Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the increasing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
As of today (Thursday April 9):
- arrangements for free school meals while pupils remain at home due to the coronavirus pandemic have been finalised;
- Assisted Garden Maintenance has been suspended until further notice with no new applications being processed for the time being; and
- new advice on staying healthy and active during lockdown has been issued.
A direct weekly payment of £11.25 per child will be made into the accounts of families who qualify for free school meals, where the council holds bank details.
If the council does not hold a family’s bank details and they are eligible, they may receive a text message asking them to contact the council.
However, if people haven’t received a text message and they think their child may be eligible, please contact the council at email@example.com
A total of 6,892 children will be covered by the Dundee scheme, which begins next week.
The suspension of the Assisted Garden Maintenance service will ensure that the council’s resources are prioritised towards the delivery of essential services.
If anyone who currently uses this service is able to cut their grass, or has someone who can give some assistance, doing so as regularly as possible will help in the long run.
Maintaining activity levels will help people to stay healthy, cope better with illness and reduce feelings of anxiety during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Information on forms of exercise and activity that can be enjoyed while maintaining social distancing or at home can be found at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/keeping-healthy-during-covid-19
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