Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing 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 (Friday January 15):
- Introduction of further Coronavirus protection measures from tomorrow;
- Programme launched to help households facing fuel poverty;
- Free school meal payments have been continued;
- Residents still have time to take part in the city’s budget consultation process;
- Sources of support are being highlighted ahead of Blue Monday.
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement (on Wed 13th Jan) of the introduction of further measures to help stop the spread of the virus, Dundee will enter the additional measures, with the rest of mainland Scotland, from 00:01 tomorrow (Sat 16th Jan).
The new measures are aimed at limiting non-essential contact, and include restricting click and collect services to essential items only, strengthening the obligation to work from home and other Stay At Home guidance changes outlined on the Scottish Government website.
Elsewhere, the Fuel Well Dundee Programme has been launched to support people on a low income whether they are in or out of work, on reduced incomes as a result of Covid-19, or are already experiencing fuel poverty.
People may have heating systems or home insulation that is inadequate and causing high energy bills or are struggling with other financial or coronavirus-related issues.
John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said: “Winter is a difficult time for many people as they have some really tough financial choices to make as the temperature drops.
“This has been made so much worse this year by the effects on households of the pandemic, including reduced incomes or increased costs as a result of working from home.
“That’s why the council and its partners have created Fuel Well Dundee to discuss with people what types of support are available to help them with their specific fuel poverty needs.”
The scheme can help with top up payments of between £40 and £100 if certain criteria are met, as well as short, medium and longer-term support from fuel advisers and welfare rights advisers.
Meanwhile, free school meal payments are being made to qualifying Dundee families in the new lockdown.
Around 6,000 children will be covered by the scheme, which is paying £27 per qualifying child for the period covering 7 - 22 January. Payments went into bank accounts today (Friday Jan 15).
Children and families service convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “I am pleased that this scheme is continuing, as I know this made a big difference to families across our city.”
Elsewhere, members of the public still have until the end of January to submit their views on Dundee City Council’s spending priorities for the next financial year.
The 2021/22 council budget is due to be set in March, and comes as the city responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be an important part of the process of recovery and renewal, while balancing the pressure on council budgets.
Dundee City Council’s budget consultation can be found at: http://bit.ly/budgetDCC
Lastly, ahead of Blue Monday, the day of the year where individuals are most likely to feel low, members of the public are being reminded of the various sources of support available to help with their mental health and wellbeing.
The national Clear Your Head resource has a variety of tips for individuals to stay safe during this lockdown period: https://clearyourhead.scot/. Additionally, if anyone is having difficulty with their mental health, they can contact Breathing Space, Samaritans or NHS 24 for advice and support.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.
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