Death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that I inform our residents  about the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. https://www.royal.uk/

We are expecting a national online book of remembrance to be launched by Buckingham Palace as, due to covid, it would not be appropriate to have physical books and we will promote this link to yourselves and residents as soon as it is available.

The funeral is expected to take place 8 days after the day of death (expected to be on Saturday 17 April)

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to receive a Ceremonial Royal Funeral and other Members of The Royal Family will receive Non-Ceremonial Royal Funerals.

 

  • If residents spontaneously lay any flowers in Slough we will react and manage this, however advice from the National Association of Civic Officers, informed by the Palace, is that it is not appropriate to encourage the laying of flowers due to covid.

  • Cancellation of Existing Planned Events may be appropriate on the day of death, the eve of the funeral and the day of the funeral, but take careful note of the public mood and consider whether further scaling back is necessary.

  • Dress Code throughout the period between and including the day of death to the day of the funeral should be black tie and / or black rosette for those who wish to wear them.

  • Marking a Silence during the Ceremonial Royal Funeral.  If the funeral is televised and large numbers of people are expected to be watching it at home or locally on big screens, any public ceremony simply to mark the Silence may not be appropriate. However, if the funeral takes place on a weekday and it is not a day of national mourning (in other words, it is a normal working day), it may be announced that a National Silence is to be observed during the funeral ceremony. Most authorities now have a set of arrangements in place which they implement when marking a national Silence and these can be used for this purpose. Guidance will be given on the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) Noticeboard as it becomes apparent whether or not this will be appropriate.

  • Windsor and Maidenhead have a traffic management plan for the expected crowds at the royal residences.

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

Eligibility

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you’re legally required to do so.

If the NHS COVID-19 app sends you a notification to self-isolate because you’re a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and you apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, you will also be legally required to self-isolate.

To support you during self-isolation, you could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet all the following criteria:

  • you’ve been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, either because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • you’ve responded to messages from NHS Test and Trace and have provided any legally required information
  • you’re employed or self-employed
  • you’re unable to work from home and will lose income as a result of self-isolating
  • you’re currently receiving or are the partner of someone in the same household who is receiving, at least one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit

If you’re not on one of these benefits, you could be eligible for a £500 discretionary payment if all the following apply:

  • you meet all the other criteria listed above
  • you’re on a low income
  • you will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating

If you’re eligible for either the Test and Trace Support Payment or a discretionary payment, you will receive the £500 payment in addition to any benefits and Statutory Sick Pay that you receive currently .

To apply

What’s needed

  • Agree to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace.
  • Provide your notification from NHS Test and Trace (this will include a Unique ID number).
  • Proof of employment (proof of your earnings), or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.
  • Provide proof of address, and bank statements (showing the account details where the payment will be made).

Please note if you are unable to provide this information along with your application form, we will not be able to consider your claim, and we will not be able to pay you.

We will check the NHS Test and Trace system to confirm you have been asked to self-isolate. We will also have checks in place to prevent and detect fraud.

When to apply

All applications must be made within 28 days of the start of your self-isolation period.

How to apply

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment 

 

 

Get tested

It might not be your turn for the vaccine yet and you still need to go out and about for work, see people or even just pop to the shops.
So why not make sure you don’t have covid with a simple rapid test?

There are three rapid testing centres open until the end of March offering free rapid testing to anyone in the community – as long as they don’t have symptoms or should be isolating.

For some key workers – such as child care, delivery, taxi and mini-cab drivers, shop staff, in fact anyone who can’t work from home – it is recommended they get tested twice a week.

It is estimated around one in three people who have covid don’t have any symptoms but could still be contagious, passing on the virus to others they come into contact with. A quick and easy test could give you the peace of mind to do your job without worry. Just make sure you keep doing hands-face-space!
You can get tested at:
*    The Centre, Farnham Road – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 8pm (Sat til 6pm)
*    Langley Pavilion, Langley Road – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 6pm
*    Arbour Park – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 6pm
You can book (see link below) or just pop in during opening hours.
For more information on mass rapid testing or to book an appointment see: https://www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/mass-rapid-testing