We know that there is a lot of information circulating online and offline about the COVID-19 pandemic and it can be hard to know what is accurate and what to trust. People are being reminded to be mindful of fake information and news, particularly at the moment, and we have some tips from the Government about what to look out for.
After carers contacted us with concerns about the new Coronavirus Act 2020 that reduce the statutory duties of local authorities to carry out needs assessments of unpaid carers and those requiring care and replaces them with powers to meet need, when necessary during the pandemic. We contacted Hertfordshire County Council about how this might impact on social care for adults in Hertfordshire.
Unpaid carers may be interested in a free online programme - Learning for Living - which can help them evaluate their skills and re-enter work or review their current job.
As you may be aware, the Hotpoint Privilege Purchase Club, supports our Carers’ Passport Discount Card service, and offers savings on household appliances such as washing machines. We would like to remind carers who may have brought a Hotpoint or Indesit washing machine to check if they are affected by a product recall due to fire safety concerns.
Fraud is now one of the most common crimes in the UK with a total of £1.2 billion stolen by criminals last year. Hertfordshire Police has given us some key tips to share with carers and the vulnerable people they support to help them be vigilant and protect their personal and financial information and money.