Daily Update: 02/05/2020

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Today’s Update

  • Government announces through the Domestic Abuse bill, victims will get the priority need status to access local housing services. Refugees services will receive £16 million to help them.
  • Over £76m in new funding to support the most vulnerable in society in this pandemic.  This funding will help charities helping survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and victims of modern slavery.
  • Domestic abuse victims can call 999 and press 55 to speak to police or call the national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247 at any time.
  • Government working with councils and charities to protect those sleeping on the streets. More than 5,400 rough sleepers known to councils have been offered safe accommodation in the past month.
  • New task force announced to ensure thousands of rough sleepers in temporary accommodation continue to receive the physical and mental health support they need.
  • The task force will work on moving those in temporary to permanent accommodation 
  • Approximately 1.8 million have been asked to shield. Nearly 1 million packages have been delivered to those shielding.
  • Government has offered to provide a basic weekly package of essentials to those shielding who do not have family or friends.

Previous Measures remain in place:

  • People should not meet with friends or family members they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine
  • Police have powers to enforce the rules, which include disbursements of gatherings and issuance of fines
  • All shops selling non-essential goods to be closed 
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship remain closed
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public excluding those you live with are banned
  • All social events are banned, including weddings and baptisms, but Funerals are excluded 
  • Parks remain open for exercise, however, gatherings will be dispersed
  • These restrictions will be constantly reviewed 
  • Self- Employed will be able to claim 80% of average monthly earnings over past 3 years, capped to £2500 per month, open to those who are already self-employed with trading profits up to £50,000 a year and have a self-assessment tax return for 2019

Stay at Home.  Protect the NHS. Save Lives

For more information:

gov.uk/coronavirus

nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/