Hi 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 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.
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.
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 186 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge for the week, 24th – 31st October. This is a decrease of 21% on the new cases reported last week.
Reducing day-to-day contact with other people, reduces the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the rules are:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:
- prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
- ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
- ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work
These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings.
Consultation on Climate Change
CAMBRIDGE City Council has launched public consultation and engagement to inform its new Climate Change Strategy for the next five years. As part of the consultation the council is seeking residents’ views on how carbon emissions from Cambridge can be reduced and how the city can reach net zero emissions.
Residents can contribute their views to the consultation by attending one of five online workshops that the council is holding during November. Follow the links to join one of the workshops to reserve your place:
- Workshop 1, Wednesday 4 November, 7 to 8.30pm: General discussion
- Workshop 2, Thursday 12 November, 3 to 4.30pm: Adaptation, biodiversity, and trees
- Workshop 3, Thursday 19 November, 7 to 8.30pm: Housing and buildings
- Workshop 4, Tuesday 24 November, 7 to 8.30pm: Reducing consumption, reuse, recycling, and sustainable food
- Workshop 5, Thursday 26 November, 3.30 to 5pm: General discussion
Or through responding to a consultation survey available on the council’s website https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/news/2020/10/26/council-seeks-residents-views-on-tackling-climate-change
Help Available for Periods of Self-Isolation
From 28 September, if NHS Test and Trace tell you to self-isolate, you might be entitled to a one-off £500 payment. You must have tested positive for coronavirus or been in close contact with someone else who has. You must also:
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home, as a result of which you will lose income
- be currently receiving one of the following: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit
If you do not receive the above welfare benefits, we can give you a discretionary payment of £500 if you receive Council Tax Reduction, or you are excluded from any of the above welfare benefits because you have no recourse to public funds. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you think you may be eligible.Find out more about the Test and Trace Support Payment