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    Important Information for Customers

    We would like to reassure our customers that we are working very hard to deliver services and support for you as we move through these uncertain times and we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience. We want to ensure that we are here to help and support you however we must also continue to protect the health and wellbeing of all our customers and colleagues, in line with current Government advice.

    Unfortunately the Coronavirus situation will impact the level of services we are able to provide to our customers and we may not be able to meet all our service standards. Details of our revised service arrangements are below. Over the coming weeks we will be working hard to prioritise emergencies and to put the needs of our most vulnerable customers first.

    Please contact us via telephone on 0161 272 6094 or via our website if you have any questions or require any support from me during this time.
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    Revised Service Arrangements following Government requirements to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

    Details correct as at 1 June 2020.
    External briefing notes as of 1.6.20
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) letter to social housing residents

    On the 18 May 2020 the Government published a letter from Christopher Pincher, Minister of State for Housing, to social housing residents in England setting out all the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the next phase towards reopening society.

    This includes information about maintenance and repairs, gas safety checks, remediation works, home moves, support for domestic abuse victims and anti-social behaviour.
    Letter to social housing residents
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    Coronavirus: stay alert, control the virus, save lives

    The Government has produced the following guidance on staying alert and staying safe (social distancing).

    Government advice
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus and what you need to do

    - Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus
    - Cough
    - Fever
    - Difficulty in breathing

    How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?

    - Wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day
    - Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands
    - Stay at home
    - Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
    - Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
    - Wash your hands as soon as you get home
    - You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms
    - Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)
    current Government advice
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    Benefits and Coronavirus

    The Government has urged people to use online services before turning to the telephone for help with their benefit claim and more recently announced a three month suspension to benefit reviews and reassessments to ensure people continue to get their benefit entitlement.

    For recent updates from the DWP please visit the GOV.UK website which will be updated daily.

    Furthermore, as of 23rd March 2020 we were provided with a briefing containing frequently asked questions regarding Coronavirus and benefits. However please note this is just a guide and may change daily.
    FAQ re Coronavirus
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    COVID - 19 Support for Businesses and the Self Employed

    Self Employed Grant

    This scheme will allow the self employed 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 if needed. For more information and to claim a taxable grant please visit the Government's website.

    Business Rate Relief

    All retail, hospitality, and leisure properties are to receive a business rates holiday for the entirety of the 2020/21 financial year. This is specifically for small and medium enterprises who have up to 250 employees, and have a rateable value of between £15k-£51k
    More information on Business Support
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    Support for Manchester Residents

    Manchester City Council Helpline

    From Monday Manchester City Council has set up a dedicated call centre and hub that will send out food parcels, medication, fuel payments and help to combat loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The hotline number – which will be open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30am – is 0800 234 6123.

    Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

    If you’ve been bereaved and need support or advice, call the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902 or visit their website: https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/

    Mental Health & COVID-19

    The buzz knowledge and information service have put together a directory with links to information, resources and helplines for anyone who many need any support or help during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    Information, resources and helplines
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    Greater Manchester Law Centre Survival Guides

    Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed a survival kit to support residents and front-line organisations through the current public health crisis.

    The GMLC Survival Kit includes comprehensive information to help people protect things such as their homes and jobs, explaining people's rights and clear ways to enforce them.

    To ensure you are up to date with changes as and when they occur you can access the live version using the button below.

    GMLC are also running a telephone advice service for people wanting advice on housing, employment and benefits issues. This service is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm. Please call 0161 769 2244, or alternatively you can send your enquiry via email: housing@gmlaw.org.uk or benefits@gmlaw.org.uk.

    COVID-19 Survival Guides