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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 12, 2020

As a provider of staff into schools under the National Procurement Service framework for Temporary Workers and Supply Teachers, we would like to draw to your attention the latest NHS Wales information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from which can be found on the following link. This is a live page that will be updated regularly as matters progress.

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

On the page, there is also specific guidance available in relation to the education setting which can be found at

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/guidance-for-schools-advice-for-parents-or-carers/

You can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) by ensuring you practise good hygiene. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, bin it and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Inform us immediately if you have returned from abroad in the last 14 days or if you returned prior to this and are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.

 

Information for people affected by COVID-19:  

  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will now be available for eligible individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or those who are unable to work because they are self-isolating in line with Government advice. This is in addition to the change announced by the Prime Minister that SSP will be payable from day 1 instead of day 4 for affected individuals.
  • People who are advised to self-isolate for COVID-19 will soon be able to obtain an alternative to the fit note to cover this by contacting NHS 111, rather than visiting a doctor. This can be used by employees where their employers require evidence. Further details will be confirmed shortly. 

Those who are not eligible for SSP, for example the self-employed or people earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week, can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance:

  • For the duration of the outbreak, the requirements of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for those who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating according to government advice, ensuring self-employed claimants will receive support. 
  • People will be able to claim Universal Credit and access advance payments upfront without the current requirement to attend a jobcentre if they are advised to self isolate.
  • Contributory Employment and Support Allowance will be payable, at a rate of £73.10 a week if you are over 25, for eligible people affected by COVID-19 or self isolating in line with advice from Day 1 of sickness, rather than Day 8.