Issue 9: Tuesday 26 May 2020
Non-essential retail to reopen from 15 June
The Prime Minister has announced that outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus auction houses, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.
PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
In line with the national picture, Salford continues to see a slower increase in new cases. As of Monday 25 May, 918 people in Salford have tested positive for coronavirus (an increase of 3% (27 additional cases) since last Monday 18 May).
The national testing offer has now expanded to anyone over the age of 5 showing symptoms, testing is available within the first 5 days of symptoms showing. While there is a link to book testing on the NHS website, people can also phone 119 to access testing.
The government has announced £300 million additional funding for councils in England to support the new Test and Trace Service and to develop tailored outbreak control plans. The Department of Health and Social Care will allocate funding to councils in England, working with MHCLG on the allocation formula. The funding is ring-fenced. Work to share lessons learned will be led by a group of 11 local authorities from the breadth of the UK, including Tameside – acting for Greater Manchester.
The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that antibody tests will be available to NHS and care staff, eligible patients, and care residents in England to find out if they have had coronavirus as part of a new national antibody testing programme.
KEY SERVICE UPDATES
A full list of information about council services and access by the public can be found at council services information.
Discretionary business support grants
On Friday 1 May the government announced a new Discretionary Grant which was also referred to as the Top Up Grant. Salford City Council has £2.2 million to award to local eligible businesses and trading charities. This scheme is primarily aimed at small and micro businesses with ongoing fixed property costs that have suffered a significant fall in income due to COVID-19.
Spirit of Salford network
As of 25 May, the hotline has received nearly 8,900 telephone calls, along with 1,250 requests for support from the website. Just under 3,000 food boxes have been delivered.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
GM Loan Fund has launched the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, a new scheme, announced by The Chancellor at Budget 2020, that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.
GMCA and TfGM, alongside the other Mayors across England, are making the case for additional funding to boost capacity of local transport so they can operate with social distancing in place while remaining financially sustainable.
TfGM has produced a practical guide for businesses about safe travel to boost confidence, and is also working with local areas to create pop-up measures to promote safe cycling and walking .
Traffic increases in Greater Manchester
During the 7-day period ending Sunday 17th May traffic volumes on the Greater Manchester road network were 49% above the 7-day low following the directive to stay at home.
On Friday 15th May there were an estimated 3.1 million trips on the GM road network. While this is 42% below a typical weekday it is 7% above Thursday 7th May (day prior to the bank holiday) and 40% above the Friday with the lowest number of trips during lockdown.
Over the weekend traffic volumes were 25% above the previous weekend, equivalent to an estimated additional 880k trips.
Traffic volumes across the regional centre cordon were 21% above the previous weekend.
Measures in place to support social housing residents
A letter from Christopher Pincher, Minister of State for Housing, to social housing residents in England setting out all the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the next phase towards reopening society was published last week.
The letter includes information on maintenance and repairs, gas safety checks, remediation works, home moves, support for domestic abuse victims and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Schools and childcare
The Department for Education has issued a planning tool for reopening Early Years settings from 1 June.
The Government has issued further guidance on the reopening of secondary schools from 15 June. The secondary guidance should help school leaders prepare for welcoming back some year 10 and year 12 pupils for some face-to-face support.
Youth Endowment Fund grant round
The Youth Endowment Fund has opened a new £6.5m coronavirus grant round to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence.
This round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.
An application for funding can be made by any legally constituted organisation in England and Wales. This could include: Charities and social enterprises, For-profit companies, Public sector agencies, such as councils, schools, health or police forces. 50% of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal deed which allows a nominated person(s) to make decisions on behalf of another person in certain circumstances. There are two types: one for financial decisions and one for health and welfare. A consumer-facing campaign was launched in 2018 with the aim of raising awareness of LPAs as a valuable future planning tool.
In response to the new and evolving situation created by COVID-19, a second stage of this campaign has been launched, which aims to reach people from groups which have been particularly affected by the pandemic. People from BAME communities and areas where deprivation is prevalent have been adversely affected by the crisis and would benefit from the security a health and welfare LPA provides if someone should lose the capacity to make decisions about their own health and care. However, it is amongst these communities where the take-up of LPAs is at its lowest.
VCSE SECTOR UPDATES
£22 million awarded to health charities
The government has announced that over £22 million in grants will be awarded to life-saving health charities providing vital services to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of coronavirus. This is part of the £750m package already announced in April.
Mental health, ambulance, social care, learning disabilities, autism and dementia charities are among those set to receive millions of pounds in government funding.
Salford Youth Council
On Saturday 16 May, Salford Youth Council demonstrated how we can all still learn together even if it is in a virtual world as they hosted Learning4Lockdown via Microsoft Teams. With support from Council staff and colleagues from YGAM, Beacon Counselling Trust and Sports Matters they tested running two online workshops based around Gambling and Social Gaming and Physical Health and Exercise which included a range of interactive activities, videos and Q&A opportunities using the chat function.
Grounds maintenance resumes
Our grounds maintenance team have started cutting grass in our city again. As you can imagine this is quite a challenge after nearly seven weeks of not being tended to - there have been many positive comments received by residents as a result. Including this one on social media – look at the writing in the grass!
‘Nice touch from Salford City Council place team in Monton!’