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COVID-19 update 45

This update was sent to the Cymorth mailing list on 2 August. You can view the original email here and sign up to receive future mailings here


Extension of self-isolation period to 10 days

The four UK Chief Medical Officers have announced that the self-isolation period has been extended from 7 days to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result.

The following guidance has been updated to reflect this change:


Welsh Government: Changes to Coronavirus regulations 

The First Minister has published a written statement about the changes being made to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020. The Welsh Government has also published a series of questions and answers about the changes. 


Written Statement: Letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales to those who are shielding

The Minister for Health and Social Services has published a written statement and a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales which confirms that individuals who have been shielding no longer need to do so from 16th August. It also outlines the advice and support available to people following the end to shielding. 

The guidance on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus can be found here


Easy read guide: Keeping safe when you stop shielding

The Welsh Government has published an easy read guide, which includes information and advice for people when they stop shielding. 


Equality Impact Assessment: 21-day reviews of measures to manage COVID-19 (24 July review)

The Welsh Government has published its latest equality impact assessment of the 21-day reviews of measures to manage COVID-19. 


£22.7m funding to support adult social care providers with additional COVID-19 costs

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will provide a further £22.7m to local authorities to assist adult social care providers with the additional costs of COVID-19 from July to the end of September.

Following representations from Cymorth and Care Forum Wales about the delays during the first tranche of funding, part of the new funding will be allocated via a temporary national flat rate fee increase. This, and much more information about the funding, is contained within guidance circulated by the Welsh Government. 


Welsh Government: Care homes action plan

The Welsh Government has published a letter which sets out the actions they are taking to support the care home sector. This includes reference to Infection prevention and control; Personal protective equipment; General and clinical support for care homes; Residents’ well-being; Social care workers’ well-being; and Financial sustainability. 


Welsh Government guidance: Safe use of multi-purpose community centres

The Welsh Government has published guidance on the reopening and safe use of multi-purpose community centres. 


Welsh Government written question: No recourse to public funds

The Minister for Housing and Local Government has responded to a written question from Delyth Jewell MS about support for refugees and those with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) to avoid people being evicted into homelessness. 


Our Future Wales - Cymorth Cymru response

Cymorth Cymru has submitted a response to the 'Our Future Wales' consultation, supporting the Welsh Government's continued focus on building more social housing and making a case for investment in the homelessness and support workforce to create employment opportunities and help to end homelessness. 


REMINDER: Changes to COVID-19 emergency funding for the third sector in Wales

The Welsh Government and WCVA have announced that the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund, which has awarded almost £7.5million to voluntary organisations in Wales, will be changing in August to reflect the changing needs of the sector. 

VSEF in its current form will be closing to applications on 7 August 2020 at 5pm. From 17 August 2020, the new phase of grant funding will become available to help the sector address the challenges now arising as we move into the recovery phase of the pandemic. 


REMINDER: COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund - deadline 3rd August

The deadline for funding applications for the Comic Relief element of the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund (i.e. the part relating to Wales) is the 3rd August

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

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