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Coronavirus - Keep Safe and Financial Help

Coronavirus - Keep Safe

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Observing data available up until the 20th October,  Public Health England has put Shropshire’s Covid case rate at 95.0 per 100,000. In conduction with this, please see the recent statement below from Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Councils Director of Public Health:

“We are now at a dangerous and critical time in our fight against Covid-19. Infections are rising across the county and we expect to see a further increase in cases over the coming days. Day-by-day, the threat of further restrictions is closer to becoming a reality. Thank you to those who are stepping up to protect their friends, loved ones and the wider community, but we need everyone to do their bit. We all need to Step Up, think of others and play our part to avoid severe restrictions that will have a huge impact on our way of life.”

With this in mind, Using the ‘Swiss cheese’ approach to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 could be the method to take. https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/10/coronavirus-swiss-cheese-approach/

The government has now also introduced a 3 level system of restrictions across England and currently we are in the lowest category with the least restrictions, the point at which we would be considered for moving to the next category is 100 case per 100,000. We don’t automatically move up a level based only on infection rates. Hospitalisations, hospital capacity and the rate of increase in infection are among the factors that determine which category we are in, however it looks possible that we will face more restrictions in the weeks to come. Please see attached some useful posters to explain the different levels. To reiterate, Shropshire is currently in the ‘medium’ risk category, however, the high and very high posters help to illustrate the measures that would need to be adopted if we were to enter those levels locally.

With all of this in mind, we'd like to concentrate on the help that's available to our community in Shropshire. In preparation for a potentially challenging winter here's a brief run-down of the information and support that's currently on offer.

Isolating payments

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/benefits/benefits-news/test-and-trace-support-payments-update-9-october/

If people are on a low income, they may be entitled to a test and trace support payment of £500 if they:

1.       Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and

2.       Are employed or self-employed, and

3.       Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, and

4.       Are currently receiving universal credit, working tax credit, income-based employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income support, housing benefit and/or pension credit.

Welfare Support and Benefits

Please visit https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-the-public/your-rights-and-benefits/  for more information about additional financial support. The government have relaxed the rules for some benefits to help with the effect of coronavirus. Shropshire Council is offering residents whose employment or income have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the opportunity to delay payment of council tax for 2 months .If you need to claim universal credit because of coronavirus there is useful information to help you on the Understanding universal credit website.

Additionally, we currently have an emergency assistance fund. Applications are open to anyone who has been financially affected by coronavirus and is finding it hard to meet their essential outgoings as a result. If you, or someone you know, is having difficulty meeting outgoings, or there is risk to your home, call us on 0345 678 9078 or 03456789028. 

Shropshire Larder

As the recession deepens, more people are losing their jobs and facing hardship. It is vital that people in Shropshire know where to get help. The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance has created resources for people and organizations in Shropshire to find advice and support:  

1. Shropshire Larder (shropshirelarder.org.uk) - is the most comprehensive directory of services for people living in Shropshire on a low budget. It has information on how to access a foodbank or community food project, and how to eat well on a budget. It also covers how to get support with benefits, housing, and debt.  

2. Please help us make sure this info is reaching everyone who needs it.  

Share their graphic or print it as a poster - we have attached a graphic which we would be very grateful if you could share through your networks – social media, in print, newsletters, e-mail lists. 
Follow them on social media – please follow and share  
Facebook: @ShropshireLarder and @ShropFoodPov 
Twitter: @ShropLarder and @ShropFoodPov  
3. Sign up to their newsletter - keep up to date on the situation and the support available. To subscribe click here: https://www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk/subscribe

October 26th 2020

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