Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information. 

28th May 

Here is the guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers - click here.

26th May

Healthwatch Hertfordshire have created 3 quick patient experience surveys to better understand peoples experiences with COVID0-19 across Hertfordshire. They can be accessed below:

Shielding: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RJQ9RX2

Mental Health: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RJDLQ23

Health & Social Care: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RC62QGV 

 

£200m has been made available for small and medium charities and community organisations to apply for. These grants will be distributed through The National Lottery Community Fund. Priority will be given to the following types of applications:

  • Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.

Government funding will be used to fund organisations in the first two categories, National Lottery funding will be used to fund organisations in the last category.

It doesn’t matter if you are applying for Government funding or funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, applications are to be made through the same entry point on their website https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/

12th May

The Government has announced that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended for four months until the end of October. Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme whatsoever.

From August to October the scheme will continue, for all sectors and all regions of the UK, but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work. Employers currently using the scheme will be able to bring back furloughed employees part time. The Government will ask employers to start sharing, with the Government, the costs of paying people’s salaries.

Workers will, through the combined efforts of Government and employers, continue to receive the same level of support as they do now, at 80% of their salary, up to £2,500.

Read more here:
https://www.gov.uk/…/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-unt…

 

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work and can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy' from the Prime Minister can be found by clicking here.

7th May

The Government have launched two new websites for jobseekers and employers. For those willing and able to take up a new role, visit -www.jobhelp.dwp.go.uk. And for employers looking to fill up vacancies, visit - www.employerhelp.dwp.gov.uk.

The new dedicated website for jobseekers has articles, tips and guides to help identify good sectors to look for jobs right now. Visitwww.jobhelp.dwp.go.uk if you are willing an and able to take a new role.

For employers, the new website provides support for employers to aid their rapid expansion. Vacancies are made as accessible and visible as possible. There is also support for employees if employers are having to consider making redundancies. www.employerhelp.dwp.gov.uk.

 

Sky media have launched the SME100. A £1 million fund that will provide small and medium sized businesses with TV advertising campaigns. Find out more here - https://adsmartfromsky.co.uk/sme100/. This is a great initiative for small and medium size businesses struggling in the current circumstances. 

30th April

Hertfordshire Constabulary have an 'Echo' service for reporting general concerns to the police during the Coronavirus crisis. You can access information about the Echo system here: https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Get-involved/echo

Or alternatively you can phone 101, the non-emergency police number, if you wish to talk to local police officers and report a crime that does not need an emergency response. In an emergency however, still dial 999. 

29th April

The Government has announced that anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either must go to work or is over 65 can now be tested. 

Further information on accessing the service is available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can apply for a test here: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type

16th April 

I would like to say a huge thank you to our key workers for all they are doing to help and support us as a nation throughout these troubling times. I have made a short video message to thank them.

14th April

Please see below the link to the Hertfordshire Constabulary online community engagement platform ECHO. Due to social distancing, ECHO enables the Constabulary to gather community views in order to help them shape their plans whilst social distancing remains in place.

https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Get-involved/echo

 

A joint statement by Herts County Council, Herts Local Enterprise Partnership and Herts Chamber of Commerce about the support local business can receive during the Coronavirus outbreak can be found here: https://www.hertfordshirelep.com/news-events/news/covid-19-joint-statement/

You can find answers to some frequently asked coronavirus questions, such as Council updates, by clicking on this link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions

All Government support and advice can be found at www.gov.uk

 

I have received an update from the Hertfordshire Local Resilience Forum, a multi-agency partnership of local public services working to coordinate the County's approach to COVID-19. You can find the update in PDF form in the attachments below under the heading Herts Local Resilience Forum. 

11th April

There has been much comment on press reports that MPs are to be given £10,000 to cover additional costs incurred through working from home during the Coronavirus crisis. The media coverage of this is inaccurate and aimed at attacking MPs unfairly.

The extra contingency was decided by the independent body IPSA, which administers and verifies MP funding and is for the purchase of laptops or other equipment needed for staff who normally work in an office and are now working from home. Payments are payable if verified by receipts. The verification is done by the independent body IPSA. It is not a sum of money paid to MPs. 

I will not need to use this contingency.

23rd March 2020

Coronavirus: Thanks from MP and call to follow the distancing rules

I would like to thank all constituents for all they are doing to help the elderly and vulnerable through this difficult period with COVID-19.  The number of volunteers has been wonderful and the Hertfordshire County Council Resilience Forum is co-ordinating well.  We are all thinking of family and those we love at this difficult time.  I would also like to thank our NHS and caring services and those in the public sector who are doing so much at personal sacrifice. We are grateful to them all and to supermarket and stores’ staff, doing so much in the current crisis.

The most important thing at present is for all of us to follow government guidance and particularly the distancing rules, so that we keep more than 2m apart.  Many people are following this but we do need everyone to comply.  It is not that hard, but I do hear from constituents that some people are not yet doing it.  The government may have to take tougher measures still if all of us cannot follow the rules.

I wish all constituents well and to keep safe over the coming weeks.

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire

 

We will all be thinking of family and loved ones as the virus causes widespread illness and raises issues for our caring services. The Government advice is available at the www.gov.uk website and Hertfordshire County Council response at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

I have already replied to many messages about particular concerns and am in touch with Ministers and officials in Government trying to resolve constituents’ problems.

The key to the response is to ensure that the vulnerable are protected and that the caring services can cope. I also welcome Government announcements to help business and look forward to further announcements to help individual workers and the self-employed.

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire

 

19th March 2020 

Below is a letter from the Chancellor regarding immediate economic support in response to COVID-19. You can find the rest of the letter under the 'Budget Letter from the Chancellor' attachment at the bottom of this page. You can also find a 'COVID-19 fact sheet' on how your business can be supported during the COVID-19 pandemic at the bottom of the page. 

Budget Letter from the Chancellor

19th March 2020

I have received the attached Dear Colleague Letter from the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock regarding the Coronavirus Bill. You can find this letter in the attachment section at the bottom of this page, under the heading 'Coronavirus Bill'. 

 

Attachments

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Budget Letter from the Chancellor 127.69 KB
COVID-19 fact sheet 165.77 KB
Coronavirus Bill 58.57 KB
Herts Local Resilience Forum 526.92 KB