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Council Tax

Tips from Rainbow Money Advice

March sees the first signs of Spring when leaves are budding and birds are chattering.

March is also when we receive our Council Tax bills!

Did you know that you can pay your Council Tax in 12 monthly instalments?

Most of us pay Council Tax in 10 instalments from April to January, with two free months in February and March.  However, you can pay Council Tax over 12 months.

By paying over 12 months you will lose the free months.  However, you can pay a lower amount every month – and many people find that an easier way to budget.

If you want Barnet Council to spread your payments over 12 months it is best to contact them before the April instalment is due.

To contact Barnet Council:

Further information about Barnet Council’s Council Tax (including Council Tax Support, discounts and exemptions) can be found on the back of your Bill and by following this website link www.barnet.gov.uk/council-tax

Advice about Council Tax can also be obtained from Rainbow Money Advice. Phone Stuart (available on Tuesdays and Thursdays) on 07981 760 399 or email moneyadvice@barnetcp.org.uk.

 

COVID-19 HELP

Read this for information about free Covid-19 support from: voluntary groups, central government and Barnet Council:

Voluntary support

There are several voluntary groups that provide free support for people needing help self-isolating (e.g. picking up shopping, sending post, or a friendly chat).
Details can be found by following this website link: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/

Details of a Finchley service are shown below.  They also have volunteers in postcode EN5 and will provide support for people living there.  Phone 07565 321 508, email finchley@mutualaid.co.uk, or request assistance at helpme.mutualaid.co.uk

 

Central Government support

Help is available by following this link to the government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

This is for people to register if they have a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, they’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

This service is free. You can register yourself, or register for someone else.

Barnet Council

If you, a family member, friend, or close member of your community are in need of urgent help that is not medical related, then contact Barnet Council through their urgent support helpline.

Email: COVID19support@barnet.gov.uk

Phone: 0808 281 3210

This phone line is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Further information is available from the Barnet Council website via this link:

https://www.barnet.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information-and-advice/urgent-help-and-support-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR1DarFR472zDjo0qBL1Vny5EYNZHqrYe34tvzGEWIUMT7tbtr5fGQ-Xd1w 

 

Felix Project today

Well done to our dedicated volunteers Sarah and Jeanette – no stopping them!!

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

THE FELIX PROJECT will continue to operate at the Rainbow Centre – food bags can be picked up from the Centre on Thursday mornings for families/people registered for the project.

RAINBOW MONEY ADVICE – open for PHONE/EMAIL consultation ONLY. There are no face:face meetings at the centre with Stuart, our money advisor. Contact Stuart on TUES and THUR on 07981 760 399 or moneyadvice@barnetcp.org.uk.

ALL OTHER BOOKINGS AND ACTIVITIES AT THE RAINBOW CENTRE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING.

THE EASTER LUNCH CLUB will provide food for families on the project – families will receive text messages regarding this next week.

HELP US HELP EVERYONE

If you or someone you live with has the virus or is suspected of having it or having been exposed to it and you need our services, please contact us in advance rather than coming in. We will aim to support you – e.g. by making special arrangements for you to pick up a weekly food bag.

If you need to self-isolate and you know someone who needs support around this, contact one of the local Covid-19 Support Groups that have been set up all over the country. Find the Barnet Group on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/215636692879586/

The Rainbow Centre during the Coronavirus Crisis – what’s open/what’s closed

Status WED 18 March 2020

The Centre is OPEN, but not all activities/services are running

OPEN:

  • Felix Project food distribution
  • FRI morning Toddler Group – open THIS WEEK to consult about the next few weeks
  • Counselling sessions
  • Rainbow Money Advice – open for PHONE/EMAIL consultation ONLY. There are no face:face meetings at the centre with Stuart, our money advisor. Contact Stuart on TUES and THUR on 07981 760 399 or moneyadvice@barnetcp.org.uk.

Our partners are currently running:

  • Barnet College Art Classes
  • A1 Social Care – current course is running
  • Muslim Prayer Meetings
  • Sunday Church Service

Check with these organsations/groups directly about their sessions/activities and plans for the next few weeks – they will have information sooner than we do.

CLOSED:

  • Mixed Martial Arts Sessions – will not take place after WED 18 March
  • Thursday Takeaways
  • Junior Leaders
  • Art Against Knives’ Dollis Dolls nail bar
  • Diabetes workshops

There won’t be a full lunch club during the Easter holidays – watch out for more information shortly.

OUR MEASURES

Additional cleaning is taking place and we are following other government guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus and safeguard all centre users, staff and volunteers.

All centre users and partner organisations are asked to follow these measures as well.

HELP US HELP EVERYONE

We aim to keep the centre open and maintain as many services as possible as we know they are more needed than ever at the moment. 

If you or someone you live with has the virus or is suspected of having it or having been exposed to it and you need our services, please contact us in advance rather than coming in. We will aim to support you – e.g. by making special arrangements for you to pick up a weekly food bag.

If you need to self-isolate and you know someone who needs support around this, contact one of the local Covid-19 Support Groups that have been set up all over the country. Find the Barnet Group on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/215636692879586/

 

More funny money?

News from Rainbow Money Advice

Have you seen the new £20 notes?  The paper versions can also continue to be used and the Bank of England will give plenty of notice before they’re taken out of circulation.

More information, including how to check whether your new note is genuine, is available via this link.

The Rainbow Centre is moving

The Rainbow Centre is set to close in its current location during 2020-21 due to the regeneration of the estate. We are planning to relocate (temporarily or permanently) to Totteridge Academy in the course of 2020. We are keen to make sure that everyone can continue accessing the centre. We are also keen to find out what services and facilities people think are important to have in the local area. Please help us by filling in a short, anonymous survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9CJ8RL3

move survey poster

Rainbow Money Advice Award

We are thrilled that Rainbow Money Advice won Community Group of the Year Award at the Barnet Homes/Barnet Goup Customer Awards in December 2019.

Our thanks and congratulations to our brilliant and tireless volunteer money and debt advisor, Stuart Goodman, who supports almost 100 people a year.

BH Customer Awards 12th Dec 2019

Read more here about the Award evening: https://thebarnetgroup.org/bh/2019/12/17/you-are-all-stars-in-our-eyes/

Of course, we are a little sad that our new partners, BreadnButter, who were nominated in the same category, did not win ….

This is the second award for BCP and our volunteers: last year, Jeannette Catlin, won Volunteer of the Year (over 25) for her contribution to our Felix Project.