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Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
 
Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
 
To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:
 
•       they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
•       they are employed or self-employed
•       they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
•       they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment
 
That their child or young person:
•       is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
•     has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
Should you require the code to get access to this, please ring our main school Reception, on tel :   01782 551200.
 
   
 
                                 
North Staffs Mind Winter Wellness Project for Young People - Here to support young people under the age of 18 in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire.
Young people can have an online chat about anything that is affecting their mental health and/or emotional well-being. To access their instant messaging service simply visit www.speakupspace.org.uk
 
NORTH STAFFS MIND STAY WELL SERVICE
The Parent Support line that the N S Mind Stay Well service has been offering is changing - here are the new details - please share as appropriate.
 
Parent Support – Offering advice, guidance, resources, interventions and signposting to parents and caregivers.
 
If you would like the opportunity to speak to a practitioner and discuss any concerns or worries, then please call 01782 262100 and select option 2, making sure that you leave your contact details and availability. We will call you back to arrange support at a convenient time for you.
 
The new service offer will be on North Staffs Mind  and Speak Up websites as well as social media.
 

WARNING ABOUT FREE SCHOOL MEALS SCAM

The Department for Education are warning Parents and Carers across the UK not to respond to scam messages regarding Free School Meals.  Fraudsters are claiming to offer support and asking for bank details. Please do not respond to these messages.