Coronavirus

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR INFORMATION:

Link to Government information on Coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Link to NHS information on Coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Coronavirus is the most serious public health emergency that we have faced for a generation.

The actions of Public Health England and the NHS have already been exemplary.  During the initial phase the tracing of individuals in contact with those who have been infected has been highly effective.

These actions have slowed the spread of the virus in the UK.  They are one of the reasons why the UK is currently behind the rates of infection elsewhere in Europe.  This has bought us more time (at a point when the NHS traditionally faces high demand) to increase resilience.

We conducted our approach to tracing on the basis of the best available medical advice.  We will continue to act on that same advice.  At every stage the Government will take proportionate action.  Our objective is to protect and keep safe our citizens.

We will be asking people to take difficult steps to protect themselves and help others.  We are doing so because these steps are necessary to safeguard the health of vulnerable people and to reduce the spread of the virus.

Advice will be updated regularly as this evolves.  The link to Government information is above.  It contains detailed information and I would encourage everyone with concerns to read through what it contains.

I set out key points in the nearby tabs but PLEASE refer to the Government website above, the information it contains is more detailed and will be regularly updated as medical advice evolves to meet the threat.

Useful Links:

Link to West Sussex County Council Updates: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19/#1

Link to Horsham District Council Updates: https://www.horsham.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus

Link to Mid Sussex District Council Website: https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/about-us/coronavirus-covid-19/

News

Citizens Advice and Coronavirus

Please find below a message I have received from the CEO of Citizens Advice in West Sussex, regarding accessing their services and help during this time.

 

A message from our CEO: Coronavirus update

Emergency Coronavirus Bill

Today, the Government will introduce the Emergency Coronavirus Bill to Parliament. The Bill, jointly agreed with the devolved administrations of the UK, gives us the power to fight the virus with everything we’ve got.

Council Services and Coronavirus

Residents should check Horsham District Council’s website for the latest information regarding HDC services during this time.

School Closures

Today the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education announced changes to the operations of educational settings as a result of the pandemic.

The Government is committed to following medical advice at every step as we fight against the virus to save lives.

Horsham District Council Waste Disposal Advice and Coronavirus

Horsham District Council are informing residents that waste from households with possible cases of coronavirus, or from cleaning areas where possible cases have been (this includes disposable cloths and tissues) should be dealt with in a particular way.

Chancellor of the Exchequer on Economic Response to Coronavirus

Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced further support in terms of the economic response to coronavirus.

The Chancellor has made available an initial £330 billion of guarantees- equivalent to 15% of our GDP. 

DWP Face-to-Face Assessments and Coronavirus

I have been advised that the DWP, out of concern for the health of both DWP staff and claimants, are from 17th March suspending all scheduled face-to-face assessments for health and disability related benefits with immediate effect for the next three months.