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Covid-19 updates – 30/9/20


Local impacts


More people in Cornwall have tested positive for COVID-19 than in the previous week. More than 120 people tested positive from 21 to 27 September, raising the total number of cases in Cornwall above 1300 and the infection rate per 100,000 to around 230 – still one of the lowest infection rates in England.
The Leader of Cornwall Council, Julian German, says that the government’s Track & Trace System is not fit for purpose. At the Council meeting last Tuesday, the Council Leader said that it was “clear that the system isn’t working, and I’m deeply concerned that the people of Cornwall are suffering as a result”.
The RNLI has extended their lifeguard cover of major beaches in Cornwall by a month. A RNLI spokesperson said this year had been one of the busiest summers the region had ever seen, an effect of lockdown and restrictions on travel abroad.


Four cities in Cornwall will benefit from the government’s Towns Fund. The funding, ranging from £500,000 up to £1m, will be used to kick start regeneration projects. Among the Cornish cities being supported are Camborne, Penzance, St Ives and Truro.
Prior to the recent changes in government’s guidance on working from home, people in Cornwall were slowly returning to their workplaces. Analysis of Google Mobility Data (undertaken by the Council’s Intelligence Network) shows how the number of people visiting workplaces remained well-below pre-lockdown levels, despite an overall upward trend. The trend is likely to be reverted as people are again urged to work from home.


Cornwall’s millionaire property market is booming. Rightmove data indicates that the market for properties worth £1 million or more has seen an annual increase of 165%, making Cornwall the county with the third biggest rise in sales of properties with an asking price of £1 million or more. Industry experts say that lockdown has made £1million-plus buyers re-assess their work-life balance which in turn has led to an uptake in ‘lifestyle relocations’.


For the first time in over decade, more people are leaving Cornwall to take up residence in another country than the other way around. New analysis of local area migration shows a negative net migration rate between mid-2018 and mid-2019. It is estimated that in 2019 only 2% of the people living in Cornwall were non-British.


National impacts


The government has announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England. The new rules see bars and restaurants close at 10pm, wedding ceremonies limited to 15 people, and office workers urged to work from home where possible. The new rules are expected to remain in place until March next year.
Meanwhile, Coronavirus cases in England have risen by 60% over the past week, bringing the R-value to 1.2-1.5. On Friday, the daily number of positive cases in the UK rose to a new high of 6,874.
According to a recent YouGov poll, the majority of people support the new lockdown measures. The main criticism of the package, however, is that it does not go far enough. 78% are in favour of the new measures, while those who oppose the latest raft of measures represent just 17% of the population.


Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced ‘Furlough 2.0’. The new job support scheme is scheduled to begin on 1 November and is due to last six months. To be eligible for the scheme, employees must work at least a third of their normal hours. They will be paid two-thirds of their pay for the remaining hours.
More people in Britain were returning to work prior to the change in government guidance on working from home. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that over 6 in 10 (64%) working adults travelled to work, either exclusively or in combination with working from home.


Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be protected from evictions for another 4 weeks. The government also requires landlords to provide tenants with 6 months’ notice, unless they are dealing with serious cases of antisocial behaviour or domestic abuse.



Funding Opportunities

THE ELSIE PILKINGTON CHARITABLE TRUST – Grants generally between £2,500 and £15,000 for UK registered charities working in the equine sector or charities/hospices supporting older people.

Application deadline: Wednesday 31 March 2021 (applications may be submitted at any time up to this date).
Funder: The Elsie Pilkington Charitable Trust (founded 1979. Charity number 1170847. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 5 April 2019: £196,807).
Who can apply: UK registered charities.

The aims of the Elsie Pilkington Charitable Trust are:

1. To prevent cruelty to equine animals, to relieve suffering and distress amongst such equine animals, to care for and protect such equine animals, including live horses being transported country to country for butchery if such animals are in need of care and protection by reason of sickness, maltreatment, poor circumstances or other similar causes.
2. To promote the relief of the elderly.
3. To further such other exclusively charitable purposes according to the law of England and Wales as the Trustees in their absolute discretion from time to time determine.

Please note that while the Trust is unable to assist with direct emergency funding during COVID it has relaxed its criteria and will consider applications to support the ongoing running costs of charities

Grants are generally for capital projects and between £2,500 and £15,000, with the occasional higher award.

During the year ended 5 April 2019 the Trust awarded 29 grants totalling £196,807. The average grant was for £6,786.

The Trust tends to make two-thirds of awards to equine charities and one-third to charities and/or hospices working with the elderly. Equine grants are normally only considered from charities that are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) or charities that are proactively working towards becoming members of NEWC.

A list of all awards during the year can be viewed on pages 12-13 of the Trust’s annual accounts.

Funding is not available for:

  • Charities who have received a grant within the last three years.
  • General mailshots for funding, or
  • Individuals.

Further information, guidance and an application form is available on the Trust’s website.

Applications may be made at any time up to the next application deadline of Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Contact details for the Trust are:

Mr Kenton Lawton
Trust Administator
The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust
Lewes Road
Horsted Keynes
West Sussex
RH17 7DY
Tel: 01825 790304

Image: Seeing Ear, a UK charity that provides a free online library for blind people or people who have difficulty reading text off the page, was awarded a grant of £2,000 by the Elsie Pilkington Charitable Trust in 2018/19.




THE E S G ROBINSON CHARITABLE TRUST – Small grants, generally of £1,000 or less, for registered charities in England and Wales working in the areas of music and the arts, numismatics, older people, people who are disadvantaged, the environment, conservation and sustainability, and young people. The Trust prefers to fund charitable causes in Dorset and the West Country.

Application deadline: contact the Trust at the address below for details of its application process.
Funder: The E S G Robinson Charitable Trust (founded 1956. Charity number 211848. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 5 April 2019: £46,709).
Who can apply: registered charities in England and Wales, with a preference for supporting causes in Dorset and the West Country (but not exclusively!).

Formerly known as the Sir Edward Robinson Charitable Trust, the E S G Robinson Charitable Trust’s main interests are in supporting:

  • Groups associated with Dorset and the West Country (but not exclusively).
  • Music and the arts.
  • Numismatics (the study or collection of coins, banknotes, and medals).
  • Older people.
  • People who are disadvantaged.
  • The environment, conservation and sustainability, and
  • Young people.

During the year ended 5 April 2019, the Trust awarded grants totalling £45,709 (2018: £35,589) and carried forward funds of £814,157.

Grants are usually for £1,000 or less, with the occasional award over £1,000.

A list of all grants made during its last financial year can be viewed on pages 11-12 of the Trust’s annual accounts.

Please note that the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.

To enquire about how to apply for a grant, contact the Trust at:

The E S G Robinson Charitable Trust
11 Stockwell Park Road
Tel: 0207 735 0434

Image: Sussex Nightstop, a Brighton-based charity that provides access to a safe, non-judgemental, inclusive place to stay for people who are homelessness or at risk of homelessness, was awarded a grant of £1,000 by the E S G Robinson Charitable Trust in 2018/19.

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