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Haringey businesses and residents will receive help to deal with the effects of COVID-19, following the launch of Haringey’s Good Economy Recovery Plan.
The Plan has been launched to help businesses and residents who have suffered economic losses due to the pandemic, to encourage business growth and assist Haringey residents into jobs and training.
It will provide crucial community support at a difficult time, helping to ensure that the Haringey economy emerges from the pandemic stronger, and with renewed emphasis on sustainable green initiatives and digital technology. The aim is to deliver a ‘Good Economy’, in which all parties benefit, rather than setting growth as the sole objective.
Over the next 12 – 18 months Haringey will be focusing on the following 4 priorities:
- Re-opening and supporting our high streets and town centres
- Supporting businesses through recovery and into renewal
- Supporting residents into work and/or training
- Securing social and economic value through investment in our neighbourhoods and communities.
Our high streets are valued community hubs, but during the pandemic more than three-quarters of business halted operations*. Alongside our Good Economy Recovery Plan we’re initiating our High Street Recovery Action Plan and will work collaboratively with partners, communities and local businesses to provide support and get them buzzing again as part of the council’s ‘Re-opening and supporting high streets and town centres’ priority.
The council will be establishing a dedicated borough-wide High Streets team, providing targeted support to market traders, working with businesses and the police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, making our high streets greener, heathier and safer and widening pavements to support social distancing, amongst other measures.
Cllr Gideon Bull, Cabinet Member for Local Investment and Economic Growth, said: “Coronavirus has affected our whole society, but our businesses and high streets have been affected particularly badly by the lockdown. We are launching these plans to help get local businesses and residents back on their feet, promote local growth and get Haringey’s high streets buzzing again. These plans are part of our wider strategic commitment to supporting local businesses and residents, working alongside our Business Pledge, New Local Plan and Community Wealth Building approach.”
*Figures are from Haringey’s business survey, April 2020
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Learner drivers waiting to take their tests should have received an email asking them to rearrange their exam date if it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Government says that if for any reason the email address provided by the learner is not working then you should receive a text message or letter in the post within the next few days.
Drivers are reminded that they will be expected to take the test wearing a face covering or mask.
Those unable to wear one because of a pre-existing condition will have to inform the test centre beforehand.
The latest Government advice also warns that critical workers will no longer be able to apply for emergency driving tests.
For more information about tests you should check out the Government website here (external link).
It is important that you should not go to the test centre if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms.
You must also not take the test if you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus.
If you have to cancel the test for one of those reasons you can rearrange the examination free of charge. You can find out how, here (external link).
Young adults and children who are caring for friends or relatives can now get advice on what to do online.
The Government has created a new page full of guidance specifically for carers under 25.
It offers useful tips on what you should do to avoid getting COVID-19 or spreading it, where to go for help, and how to stay healthy.
It also comes in an easy read version. You can find all the information here (external link).
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