Daily Coronavirus Bulletin

National Lockdowns - Stay at Home Where Possible

Haig Housing continues to operate but with service restrictions

Daily Bulletin for Tuesday 26th January 2021

MESSAGE BY TIM STOCKINGS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE

The Government has introduced a new National Lockdown across England, with similar restrictions in the devolved administrations. The basic message is ‘Stay at Home’ except in certain defined situations including where you cannot work from home or have urgent care responsibilities for others. Schools, colleges and universities have moved to remote learning except for schooling of vulnerable children and those of essential workers. Those individuals who are extremely vulnerable should shield. You can exercise once daily, in company with no more than one other person while maintaining social distancing of 2 metres. All but essential shops are to close. Further details about these constraints can be found below.

The coronavirus epidemic and the new more infectious variant of the virus will have a significant impact on our lives and how the Trust operates until the benefits of the mass vaccination programme start to be realised. Haig Housing’s Headquarters Office in Morden is closed with all essential work being met by home-working. While we continue to operate this reduced service, we will nevertheless work hard to ensure that our services remain as close to normal as safely possible.

However, with an emphasis on personal safety, some things will remain different, at least until more is known about the virus and the various vaccines that the Government has bought, together with other treatments, are rolled out, initially to those who are assessed most at risk and medical and social care staff who are working on the front line. In the meantime, we will continue to follow Government guidelines including those from the devolved administrations.

2020 was a very challenging year for all of us and the arrival of the more infectious variant of the virus has by necessity placed further restrictions during the winter period which always brings more health challenges. Nevertheless, there is cause for optimism with the roll out of the vaccination programme which will expand in the months ahead. While 2021 will still be a very different year there is genuine light at the end of the tunnel.

However, we must first get through this new lockdown and the winter season. Using that same sense of mutual responsibility that we remember from when we were in the military, I ask you all please to follow closely the Government’s restrictions and guidance so we can come through this together.

KEY POINTS TO NOTE

Alban Dobson House, Morden

  • Alban Dobson House is operating on skeleton staff with most working from home. Please contact us by phone on 020 8685 5777 or by email to enquiries@haighousing.org.uk if you have any questions. A full out of hours repairs service continues to operate but this will be prioritised to emergency and urgent repairs.

Rent

  • We ask that you continue to make your rent payments so that we can continue our efforts to help our beneficiaries through these challenging times and to maintain your homes.
  • If you have difficulty in paying you should confirm that you have applied for all the Government assistance that is available, noting that furlough and other payment support has been extended. When we emerge from the pandemic and more people can return to full-time working you should note that this support is likely to come to an end. If you have any concerns over meeting your rent you should contact our Income team without delay on 020 8685 5777, choosing Option 2, so we can offer you help, assistance and advice.
  • If you are applying locally for Universal Credit, please note that Haig Housing Trust is a PRIVATE LANDLORD and not a Housing Association.

Repairs and Maintenance

  • Please report all repairs by telephone to 020 8685 5777, choosing Option 1 or by email to enquiries@haighousing.org.uk. Calls will take longer to answer; please be patient as we will get to all calls in turn. Emergency and Urgent repairs will be prioritised with others undertaken on a case by case basis.
  • We will always respond in an emergency.
  • Our out of hours service remains available fully for emergency or very urgent repairs only but please listen carefully to any pre-recorded messages.

Estate Visits

  • Estate visits by Housing Managers are generally suspended and will only be resumed when lockdown restrictions are eased. When and where they are possible, they will only be conducted on the door-step, observing safe distancing. Indoor visits will only resume once lockdown or other tier restrictions permit. These may vary in the devolved administrations.
  • All Haig Staff will maintain 2 metre social distancing and wear face coverings; we ask you to take the same precautions.
  • We will inform you when stock survey visits recommence.

New Beneficiaries

  • Sign up of new beneficiaries will be assessed on a case by case basis while lockdown and tier restrictions remain in force.

Car Permits

  • Current Car Permits have been further extended to midnight on Wednesday 31st March 2021. We will advise in advance of this date when new permits are to be issued and with what mechanism.
  • YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT NORMAL PARKING ENFORCEMENT CONTINUES.

Please check back to this website regularly for updates.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

If you self-isolate

If you self-isolate after being instructed to do so or are following Government guidelines then please inform us without delay by telephone or email so that we can advise any contractor who may need to visit you.

USEFUL DOCUMENTS

General Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance - English

General Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance – नेपाली Nepalese

USEFUL LINKS

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE MUCH OF THE ADVICE BELOW APPLIES TO ALL, SOME IS SPECIFIC TO ENGLAND ONLY. THEREFORE IF YOU LIVE IN SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND OR JERSEY PLEASE ALSO CHECK THE SPECIFIC ADVICE GIVEN IN THE NATIONAL SECTIONS BELOW.

Coronavirus - Government/NHS

Government - National Lockdown - Stay at Home. See here

Government - Full list of local restriction tiers by area from Sunday 31 December 2020: here

Government guidance for those who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive: here

Government guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection: here

Government advice on support for businesses incl for the self employed: here

Government winter campaign to manage coronavirus - Hand. Face. Space: here

Government legal requirement for all venues to now record contact details: here

Government advice on face coverings in education: here

Government advice on new payments for people self-isolating in highest risk areas: here

Government guidance on getting tested for Coronavirus: click here

Government advice on Coronavirus: click here

Government guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing: click here

Government advice on Coronavirus and domestic abuse: click here

NHS advice on Test and Trace: here

NHS advice on Coronavirus: click here

Public Health England: A simple guide to staying at home: click here

Every Mind Matters - Looking after your mental health at home: click here

Income Support Self-Employed

Government self-employment Income Support Scheme: click here

Extremely Vulnerable People

Government guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19: click here

Get Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person: click here

Schools

Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home: click here

Voucher scheme for schools to provide free school meals: click here

Veterans Support

Veterans UK open for business but with some changes: click here

Veterans Gateway - Help if you have been affected by Covid-19: click here

Volunteering

To volunteer for the NHS: click here

Scotland

Latest Scottish Government advice: click here

Ready Scotland - How to get and give help: click here

Wales

Welsh Government - general advice and information: click here

Welsh Government - how to protect yourself and others: click here

Northern Ireland

NIDirect information: click here

Northern Ireland Public Health Agency advice and information: click here

Jersey

Jersey Government - General advice: click here

Jersey Government - health advice and information: click here

Miscellaneous

Obtain an NHS Isolation Note (in lieu of a GP Fitness to Work Note) for your employer: click here

MOTs due from 30 March 2020 - 6 month extension: click here

Driving licences expiring between 1 February and 31 August 2020 extended by 7 months: click here

USEFUL HELPLINES

Childline (www.childine.org.uk) offers support to children or young persons where domestic abuse is happening in the home or within a relationship and is free to call on 0800 1111

Forcesline (www.ssafa.org.uk/get-help/forcesline) for serving personnel, Veterans and their families 0800 731 4880 (Mon to Fri 10.30am-7.30pm)

Galop (www.galop.org.uk) provides an LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline and is free to call on 0800 999 5428

Hour Glass (www.wearehourglass.org) challenges the abuse of older people in all its forms and is free to call on 0808 808 8141

Karma Nirvana (www.karmanirvana.org.uk) supports victims of honour based abuse and forced marriage and is free to call on 0800 5999 247 (Mon to Fri 9am–5pm)

Men’s Advice Line (www.mensadviceline.org.uk) is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and those supporting them and is free to call on 0808 801 0327

National Domestic Abuse 24/7 helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247

NHS 111 (www.111.nhs.uk) to access medical help fast but when it’s not a 999 emergency call 111 or in Wales 0845 4647.

Samaritans (www.smaritans.org) provides 24/7 confidential emotional support for feelings of distress, despair or suicide thoughts 116 123

Shout (www.giveusashout.org) is a crisis text support service for people in the military community who are struggling and need immediate support to get through a crisis. Text CONTACT to 85258

The Respect Phoneline (www.respectphoneline.org.uk) provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive and is free to call 0808 802 4040

Togetherall (www.togetherall.com/en-gb) is a safe 24/7 online service supporting your mental health in terms of anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.

Veterans Gateway (www.veteransgateway.org.uk) 24/7 first point of contact for Veterans seeking support, from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. 0800 802 1212

Victim Support National 24/7 Supportline (www.victimsupport.org.uk) 08 08 16 89 111