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Update: Exemptions from wearing face coverings

We have previously shared information about those exempt from wearing face coverings on public transport etc. Please see our previous post for further information about exemptions or the Government Guidance (section 5 covers exemptions).

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Face covering exception rules for people with learning disabilities and autistic people

As of Monday 15th June 2020, everyone must wear a face covering when on public transport if they can, but importantly there are exemptions for those who need it.

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COVID-19: CDC – Frequently asked SEND support questions during the coronavirus pandemic

Each week, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is posting a new set of FAQs from parent carers and professionals in response to questions they have been receiving relating to SEND issues experienced nationally during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carers Allowance – Changes during coronavirus pandemic

If you receive the Government’s Carers Allowance, there are some changes that have happened as a results of the COVID-19 crisis: –

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What do you think about the government’s proposals for children and young people to begin returning to school or college from June?

Linked to the information above, the Prime Minister has set out a recovery strategy to begin bringing the country out of the lockdown measures that were imposed to help protect us all from the Coronavirus.

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Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1st June 2020

On 11th May 2020, the Government published information for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1st June 2020.

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Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

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COVID-19 testing for parent carers

Unpaid carers such as parent carers with disabled children have now been added to the list of essential workers and those prioritised for COVID-19 testing in England.

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Insight and evidence on the impact of lockdown on families with disabled children

On Friday 1st May, Contact launched a survey through the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) to help them gain more insight and evidence on the impact of lockdown on families with disabled children. The findings will be shared with government to influence their actions on the pandemic and beyond.

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Self-employed encouraged to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus support

From Monday, HMRC are beginning to contact those self-employed people who may be eligible for government support through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.