Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet and Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Updates 13/5/20
Below is my lasted roundup Coronavirus updates for Hunslet and Riverside residents. As expected, I'm now getting a lot more updates now as the modifications to the lockdown take effect. There are several links to more detailed information from the Government within the post. These are all Coronvirus updates today.
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Leeds Cases and Mortality
In Leeds, since 27 March, there have been 511 Coronvirus related deaths registered so far. 499 (98%) were Leeds residents, 291 (57%) were in hospitals, 191 (37%) were in care homes, 9 (2%) in a hospice, and 20 (4%) in their own home. S
ince 27 March
34% of all deaths registered in Leeds have been Coronavirus related.
Furlough Scheme Extended
The Chancellor has announced the Government’s Coronavirus
Job Retention Scheme will remain open
until the end of October 2020. Furloughed workers will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 a month. From the start of August 2020, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
The Department for Transport has
on safe travel and safe transport operations following the publication of the government’s roadmap. The guidance recognises there will be times and some settings on public transport where social distancing is not possible. It outlines how people should minimise the duration of this, and take all necessary steps to observe these measures where possible.
Operating Work Places Safely
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published new guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. The full announcement can be found
Educational and Childcare Settings Wider Opening Preparation
The Department for Education
have published guidance
on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020. The document sets out the overarching aims and principles of the next phase, including information about protective measures which will be in place.
The public is
advised to consider wearing face coverings
in enclosed public spaces where they may be more likely to come into contact with people they do not normally meet. Face coverings may be beneficial in places where it is hard to follow maintain social distancing measures. This applies when using public transport, such as trains, buses, or when visiting shops.
Leeds City Council Run Parks
has been published
about changes to Council run parks in the city following the latest government advice.
From Wednesday 13 May
Council park car parks will reopen but playgrounds in parks will remain closed and the gates locked with notices in place. Outdoor gym equipment in parks is also still off limits and toilet facilities will remain closed. Multi use games areas will reopen, and fishing and use of bowling greens in parks will be allowed. The Arium will be open to the public for plant and sundry sales. The café will remain closed.
From 22 May
Roundhay park and Temple Newsam golf courses will open.
From 1 June
Park cafes and concessions will be open (for takeaway only).
Care homes remain a priority concern for the city with more than 40 suspected or confirmed Coronavirus outbreaks. However, extensive support continues to be provided by the infection control team and our new action plan is now in place.
Coronavirus Helpline Update
Last week the two helplines handled 2,605 enquiries. This data only provides a snapshot of the full emergency food support service in Leeds and does not capture all the work being delivered by partners and third sector organisations.
1,432 calls requiring emergency food were from families unable to pay for their shopping and 82% of calls were rated red and therefore required assistance within 24hours. 38% were from the shielded cohort. Hunslet and Riverside was in the top three city wards for service requests are help.
This is a the new welfare calls service starting from 11 May 2020. It is accessed through the Leeds Coronavirus helpline and has been established to provide welfare check-ins and contact to those who request it. The service is a great partnership with the 3rd Sector including Leeds Older People’s Forum & Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds City Council, drawing on the fantastic pool of volunteers who will make the calls, offer signposting and liaise with LCC if further support is needed.
The Coronavirus outbreak has had a huge impact on the Council finances. The Council is currently looking to work with Government to address a remaining funding gap of around £124m, after the Coronavirus Grant Funding we have been allocated.
Age UK Leeds provides information and advice for older people in Leeds. This includes advice relating to benefits and welfare, housing and support services, along with practical information about how to make video calls and maintain social contact during the current period of isolation. The organisation can be contacted on 0113 389 3000 or 0113 389 3010, or via
. Lines are open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm.
Discretionary Business Support
The Council is still awaiting government guidance in relation to the scheme, which is not straightforward.
We are doing what we can in terms of local analysis to prepare for the arrival of that guidance so we can implement the scheme as swiftly and efficiently as we have done with previous schemes as the expectation is that initial payments will be made on 1 June.
Festival Republic have taken account of the concerns raised and have now decided to cancel this year’s event.
You can read their statement on Twitter.
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