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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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Are you self-isolating in Crawley? You could be eligible for support payments

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Residents on low incomes who are told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate – either due to a positive Covid-19 test or being in contact with someone who has tested positive – may be entitled to financial support during self-isolation.

Since Monday (28 September), people across England have been required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Breaking this law could now lead to a fine of between £1,000 and £10,000.

When self-isolating, people must not go to work, school or any other public spaces. Any exercise should be taken within the home, and friends or family should be asked to buy food or other essentials.

Benefits claimants who need to self-isolate but are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result are eligible for a lump sum Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. In Crawley, these payments are being managed on behalf of the government by Crawley Borough Council.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“With case numbers in Crawley on the rise again, breaking the chain of transmission is critical. So if you are told to self-isolate, please do exactly that to protect your friends and family and break the chains of transmission.”

To claim you must have a notification from the NHS Test and Trace service asking you to self-isolate. You must be in-work, unable to work from home and receive at least one of Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit.

To claim you will need:

·       The unique ID number from your NHS Test and Trace notification

·       To provide details of your employment, including the email address of your employer so they can confirm that you are unable to work from home

·       A recent bank statement, business accounts or evidence of self-assessment tax returns if you are self-employed

·       Your bank details and a recent bank statement

·       Your National Insurance number.

For more details visit crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus/supporting-community/self-isolation-support-payments

Our online form enabling you to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment will be online by 12 October. Claims can be backdated to 28 September, when the scheme started. An eligibility checker is available at gov.uk/coronavirus

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