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Sevenoaks Coronavirus Testing Site

Sevenoaks Coronavirus testing site 
A Coronavirus testing site became operational in Sevenoaks on Monday 16 November giving local people the opportunity to seek a test much closer to home.
Until now, the nearest test centres were in Gatwick, Uckfield, Medway, Ashford and Bromley meaning residents had to travel a long distance for a test.
The Sevenoaks test centre, located in our former park and ride site in Otford Road, provides both drive through and walk in testing and must be booked in advance through the NHS Test and Trace service.
 
If you or anyone your know are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and wish to book a test, visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
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Covid-19

National lockdown November 2020

The Prime Minister announced on 31 October that a four-week period of national restrictions will come in to force on Thursday 5 November at 00.01 

National restrictions

  1. Requires people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Prevention of gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

Full details are available on the .gov website. Click here

Economic support

The Government has announced a series of economic support measures to coincide with the national measures.

For more information visit
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Support for the vulnerable

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) updated guidance for those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) click here

Care for our Community – To request help, residents should visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/requesthelp or call the Council on 01732 227000.

The NHS Volunteer Responder Programme – Patient referral form click here for individual referrals this can be done on the patient referral form and select ‘other’ or calling 0808 196 3646

For information on Coronavirus, prescription collection services, local shopping home delivery services and more visited the Town Council’s website Covid-19 pages (or click here).

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Covid-19 Test and Trace Support

Test and trace support payments for workers on low incomes

Support payments are now available for working people on low incomes who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace.

The one-off payment of £500 is available from Sevenoaks District Council.

The payments are designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID- 19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for the payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and social restrictions.

To qualify for the payment, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • They’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace on or after 28 September 2020
  • They’re employed or self-employed
  • They cannot work from home and will lose income as a result of having to self-isolate
  • They receive one of the following benefits:
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit

Even if applicants meet all the criteria but do not receive one of the benefits, they may still qualify for a payment if they can show that they will face financial hardship by self-isolating.

Cllr Matthew Dickins, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Investments, says: “Self-isolation is an important part of the NHS Test and Trace strategy, helping to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This new payment will support working people on low incomes should they be instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate, helping to protect their friends, family and the wider community.

“If anyone believes they qualify for the support, they should not delay – the quicker they apply, the quicker we can consider their application.”

To apply for a Test and Trace support payment, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/testandtracepayments or call the Council on 01732 227000.

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Masks COVID-19

It has been reported to the Town Council that face masks are not being worn in the newly announced guidelines around Edenbridge. Please ensure you are up to date with the latest advice by following the link below