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This Newsletter has been produced by the Petersfield COVID-19 Network. It is intended to help and inform Petersfield residents, especially those who are unable to leave their homes because of Government restrictions.
If you have information which would be of benefit to other residents in Petersfield please contact Romsey Mill with details and we will consider using it in future newsletters.
If you know someone who would like to receive the paper version of this newsletter, please ask them to contact Romsey Mill via phone or via post: Romsey Mill Centre, Hemingford Road, Cambridge CB1 3BZ (you do not need a stamp if you add “FREEPOST CB1067”) or call 07933 671101.
Romsey Mill can also offer assistance by putting you in contact with volunteers, who can help collecting shopping and medication.
For all residents experiencing other Covid related issues (e.g. needing help while they isolate, or experiencing financial hardship support) speak to a member of the customer services team at Cambridge City Council. Telephone 01223 458780 or contact Simon.Aslett@cambridge.gov.uk or complete an online help request form here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest infection statistics in Cambridge
Public Health England data indicate there were 113 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge for the week – 7th – 14th October. Currently new cases in Cambridge are doubling every week.
In order to curb the spread of the virus and dispel confusion about the restrictions in each area, the Government has introduced a system of tiers, where each area in England is classified as either medium risk, high risk or very high risk. Cambridge infection rates are still below the national average and the risk rating in Cambridge is MEDIUM.
The medium rating means that the rules about social distancing and meeting friends and family, outlined in last week’s newsletter, continue to apply.
In addition certain businesses (normally pubs and restaurants) are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am. Those selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through. Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed
Cambridge Community Safety Partnership
We need your help on our Project Serious Violence: Young People and County Lines, which is being funded by the Acting Police and Crime Commissioner.
We have developed a survey to ask both young people and the wider community for their thoughts and opinions around County Lines issues in Cambridge City. The surveys close at 6pm on Saturday 31 October:
Paper copies can be made available if you contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01223 457950.
Coronavirus Self-isolation payments now available
CAMBRIDGE residents on low incomes, who cannot work because they are self-isolating due to coronavirus, can now apply for a one-off support payment.
Test and Trace Support Payments of £500 will be administered by Cambridge City Council, and people who qualify for them will be able to apply via the council’s website at www.cambridge.gov.uk/test-and-trace-support-payment
To be eligible for the government’s payment, people must: have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; be employed or self-employed; be unable to work from home and losing income as a result; and be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit. If people are not receiving one of these benefits, but are on a low income and self-isolation will cause them hardship, they may still be entitled to a payment under a discretionary scheme.
People can apply online, or by phone on 01223 458678 if they are unable to, and will be asked to provide: notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate, including their unique ID number; a bank statement; proof of employment, or if self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof their business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contacts.