Sector News Update – 22nd June 2020
An exciting victory this week, with a scheme promoted by footballer Marcus Rashford, to benefit children and families in England over the summer holidays. The government has done a U-turn on its school meals voucher scheme and now is making these available to the 1.3 million eligible children throughout the holidays, part of the "Covid summer food fund". Food banks and charities say the government could go further by permanently funding meals outside of term time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-53079784
A timely report, published last week by Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Save the Children, highlights the devastating effects that coronavirus has had on many UK families.They are calling for the Government’s lifeline measures to be extended for families with children, with an urgent, temporary, £20 per week increase to the child element of Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit to support those struggling to stay afloat and help prevent another wave of families being swept into hardship. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/call-stronger-social-security-lifeline-children
Nursery World launched an awareness campaign to show the public and policymakers why the vital work of the early years education and childcare sector should be better valued and funded. https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nursery-world-launches-standupforearlyyears-campaign
The UK government approved NHS use of world’s first coronavirus treatment following evidence that anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone reduced the risk of death in coronavirus patient. All hospitalised Covid-19 patients requiring oxygen, including those on ventilators, across the UK will now be able to be treated using dexamethasone, potentially saving thousands of lives. http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/government-approve-nhs-dexamethasone-coronavirus
Frontline staff and volunteers at the forefront of the national coronavirus response across England will be able to access a new psychological first aid training course online today for free, being offered by Public Health England (PHE). The training will equip staff with the necessary skills and awareness to provide support and recognise people at risk of distress. http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/phe-psychological-first-aid
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