can be requested from

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance for employers is open to all employers for at least three months starting from 1 March. Employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month.   

​The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will support self-employed individuals with a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. More information here. 

​The Federation of Small Businesses provides advice and guidance for small businesses and self-employed people.

The is providing ideas that local businesses and local champions could put in place on the coronavirus-era high street. Join their weekly newsletter 

​The Chamber of Commerce has weekly Zoom video support sessions. Sign up here

West London Business has a new series of webcasts to help employers and employees manage the impacts of the coronavirus.

​The Government's Business Support website provides full details of all government backed schemes and funding to help businesses including Self-employment Income Support Scheme,

​Small Business Grant Funding and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or call the Business Support Helpline on 0300 4563565 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm) 

​The London Growth Hub is offering business owners free 1 hour advice sessions with its Advisers to help access financial help, continuity planning and managing supplier or staff issues.  

Communities Together Network 

The CTN is Barnet’s forum for the community, business and faith sector to share information and connect with the council and other public sector services. It is led by Barnet Council's Strategy Team and open meetings take place four times a year. 



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