Sector News Update – 30th November 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken about the results of a survey showing what the UK really thinks about Early Years provision, stating that EY is not about childcare but 'about the society we will become'; https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1638204/duchess-cambridge-early-years-society-we-will-become
Hertfordshire's adult care centres will remain open until February to support disabled adults through Coronavirus, despite plans to close them to save up to £970,000 a year, after campaigners presented a petition to the LA; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-54809626
Care homes are being asked to exercise caution around the use of lateral flow tests to decide on care home access, with concerns being raised about their accuracy; https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/30/doubts-raised-over-rapid-covid-tests-in-plan-for-english-care-home-visits
Thousands forced to self isolate have been refused help with the financial losses incurred by their local authorities. Gaps in the policy, including those told to self-isolate by the app not being eligible for the £500 support, have resulted in thousands of applications being declined as councils report running out of money; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/30/thousands-refused-help-to-self-isolate-by-cash-strapped-english-councils
As we hear about the lack of financial support for those isolating, it's also been published that almost 700,000 people have been driven into poverty by the covid crisis, including 120,000 children; https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/30/almost-700000-driven-poverty-covid-crisis-uk-study
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Until next time – Take care!
Dawn – CACHE Alumni Editor