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Council calls on local organisations, community groups and small businesses to attend Dewis Cymru information events

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A series of community engagement events will be held across Ceredigion to support any local organisation including community groups and small businesses to upload their details onto an online Wales-wide directory. Once established, Ceredigion residents will be able to find a wealth of resources and opportunities in the county.

Ceredigion County Council have adopted Dewis Cymru as their online directory of choice to help local organisations and groups in Ceredigion find a new audience for the events and opportunities they provide. Any organisations can upload their details onto the Dewis Cymru website, including charities, sport clubs, community groups and small businesses. Once on the website, local residents can search the directory and find the opportunities available in their area.

Even individuals and the smallest of community groups can upload their information onto Dewis Cymru to let Ceredigion residents know the opportunities, resources or services they offer. It is hoped that once established, Dewis Cymru will be widely used by Ceredigion residents to find the opportunities they want or the services they need.

Ceredigion County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Ray Quant MBE said, “Dewis Cymru offers local groups and organisations of every kind the opportunity to find their audience and support their communities. If a youth club meets during the week; if a chapel holds a regular coffee morning; if a person runs a small business in the county or a group of friends arrange rambling or hiking trips in the area, they can get the word out about the good work that they do in the community. From that, they can find people who are interested in attending or making use of a service. This is a real opportunity to bring communities and like-minded people together.”

The information events about Dewis Cymru will be held in:

  • Aberystwyth Library on 9 February 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Aberaeron Library on 16 February 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Victoria Hall, Lampeter on 23 February 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Guildhall, Cardigan on 28 February 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Council itself is currently training staff to upload Council services onto Dewis Cymru. Dewis Cymru will play a key role in the Council’s social care transformation as it will help residents to help themselves through finding resources already in the area that can support people’s wellbeing.

To learn more about Dewis Cymru, visit their website on www.Dewis.Wales. If you would like to know more about Dewis Cymru in Ceredigion and how to upload information about your group, organisation, or business, contact us on 01545 570881 and ask for Cyra Shimell or email Cyra.Shimell@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Nick Ramsay MS: Freeze welcome but doesn’t go far enough

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BUSINESS rates in Wales will not be subject to an inflationary increase in 2021-22 Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has confirmed today. Freezing the multiplier next year will help support around 54,000 ratepayers across Wales, who are not already receiving 100% rates relief. This takes the total amount of savings businesses have received on their rates bills to more than £90 million from 2018 to 2019. Earlier this year the Welsh Government also announced a rates relief package worth £580 million to provide businesses with the support they needed to survive the pandemic. Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said: “We recognise the pressures that businesses are facing and we are continuing to explore the support measures we can put in place to help businesses cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the end of the EU transition period. “The announcement I have made today provides businesses with the reassurance that they will not see an increase in their business rates liabilities next year.” The Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Finance – reacted to the announcement.Nick Ramsay MS said: “The continuing health emergency produced by the Covid pandemic remains grave, yet the economic emergency we’re going through is still bringing about a different, but equally devastating effect. “The announcement is, therefore, welcome but doesn’t go far enough. “Welsh Conservatives outlined earlier this year our vision of how to rebuild the economy, which will require the next Welsh Government to utilise tax powers in innovative ways. “We have pledged to create ‘Business Rate-Free Zones’, where all businesses would be free from paying business rates for up to three years, and to scrap business rates for all businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 outside of these zones. “Sure, the business-rates freeze from the Finance Minister is a step in the right direction, but I – and undoubtedly many businesspeople – am left feeling no real sense of assurance from her announcement.”
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Improvements required at five takeaway premises in Ceredigion

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PROPRIETORS of five takeaways in Ceredigion have been warned that their businesses may face closure if they fail to take reasonable measures to provide or require the use of personal protective equipment and face coverings by persons working on their premises.

Premises Improvement Notices have been served on the persons responsible for these takeway premises in Ceredigion:

–          Cardigan Arms Fish & Chip Shop, Cardigan

–          Express Café, Aberystwyth

–          Domino’s, Aberystwyth

–          Hot Dumplings, Aberystwyth

–          and Star Fried Chicken and Pizza, Aberystwyth 

The improvement notices require the businesses to ‘provide or require the use of personal protective equipment and face coverings by persons working on the premises’ and warn that failure to comply with the notices can result in a premises closure notice being issued. The premises were issued with the notices following coordinated inspections by Dyfed-Powys Police and the Public Protection Team at Ceredigion County Council over the weekend.

Businesses should ensure that they are aware of the requirements under the Regulations for individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public areas, and also for regulated premises to take all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as providing and requiring the use of face coverings. Whilst face shields do offer some protection for the user against transmission of coronavirus, they are not considered to be ‘face coverings’ as they merely shield rather than actually cover the mouth and nose.

The Public Protection Team will continue to carry out unannounced inspections of premises and the non-compliant businesses may be issued with premises improvement or closure notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website: Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities in relation to face coverings is urged to check the Welsh Government website.

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the Council’s Public Protection Team on 01545 570881 or email clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Closure notice issued to a takeaway premise in Aberystwyth

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A TAKEAWAY premise in Aberystwyth has been closed after it failed to comply with a premises improvement notice.

A closure notice has been served on G-One, North Parade, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

The business was required last month to “provide or require the use of personal protective equipment and face coverings by persons working on the premises”.  However, officers witnessed staff failing to wear face coverings on several occasions in breach of the requirements. 

Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Team will continue to take action against businesses who fail to comply with the coronavirus restrictions.  Whilst non-compliant businesses will usually receive advice and guidance, serious or persistent breaches will be dealt with by means of our closure powers, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

The takeaway must close until December 21, 2020, and the full closure notice can be found on Ceredigion County Council’s website, under Improvement and Closure Notices: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-improvement-closure-and-direction-notices/

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/business/covid-19-supporting-ceredigion-s-economy/

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government’s website: https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-minimise-risk-exposure-coronavirus-workplaces-and-premises-open

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team at 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk

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