Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
This week the Chancellor announced steps to support jobs in the UK. This includes a Job Retention Bonus to help companies to keep furloughed workers and a Kickstart Scheme to create new jobs for young people.
Businesses can find full details on the government website.
Homeowners and businesses will also have the chance to apply for a grant to help make their homes and businesses greener.
A new ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme will allow participating restaurants to offer half price meals every Monday to Wednesday throughout August, to help drive up demand in the hospitality sector – and there will also be VAT reduction for tourism and hospitality related activities.
In housing, stamp duty will be temporarily removed and changed to the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT (Stamp Duty) from £125,000 to £500,000 until 31 March 2021, to help drive growth and support jobs across the housebuilding and property sectors.
For local support and guidance, please visit the dedicated business webpage.
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.
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