30th March 2020 Covid-19 Update

National Charity Contact is a partner organisation to all parent carer forums in England. It is also a trusted source of information and advice for families on coranvirus and how you might be affected by it – see the range of topics below.  This information will be updated regularly and they are also looking at how else they can support families online with Facebook live sessions, online chats etc.

Coronavirus: Information for families with disabled children

From general advice and benefits to your child’s education and tips and links to help you cope at home, you can find out the latest information, support and advice about Coronavirus and its impact on families with disabled children on their new Covid-19 (coronavirus) webpage. Take a look to find out more about:

Government announces suspension of benefit reviews and reassessments

On the 24th March the government announced that reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.
This temporary measure effective from Tuesday 24 March, is being taken to reassure vulnerable people about the continuity of their benefits during the coronavirus outbreak and to ensure the department’s resources are focused on enabling access to financial support for new claimants. It follows a previous announcement to suspend all face-to-face assessments in order to safeguard potentially vulnerable claimants.

NHS England
NHS England has published measures for a group of people whose physical health conditions mean they are at the greatest risk from Coronavirus. That guidance can be found here. Some of this group will be people with a learning disability, autism or both and we have been asked to share that guidance with our parent network.
A letter from the NHS has been going out to these patients to provide information about accessing health and social care during this time and extra support available for them, their families and carers. All those who receive a letter are encouraged to register now by going to www.gov.uk/cornonavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 028 8327, the Government’s dedicated helpline.  This will tell whether or not they are in touch with friends, family or a support network in their community who can support them to get food and medicine, and follow the advice in the letter they have received.