Harrow Council sent this bulletin at 27-03-2020 06:32 PM GMT
27 March 2020
A message from Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council
The Leader of Harrow Council wants to thank everyone on the frontline during these changed times – from the NHS workers and volunteers to those who keep our services going.
Cllr Graham Henson says our dedicated care workers deserve a special thank you as they continue to work round the clock to support those in need.
Meanwhile, a community hub phone line will soon be up and running to to allow Harrow’s most vulnerable to contact the council for support, he adds. Look out for details on the council website soon. Read Cllr Henson’s full statement
We’re all saving lives
We must all play a part in supporting the NHS as it deals with the coronavirus crisis, says Simon Ovens, the Queen’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow.
‘As Her Majesty The Queen said, following the rules of staying home and keeping your distance from people is for everyone’s good and will save lives,’ adds Mr Ovens. Read his letter to the residents of Harrow.
For the latest health news and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the NHS website or GOV.UK.
Extra support for those in need
Some 6,400 households in Harrow will benefit from a £150 discount to reduce their Council Tax.
The funding is given to everyone who gets Council Tax Support and is of working age. Find out more
See other funding measures available to the most in need in the community on the government website
Beware scams: Stay vigilant
Scams should be the last thing people have to worry about right now. But please be aware of:
People offering miracle cures or vaccines.
Strangers offering home cleaning services or payment upfront to do shopping or collect medication.
Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and sports courts in all our parks closed this week as we play our part in trying to stop the spread of the virus.
They followed the closures of Harrow Recycling Centre, Harrow Leisure Centre, Bannister Sports Centre and Hatch End Swimming Pool. We are trying to make sure essential services for vulnerable people remain accessible. See latest details about service disruptions.
Business: Self employed
Measures to help the self-employed and businesses were announced this week by the government.
The Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme allows you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended. Read more
Retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare businesses also get a 12-month business rates holiday. Find out more
Volunteer to give a helping hand
Would you like to help vulnerable people in the borough get the support they need during these uncertain times?