Coronavirus – Government Support

Key Updates

Test & Trace Introduced

Lockdown Easing – May-June 2020

Here are a few of the key updates to the Government’s advice and policy issued on 10-11 May 2020 (Full details can be found on the Government website).

Register for Support

Government Website – Advice and Information

The government is providing a wide range of support – here are a number of key links to specific pieces of advice and information. They can be accessed via the government website’s Coronavirus hub.

Testing

Accessing Your GP, Health & Wellbeing

Other Sections

Audio Informationaudio version of government’s advice leaflet

  • Slight Lockdown Easing For Vulnerable People
    Vulnerable people in England who have been asked to remain at home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday. Those with families will be able to go out once a day with members of their …
  • Government Answers To Public Questions
    This is the most recent selection of questions asked by the public and answered and published by the Government on 28 May 2020. Social distancing, and seeing your family and friends Can you clarify the difference between social …
  • Six people can meet outside from June 1
    Links: Our Government Advice Homepage / News Homepage Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. However, those who are …
  • A Guide to Coronavirus Testing
    Here’s the UK Government’s guide to the Coronavirus tests that are being used in this country. With Test and Trace now launched, it’s a useful guide to what to expect if you are in line to be tested. Testing for …
  • Test & Trace – How It Works
    See also: Test & Trace User’s Guide A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …
  • Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June
    Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed …
  • Antibody tests for health and social care staff and patients
    New antibody testing programme to provide tens of thousands of antibody tests per day across the UK from this week. All NHS and care staff in England will be offered a test, with patients and care residents eligible at their …
  • £300 million for local authorities to support test & trace
    Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service in England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Local authorities to work with government to support test and trace …
  • Up to £15 million for Citizens’ Advice
    Link: Citizens’ Advice and other financial/benefits advice sources Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to receive funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 …
  • Government Definition of COVID-19 Vulnerable Groups
    This is the Government’s definition of the various COVID-19 vulnerable groups and a brief outline of how they are identified and the support available to them. For more information on the support the Government is offering, …
  • The UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy
    Our plan to rebuild: the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy This is the Government’s recently published document that describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, …
  • Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests
    As of May 18 2020, everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change …
  • Shielding & Protecting the extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
    This is a reminder of the guidance for shielding people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers. People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have …
  • New Info For Social Housing Residents
    The Government has written to all social housing residents in England, to update them on recent changes. It covers a lot of ground, including Maintenance and Repairs, regulations covering work on homes where people are …
  • Government’s Test & Trace Programme Expands
    The government has announced the expansion of the expert team leading on the rapid nationwide roll-out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) test and trace programme. Here’s their press release on the news: On 12 May 2020, the …
  • Current Advice On Face Coverings
    This is the latest Government advice on the use of face coverings: Face Coverings: Key Points People who use public transport or visit shops should consider covering their mouth and nose Social distancing and regular handwashing …
  • Gov’t Advice: New guidance on spending time outdoors
    The Government have released more detail about how you can now spend more time outdoors (From 13th May 2020), a slight easing of the restrictions introduced in late March. To read more about the changes and for relevant links to …
  • Gov’t Advice: Staying safe outside your home
    Here’s the Government’s advice on staying safe outside. It was issued as part of their Coronavirus advice update 10-11 May 2020. It is your responsibility to adopt these principles wherever possible. The government is also using …
  • Gov’t Advice: Travel – Buses, Trains, Taxis, Walking etc
    Here’s the Government’s advice on safe travel across a range of transport options, including public transport, walking & cycling, taxis and private hire cars and private cars. It was issued as part of their …
  • Gov’t Advice: Latest for Vulnerable People
    Taken from the Government’s recent (May 10-11th 2020) FAQ on the changes to their Coronavirus advice, here is some specific advice for vulnerable people Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70 year olds and over? The …
  • Gov’t Advice: COVID-19 FAQs – what you can & can’t do
    This FAQ article was published on 11 May 2020 and is intended to answer many of the questions raised by the updated Coronavirus advice issued by the Government on 10th and 11th May 2020. All changes come into effect in England on …
  • Gov’t Advice: Face Coverings & When To Use Them
    The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. This advice comes from the Department of Health and Social Care  Face …
  • New Government Document – Changed Advice & Future Strategy
    Following the Prime Minister’s speech announcing changes to various Coronavirus measures and restrictions, the Government have published a detailed new document outlining a lot of detail of how these changes will look and …
  • Prime Minister’s Address To The Nation, Sunday 10 May
    Below are a video and transcript of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday 10 May, which marked the first major change in policy since the original implementation of Lockdown in late March. Further clarity on …
  • Major home testing programme for coronavirus
    A major new programme of home testing for coronavirus will track the progress of the infection across England. The programme, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, is being led by a world-class team of …
  • How The Government Is Now Counting COVID-19 Deaths Differently
    A new method of reporting daily COVID-19 deaths has been developed by Public Health England (PHE) and was implemented on Wednesday 29 April 2020. From the public’s point of view, there now looks to be a significant increase …
  • Audio Version of Government’s Coronavirus Leaflet
    The government recently sent Coronavirus information leaflets and letters to 30 million households in the UK. Now, the Macular Society’s chief executive Cathy Yelf has recorded an audio version of both the leaflet and the letter …
  • Coronavirus: The Government’s adult social care action plan
    The government have released details of how they plan to support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak. The document available to download below sets out the government’s plan for: …
  • MP’s response to our concerns for the vulnerable
    At Disability Partnership Calderdale, we’ve been very aware that many of the more vulnerable members of society have struggled to obtain the support they need during the current lockdown. In particular, many disabled and …
  • Charities Call For Government Plan To Help Most Vulnerable
    Five leading charities are calling for the Government to publish a comprehensive plan to support social care through the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s their public letter outlining their concerns and calling for action: Dear …
  • Former Olympics director leads work to protect clinically vulnerable people
    Chris Townsend OBE has been appointed to lead the government’s shielding programme to protect those at highest risk from coronavirus, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced today (14 April 2020). Mr Townsend, …
  • Government plans to scale up COVID-19 testing programmes
    Published by the Government, this is a long read that looks at how testing for the virus will become one of the keys to defeating it. It’s well worth a read. The original article, plus all the Government’s information …
  • Government Outlines Its Support For Disabled People
    The government have published an article outlining how they are “Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak“. We’ve published the full article below:   This government hugely values …
  • 6-month MOT exemption announced
    Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities. All cars, vans and motorcycles which …
  • Government Service – Register Yourself As “Extremely Vulnerable”
    Get coronavirus support from the Government as an extremely vulnerable person Register with the Government’s website if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be …