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Press release: Local authorities across England receive funding to support new Test and Trace service

Press release: Local authorities across England receive funding to support new Test and Trace service

first_imgLocal authorities are central to the new NHS Test and Trace service, and each upper tier local authority has now been awarded funding to develop tailored outbreak control plans, working with the service, their local NHS and other stakeholders.Work on local outbreak control plans has already begun, focusing on identifying and containing potential outbreaks in communal areas such as workplaces, housing complexes, care homes and schools. Local authorities will also need to ensure testing capacity is deployed effectively to high-risk locations.Funding has been allocated to councils based on need, with additional funding provided for communities with lower incomes and higher demand for local healthcare settings.Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, Nadine Dorries, said: Work is being led by local authority leaders and local directors of public health in charge of planning, and will build on existing efforts to respond to coronavirus locally. They are working in close partnership with local hospitals, GP practices, businesses, religious groups, schools and charities.Data on the spread of the virus will be shared with local authorities through the Joint Biosecurity Centre to inform local outbreak planning, so teams understand how the virus is moving. Local communities, organisations and individuals are now being encouraged to follow government guidance and assist those self-isolating in their area who need help. This will include encouraging neighbours to offer support, alongside identifying and working with relevant community groups.National Test and Trace Adviser and Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, said: Local authorities play a vital role in the effort to contain COVID-19 in their communities. The funding awarded today will help each local area work hand in hand with Public Health England and contact tracers to focus on the containment of local outbreaks, to control the transmission of this virus. The public response to the rollout of NHS Test and Trace has been fantastic, and we continue to rely on everyone to play their part and follow the latest guidelines. If you have symptoms of the virus, please book a test immediately and if you are contacted by the tracing service, it is vital that you follow their advice. Councils are playing a hugely important role in our national efforts to respond to the virus, and this includes test and trace services. This £300 million of funding is on top of the unprecedented £3.2 billion package of support we have provided to councils to ensure they have what they need to tackle the virus and respond to the immediate pressures they have told us they are facing. A new National Local Government Advisory Board has been established to work with NHS Test and Trace. This will include sharing best practice between communities across the country.Work to share lessons learned is being led by a group of 11 local authorities from the breadth of the UK, representing rural and urban areas, who have volunteered to help localise planning.Background informationThe Department of Health and Social Care has allocated funding to upper tier local authorities in England, working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the allocation formula. The funding is ring-fenced for this specific purpose. £300 million will immediately be allocated to local authorities in England.This would mean an additional £57 million provided via the Barnett formula for the 3 devolved administrations (£29 million for the Scottish Government, £18 million for the Welsh Government and £10 million for the Northern Ireland Executive).Funding has been allocated to councils based on need, determined by the formula that is used to allocate the Public Health Grant.Funding allocations in Englandcenter_img Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke, said: Communities and local authorities must be at the heart of NHS Test and Trace. Their work to respond to the virus has already been exemplary, and demonstrates exactly how we have all come together to respond to the virus. The funding allocated today will support the joint endeavour between NHS Test and Trace, local government, and local partners to stop the spread of the virus. It will help to reduce the risk of widespread outbreaks in our schools, businesses, hospitals and communities. Government confirms the allocations of £300 million for local authorities across England to support test and trace services Funding will help local communities develop and action plans to reduce the spread of coronavirus in their area Work will build on the continued efforts of communities to respond to the pandemic locallylast_img read more

Suppliers target south-east Asia export opportunities

Suppliers target south-east Asia export opportunities

first_imgTen food and drink manufacturers including crackers and biscuits supplier Rakusen’s have taken part in a trade mission to Singapore.With Singapore already importing £4.7bn-worth of consumer-orientated food in 2017, the week-long mission was designed to build relationships and open up further opportunities.Businesses that took part in the trip were: Burt’s Snacks, Crème d’Or, Eat Natural, Franklin & Sons, Millennium Group, Paramount, Rakusen’s, Somerdale, Taylors of Harrogate and Tiptree.The businesses met some of the country’s largest supermarket chains and attended the Food & Hotel Asia Tradeshow during the trip, which was organised by Santander Corporate & Commercial, Singapore bank UOB, British Chamber of Commerce Singapore and the Department of International Trade.Santander said meeting the needs of a diverse population and workforce meant a large share of Singapore’s food must be imported. It added that this was an opportunity for UK firms to tap into a desire for high-quality traditional British produce.“Singapore and the wider south-east Asia market represents an excellent opportunity for dynamic UK firms to meet the high demand for quality food and drink produce,” said Richard Cuda, head of strategic alliances at Santander Corporate & Commercial.Established in 1900 as a supplier of kosher foods to the Jewish community, Rakusen’s products now include a wide range of crackers and biscuits.last_img read more