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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

Read our latest update

Direct payments

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and managing your Direct Payment

The spread of coronavirus is a serious concern across the country, and we are living in unprecedented times. We are following advice to try to reduce the risk of infection and to minimise the risk to people who may be especially vulnerable. 

It is possible that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may result in adults, carers, children and young people with disabilities, who arrange their own care, support and/or short breaks through direct payment, having to make changes to the way that their care, support and/or short breaks are delivered because:

  • everyone living in the United Kingdom are currently being advised to only socialise with people living your household;
  • of social distancing rules (e.g. you cannot attend activities or interests in the community);
  • you or your care staff (personal assistants and/or care providers) staff are self-isolating or off sick;
  • there are not enough personal assistants and care workers, employed via care providers, available to meet the usual level of demand for care and support.

This also might mean that care, support and/or short breaks are stopped on a temporary basis.

For more support on how to manage your direct payment during this crisis, please contact our Direct Payment Support Service, Penderels Trust on 024 7651 1611.

Please contact your employment insurance provider for advice on employment law and contracts.

COVID-19 testing for PAs

The Coronavirus National Testing Programme has now expanded to include all personal care assistants (PAs), across both health and social care, who are having to self-isolate due to having coronavirus-like symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms.
Further information about the programme, including a note about the national testing programme, confirmation of employment and eligibility for testing - letter of ID and presentation slides can be found on Skills for Care’s specific COVID-19 pages for individual employers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

This new guidance, published on 21 April, is for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. It sets out key messages to support planning and help slow the transmission of COVID-19. Read the guidance on GOV.UK

Penderels Trust

Penderels Trust have produced resources related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) for Direct Payment recipients.

Last updated 23 April 2020

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