An update for Partners following the announcement of a second lockdown across England, covering the new restrictions, support groups, cashflows and more.
With the announcement this weekend of a second lockdown across England, we know local partners will be assessing and preparing for likely disruption to their operations and services. Partners in the Nations are equally impacted by devolved national Covid-19 strategies and restrictions. The new restrictions take effect from the 5th November, pending a vote in Parliament, and will run until Wednesday 2 December.
This will see the closure of pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops. But nurseries, schools, colleges and universities will remain open. Unlike the first national lockdown, these restrictions are currently set to last a month before the UK transitions back into the regional three-tiered system.
Definition of ‘support groups’
Exceptions have been set out in the newest guidance for those caring for vulnerable people. The part most applicable for local partners is:
Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
This would suggest that local partners’ services can remain open providing they continue to operate in a Covid-secure manner, as you all have been doing for the last few months.
It’s anticipated that further guidance specific to Adult Day Care will be published on Thursday morning by Public Health England.
Since March of this year, local partners have been providing the Finance Resilience Team with copies of their cashflow forecasts and the majority of those we currently hold run to the end of the current financial year (end March 21). In the light of the new lockdown restrictions, local partners will no doubt be reassessing their cash positions. To enable the team to maintain a current understanding of the financial resilience of the network over the coming weeks and to offer support, we would be very grateful if local partners could send us a copy of their updated forecasts at Covid-19EnquiryLine@ageuk.org.uk as soon as these are agreed.
You can download a copy of the Cashflow Template below:
The team are happy to work with you to review your cashflows and have done this with a number of partners, helping them to: evaluate their pinch points; identify what flexibility they have around using their funds; have a discussion about use of reserves; and highlight options for deferring payments/applying for extension relief.
Colleagues who act as regional links are standing by to support local partners through this challenging time, and you are welcome to speak to these individuals if you have any questions. Their names and email addresses are provided at the end of this message.
Any questions please contact the team at email@example.com or you regional link:
- East: David Chenery, firstname.lastname@example.org
- East Midlands: Paul Robson, email@example.com
- London: Alexander Nobes, firstname.lastname@example.org
- North East: Paul Robson, email@example.com
- North West: Heather Stephenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scotland and NI: Kirsty Gaskell-Sinclair, email@example.com
- South East: Stuart Prince, firstname.lastname@example.org
- South West: Sara Brown, email@example.com
- Wales: Heather Stephenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- West Midlands: Kirsty Gaskell-Sinclair, email@example.com
- Yorkshire & Humber: John Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid-19 related enquiries
Please contact COVID-19EnquiryLine@ageuk.org.uk if you have any questions about this guidance or want to access our support.