Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
A new COVID Fraud Hotline has been launched by the Government and Crimestoppers, where the public can report suspected fraudulent activity anonymously and free of charge.
The Government is urging residents to contact the hotline, to help them track down a minority of individuals who have been abusing schemes set up to support people during the pandemic.
The COVID Fraud Hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year on 0800 587 5030, or residents can fill in an anonymous form at Covidfraudhotline.org
The Government says that although fraud is a hidden crime, the public can still look out for tell-tale signs. These can include unusual buying activity by companies and individuals, as well as cold calling by those falsely claiming that they are from the government, offering money for schemes.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that tougher national restrictions will be in place from this Thursday 5 November, Haringey Council Leader, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, has a message for residents.
Cllr Ejiofor says:
I understand the concerns that many of our residents will have following the announcement of the new tougher restrictions due to come in on Thursday.
However, with Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions rising in London, it is absolutely essential that we all act now together to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. We must protect the health of our loved ones, and our fellow Haringey residents, from this virus that continues to take lives every day.
I know the Prime Minister’s announcement will have a real impact on our communities and businesses yet again. I want to assure you that we – along with other London boroughs, our partners and our amazing community groups – will be working tirelessly to do all we can to ensure our communities have as much support as possible at this challenging time. You are not alone.
We have said this time and time again – as councils continue to step up for our communities during this pandemic, we desperately need Central Government to stick to its promise to fund Local Authorities properly, so that we can keep supporting those who most need our help.
Our communities, residents and businesses have pulled together fantastically so far, and I have been so inspired by this unity here in Haringey. As we face this next challenging period, I would urge everyone to please keep it up, follow the rules, protect each other and the NHS.
In these tough times, it's OK to not be OK. Don’t forget there is help available in Haringey and nationally.
From financial assistance to mental health advice and support for local businesses, visit our Haringey Together pages.
If you are worried about the impact of coronavirus on your money, accessing essential items or accessing the support you need, you can also call our Connected Communities line - tel: 020 8489 4431. This line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
On Saturday the Prime Minister announced that tougher national restrictions will be in place for the whole of England from this Thursday 5 November until 2 December. MPs are due to vote on the measures on Wednesday.
Read more about it – including more detailed business information, rules around weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals, and information on childcare – on the government website.
As a council, we will be assessing what the Prime Minister’s statement means for us. Further information will be provided on these pages as we have it.
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