Finance & Resource Management

Coronavirus: Payments to be given to people on low incomes isolating in high-risk areas

Coronavirus: Payments to be given to people on low incomes isolating in high-risk areas. The scheme will help those in receipt of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits in high-risk areas, who cannot work from home. Payments of £13 per day will soon be given to people on low incomes who are self-isolating in areas that are deemed to be at high risk from coronavirus, the government has announced. The scheme will be trialled from next week in Pendle, Oldham, and Blackburn [...]

Coronavirus: Thousands of homeless back on streets by July

Coronavirus: Thousands of homeless 'back on streets by July'. Coronavirus pandemic REUTERS Thousands of homeless people who have been housed during the coronavirus pandemic could return to the streets by the end of June, a charity has warned. Since the lockdown began, more than 14,500 people who were on the streets or at risk of sleeping rough have been given emergency accommodation. But Crisis has warned contracts between local councils and hotels are due to end as government funding runs out. The government said councils [...]

Coronavirus: PPE supplies ‘stable but fragile’

Coronavirus: PPE supplies 'stable but fragile'. Coronavirus pandemic There is "still some work to be done" ahead of a potential second wave, a nursing union says. PPE stocks for nurses and doctors are "stable but fragile", according to the Welsh Government. There is "enough for the next three months", the deputy minister in charge of PPE supplies said, but warned against taking "our eye off the ball". With about 90% of Wales' PPE supplies coming from abroad, Lee Waters MS hopes to encourage more [...]

How will England’s coronavirus test-and-trace system work?

How will England's coronavirus test-and-trace system work? NHS system relies upon an increase in testing and for people to be required to self-isolate Government unveils test-and-trace strategy Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A soldier takes a sample at a Covid-19 testing centre for NHS workers at the Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey. Photograph: James Veysey/Rex/Shutterstock Whose contacts will be traced? England’s new “NHS test-and-trace” system kicks in when a patient receives a positive test result for coronavirus. Unlike in the early days of [...]

Coronavirus test workers ‘making personal sacrifices’

Coronavirus test workers 'making personal sacrifices'. Coronavirus pandemic The scientist running Wales' largest coronavirus testing laboratory has spoken of the "sacrifice" his team is making to tackle the pandemic. Jonathan Evans runs the virology centre at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales which conducted its first positive Covid-19 test in February. He said staff were working long hours, carrying out about 2,500 daily tests. A lead nurse at one drive-through test centre said "good morale" was protecting staff from the pressure. Swabs taken at drive-through testing [...]