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  • Shielders Returning to Work Could Face Unacceptable Risk

    Shielders Returning to Work Could Face Unacceptable Risk

    Government support for shielding came to an end on 1 August. Following new guidance clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer receive food boxes and medicine deliveries and can return to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure. The changes have raised concerns among Disabled People’s Organisations that a one size fits all approach to stopping shielding could leave some people with no option but to return to unsafe public transport and work places, which put them at an unacceptably high risk of catching the virus”.

  • Government Sets out Steps to Relax Shielding Guidance

    Government Sets out Steps to Relax Shielding Guidance

    The Government has set out a road-map for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme. Their guidance changed on 6 July and will change again on 1 August, subject to clinical evidence. Please note that the government support offer has been extended: you can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if you want them, but you need to register online by 17 July if you haven’t already done so.

  • Risk Assessment Tool For PAs Returning to Work

    Risk Assessment Tool For PAs Returning to Work

    If your PA is returning to work in the near future the Sheffield Individual Employer and PA Development Group has produced a new Risk Assessment Tool to support individual employers to minimise any risks for their PAs to return to work. The Risk Assessment Tool is a useful guide to conversations with your PA about risk and gives topics and poses questions. You can record on the document what you and your PA have agreed will happen and review it as national guidance changes.

  • Mixed and Confusing Messages for 'Vulnerable'

    Mixed and Confusing Messages for 'Vulnerable'

    Charities have called for clarity over shielding plans for ‘vulnerable’ and ‘extremely vulnerable’ people during the current pandemic – with news of some people being told by text message that they no longer qualify for government food parcels.Representatives of almost 50 organisations have signed an open letter to the Government warning that millions of people are getting mixed and confused messages about the easing of shielding measures potentially putting their health and safety at serious risk. The letter calls for ongoing support that must be co-produced with people directly affected and makes a number of recommendations for improved communication and support.

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