Covid-19 update from Bridgend County Borough – 8 April

Bridgend County Borough Council are offering regular updates for residents throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The council issued the following update on 8 April:

 

£6.4m business funding support

Local businesses have benefitted from more than £6.4m of business grant funding issued by Bridgend County Borough Council as part of Welsh Government’s Covid-19 business support package. The council has processed 468 applications in just over a week, and is reminding businesses to provide accurate details when making applications to prevent delays. The support is available to local businesses eligible for small business rates relief in Wales with a rateable value of £12,000 or less, and retail, leisure or hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £12,001 to £51,000. You can find out more and submit an application using the council’s online form.

Bus services for key workers

A number of early morning bus routes have been reinstated across Bridgend County Borough to support key workers and help them travel between their homes and work. From Tuesday 14 April, key workers will be able to use the following early morning services: Service 63 (6:40am from Porthcawl to Bridgend / 7:35am from Bridgend to Porthcawl), service 70 (6:25am from Cymmer to Bridgend / 8am from Bridgend to Cymmer), service 73 (6:40am from Blaengarw to Bridgend / 7:35am from Bridgend to Blaengarw), service 74 (6:40am from Nantymoel to Bridgend / 8:17am from Nantymoel to Bridgend / 7:30am from Bridgend to Nantymoel) and service X2 (6:20am from Bridgend to Cardiff / 7:20am from Cardiff to Bridgend). For more details of the early morning services, please visit the First Cymru website.

Halo memberships

The council’s leisure partner, Halo Leisure, has put monthly membership fees on hold while the pandemic is in effect, and no further monthly payments will be taken while venues are closed.

 

Extra bed capacity

Three former care homes are being refurbished to provide 150 extra beds during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. The council is working with the premises owners and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board to ensure sufficient recovery beds are available to support the Princess of Wales Hospital, and that the hospital can focus on treating patients who require acute medical care. The three former care homes are Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn, and the Ty Llynfi and Hyfrydol care homes in Maesteg.

Emergency childcare

The council is working hard to provide emergency childcare for key workers. In order to ensure demand can be met, it has to date been made available to a limited number of key worker occupations. The council is now looking at how provision could be expanded to provide safe care for the children of key workers from local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and national security, transport, and utilities, communication and financial services. Anyone working in the above industries who wants to register an interest in accessing the emergency childcare can do so by emailing [email protected] with their name, email address and home address. Remember to include the number of children needing to use the service, their names and dates of birth, and their schools and school year group. More details are available at the council’s website – please note that registering an interest does not constitute an offer of access to emergency childcare, and that it is strongly recommended you keep children at home unless it is vital for you to access emergency childcare provision and you have no other childcare options available.

Social care opportunities

More people are being sought to help support the county borough’s most vulnerable residents. A number of employment opportunities are available, and anyone who has previously worked in social care or who has transferable skills is invited to apply. A fast-tracked application process and rapid refresher training course are available. To apply or find out more, visit the job pages at the council’s website.

 

Contacting the council

The Customer Service Centre at the Civic Offices in Angel Street, Bridgend remains closed to the public. Residents are asked to use the online My Account and Oggie webchat facilities, or to email [email protected] or call 01656 643643.