From Cornwall Council:
Cornwall Council has produced three information packs. They are aimed at helping residents, businesses and voluntary organisations get the help they need during these uncertain times.
The first is a community pack. This will be made available to community groups across the county. It will help them to make sure residents, including the most vulnerable, have access to the right support.
It contains information and advice on issues such as:
- council tax
- food provision
- help for those facing eviction
- how to access a COVID-19 test
The second is a business pack. This is aimed at any organisation that employs staff, including schools and charities.
The pack provides general information on the support available to businesses. It also features guidance on what to do if one or more employees test positive for coronavirus.
The third is a self-isolation pack. This is aimed at reassuring residents that support is available throughout their period of home isolation. Including a £500 support grant for people on lower incomes.
This pack also reminds people:
- what self-isolation means
- why it is important
- how long it needs to be maintained depending on symptoms, household bubbles, NHS Test and Trace contact and test results
The packs will be made available to community groups and businesses from this week as well as on the Healthy Workplaces website. They are also available in different languages to ensure they are as accessible to as many people as possible.
Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, said: “Cornwall Council’s number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our residents. We will continue to work hard to protect our communities and provide them with the information they need to access vital support and services.
“We’ve been fortunate so far in Cornwall as we’ve seen relatively few COVID-19 cases compared to other areas of the country but we can’t afford to be complacent. With this in mind I would urge everyone to keep following public health guidance, however difficult this might be. We know it can be a struggle. These three packs will help community groups, businesses and residents access vital help and support provided by the council and its partners.”
Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “It’s normal to feel anxious if you get a positive test result or a text from NHS Test and Trace. We want residents to know that the council is here to offer support and help them through a difficult time.
“It is crucial that everyone plays their part in sticking to the rules and guidance so we can keep infection rates down and stay on top of the virus here in Cornwall.”