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Issue 13: 23 June 2020

Latest Updates on Salford Council's response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Package to support teaching

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary have announced a £1 billion coronavirus “catch-up” package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.

  • £650 million will be shared across state primary and secondary schools over the 2020/21 academic year.
  • Separately, a National Tutoring Programme, worth £350 million, will increase access to high-quality tuition for the most disadvantaged young people over the 2020/21 academic year.

Coronavirus alert level

The coronavirus alert level has moved from Level 4 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation).

PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Coronavirus Cases

In line with the national picture, Salford continues to see a slower increase in new cases. As of Sunday 21 June, 972 people in Salford have tested positive for coronavirus (an increase of 0.6% since last Monday 15 June, an additional 6 cases).

Testing

The GM Integrated Contact Tracing Hub has been operational since 8 June 2020 and is working alongside the 10 GM localities and key sector partners such as GMP, GMFRS, TfGM and hospitals to manage a range of complex cases that have been escalated from the national test and trace service.

The GM Health and Social Care Partnership has written to Greater Manchester business leaders, asking for their support to help their staff support the NHS test and trace programme.

In Salford our test and trace squad, formed of colleagues from across the organisation including public health, policy, digital and HR, have come together to map out detailed outbreak plans for a vast number of settings across the city. We also have a team of dedicated contact tracers mobilised and ready to respond to positive cases as they occur, with detailed plans in place to ensure residents and businesses have the support they need to help minimise the spread.

KEY SERVICE UPDATES

A full list of information about council services and access by the public can be found at council services information.

Council response

A report covering the council's response to Covid was presented at full council on Wed 17 June. It outlines how local services were maintained and new services delivered with many staff working in new ways and often in new roles.

Spirit of Salford network

As of 19 June, the hotline has received over 10,800 telephone calls, along with 1,433 requests for support from the website. Over 3,200 food boxes have been delivered to people in need.

EMTAS - Coronaquilt

Salford Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) has invited all schools and pupils to sit around a virtual community table and help create a patchwork tablecloth. Whether you are in school, home, on lockdown, they've asked people for all ages to create a piece of the CORONAQUILT on the theme of IMAGINE, which is the theme for this year's Refugee Week, 15-21 June 2020. Schools are asked to send all their entries electronically via a photo, (name of pupil and school included please) to EMTAS@salford.gov.uk who will stitch the squares virtually together to create a virtual quilt made by Salford children which can be shared and displayed in many settings. Deadline for entries is Friday 26 June.

Salford salutes our Armed Forces

This year, Armed Forces Day will offer Salford's residents the chance to honour the work of the Armed Forces throughout the whole week leading up to it on the 27 June. Each day has a dedicated theme where you can celebrate virtually and safely at home. We can also pay tribute to our Armed Forces by being part of the national #SaluteOurForces celebration. 

INEQUALITY

Public Health England has published a report which provides a summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities.

The report summarises requests for action, which have been used to inform a number of recommendations. It also includes a rapid literature review.

These insights will form the basis of the next steps being taken forward by the Equalities Minister.

GREATER MANCHESTER

Face-coverings

On Monday 15th new regulations came into force which require the use of face-coverings on public transport. Early indications are that this is being well-observed by the travelling public in GM, with compliance estimated to be around 85% on rail and Metrolink and around 70% on bus.

Taxis and private hire vehicles are exempt but government guidance does enable drivers or operators to refuse to accept passengers if they do not wear a face-covering.

GOVERNMENT

Free school meals vouchers for summer

About 1.3m children in England will be able to claim free school meal vouchers in the summer holidays, after a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.

The 'Covid Summer Food Fund' will support children eligible for free school meals with a six week voucher this summer.

Local Digital announces £800k funding for data and digital products

MHCLG's Local Digital Collaboration Unit is making £800,000 of funding available for data and digital projects to help councils in England with their COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts. The scheme invites applications across three thematic areas: Data and reporting; Community engagement; and Developing new working practises. Applications open 1 July 2020.

Code of Practice to avoid business evictions

The UK government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction over the summer.

The extension, until the end of September, comes alongside further support to help local businesses plan for economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

A new code of practice has been developed with leaders from the retail, hospitality and property sectors to provide clarity for businesses when discussing rental payments and to encourage best practice so that all parties are supported.

CELEBRATIONS

Refuse collection

School children from across the city have been sending our refuse workers lovely messages of thanks for their continued efforts to maintain the full range of waste collection services across the city.

Salford Pride's Pink Picnic Digital

Salford Pride's Pink Picnic took place online this year on Saturday 20 June. Salford radio started the party at 4pm playing pride anthems, with live music and special guests. Later on there was an online talent show and digital drag show followed by a Zoom after party.