COVID-19 previous updates - 7 April
7 April 2020
The government has announced the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for businesses who need short-term cash flow support.
The scheme is being delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the government-owned British Business Bank. On 3 April 2020 the government updated their guidance for this scheme. All viable small businesses are now eligible. Government is also waiving the requirement for personal guarantees for loans under £250,000.
Find out more on our Business support page.
Our waste collection teams have spotted some wonderful signs and thank you notes from residents – it really brightens up their day.
We are working hard to continue to provide a range of services to our residents in these challenging and unprecedented times.
With all of us being urged to stay at home, more waste is being produced at the kerbside. This – along with the team needing to adapt to the rapidly changing situation - is increasing pressure on waste services.
Please help us protect them, your community, and the NHS:
- Put all personal waste like tissues in a separate bag
- Make sure you wait 72h before placing the double bagged waste outside
- Never put tissues with the recycling
- Please keep your distance when the team are collecting your bins
- Wash your hands regularly & maintain good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling
Thank you for your continued support.
Action Fraud and Trading Standards have received reports of fraudsters seeking to exploit the coronavirus pandemic by targeting vulnerable people.
For example, there have been reports of people posing as charity volunteers offering to help with shopping, offering fake virus testing, or claiming to be raising funds for charity.
There are simple ways of making sure you give safely to registered charities:
- Check the charity’s name and registration number at GOV.UK (external link). Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
- Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
- Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online, visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
- Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
- Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.
- If in doubt about an approach, give to a charity that you have an existing relationship with.
See how you can protect yourself and others against scams (external link).
Volunteers from across Haringey are helping to deliver food parcels to residents as the borough unites amid the coronavirus outbreak.
More than 800 food parcels have been delivered in the past week by Haringey Council and the Voluntary and Community Sector, from major hubs at Alexandra Palace and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As part of Haringey Together, more than 50 council staff volunteers have been working in partnership with a further 50 volunteers from organisations such as Edible London to assemble food packs and deliver them to the most vulnerable residents in the borough.
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