Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
This week I would like to thank any resident who is self-isolating or has done so. This is a key part of the fight against COVID-19, preventing the spread of the virus. You are helping to protect your loved ones and our community.
Self-isolation means not leaving your house, even to buy food or to exercise. Anyone who needs to self-isolate and does not have support available from family or friends, can access help with things such as food and medication deliveries via the Bracknell Forest Community Response. Call 01344 266911 to access support. Lines are open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
To make sure that people on a lower income who cannot work from home are able to self-isolate, a payment of £500 is available via a government package of support.
To be eligible, residents must:
- have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28, September, 2020
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
- be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit
To see if you are eligible for this financial support, visit our support payments page or call 01344 352010.
While the pandemic response continues to dominate our thoughts, there are other important events that deserve our attention.
This month is Black History Month, which aims to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments and contributions of black Britons throughout our history. The council is joining the country in raising awareness and celebrating black history in Britain by working with our schools to educate children and young people on black history in Britain, sharing the first ever Black History Month resource pack with them to help shape their lessons.
We’re also promoting knowledge of black history, culture and heritage among our staff and via our social media. Find out more about Black History Month. If you are doing anything to raise awareness of or celebrate Black History Month, which you’d like us to share with the community, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s continue to work together as a community. Wishing you a safe and healthy week.