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Richmond and Kingston Covid-19 Update: April 1

ONLINE FIRST AID TRAINING

I had a lovely letter today from Ben, a local secondary pupil, with an excellent idea for taking pressure off the NHS: more people accessing online first aid training. Ben recommends (and I second) the many excellent training videos posted on YouTube by St John Ambulance. He believes that if we all watched these videos we could treat more minor injuries at home instead of going to A&E. Look for them here: https://www.youtube.com/user/stjohnambulance



THAMES WATER UPDATE

I also had a letter from Thames Water today, asking me to clarify a few points for residents:

  • Some customers have been concerned to see their staff at work. These staff members are working to keep normal water and sewerage services running, and employees are following government advice on social distancing.

  • They know that many customers are facing financial difficulties, and have increased the support available for customers who may be struggling to pay their bill. More information is available at https://www.thameswater.co.uk/my-account/billing-and-payment/help-paying-your-bill.

  • Finally, they just want to clarify that water companies do not have the legal powers to disconnect domestic customers from their water supply. No one needs to worry about their water or waste services being disconnected.



HMRC UPDATE

HMRC has sent through links to new sources of information on support:

For business support: www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support

For personal support: Updated helpline number 0800 024 1222, open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. This new number provides extra capacity for customers to ring them.



London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The LCCI wrote to ask me to invite local business owners to their webinar on Thursday 2 April, from 1.00pm - 1.45pm. LCCI CEO Richard Burge will talk about the latest coronavirus developments, implications for business, and how the business community in London is responding. Followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. https://www.londonchamber.co.uk/



Support for Autistic and Neurodiverse People

Autistica has written to me to ask me to let people know about the resources they have developed with and for autistic and neurodivergent people, who are finding this period especially difficult. Resources for managing uncertainty and anxiety, supporting autistic employees and making online events accessible are just some of the useful things you can find on the website here: www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coronavirus



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