The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Links Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily close the office until further notice in order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and VCS group representatives in support of the official attempt to slow down the pandemic. If there are any changes, we will keep you informed.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07889 726846.
Venues open after lockdown survey
Some groups are finding their meeting place is not big enough to allow social distancing. We would like to hear from venues who may be able to offer them alternative facilities.
Link to survey here -
You can view responses to this survey via the following link:
Help Needed in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Survey
We know about the community groups that operate and the good work that you all do. Sadly, we understand that many of you have had to close down due to the Coronavirus crisis.
We are now mapping the help that is available in your residential area.
Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.
Privacy notice for NHS Test and Trace virus testing for all users of the service. Updates to the documents ‘Testing for coronavirus: privacy information’ and ‘Testing for coronavirus: privacy information – quick read’ to reflect changes to the contact process of research organisations and to mirror updates to the wider testing programme.
This briefing sets out how HMRC will continue to support customers and the economy over the coming months. The issue briefing has been updated to reflect HMRC’s latest position on supporting taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summary of local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on children’s social care. Added ‘Vulnerable children and young people survey: waves 1 to 12’.
Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Added updated easy-read guidance.
You must tell Ofsted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your nursery, childminder business or other day care. You should also tell us if you have to close your setting as a result.
Extensive clinical evaluation shows lateral flow tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people.
Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity. Updated 2 attachments to reflect the latest guidance and advice for professional visits during the national lockdown, which began on 5 November 2020. The attachment ‘The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ has been updated in the section ‘Supervisory bodies (local authorities in England, and local health boards and local authorities in Wales’ and a summary of these changes is reflected at the end of the ‘Summary of key points’.The attachment ‘The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance’ has been updated in the section ‘Continuing to carry out your role as a DoLS independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) or relevant person’s representative (RPR)’.
When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 14 days have passed since you were last in a non-exempt country or territory. Changes refer to the new national restrictions and how they affect the requirements on international arrivals when returning from exempt and non-exempt destinations.
Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme – with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead.
JRS be extended until the end of March 2021 for all parts of the UK. For claim periods running to 31 January 2021, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The UK Government will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask employers to contribute more.
What you need to do now
If you intend to claim under the CJRS, please look at information published today on how you can check if you’re eligible to claim, and what you need to agree with your employees. You can find this on GOV.UK by searching 'Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme'.
Guidance and live webinars offering you more support on changes to CJRS, and how they affect you, are available to book online – go to GOV.UK and search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.
HMRC’s phone lines and web-chat remain very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you need is on GOV.UK.
Protect yourself from scams
Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic. Search 'scams' on GOV.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599.
Access the National Cyber Security Centre’s new guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself or your business against cyber crime by searching 'Cyber Aware' on GOV.UK.
Governance Advice & Updates
Last week was a busy week in the media with the US Presidential Election taking centre stage. Catch up on the charity news you may have missed with our summary from DSC's research team.
The Charity Learning Consortium has put together 10 reasons to use technology to support L&D in the third sector. See the great things that can happen when charities incorporate eLearning into their training mix.
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