I am writing to you with some further updates about the Coronavirus crisis.
Most importantly, for those who have found themselves missing out on the employment support scheme because they were not on the payroll on the 28th February, the Government has just announced that the date will be moved forward to the 19th March. This will help those who were between jobs on the 28th and means that new employers will be able to furlough them as well.
The details can be viewed here – Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March
I hope this is helpful.
You may have seen that there is a suggestion that people should buy and release sky lanterns in honour of the work being done by our NHS staff. Please do not do this. There are many ways to celebrate the extraordinary work being done by our local and national NHS teams but this is not one of them. These lanterns are a fire hazard, particularly in dry weather, and are more likely to add to pressure on the emergency services.
Some people have contacted me about how they can best make a donation to help those in difficulties locally. I am supporting the local foodbank, which is doing a very good job helping people who are struggling. If you want to make a donation then please do so via this link Epsom & Ewell Foodbank Covid-19 Appeal