Coronavirus Update (17th Apr 2020)


Our 17th April COVID-19 update below contains:

  1. Help us to improve these emails
  2. Lib Dem Councillors Response Update
  3. Haringey Response Update
    1. Violence Against Women and Young Girls (VAWG)
    2. Changes to waste collection times
    3. Free Adult Learning in Haringey
    4. Haringey businesses who can deliver to residents
    5. Urgent Blood Donations needed
    6. Carer Job Opportunities
    7. Donations needed
    8. Local Food Banks in urgent need
    9. Volunteering opportunities
  4. National Response Update
    1. New Govt Action Plan for Social Care
    2. Advice from Cancer Research
    3. Ofqual launch consultation on grading student qualifications
    4. New babies and registering for Child Benefit
    5. Furloughed or income reduced? You may now be eligible for Child Benefit
    6. Employees on furlough - eligibility date extended
    7. Carry over unused annual leave for up to two years due to COVID-19
    8. Self-Employed? Important tax deadline on 23rd Apr
    9. Creative Industries support
    10. Cancelled Flight and Holiday advice
    11. Resources for Families

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Supporting our residents

With the Government imposed lockdown extended for a further three weeks, we will be continuring to operate our surgeries via telephone, and not in-person. To find you local councillor, their surgery details, and details on how to contact them any time by email, please refer to our Councillors webpage.

Alternatively if you have any questions about COVID-19, or need to get in touch for support on any other issue and are not represented by a Lib Dem councillor where you live but would like for us to assist you, please email me directly at


3.1 Violence Against Women and Young Girls (VAWG)

There are considerable concerns about the difficulties faced by women and girls at risk of domestic violence during the lock down. Haringey Council’s VAWG Team are producing regular newsletters with information and links to support victims of domestic abuse. The latest newsletter can be found here.

Train companies are now offering free travel to those fleeing domestic abuse during coronavirus lockdown. More info:

The Government has also launched a new #YouAreNotAlone campaign and is urging members of the public to share a photo of a heart on their palm with #YouAreNotAlone on social media.

Meanwhile Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine is leading a cross-party call to the Government for urgent measures, including increased funding, to tackle child sexual abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.

More information here:

For further help and support, visit the Women's Aid website. The charity is dedicated to helping women and children, but also has helpful links for finding support for male survivors of domestic violence.

3.2 Changes to waste collection times

Like other local authorities, Haringey and their waste management supplier Veolia, are experiencing increased pressure on thir waste teams as – with many residents in the borough currently staying at home – more recycling and refuse is being presented at the kerbside.

To make sure waste is collected on your allocated day, Veolia will be starting their waste collection rounds a little earlier – and may finish them slightly later – than normal from Monday (20 April).

If Veolia don't manage to collect your household, recycling or garden waste on the usual day, they will aim to collect it within 48 hours. There is no need to report delays to collection unless they are behind by 72 hours or more.

For further information, please see the Haringey's Changes to Reuse and Recycling Services page.

3.3 Free Adult Learning in Haringey

Haringey Adult Learning Service's (HALS) learning centre at Wood Green Library is temporarily closed but the learning opportunities will continue through the crisis.

HALS is providing a FREE online learning service, with courses including English for Speakers of other languages (ESOL), Maths, Accounting, Book-keeping and Business Administration, Counselling and Effective listening, Working with Children, Health and Social Care and more. Courses are due to start soon so register your interest today.

3.4 Haringey businesses who can deliver to residents

Haringey is consolidating a list of local shops and businesses who can support residents with deliveries and telephone payment for their goods, as well as a list of pan-London suppliers.

To view the list please visit this link:
To submit your business to the list please complete the form at:

3.5 Urgent Blood Donations needed

Everyday thousands of people’s lives are saved or improved thanks to the generosity of blood donors but sadly there aren’t enough supplies. Blood banks need new blood donors from all backgrounds to ensure there is the right blood available for patients who need it. You can still give blood during the coronavirus pandemic, however please do not donate if you feel unwell.

If you are an existing blood donor, please continue to donate. New donors must be aged between 17-65. New or existing blood donors can use an online service to book an appointment to give blood.

For more information on how to donate, go to: or call 0300 123 23 23

3.6 Carer Job Opportunities

Now more than ever we need new recruits to the care sector. If you are a care worker, care manager, social worker, occupational therapist, chef or cleaner or anyone else and looking for work you can help save lives during this crisis.

Register on Proud to Care London (external link), a recruitment site for the sector, and you will be matched to crucial jobs in care.

3.7 Donations needed

Haringey Council’s food distribution hubs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Alexandra Palace are running low on supplies and are looking for businesses and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) to donate the following:
  • Food that can be stored (e.g. dry goods, tins, cans, packets – NO FROZEN FOOD)
  • Essential household items (e.g. sanitary products, soap, kitchen roll etc)
  • Cleaning products (for food preparation purposes)
  • Nappies, baby formula, milk
  • Plastic bags and boxes
  • Pet food
Due to government rules on social distancing and non-essential travel, the council is not asking for donations from individuals. Businesses and VCS organisations can contact [email protected] to arrange a pick up.

Individuals can make a monetary donation to Haringey Giving (a fund managed by people in the Haringey community and endorsed by Haringey Council) which is aiming to raise £50,000 to support the borough’s most vulnerable people and community initiatives in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

All donations will be doubled up to a total of £40,000 by Linklaters LLP:

3.8 LOCAL FOOD BANKS are in urgent need of supplies & monetary donations

Food banks continue to support residents across the borough and are seeing supplies running desperately low. If you are able to support them please consider doing so.

Muswell Hill Foodbank (The Trussell Trust)
  1. If you need food
    • The Muswell Hill Foodbank on Pembroke Road is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You will need to get a  voucher from one of the Referral Agencies (Citizens Advice, Social Services, Job Centres, some schools and doctors surgeries and other local charities) before going to the foodbank. Strict social distancing is in place to ensure the safety of clients and volunteers.
  2. The foodbank urgently needs donations

The Holy Trinity Food Bank Stroud Green
  • Open every Sunday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
  • Please drop off donations at the food bank between 1.30pm - 3.30pm on Sundays. Alternatively there are dedicated collection bins at:
    • Sainsburys, 175-179 Stroud Green Road, N4 3PZ
    • Londis, 9-11 Ferme Park Road, N4 4DS
If you would like to make a monetary donation please email: [email protected] and for more information visit:

Other Local Foodbanks

Trussell Trust foodbanks, including the Tottenham Food Bank, that you may wish to donate to please visit this link.

3.9 Volunteering opportunities for local residents

Our voluntary organisations are working under huge pressure and looking for more help from the community:


4.1 New Government Action Plan for Social Care

Following strong criticism of the Government’s handling of Covid-19 in care homes and the poor safety of care workers, a new action plan for Social Care was published by the Government yesterday.
The key points are:
  • All symptomatic patients in care homes will be tested for COVID-19
  • Any resident being discharged from hospital will be tested for the virus before returning to their care home
  • A roll out of testing for social care workers across the country
  • No blanket Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders to be applied
  • Family visits allowed at the end of life
The full action plan can be read here:

4.2 Advice from Cancer Research

Cancer Research UK are continuing to help those living with cancer during this crisis. They have created a web guide with the latest information and links so people can keep up to date with caring for themselves and others:

4.3 Ofqual launch consultation on grading student qualifications

Ofqual are seeking views on a number of features of the exceptional arrangements for awarding GCSEs, AS levels, A levels, Extended Project Qualifications and Advanced Extension Award in 2020. You can take part in their public consultation online before their deadline of 11:45pm on 29 April 2020.

For more information click here, and take part in the online consultation click here.

4.4 New babies and registering for Child Benefit

Child Benefit can now be claimed without registering a birth until the registry offices can be safely reopened. This means new parents won’t miss out at this crucial time.

If parents are claiming for their first child, they can fill in the Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. The form is here:

4.5 Furloughed or income reduced? You may now be eligible for Child Benefit

If you’ve been made redundant, or put on furlough, and your salary has subsequently dropped, you may now be entitled to claim child benefit.

If you’ve already registered (and opted out) for the benefit previously, you will simply need to call the child benefit helpline on 0300 200 3100 and ask to now opt-in – make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand. For those new to claiming it’s just one simple form to fill out.

4.6 Employees on furlough – eligibility date extended

When the furlough scheme was first announced, individuals had to be employed by the firm furloughing them on 28 February 2020, but the Government has now extended the eligibility date to 19 March – the day before the scheme was announced. This could extend the scheme to an additional 10,000 more employees.

Initially the government said that in order to be furloughed by your employer, anyone starting a new job as an employee, had to be on the payroll on or before the 19 March 2020. This caused problems for new employees whose companies ran the March payroll after the 19 March. The government has slightly amended its new guidance, to clarify that a notification that an employee was going to be added to the payroll by 19 March is sufficient (so long as that notification was done via an RTI-submission notifying a PAYE payment).

If an employer is considering rehiring a former employee in order to furlough them, the cut-off date remains 28 February, so employees will need to have been on the payroll at that point.

This may help a few more people but it is certainly not enough to help all those who started new jobs around this time. Our MP’s will continue to press the Government but meanwhile the latest details on the scheme can be read here:

4.7 Carry over unused annual leave by up to two years due to COVID-19

Due to the current lockdown, changes in working circumstances and restrictions on travel, employees might not be able to use their full allowance before it expires. The Government has now confirmed that all workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.

More information here:

4.8 Self-Employed? Important tax deadline on 23rd Apr

If you are Self-Employed and obtaining support via the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), you must have filed a tax return for 2018/19 by 23 April 2020 to do so. This means you must have been self-employed prior to 6 April 2019. If you were due to file a 2018/19 tax return but missed the deadline this year, you'll have until Thursday 23 April to submit your tax return and then you can still access the scheme. However, if you only have a few months' self-employment on your 2018/19 return, this will be counted as your total profit for the year – the Government won't pro-rata it based on your monthly profits.

More info on the scheme here:

4.9 Creative Industries Support

As covered in the Guardian this week our spokesperson for digital, culture, media and sport, Daisy Cooper MP, coordinated a letter calling on the Government to act now to support the creative industries. Signed by 130+ MPs & peers - including big-hitters from the world of television and theatre – asking for support for the freelancers, agency workers and self-employed company directors, who don’t benefit from government loans or grants. We will need our fast growing creative industries sector to boost our economy in the post-COVID19 recovery, and to help our communities to heal. 

More information on that can be found here

Meanwhile the BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, established with a £1million donation from Netflix to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic.

For more information on the fund click here:

To be the first to hear when the fund launches and about eligibility, applicants should register for the charity’s mailing lists here.

Those in immediate and urgent need should apply for support via The Film and TV Charity’s existing hardship fund, offering grants of up to £500 to provide stop-gap support. This hardship fund will sit alongside the new Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Click here for details on eligibility and how to apply.

The Film and TV Charity also provides 24/7 mental health support to the industry, including counselling and legal advice. This can be obtained via the Film and TV Support Line on 0800 054 00 00.

4.10 Cancelled Flight and Holiday advice

With Government imposed restrictions on travel thousands of flights and holidays have now been cancelled with even more set to be in the coming weeks. Money Saving Expert have provided a guide on what you should do if your flight or holiday is cancelled, including your rights to a refund or travel voucher, and what options you have should your provider refuse to provide you with a refund.

More information here:

4.11 Resources for Families
  • Free official Harry Potter fun for kids (or yourself)
    JK Rowling, author of the mega-popular Harry Potter books, has launched Harry Potter at Home, a selection of online activities and resources to amuse kids who "might need a bit of magic" during the lockdown.
    For those who have read the books, activities include a video on how to draw a 'Niffler' (a mischievous animal from the wizarding world), as well as Harry Potter-themed puzzles and quizzes. And if you haven't read the books yet, this could be a great way to introduce them with some handy articles to help get them started, eg, 10 words you need to know when reading the first Harry Potter book.
  • #ITVKidsCreate Project
    ITV is calling on the nation’s kids to stay creative whilst at home during the Covid-19 crisis by submitting their artwork for a chance for it to be broadcast. Each child whose work is shown will be credited on screen. Parents and guardians can submit a picture of the child’s artwork via Twitter or Instagram using #ITVKidsCreate and @itv and as many creations as possible will be broadcast. More info here:
  • Eat Farm Now – education resources
    Eat Farm Now is a new website about the stories behind food – straight from people in the world’s fields, barns, plantations, kitchens and markets. It includes podcasts, blogs and videos created by farmers, chefs, journalists, foodies, and community groups all in one place. It includes resources for schools and parents to use during these times of remote learning:
  • Film resources for home schooling
    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has developed resources for families to discuss issues and emotions behind films. It says: “Film is a great medium to start getting your children thinking critically, as well as giving them an understanding of how what we watch affects us and the people around us. So even if your little one isn’t studying to be the next Speilberg, Hitchcock or Bigelow, it can be a useful teaching tool. We have rounded up a selection of films for children and teens of all ages, some which feature on the film studies curriculum, along with relevant case studies, resources and discussion point.”

Last night the Government announced that it was extending the current lockdown for a further three weeks.

That means the message stays the same – please Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.
We thank you for all you are doing to support the community during this difficult time. As ever, please do get in touch should you require any support, have any questions, or for any other matter we can assist with.

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