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COVID 19 - USE OF PLAY EQUIPMENT UPDATE

The Prime Ministers's statement on 23rd June said that from 4th July:

'Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades'.

The play equipment within the recreation ground is therefore available for use at 'your own risk' from 4th July 2020 as the Parish Council are not in a position to provide sanitizer or wipes. More »

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Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:05 by Elaine Foxon

COVID-19 Sheilding Update

New Coronavirus Advice for Shielded People

In March those most at risk from Coronavirus were advised to stay at home until the end of June. The Government remain committed to supporting this group as long as they are advised to shield.

From the 1st June guidance was relaxed in line with the latest evidence meaning that shielding individuals could choose to spend time outdoors with members of their immediate household, or, if they live alone with one other person from another household. More »

Next Steps

From 6 July 2020 those shielding will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to 6 people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing.

Those who are shielding and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a 'support bubble' with one other household of any size, following the same rules that are already in place for the wider population.

From 1 August 2020, the shielding advice will relax further, allowing those shielding to do even more, such as visit shops and places of worship, provided they take particular care to maintain social distancing and minimise contact with others outside their household. Support will remain in place until end of July.

Key Points:

  • People on the shielded list will receive letters from the Government this week by first class post. (w/c 22/6/20).
  • If receiving food parcels from the Government Scheme, these will cease on the 31st July 2020.
  • If not already registered as needing food support and would like to have access to a priority supermarket delivery slot, individuals need to register on line or by phone before the 17th July 2020 – web site: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable tel: 0800 028 8327
  • Urgent help can still be sought through the Blaby District Council web site www.blaby.gov.uk or by calling 0116 275 0555
  • The NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme will be available beyond the end of July. Between 8am and 8pm Tel: 0808 196 3646
  • Eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) on the basis of shielding status will run until 31st July 2020.
  • People should continue to work from if they can. From 1st August they can return to the work premises as long as the business is COVID19 safe.
  • Employer who cannot provide a safe working environment can continue to use the Job Retention Scheme if the person has already been furloughed.
  • Acas can offer employee and employer advice. Web site : www.acas.org.UK. Contact Helpline: 0300 123 1100.
  • The NHS will maintain a Shielded Patient list which will be updated as decided by a clinician.
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Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:59 by Elaine Foxon

Update and Advice from Action Fraud in relation to Corona Virus Scams

* Victims of coronavirus-related scams have lost over £5 million - Friday, 5 June, 2020 *

As of Friday 5th June, sadly a total of £5,341,592 has been reported lost by 2,204 victims of coronavirus-related scams.

Action Fraud also report they have received 11,793 reports of coronavirus-related phishing emails.

To keep this number as low as possible, we want people to be aware of the very simple steps they can take to protect themselves from handing over their money, or personal details, to criminals. More »

Action Fraud will keep their webpages up to date containing information on Coronavirus related scams and advice on how to stay safe from and alert to scams.

DWP scam warning - Thursday, 4 June, 2020
Action Fraud are continuing to see examples of emails and texts sent by fraudsters purporting to be from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP will never text or email asking for your personal information or bank details.
Do not click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for personal or financial details.

If you are expecting a call from the DWP on your online benefit application, DWP work coaches will leave you a message in your online journal to let you know.

NHS Test and Trace guidance - Monday, 1 June, 2020
Unfortunately, criminals will exploit every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people of their money, or steal their personal details.

It is important to remember that NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for any form of payment or any passwords or PINs. They will also never ask you to download anything, ask any details about your bank account or send someone to your home.

Whilst it is possible for criminals to spoof official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses. We would encourage anyone with concerns about a phone call, text message or email they have received, in relation to Test and Trace, to check the website address being provided to you carefully. If possible, type the official address, which will be

https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk

followed by unique characters given to you, directly into your browser.

Test and Tracer callers will NEVER

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else


Reporting rogue emails and texts
Don't forget, if you think you have been sent a scam email on any subject, you can forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk, or if a text message, please forward to 7726 which spells "Spam" on your mobile keypad.

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Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:36 by Elaine Foxon