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14th October 2020


Employed or self-employed people on low incomes who are told to self-isolate, but whose income would be hit by staying at home, can now claim a £500 support payment.

From Monday 12 October 2020, Test and Trace payments of £500 will be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria and have been told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, an individual must be:

  • asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • employed or self-employed
  • unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, and
  • currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

You can find out further details and submit a claim for the scheme 



18th September 2020

If you get sent a text asking you for jury service, please do not click on the link.  It is a scam and you will be asked for bank account details for jury service expenses.  If you have clicked on the link or given out personal/financial information please contact ActionFraud


Tel: 0300 123 2040

14th August 2020

A record of the official handing over of the Pavilion to Pontesbury Parish Council, with great thanks to Howard Thorne and Shropshire Homes.

The Pavilion has already proved to be a great community asset, temporarily housing the local foodshare scheme, supporting the setting up of a Good Neighbours Scheme and opening Monday as the new library. We look forward to seeing you!

The library will be open to five members of the public at any one time (following government guidelines) from Monday 17 August 2020 on;

Monday 10am to 12noon.

Tuesday 10am to 3pm (closed 1pm to 2pm).

Thursday 2pm to 4pm.

Saturday 10am to 12noon.

Pictured, social distancing to witness the handover of the Pavilion keys are (left to right): Yvonne Davies (Chair Friends of Pontesbury Library), Cllr Nick Hignett (Shropshire Council/Pontesbury Parish Council), Cllr Duncan Fletcher (Chair Pontesbury Parish Council), Howard Thorne (Shropshire Homes, Cllr Roger Evans (Shropshire Council/Pontesbury Parish Council), Debbie Marais (Parish Clerk)

27th July 2020


There is still time to give us your views by completing the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire – either the paper copy delivered to your house or online!


The Pontesbury Parish Neighbourhood Plan will set out policies to help ensure a sustainable, vibrant and thriving community for the foreseeable future. For instance, helping to protect the Parish against inappropriate and unwanted development, protecting our green spaces, and supporting new community initiatives.

It is being put together by volunteer residents for the benefit of everyone in the community.

Earlier in July a survey was delivered by post, to every household in the parish. Please take time to complete and return it by Friday 31 July 2020, and let us know what kind of community you would like to live in.  You can also complete the questionnaire online at www.pontesburyneighbourhoodplan.org.uk.  If you have the option of completing it online please do so, as your answers won’t need to be transcribed and it will save costs.  However, we do realise that this is not an option for everyone and we really want to hear the views of as many people as possible so there is also a freepost envelope included for  you to return the print questionnaire.


Many thanks and we look forward to hearing your views.



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