General Information and Support

The UK Government is asking us all to help minimise the spread of the Coronavirus and have published this public health guidance which we urge everyone to follow.

Skills for Health provide a free and comprehensive Covid-19 Awareness Course for those working in the public sector, particularly key workers, to learn about  symptoms, infection prevention, investigation, guidance and support.

Skills for Care offer useful guidance on COVID-19 to support the adult social care sector during this this challenging time.

As criminals begin to exploit the fear and uncertainty around COVID-19 National Trading Standards have warned people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams. They have compiled information to raise awareness of known scams and offer advice on how to protect yourself and others. Friends Against Scams also provide information and resources relating to this issue.

It is more important than ever in these challenging times for everyone to look after their mental health and well-being. Our fellow user-led disability charity Real recognise that social distancing and social isolation can be stressful and anxiety-inducing for everyone, and that disabled people may feel especially vulnerable or targeted. Therefore they have compiled and excellent range or resources and relevant information.

Citylife Line is a new service, set up with partners in the voluntary and community sector, that has been launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle who want to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. To volunteer your time or register your need for assistance visit the Citylife website.

Click here if you wish to sign a petition encouraging Parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond, so that it is financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as the NHS.

 

Furlough

The furlough scheme that was extended from 1 November for 4 weeks will now continue till 31 March 2021, and be reviewed in January.

The government has stated that; “As part of the revised scheme, anyone made redundant after 23 September can be rehired and put back on furlough.”

The Self Employed Income Support Scheme is increased “with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500.”

Please see BBC news, the Government news story and the government page which will be updated as they provide more information over the coming weeks.

 

NHS COVID-19 APP

We are encouraging everyone to download the NHS Covid19 App and share the communications to encourage others to download it as the simplest way to help protect those we love. The NHS COVID-19 App is part of the large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus – helping to keep us all safer. The NHS COVID-19 App alerts people at risk of coronavirus, asking them to isolate before they potentially pass the virus on to others as well as providing local area alerts and QR venue check-in. The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives. The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

To download the app go to: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/

 

Track and Trace Support for people who need to self- isolate

The government has announced a new payment for people in England who are required to self-isolate, who are unable to work from home during their period of self-isolation and who lose money as a result.

According to government guidance, in order to be eligible for this new £500 payment:

  • You must have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace Service.
  • You must either be employed or self-employed.
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result.
  • You have claimed at least one of the following benefits: Universal CreditWorking Tax Credit, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

The new payment will be administered by local authorities and will apply to those who start to self-isolate from 28 September 2020 onwards. Local authority schemes may not start making payments until 12 October, but those who start to self-isolate from 28 September can get payments backdated.

Please see links below for the North East local authority schemes:

 

Newcastle  https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylife-news/ps500-payment-scheme-launched-people-who-must-self-isolate?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_content=

 

Northumberland  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/coronavirus/Testing-and-self-isolation.aspx

 

North Tyneside  https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/1491/apply-test-and-trace-support-payment

 

South Tyneside  https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/70840

 

Sunderland  https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/17595/Test-and-Trace-Support-Payment-

 

Durham  http://www.durham.gov.uk/testandtracepayment

 

Middlesbrough  https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/community-support-and-safety/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment

 

Second Lockdown Restrictions

Click through using the buttons at the base of the following pdf to see the second lockdown restrictions in place nationally from 5th November to 2nd December, or go to an easy read version here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/935434/New_National_Restrictions_-_Easy_Read.pdf

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