Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
If you believe your child or children may be eligible to receive Free School Meals, please register them for that provision by Friday (10 July) in order to receive support from the Government’s COVID Summer Food Fund (external link).
The Fund will enable eligible pupils to be supported over the summer holidays, with a £90 voucher distributed by their schools to carers/parents to cover the six-week period.
If though your school’s summer holiday lasts seven full weeks – as opposed to six – you can increase the voucher amount by £15 per child to £105.
Participating supermarkets where your vouchers will be accepted are as follows:
- Company Shop Group
- Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores
Families will need to present in store either:
- A paper copy of the voucher
- The voucher on a smartphone or tablet
The vouchers do not have to be spent in full/one transaction, but must be spent on food.
For further information, visit the Gov.uk website (external link).
Cllr James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Haringey Council, has welcomed comments from NHS Chief Executive, Sir Simon Steven, who has called for Social Care to be properly resourced.
Sir Simon Steven’s comments came during an interview with the BBC on the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS, who said that the COVID- 19 pandemic had shone “a very harsh spotlight” on the resilience and support available in social care.
Nationally, it is estimated that Local Authorities face a COVID-19 funding shortfall of £10bn. Adult Social Care faces a number of challenges arising from a combination of long-term funding cuts, population growth, and an increase in complex social care cases, which are further exacerbated by the added pressures of the COVID-19.
In response, Cllr James has started a petition calling for the government to fulfil their promise to give councils “whatever is necessary” to tackle this pandemic and to fully fund Adult Social Care.
It was encouraging to see so many businesses re-open last weekend and stick to the guidelines that had been set out.
A number of pubs and hairdressers/barbers were able to open their doors to the public and make the necessary changes to make their premises Covid-secure.
However, there are still a minority of barbers that still need to be advised on the requirements that need to be met including the use of PPE and protecting their customers.
It is crucial that we contain the spread of the coronavirus and avoid a second wave taking place that will force stricter lockdown measures to come back into place.
Our enforcement officers are out every day assessing businesses throughout the borough to ensure they are following the correct guidelines.
For all the information you need on the new guidelines and working safely please go to the government website.
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