Further update for 30th June during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 30th June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
FURTHER RELEASE OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
There is to be further easing of the lockdown. These changes are dependent on the continued suppression of the virus.
 
From Thursday 2nd July
• Subject to the go ahead of from advisors we may see relaxation of 2 metre physical distancing- based on scientific recommendations. This may see facemasks made mandatory in shops from that date.
 
From Friday 3rd July
• You can travel for more than five miles for leisure and recreation purposes.
• Self-contained holiday accommodation – for example holiday cottages and lodges, or caravans where there are no shared services – can open. The tourism sector will not open fully until the 15 July.
 
From Monday 6th July
• Outdoor hospitality such as beer gardens can re-open.
 
From 10th July
• Households will be able to meet people from more households outdoors.
 
From 13th July
• Organised outdoor sports for children and young people can resume.
• Non-essential shops within indoor shopping centres will re-open.
 
From 15th July
• A household will be able to meet indoors with people from up to two other households.
• Indoor locations such as museums, galleries, monuments, cinemas and libraries will also be able to reopen. Tickets must be secured in advance. Theatres, bingo halls, nightclubs, casinos and other ‘live’ entertainment venues will not re-open until a later date.
• Pubs and restaurants will open indoors.
• Hairdressers and barbers will re-open. Other personal retail services will remain closed until a later date.
 
SCHOOLS TO REOPEN IN AUGUST
It is now the intention for pupils to return to school full time on August 11th.
 
Willie supports the change. Many parents and pupils will be relieved as it now means children and young people will get the education they need, and we can get back on top of the inequality gap.
 
However, many teachers, who are already exhausted from the last few months of remote teaching, were taken by surprise and are anxious about what it means for their safety.
 
Willie has been pressing the government on whether they will have time to adapt to the new arrangements, whether they will have the resources and whether they will be tested. Shielding teachers and pupils also need clarity.
 
 
CHILDCARE
Willie Rennie MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader, has asked repeatedly about childcare, especially over the summer, for thousands of parents returning to work. If parents are being asked by the government to return to work, the government has a duty to ensure there is enough childcare for them.
 
Willie takes a cautious approach on easing the lockdown because he wants people to be safe but the new plan to ease the lockdown remains disjointed. Parents are being asked to go back to work by the government when childminders and nurseries are limited in capacity until the middle of July.
 
Outdoor children’s summer clubs and activities will also not be allowed to open for another few weeks. It seems illogical to allow outdoor pubs to open before outdoor summer clubs for children.
 
He will continue to press the government for a joined-up plan.
 
RESTARTING MORE HEALTH SERVICES
Willie Rennie MSP has also been making the case for the restart of health services because of the impact delayed operations and treatment has on the health of lots of people. Now progress is being made.
 
Urgent referrals and triage of routine services in key specialties such as Cardiology, Urology, and Trauma and Orthopaedics, will be resumed gradually.
 
Health boards will reintroduce any suspended GP services. Patients will be triaged by telephone. There will be a greater use of telephone and video consultations.
 
From yesterday, health boards are able to gradually resume some screening services including endoscopies and other diagnostic tests.
 
Also from yesterday all community optometry practices are able to resume seeing patients face-to-face who have emergency and essential eye problems, as well as continuing to manage as many of these patients remotely as possible. The Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres closes.
 
From Monday 6th July, health boards will reintroduce some chronic disease management, which could include pain services, diabetic services.
 
 
CARE HOME VISITING
Care home residents will be able to receive visitors outside from 3rd July.
 
A single nominated visitor wearing a face covering face covering can meet a care home resident out of doors.
 
Controlled indoor visits and wider use of communal areas by residents might be introduced later but only if the home has been COVID-free throughout the pandemic or if all affected residents have fully recovered and no residents have had symptoms for 28 days.
 
 
SHIELDING
The Government plan to move away from the current position of blanket guidance for all shielding people, to more tailored advice about risk and how to mitigate it.
 
Willie Rennie MSP asked the Health Secretary this week about advice for those over 70. Many have been shielding when it was not necessary and others have not been careful enough. She said new advice would be published soon.
 
HEALTH AND CARE STAFF TESTING
Staff who work in specialist cancer services, or provide long-term care for the elderly, as well as staff working in residential mental health, will be offered weekly coronavirus testing from 8th July.
 
In addition, from June 29th all staff in hospitals and care home who interact with patients or residents will be required to wear a medical face mask throughout their shift. Anyone entering care homes and hospitals will also be asked to wear a face covering throughout. Face coverings will also be required when attending a hospital appointment.
 
 
DENTISTS
Dental practices will be able to see NHS patients who need urgent care for face-to-face consultation, using procedures which limit the risk of spread of the coronavirus such as non-aerosol generating procedures. This will mean up to an additional 10,000 appointment slots will be available per day across Scotland.
 
 
HOMELESSNESS
Willie asked the Housing Minister how he was going to keep homelessness down after the pandemic. Great efforts have been made by councils and charities to cut the number of people without a home but we need a long term solution. The minister gave examples of the plans being made and the additional housing capacity built.
 
B & B HARDSHIP FUND
The new Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund is designed to support small serviced accommodation providers who have not been able to access support through other government backed schemes as a result of their banking status.
 
 
TOURISM ADVICE
There is new guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.
 
 
MOVING HOME
From yesterday, all home moves are permitted. This includes students moving home and other home moves resulting in two households merging. It also applies to custom and self-builders looking to acquire a plot or a property to renovate or to demolish.
 
People can leave their homes in order to move home and undertake activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property including:
• visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes
• viewing a residential property to look for a property to buy or rent
• preparing a residential property to move in
• moving home or
• visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.
People working for relevant organisations and businesses can also travel to work where necessary in order to undertake these activities in a safe manner.
 
 
RETAIL GUIDANCE
There is new guidance for shops and customers.
 
 
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
From yesterday, you are able to register the birth of your baby.    Contact Dundee 435222 or email registrars@dundeecity.gov.uk  – your name will be added to the list in order and the team will make an appointment for you in due course.
 
Also from yesterday, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place outdoors, with up to a maximum of eight people and observing physical distancing measures.
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.

 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 29 JUNE 2020
 
20mph speed limit zone road marking and traffic sign works commencing Monday 29 June 2020 for 2 weeks to improve road safety for the higher levels of pedestrians and cyclists in the following streets in the Perth Road area:  Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road, Richmond Terrace, Richmond Court, Fort Street, Nethergate from its junction with West Marketgait to its junction with Perth Road, Perth Road from its junction with Nethergate to its junction with Hawkhill, Minto Place, Strawberrybank, Osborne Place (where adopted), Shepherds Loan, Taylors Lane, Spinners Wynd, Union Place, Step Row, Patons Lane, McGonagall Square, Tayfield Place, Provost McGowan Place, Thomson Street, Seafield Lane, Seafield Road, Seafield Close, Bellfield Avenue, Magdalen Place, Westfield Lane, Westfield Place, Westfield Avenue, Greenfield Place, Park Place (where adopted), Pennycook Lane, St Peter Street, Ryehill Lane, West Wynd, Mid Wynd, Millers Wynd (where adopted), Springfield, Hawkhill Place, Artillery Lane, Cross Lane, Temple Lane, South Tay Street, Palais Court, Tay Street Lane, Tay Square, Long Wynd, West Port, Old Hawkhill and Hunter Street.

Another update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 23rd June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
EASING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS – MOVING TO PHASE 2
People who are shielding are now able to leave their home for exercise and to meet with one other household outdoors (max eight people in total) with physical distancing. People who are shielding can take part in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, fishing etc.
 
People who are not shielding can now meet with more households outside. The limit increased from meeting one other household to meeting two households; eight-person overall limit and need for physical distancing remains. They can also use toilets indoors while visiting the outdoors of another household. (Hygiene measures are essential.)
 
People living alone or single people who live with their children can ‘bubble up’ with another household to create an extended household and act without social distancing as if they were living together. This includes non-cohabiting couples.
 
Also – from yesterday : 
 
• Face coverings are mandatory on public transport.
• Places of worship can re-open for individual prayer or contemplation.
• Professional sport can resume – with public health restrictions remaining in place.
• Dental practices can re-open to see patients with urgent care needs.
• Construction sector can implement remaining phases of sectoral plan.
• College and university staff can return to make essential preparations for restart later.
• Accommodation can be provided for those required to stay away from home for work purposes.
 
From Monday 29th June: 
 
• Indoor (non-office) workplaces resume once relevant guidance is implemented. Includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities.
• Street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping centres / malls remain closed for non-essential shops.
• Outdoor markets can re-open.
• Relaxation on restrictions on housing moves.
• Outdoor sports courts can re-open.
• Playgrounds can re-open.
• Registration offices open for high priority tasks.
• Marriages & civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees – outdoors only.
• Zoos and garden attractions can open for local access only (5 miles).
• Review and announcement on how pubs and restaurants can open outdoor spaces safely on 2 July
 
 
 
FACE COVERINGS
With face coverings becoming mandatory on transport from Monday, the UK government have produced a guide for people to make their own: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
 
Please remember that medical grade masks are in short supply and are needed by our frontline workers.
 
CONTINUATION OF FOOD PROVISION AND FREE SCHOOL PAYMENTS OVER SUMMER
 
Children and families in Dundee will continue receiving their free school meal payments over the summer holiday period.    The scheme will be extended from 29th June until 10th August in order to minimise the effects Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on families.   The extension was agreed today by the leaders of the political groups on Dundee City Council under essential business arrangements.
 
Since lockdown began, over 6,800 families with children eligible for free school meals have received the weekly payments directly to their bank accounts. The extension will mean families will continue to receive £11.25 directly, on a weekly basis, per child.     Additionally, the Council’s will continue support for the city’s Food Insecurity Network with continued financial support to Dundee’s community food banks for food provision efforts over the summer holiday period.
 
The community food provision efforts have led to over 4,400 people benefiting from the service per week, which is a collaborative effort by 24 local food organisations, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action and Dundee City Council.
 
Furthermore, Dundee Bairns have successfully been working with the Council since the start of lockdown to meet food demand, distributing up to 740 packed lunches daily through their network of community organisations. This will continue during the holiday period.
 
GREEN HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
The Green Health Prescription project still accepting referrals to help mitigate the adverse health effects of COVID-19. 
In order to help combat the effects of social isolation, loneliness, stress, lack of physical activity and other side-effects detrimental to wellbeing it will continue to welcome self-referrals. If you or anyone you know could benefit from engaging with some level of physical activity, please contact us at GreenHealth@dvva.scot or on 07719 969 629.
 
The Partnership indicates, “We are currently working on creating a bespoke programme of activities delivered online for those who are 50+. Please get in touch if you would like to hear more about these activities and how they will be delivered.
Registered prescribers are encouraged to continue sending Green Health Prescription referrals so that we can help people start to rebuild their confidence and physical abilities. Priority will be given to those most vulnerable and affected by poor mental and physical health, and we will endeavour to help patients socialise again and access the outdoors for health benefits either through means of home-based activities.”
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 16th June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
EASING THE LOCKDOWN – POSSIBLE DATES
You will know the Scottish Government is easing the lockdown at a different pace from England.
 
On 28th May, Scotland entered phase one which included: visits to meet one other household; exercising travel limit of five miles; opening of garden centres, recycling centres and golf courses; construction site preparation; childminding and preparations for school reopening.
 
Construction is now moving to the next steps of its industry plan. Workers are allowed to return to sites gradually, while using measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene.
 
The next statement on easing is due on 18th June, when phase two may be announced.  That may include the full reopening of construction sites and reopening of factories; more shops; meeting people from more than one household; outdoor pubs and restaurants; playgrounds and more non urgent healthcare.
 
Last week the Scottish Government indicated that the Tourism Industry would restart on the 15th July which should give it enough time to prepare and for people to book holidays.  That may indicate that we would fully move to phase three at that time too.  Phase three also includes: offices; museums, libraries and gyms; more shops; and hairdressers!
 
Some of this is our estimate of what may happen. None of it is firm and is subject to the progress we make on suppressing the virus. 
 
NEW SHIELDING ADVICE
People on the shielding list should continue to follow the advice until 31st July but if infection rates are low enough, they may be able to exercise outside from the 18th June.
 
Support will continue such as free weekly food boxes, access to priority supermarket delivery slots, pharmacy deliveries, or other support through councils.
 
Those living in nursing or residential care homes will not be allowed to exercise outdoors yet.
 
SCHOOL OPENING PREPARATIONS
Staff returned to Dundee schools yesterday as preparations continue to welcome pupils back to the classroom in August, if it is safe to do so.
 
Some children and young people will be entering school buildings over what would have been the last two weeks of term towards the end of June for key transition stages including entry to P1, S1 and some of the senior phase. However, some of this support for transition will be virtual and continue into the start of next term in August. 
 
Meanwhile, the council’s network of eight community support centres will continue to operate over the summer period, providing not only critical childcare for key workers, but also helping to look after some of the most vulnerable children in the city.
 
As with the rest of Scotland, Dundee City Council is working to open schools from 11th August, with the introduction of a blended learning model involving a mixture of classroom and learning from home.
 
Laptops and other equipment have been distributed around school communities to assist with learning under the new arrangements.
 
A new batch around 600 laptops will be fitted with data connections and given to selected households soon in another outreach effort to ensure inclusion for the ongoing home education of pupils.
 
The council is now carrying out a survey of families to ask their opinions about the home learning experience. Responses will be used to help in the establishment of blended learning from August.
 
The survey is available at http://tiny.cc/eirmqz
 
SUMMER SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
You will recall we previously mentioned that Willie Rennie MSP had asked the First Minister to provide funding for students over the summer because their usual jobs were not available.  Now the Scottish Government has brought forward early access to £11.4 million of discretionary funds – support for higher education students in financial difficulty – to be administered by colleges and universities. 
 
SAAS has also suspended all new debt recovery actions in respect to grants and bursaries until September for students whose circumstances have changed and may have to return over-payments. 
 
This is a good start but we want the Scottish Government to use SAAS instead of separate hardship funds to make it easier for students.
 
 
EXTENSION TO HELP TO BUY HOUSING
More than 2,000 households will be able to buy a new build home as the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is extended by a year to March 2022. The scheme focuses on more affordable housing with a maximum purchase price of £200,000. It bridges the gap between lower loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages now obtainable for new builds and the smaller deposits many households now have available to buy a new home.
 
 
BUSINESS SUPPORT
Small businesses which share properties but do not pay business rates are now eligible to apply for grants. The extension to the Small Business Grant Fund will apply to firms occupying shared office spaces, business incubators or shared industrial units and who lease the space from a registered, rate-paying landlord.
 
Separately, eligibility has also been extended to companies occupying multiple premises with a cumulative value of more than £51,000.  From today, eligible businesses will be able to apply to their local authority for grants of up to £10,000.
 
It has also been confirmed that the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes will close for new applications on 10 July.
 
 
TRAVELLING INTO THE COUNTRY
New public health measures are now in force for travellers into the UK: 
Residents and visitors entering the UK from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days.
They must supply contact, address and travel details.
There will be fixed penalty notices for anyone failing to comply.
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 15 JUNE 2020
 
West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm to 3.00am) nearside southbound lane closure on Tuesday 16 June for Scottish Water work.

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 9th June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End)​ and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)​ :
 
TEST AND PROTECT – IMPORTANT
Everyone aged five and over who has COVID-19 symptoms of a new continuous cough, temperature or loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go to NHS Inform online or call 0800 028 2816 to book a test. 
 
People will need to isolate with their household as soon as they have symptoms and, if they have a positive test result, they will be asked to provide details of all recent close contacts to NHS contact tracers.  Those people will be contacted and asked to isolate for 14 days.
 
 
 
THE NEXT STEPS ON HEALTH SERVICES
NHS Scotland will begin resuming some services that have been suspended, delayed or deferred due to the virus, whilst continuing to protect emergency, urgent and maternity care. ‘Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland’ sets out how Health Boards will safely and gradually prioritise the resumption of some paused services.
 
These services could be first: 
cancer services, especially referrals and postponed treatments
expanding treatments for non-cancer urgent inpatients and outpatients
outpatient therapies where delay will increase the risk to patients, such as management of macular degeneration, paediatrics and respiratory services
mental health support
treatment room services such as blood monitoring and B12 injections
 
CHILDMINDER GUIDANCE
From 3 June 2020, childminders can operate but they must limit the number of households for whom they provide childcare to a maximum of 4, in addition to children of their own household, at any one time. In allocating their spaces, continued critical childcare for keyworkers and vulnerable children must be the first priority. The restrictions on childminder capacity are expected to be lifted during Phase 3, depending on the public health advice.
 
BEST START GRANT
The Best Start Grant School Age Payment has re-opened for applications. This is a £250 payment made to parents or carers around the time a child is old enough to start Primary 1 to help with the costs of starting school.
 
CARERS
Carers are to receive a one-off payment, in addition to the regular six monthly Carer’s Allowance Supplement. As a result, eligible carers will get a payment of at least £460.20. This will be paid from Friday 26 June. 
 
SCHOOL GUIDANCE PUBLISHED
New guidance will help teachers and councils prepare for the ‘blended model’ of both classroom and home learning when schools re-open in August.  The guidance, produced by the Education Recovery Group, also details broad expectations for what Scotland’s curriculum will look like during this period in Early Learning Centres and schools. Guidance on the curriculum, aimed at parents and carers, will be published shortly in partnership with the National Parent Forum of Scotland.
 
AbilityNet
AbilityNet provide a free service delivered by volunteers (all who are PVG checked) to support anyone aged over 55, or anyone with a disability/medical condition or they also support carers free of charge. 
 
They can help with things such as getting online, using WhatsApp and Facetime especially during this tough time and online shopping but can also help look at what help there could be for people with disabilities and health issues. They can also offer help on social media, zoom and other platforms for holding or attending virtual meetings and can provide training on this to organisations and charities free of charge if its required.
 
The list really is endless.  No question is a silly question.
 
Throughout Scotland many older people and people who have never used technology is being pushed online for many essential services such as Internet Banking, Online Shopping and Hospital Appointments and they want to help where we can.
 
They normally provide ay IT Support At Home service, which understandably is suspended at the moment.  Instead, they can provide remote support  on a ‘best endeavours’ basis, being able to remotely access devices (with permission) which enables them to not only resolve problems, but also demonstrate how to do things such as online grocery shopping and video calls. 
 
To find out more about Ability Net please visit https://abilitynet.org.uk/at-home  To request assistance you can call them on 0800 048 7642 or email enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

A further update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 2nd June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
SELF EMPLOYED AND FURLOUGH
Self-employed people whose work has been affected by coronavirus will receive a “second and final” grant in August.  They will be eligible for a second payment in August of up to £6,570. The Chancellor has also set out how employers will have to start sharing the cost of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  
From August they will have to pay National Insurance and pension contributions, and then 10% of pay from September, rising to 20% in October.  Workers will be allowed to return to work part-time from July, but with companies paying 100% of wages.
 
 
EASING THE LOCKDOWN
Scotland has now moved to Phase 1 of easing the lockdown. 
 
• Members of two different households can now meet up so long as they remain outdoors in a park or private garden and stay 2m (6ft) apart. You can travel more than five miles to visit.
• People can sit out and sunbathe in parks and open areas, and travel for up to five miles to start that exercise.
• Garden centres can open.
• Construction site preparation can get underway.
• Most outdoor work can resume.
• Some outdoor leisure activities, where physical distancing can be maintained, is permitted – including golf, tennis, bowls and fishing – even croquet!
 
As residents will know, from yesterday recycling centres reopened, and teachers and other staff will be able to return to schools to prepare for re-opening.
 
 
 
 
RECYCLING CENTRES NOW RE-OPENED BUT WITH RESTRICTED CAPACITY
 
Dundee City Council re-opened the Riverside and Baldovie Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) on a restricted basis from yesterday and in accordance with national guidance from the Scottish Government.
 
Residents are asked to use the facilities for essential purposes only which include general waste, garden waste, wood, metals, rubble, fridges & freezers, and gas cylinders & bottles.    Members of the public are reminded that cardboard, large and small electricals, plastics, turf, batteries, fluorescent tubes, vegetable and waste oils, glass and textiles cannot be accepted at the centres initially under the restricted capacity.
 
Sites are of course going to be very busy during the first few days after re-opening and therefore it is likely long waiting times will occur at each centre.   In order to keep the many visitors and staff members safe, Household Waste Recycling Centres will maintain strict guidelines and physical distancing at all times.
 
A number of rules will be followed in order to maintain a safe and controlled environment.   These include:
 
• Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or self-isolating should NOT visit any HWRC site;
• The number of cars on site will be strictly limited;
• Only one person per car should unload the vehicle at any one time;
• Only cars, estate cars, people carriers, MPV cars and 4x4s will be permitted entry. No vans or trailers will be allowed;
• Individuals should only visit when necessary, avoid queues and consider revisiting when quieter;
• No business waste will be accepted;
• We will be unable to provide assistance on site so only load items you can unload yourself;
• No walk-in disposals of waste will be allowed;
• The two-metre physical distancing rule must be respected at all times.
 
The sites are initially open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week.   Restrictions will be in place, including only Dundee City Council residents being permitted to the sites, in order to manage the anticipated demands in providing the service again. 
 
Further guidance on the Household Waste Recycling Centres is available on the Dundee City Council website. Residents are advised to check the website and social media channels before traveling, as rules are subject to change.
 
 
The Council’s special collections bulky uplift service also resumed yesterday.
 
 
SHIELDING AND OVER 70s
We understand there is likely to be two separate sets of advice coming out soon – one for the shielding group and another for the over 70s.  This is partly because there has been some confusion for the over 70s group thinking that the very restrictive shielding advice applies to them so there is a need to be clearer.
 
The thinking is to give both groups clear advice on what the clinical risks are for them if they contract the virus, advice on what to do to guard against that risk and what the government will do to support.  There is also a recognition people need room to exercise their own judgement and make choices.
 
Watch out for that guidance.
 
PAMIS DIGITAL PASSPORT 
Scottish charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) have launched a new resource designed to support families during the COVID-19 lockdown create a digital communications passport for their loved ones.
 
PAMIS is the only charity in Scotland that work solely with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families and they have been adapting their resources to respond to the needs of their families since the first week of the outbreak. This new resource will add to the collection which include postural care guides, art therapy, communication support, and music and drama activities.
 
PAMIS have been working with family carers and people with PMLD for almost ten years to develop this life changing resource that lets people with limited communication express their needs using a multimedia approach. The PAMIS Digital Passport is a simple to use template that sits on a tablet computer and uses video and photographs to support people with PMLD to have a conversation with those who are unfamiliar with them. It is used by people with profound learning disabilities in their daily lives, in hospital, respite care and in day centres and is, uniquely, owned by them.
With the challenges around Covid-19, PAMIS and the family carers that developed the passport, recognised that there is a far wider group of people who could benefit from the PAMIS Digital Passport. Their response was to offer the template, and a series of instructional videos free to anyone who has complex health needs.
 
 
SCHOOLS GUIDANCE
In agreement with councils, professional associations and parent representatives, all schools will return on 11 August while Early Leaning and Childcare settings such as nurseries and playgroups will open over the summer.
 
Teachers and other school staff are able to return this month (in Dundee from the 15th onwards) to prepare for a new model of learning from August.
 
The plans are contingent on scientific and medical advice that it is safe to proceed and complementary public health measures, such as Test and Protect, being in place.
 
There is growing evidence that the susceptibility to clinical disease of younger children is lower than for adults.  The majority view of the Chief Medical Officer’s Advisory Group is that actions to support distancing guidance in schools where children are in indoor environments for extended periods of time would be appropriate, while a minority believed schools could operate without distancing.
 
 
 
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES
Colleges and universities are gearing up for a phased campus return for the next academic year. 
 
 
MOVING HOME ADVICE
The government continues to urge people to delay moving to a new home while stay-at-home measures are in place.  However, organisations and businesses involved in the purchase, sale, letting or rental of homes are permitted to prepare their staff and their premises.  This includes undertaking travel to their premises to check for readiness; making changes to implement their safe operating procedures, such as putting up notices and protective screens, marking distances on the floor; and briefing staff on safe operating procedures, virtually where at all possible to do so.
 
 
TEST AND PROTECT
Everyone aged five and over who has COVID-19 symptoms of a new continuous cough, temperature or loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go to NHS Inform online or call 0800 028 2816 to book a test. 
 
People will need to isolate with their household as soon as they have symptoms and, if they have a positive test result, they will be asked to provide details of all recent close contacts to NHS contact tracers.  Those people will be contacted and asked to isolate for 14 days.
 
 
 
LEGIONELLA
 
Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to protect people by identifying and controlling risks associated with legionella.  If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
 
 
INFORMATION
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Monday 25th May – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
EASING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
The First Minister has published the route map through and out of the crisis.  As from Thursday 28th May the following changes to guidance will start. 
 
You will be able to meet people from one other household, though initially in small numbers, and at 2 meters distance while you are outside.
 
You will be able to sit or sunbathe in parks and open areas.
 
Some non-contact outdoor leisure activities will be allowed to restart – such as golf, tennis, bowls and fishing – subject to appropriate hygiene and physical distancing.
 
People will be able to travel up to five miles – preferably by walking or cycling – to a location near their local community for recreation.
 
Take-away and drive-through food outlets will be free to reopen.   Waste and recycling services will start to resume.   Outdoor retail outlets such as garden centres will be allowed to reopen.   Children’s hearings will restart.   Non urgent NHS treatment and surgery will gradually restart.  Some construction will restart.
 
The document sets out four phases for seven activity areas, but we may not be in the same phases for all activities at the same time.  This week the message remains stay at home.  Next week that changes slightly to stay at home as much as possible.  The decision on the future message has yet to be determined.
 
The full route map document is here.
 
SHIELDING
The Government will issue new guidance before the initial period of shielding ends on 18th June. This will aim to increase your quality of life and your ability to make informed choices, while continuing to protect you as much as possible from the risks the virus poses.
 
SCHOOLS AND OTHER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Teachers and other school staff will return during June to prepare classrooms for the new term and a different model of learning.
 
The number of children who have access to the critical worker childcare hubs for those returning to work will increase.
 
Transition support will be offered to children going into primary 1 or moving from primary 7 to secondary school.
 
From 11 August, all schools will re-open. However, to allow appropriate physical distancing, children will return to a blended model of part time in-school and part time at-home learning.
 
Childminders can re-open during phase 1 and over the summer all early years childcare providers will re-open.
 
Universities and colleges will be allowed to have a phased return next term, with a combination of remote learning, and some limited on-campus learning.
 
TESTING ROLLED OUT TO EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 5
Testing for the virus has been opened out to everyone who is symptomatic over the age of five.  This means anyone who is displaying any of the three symptoms of COVID-19 – continuous cough, high temperature, or loss of sense of taste or smell – will be able to book a test at the drive-through or mobile test centres. Do not travel more than 90 minutes to reach a testing site.  If there is not a site near to you, then you should try to book a home testing kit. https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
 
If you are a key worker or have to leave home to work, and you have symptoms or a member of your household age 5 years or over is symptomatic: you can self-refer here www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers
 
BUSINESS RATE GRANT SUPPORT FOR RENTERS
After pressure from the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Government has agreed businesses that have a rateable value that would qualify them for support through the grant scheme but which pay their business rates through an intermediary—that is, through a rental agreement or a management charge for the rented service office space that they occupy— will now qualify for the support. More details will be announced soon.
 
SUPPORT FOR LARGER BUSINESSES
Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the UK Government announced.
 
The maximum loan size available under the scheme will be increased from £50 million to £200 million, to help ensure those large firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) have enough finance to meet cashflow needs during the outbreak.
 
The expanded loans, which have been introduced following discussions with lenders and business groups, will be available from tomorrow – 26th May.
 
Borrowers under CLBILS will be able to borrow up to 25% of turnover, up to a maximum of £200 million.
 
CORONAVIRUS STATUTORY SICK PAY
The Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online tomorrow – Tuesday 26th May. The scheme will enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Tax agents will be able to make claims on behalf of employers.
 
Employers are eligible to use the scheme if:
 
They’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus;
They had a PAYE payroll scheme in operation before 28 February 2020;
They had fewer than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020; and
They’re eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework.
 
The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, and is payable if a current or former employee was unable to work on or after 13 March 2020 and entitled to SSP, because they either:
 
Have coronavirus;
Are self-isolating and unable to work from home; and
Are shielding because they’ve been advised that they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
 
To prepare to make a claim, employers should keep records of all the SSP payments they wish to claim for. Further details can be found via the below link.
 
SUPPORT FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED
The UK government’s scheme to support the self-employed has now opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule. 
 
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme now opened for applications 
those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500.
 
Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships  whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits.
 
Millions are expected to benefit from the scheme with the payments – to be paid in a single instalment covering three months and capped at £7,500 – expected to land in bank accounts within six working days of each claim.
 
Everyone eligible for the SEISS, which is one of the most generous support schemes announced by any government in response to coronavirus, will be able to receive the government grant within six days of a completed claim.
 
FURTHER INFORMATION
Individuals are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, they traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020, intend to continue trading, and they: 
 
earn at least half of their income through self-employment
have trading profits of no more than £50,000 per year
traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted their Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
 
HMRC calculate the amount to be paid to each eligible claimant based on an average of the tax returns for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.
 
 
Customers were invited to claim their SEISS grant on a specified date, from 13 – 18 May. They won’t be able to apply before their claim date but can make a claim after that day.
 
People can check their date using HMRC’s online checker at any time.
 
 
If you need further support, please use HMRC’s webchat service or call the Covid-19 Helpline on 0800 024 1222.
 
MORTGAGE HOLIDAY EXTENSION
Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months or start making reduced payments.  
 
STATUTORY SICK PAY REBATE SCHEME
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from tomorrow – Tuesday 26th May. This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.
 
CHARITY GRANTS
Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10 000 Small Business Grant Scheme. An additional £31 million is being made available to more than 3,000 small properties occupied by charities – including day centres, workshops and halls.
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Roads and pavements improvements in the West End #dundeewestend

 
Today, the council is publishing its proposals for roads and pavements improvements planned for this financial year across the city.     Obviously with the health emergency situation, emergency road work is prioritised at present so much of the planned resurfacing work may be later in the financial year.   However, it is good that the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership is making clear what it plans to upgrade and improve during 2020/21.
 
The following roads work in the West End is in the carriageway programme :   Glamis Drive (resurface), Greenbank Place (resurface),  Newhall Gardens (main loop – surface dress), Ninewells Avenue (Perth Road to Dickson Avenue – surface dress), Seafield Road (resurface), Tullideph Street (resurface) and West Hendersons Wynd (Guthrie Street to Verdant Works – overlay).   Many of these I have raised repeatedly so pleased these are coming forward for improvement.
 
The following adopted pavements will also see improvements :    Roseangle (north side whole length – resurface) and West Marketgait (west side – Nethergate to West Port roundabout – resurface).
 
Unadopted pavements – upgrade and adoption programme :   Explorer Road (the link path between Explorer Road and the Green Circular – towards the top end of Explorer Road at the boundary between West End Ward and Lochee Ward – reconstruction), Glamis Road path entrance into Greater Balgay – reconstruction),  Melville Terrace (south footway – reconstruction), Norwood Terrace (north footway – reconstruction), Perth Road (north footway opposite Clovis Duveau Drive and Millbay Gardens/Terrace – reconstruction)
 
Non-adopted roads/pavements improvements :   Balgay access road into the cemetery (entrance just south of the Dickson Avenue / Glamis Road junction  – resurface),  Polepark Road (paths in the park areas to the east of Polepark Road – reconstruction).
 
There is a significant issue about the unadopted pavements programme.    The council during last year changed the criteria for these.    My colleague Cllr Craig Duncan and I opposed the change, not because we opposed the principle of looking again at the criteria and extending inclusion to new streets, but because, under the old scheme, indicative streets for future inclusion and improvement had been already made clear up to 2021/22 and were publicly known.
 
These included pavements in part of Elliot Road near the tennis courts, Rockfield Crescent, south side of Roxburgh Terrace (all provisionally this financial year) and the remote path of Millhall Crescent (numbers 3-11) and Dunmore Gardens pavements (both provisionally 2021/22).     These are now dropped from the programme due to lower priority and we felt strongly that existing priorities to the end of 2021/22 should have been honoured.    We have asked to see the detail of how these streets score in the new system of prioritisation.
 
As always, happy to discuss the detail of this with residents – just call me on Dundee 459378.

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Monday 18th May – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
GOING OUT ADVICE CHANGE
As residents will now know, people in Scotland can now go outside more than once a day to exercise. This activity should continue to be undertaken close to home. Those going out to exercise should either go alone or with members of their household. 
 
The change does not allow people to mix with people from different households, to gather in groups, or to go out to relax outdoors.  The changed advice is based on evidence from the UK Government’s scientific advisers SAGE regarding outdoor transmission which found the risk seems to be significantly lower than indoors.
 
KEEPING YOU UPDATED
The First Minister is to make an announcement this week on the easing of the lockdown in Scotland.  We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes. 
 
FURLOUGH EXTENSION
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until the end of October.  It entitles furloughed workers across UK to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500.  New flexibility will be introduced from August.
 
RECYCLING CENTRES
The Scottish Government has indicated that recycling centres may be able to open soon, and COSLA, the organisation representing Scottish local government is suggesting 1st June as a possibility, subject to appropriate safety arrangements to ensure social distancing.   We will keep constituents updated about this as many local residents have contacted us about this.
 
BEREAVEMENT
The ability to offer webcasting of funeral services is now available. This enables live streaming of services as well as making recordings available for a short time.
 
NATIONAL WELLBEING CENTRE
New information, resources and support is available to help you at work and at home. The resources are based on the principles of psychological first aid. It provides advice and support for your practical, everyday needs and relationships, as well as tips on self-care, to help you cope with the challenges you’re facing during the pandemic. 
 
WATER CHARGES
The Water Industry Commission for Scotland has announced a scheme that will provide at least £50 million of support to businesses and organisations. The scheme ensures that business customers impacted by the crisis receive bills that more accurately reflect their current use of water and waste water services. In addition, unmetered and smaller businesses are eligible for a 60% deferral of their wholesale fixed charges backdated to 24 March 2020. The scheme also allows those business customers who prepaid water and sewerage charges to their licensed providers to request a refund. Smaller customers receiving a refund are also eligible to apply for a deferral of their fixed wholesale charges.
 
TRAINS
The Scottish Government advise that rail travel should be for essential purposes only.  Scotrail, the government, the trade unions and passenger groups are preparing for an easing of the lockdown at some point.  They have issued this advice for passengers for when that happens.
 
MAGGIE’S CENTRE
Maggie’s Centre has given details of the Makers for Maggie’s online raffle.
 
Coronavirus is having a big impact on people with cancer and their families and friends. They need places like Maggie’s more than ever to deal with treatment delays and uncertainty.
 
Maggie’s Dundee is still providing their vital support online and over the phone. But they need funds to keep providing this service. With ‘normal’ fundraising not happening at the moment, our online raffle and our online market are two ways how we and you can help.
 
The ‘Makers for Maggie’s’ and other local businesses have donated fantastic and generous prizes to this raffle!
 
A raffle ticket costs £2 and you can buy as many as you like. The raffle closes on 24 May.
 
To purchase your raffle tickets follow this link – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/makersformaggies-raffle
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
E-mail – fraser.macpherson@dundeecity.gov.uk

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 16 AND SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020
 
Lower Pleasance (Douglas Street to Brewery Lane) – closed on Saturday 16 May for Scottish Water manhole repairs.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 18 MAY 2020
 
Hawkhill (at Tait’s Lane) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 19 May for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 9 AND SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020
 
Perth Road (at Seabraes) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 10 May for Scottish Water works.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 11 MAY 2020
 
Riverside Drive (at Tesco) – off-peak westbound nearside lane closure on Thursday 14 May for Scottish Water ironwork repair.
 
Lower Pleasance (Douglas Street to Brewery Lane) – closed on Saturday 16 May for Scottish Water manhole repairs.
 
Forthcoming Roadworks
 
Hawkhill (at Tait’s Lane) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 19 May for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 4 MAY 2020
 
Perth Road (at Seabraes) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 10 May for Scottish Water works.

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Friday 1st May – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
ADDITIONAL GRANT SUPPORT FUND OPENS  
Additional grant support from the Scottish Government for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people will boost hard-pressed Dundee firms.    The three separate funds announced yesterday will be administered by Dundee City Council and Scotland’s enterprise agencies and will begin to pay out grants in the coming days. 
 
Nationally the backing includes a £34 million hardship fund for the newly self-employed, a £20 million fund for small and micro enterprises in the creative, tourism and hospitality sectors and £45 million for vulnerable viable SMEs crucial to the Scottish economy.
 
Advice for local businesses, including ways of accessing financial support, is available at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/adviceforbusiness
 
FREE TRAINING COURSES
People who have been furloughed or made redundant can now access thousands of free-to-access online learning materials made available by Skills Development Scotland.  The flexible and convenient online learning is from 12 different providers across a range of subject areas, such as digital, languages, business and technology.   
 
PPE FOR UNPAID CARERS
PPE is now available to unpaid carers who eligible for it.  The advice is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-unpaid-carers-providing-personal-care/pages/overview/ 
If the carers’ centres are unavailable, you can call the Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020. 
 
FACIAL COVERINGS
If you are in situations where it is not always possible to maintain a 2-metre distance e.g. essential travel on public transport or essential food shopping, it is now recommended that you wear a facial covering.
 
As some people can have the virus but experience no symptoms, wearing a face covering in these situations may provide some level of protection against transmission to other people in close proximity.
 
A facial covering is not a surgical or other medical grade mask but a covering of the mouth and nose, that is made of cloth or other textiles and through which you can breathe, for example a scarf.  Children under two should not wear facial coverings.  All facial coverings should be washed or disposed of carefully.
 
Please remember that the social distancing, hygiene and staying at home guidance is very important.
 
 
WHO CAN BE TESTED?
People critical to the sustained functioning of the economy and public services have access to testing that enables them to continue their vital work.  All symptomatic people categorised as key workers and members of their household can be tested. 
 
•            Priority Group 1: Health and social care workers; staff working in residential institutions and essential roles where service resilience is at risk.
•            Priority Group 2:  Essential workers in critical national infrastructure fundamental for safety and security, and life-line services.
•            Priority Group 3: Staff directly involved in delivering other essential services.
•            Priority Group 4: Staff involved in volunteering, or in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth.
 
All NHS and social care staff will be tested through the NHS. Contact your line manager for more information.
 
For everyone else listed above eligible employers can get a login by emailing portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk   You must supply two email addresses that will primarily be used to load key worker contact details.
 
 
Employers and those self-referring can also email opshub@dhsc.gov.uk 
 
You will either be sent to a test centre or receive a postal test.
 
 
SAINSBURY
Sainsbury have increased their Groceries Online and Click & Collect capacity by redeploying staff and employing more pickers and delivery drivers. Even with the additional capacity delivery slots are still difficult to get so you should try the click and collect facility.
 
They have also introduced a new Volunteer Shopping Card to enable friends and helpers to shop on behalf of someone else. http://www.sainsburysgiftcard.co.uk  
 
8am and 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday is dedicated for serving elderly, vulnerable, disabled customers and their carers.
 
They are working WHSmith stores in hospitals, supplying them with groceries to serve NHS workers. 7.30-8am, Monday to Saturday is dedicated for NHS and social care workers.
 
 
MORRISONS
Morrisons have created a range of different food boxes to meet the needs of customers who are self-isolating. These boxes can be ordered online through https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/  and are delivered by courier, usually the next day. 
 
MAY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS HEALTH SERVICES
GP services and community pharmacies will remain open on the May public holidays, with NHS 24 operating with an increased number of call handlers. 
 
PARENTAL LEAVE
Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.
 
SME BOUNCE BACK LOANS
Small and medium enterprises can now apply for UK Government backed loans of up to £50,000.
 
DOMESTIC ABUSE
There is concern that domestic abuse may increase during the lockdown.  You can access help here:
 
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Another update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Sunday 26th April – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson 
(West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) 
 
NON-COVID: IF YOU NEED HELP, CALL THE NHS
People are being encouraged to seek medical help for urgent health issues which are not related to COVID-19.
 
During the lockdown, patients have been delaying seeing their GP, and there has been a urgent cancer referrals and families getting their children vaccinated.
 
The campaign will encourage people to call their GP surgery, or 111 out of hours, if they have urgent health concerns. In emergencies, they should still dial 999.
 
CASH
There is a new service which allows friends and families to be able to withdraw cash for those who are self-isolating and drop it to them securely and safely at their home.
 
Banks can now send vouchers to customers by text, e-mail or post which they can then share with a trusted individual to withdraw cash on their behalf. All UK Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions are able to use this service and customers can contact their bank to find out if they have signed up.
 
LOCK DOWN EXIT DISCUSSION
The discussion document published by the First Minister on Thursday sparks a national conversation on not just how we exit the lockdown but how we change our lives for the next few years. The lockdown is saving lives from Covid 19 but it is also impacting on our mental health and is exacerbating inequalities. Our plan must fully include ways of addressing these problems.
 
The UK wide approach that has been adopted has been broadly effective at keeping the public health guidance clear. It is important that the Scottish Government backs up the need for clarity.
 
We are prepared to contemplate different measures for different parts of Scotland and the UK, but we are not prepared to support being different for its own sake. There is a risk from confused messages from different governments and that must be avoided to help keep people safe.
 
Please take time to read the document and contribute to the discussion.
 
AGE SCOTLAND ADVICE
 
PHISHING E-MAILS
National Cyber Security Service now has a phishing reporting service so people can simply forward dodgy emails to report@phishing.gov.uk.   This is even more of an issue during the current health emergency.
 
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Facebook updates : www.facebook.com/dundeewestend

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Thursday 23rd April – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
START UP BUSINESS SUPPORT
Start-up businesses are to be allocated £1.25 billion by the UK Government. It includes £500 million loan scheme for high-growth firms, called the Future Fund, and £750 million of targeted support for small and medium sized businesses focusing on research and development.
 
It will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank and will start in May for UK-based companies with between £125,000 and £5 million with private investors at least matching the government commitment.
 
These loans will automatically convert into equity on the company’s next qualifying funding round, or at the end of the loan if they are not repaid.
 
To be eligible, a business must be an unlisted UK registered company that has previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third party investors in the last five years.
 
SCOTTISH BUSINESS SUPPORT
More detail is now available for the £100 million Scottish Government fund announced last week.  
• £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund with £2,000 grants, managed by councils, for the newly self-employed, facing hardship and excluded from the UK scheme.
• £20 million Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies in partnership with Creative Scotland and VisitScotland for creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of business rates relief.  It is for companies of up to 50 employees who will receive £3,000 hardship grants or larger grants up to £25,000 where it can be demonstrated support is needed.
• £45 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies for vulnerable SME firms who are vital to the local or national economic foundations of Scotland
• £1 million to top up Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursaries in the not-for-profit sector.
More details on how to apply will be out soon.
 
BUSINESS SUPPORT IN DUNDEE
As of yesterday, more than 1000 businesses across Dundee had been supported to the tune of £12.1m by the Coronavirus Business Support Fund since its launch earlier this month.
 
Grant payments are being made under the Scottish Government scheme offering help to small businesses in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme Relief or Rural Relief and hospitality, leisure and retail businesses with properties with a rateable value between £18,001 and £51,000.
 
The first of the 1056 grants of £10,0000 to small business and £25,000 to hospitality, leisure and retail businesses were paid at the start of April and payments continue to be made on a daily basis.
 
Advice for local businesses, including ways of accessing financial support, is available at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/city-development/planning-and-economic-development/covid-19-advice-for-business
 
CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME
The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live this week, with businesses able to claim up to £2,500 a month towards staff wages. More than 140,000 firms applied for help to pay their wage bill through the government’s job retention scheme, when the portal went live on Monday.
 
Employers can apply for direct cash grants through HMRC’s new online portal – with the money expected to land in their bank accounts within six working days.
 
The job retention scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of a package of support to protect jobs and businesses, allows employers to claim for a cash grant of up to 80% of a furloughed employees wages, capped at £2,500 a month.
 
Millions of people across the UK are expected to benefit from the scheme, with businesses including Pret a Manger, Brewdog and Timpsons using it to ensure staff keep their jobs and are paid whilst many high street businesses are closed.
 
HMRC’s portal has a step by step application process and up to 5,000 staff will be manning phone lines and webchat services to ensure any questions can be answered.
 
Last week the Chancellor announced the scheme will be extended for a further month until the end of June, to reflect continuing Covid-19 lockdown measures.
 
*Employers can furlough anyone they employ, provided that on or before March 19 they were on PAYE payroll and HMRC has been notified of payment via the RTI system.
 
It’s recommended that you take a screenshot of your successful online submission in case you need to provide that information to your bank or have any queries at a later date.
 
Here are some useful links:
 
• Support Finder for Business – https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder
• Make the claim yourself by logging into your PAYE account https://www.gov.uk/paye-online
• Set up a PAYE account if you don’t already have one https://www.gov.uk/paye-online/enrol
• If you do have one but have forgotten your details https://www.gov.uk/log-in-register-hmrc-online-services/problems-signing-in
 
TESTING FOR CARE HOMES
All potential new residents to care homes will be tested for Covid 19, something that Willie Rennie MSP had asked for to give confidence to residents and their families about the protection in care homes. This is one part of new measures which also include NHS Directors of Public Health taking on enhanced clinical leadership for care homes.
 
Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital to a care home should have given two negative tests before discharge. Other new admissions to care homes will be tested and isolated for 14 days in addition to the clear social distancing measures the guidance sets out.
 
Willie raised the issue of safety in care homes for the last two weeks with the First Minister and raised it again on Tuesday.
 
NEW NHS AND SOCIAL CARE FRONT LINE SUPPORT
Willie Rennie MSP also asked the First Minister to support the Liberal Democrat five-point plan for to support front line health and social care staff. It includes a £29 a day active duty payment and measures on mental health support, bereavement support, PPE and a service medal.
 
SHIELDED GROUP  
Some people with health conditions are concerned about whether they fall into the highest clinical risk group and should follow shielding measures or whether they fall into the increased risk group and should follow social distancing measures.  To find out more on the categories: https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding-contacts/pages/highest-risk-classification/
 
Letters have been issued to all the people in the shielded group based on information in the central NHS databases, prescribing data or through GP and hospital clinicians.
GPs and hospital clinicians are also identifying individuals they feel should be in the highest clinical risk group but do not have one of the conditions identified. Those added will also receive a letter.
 
If you think you are in the highest clinical risk group, and have checked the guidance using the above link, you can contact your GP or clinician to discuss.
 
Guidance for those with specific medical conditions but not in the shielded group:
 
If you have queries about the support available, please email:  Shielding.Correspondence@gov.scot  
 
The Dundee helplines to ensure the best possible support across a range of services are : 
 
For Shielded Individuals this is via  – 0300 123 1403
 
For other vulnerable individuals and/or families this is via  – 0800 111 4000
 
Both helplines are now available from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
 
Additional information and frequently asked questions are available via :
 
FUNERAL LINK UPDATE
Linda Sterry, Service Manager at Funeral Link writes, “I wanted to provide a brief update which I hope you will share with your networks. We know this is really challenging but we are here to help support our community. There are so many heart-warming stories of our community response emerging but these are tempered by stories of those who are losing loved ones.
I just wanted to reassure you all that we are still here, albeit working slightly differently, and will continue to be here for the foreseeable.  
 
Our phone line is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, please do give us a call on 01382 458800 if you need our support or drop us a private message via Facebook Messenger. If you get our voicemail please do leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  I can promise we will do what we can to help and we can call you back if you haven’t got phone credit or are worried about the call cost.”
 
Funeral Link’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/funerallinkdundee/ 
 
FURTHER LOCAL INFORMATION FOR THE WEST END :
The Bridge at City Church (The Friary at Tullideph Road) continues to operate from the garden ground on a Monday 10.30am-12.30pm offering tea, coffee and food parcels.
 
Dundee West Church is maintaining contact with many regular Making Dundee Home attendees offering support and food as required.
The West End Community Fridge at Millers Wynd operated by the Gate Church Carbon Saving Project continues to offer free food daily from 11am-4pm.
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Another update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Sunday 19th April – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End)​ and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
FURLOUGH SCHEME EXTENDED 
The Job Retention Scheme is being extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures.
 
GET EMERGENCY CARE
The number of people attending Emergency Departments has dropped. Some seriously unwell patients are delaying coming to hospital or dialling 999. If you need help don’t wait.
 
MEDICINES
The advice is to please follow your normal repeat prescription ordering pattern and only order the medicines you need as there are no issues with the supply of medicines so there is no reason to stockpile.
 
Due to significant demand being placed on local pharmacies, some will close for short periods, or operate reduced opening hours.  NHS Inform has a complete list of local pharmacies at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-service-directory/pharmacies
Prescriptions may take longer to process because of the additional workload on pharmacies.
 
PETS 
New advice relating to owners of pets, companion animals and livestock who may be required to self-isolate as part of government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) is available https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-animal-owners/
 
Dundonians urged to maintain mental health
Dundee City Council has launched a new social media campaign urging people to look after their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative offers advice and sources of information such as helpline numbers.
 
It is reminding people who may be experiencing difficulties of organisations including Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87), Samaritans (116 123) and Childline (0800 1111).
 
 
DOMESTIC ABUSE
There is concern that domestic abuse may increase during the lockdown.  You can access help here:
 
EXERCISE
New advice on travelling to exercise has been issued by the police in England.  We have checked and it does not apply to Scotland. The advice continues to be to only exercise from your own home.
 
SUPERMARKETS
For Sainsbury customers who do not have access to the internet they offer a telephone order service – 0800 917 8557.
 
Scottish Community Councils
A website has been providing useful links for community councils that offer advice, information, funding and resources to help during Covid-19.  This is available at www.communitycouncils.scot/information-on-coronavirus-for-community-councils.htm
 
Support offered to unemployed from Barnardo’s
16-29, Living in Dundee, unemployed and needing help to prepare for the job market? If Yes, Barnardo’s can help you with their Employability Pathway programme and Barnardo’s Best programme.
 
Participants will be allocated a Project Worker who will take them through the registration process; create a clear action plan which will consider the above support areas plus any barriers to employment getting in the participant’s way to securing and sustaining employment, and also provide them with virtual training and support in vocational areas such as CV writing, job search skills, completing application forms and preparing for interviews.
 
Social Security Scotland – devolved benefits
 
The Scottish Government has temporarily changed eligibility for a number of Social Security Scotland’s benefits. This is to help people who are impacted by coronavirus and can’t get an application in on time – due to illness or caring responsibilities – to still get the support that they need.   
 
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care:  People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403.  People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk 
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Friday 17th April – from Councillors Fraser Macpherson
(West End) and Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
NEW SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS
Around £220 million of further grants are being made available for businesses.
 
The Scottish Government measures include £120 million to extend the Small Business Grant scheme to ensure that, in addition to a 100% grant on the first property, small business rate payers will be eligible to a 75% grant on all subsequent properties.
 
A £100 million fund is also being made available to protect self-employed people and viable micro and SME businesses. This fund will be channelled through local authorities and enterprise agencies to target newly self-employed people and businesses who are ineligible for other Scottish Government or UK Government schemes.
 
Applications will be open by the end of the month, and the new arrangements for the Small Business Grant will be in place to receive applications on 5 May.
 
SUMMARY OF CORONAVIRUS (SCOTLAND) ACT 2020
 
A summary of the key measures contained within the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 which came into force on Tuesday, 7 April can be accessed at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-stakeholders-on-the-coronavirus-scotland-act-2020/.     The guidance for is primarily for central and local government and public bodies but will be of interest to a wider audience too.
 
STUDENT DECISIONS
Prospective university and college students are being reassured that they will receive their results on time, and universities and colleges will assess those qualifications as part of the admissions process. Universities are also being urged to observe a moratorium on changing offers made to undergraduate students. The UCAS May deadlines are being extended by two weeks to give students more time to make decisions about their future.
 
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
After Willie Rennie MSP asked the First Minister to increase mental health support during the pandemic, we are pleased that new support is now available. It includes an investment of more than £1 million towards the expansion of the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme to help people in distress. People who are in distress but do not need clinical intervention will be referred to the DBI programme by frontline staff, including NHS 24.
 
DONATE PPE
Medical Supply Drive UK (Scotland) is a voluntary organisation started by medics and medical students to free up dormant supplies of PPE for front line health workers. Local man Michael Farrell is volunteering for them. Do you have Personal Protective Equipment that you could donate to frontline NHS staff?
 
CORONOVIRUS TESTING CAPACITY CALL
The UK government is requesting industry involvement in the manufacture of Coronavirus testing capacity and testing kits.   Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce is kindly amongst those spreading the word with its members and sharing the specification criteria.     Businesses who meet this specification should review the guidance on helping the government increase testing capacity and register at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business.  
 
COVID-19 – BUSINESS HUB
Alison Henderson, Chief Executive of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce  advises – “The Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Hub is an information & signposting service for ANY business looking to understand how the current situation impacts them, their staff and their future. At this time, we make no distinction between a member or non-member business looking for our support. To get our business and communities through this crisis will mean a partnership approach and there is no wrong door to helping a business access the support they need, or to see them survive. There of course remain many membership services that are only accessible to our members and we will continue to use every avenue at our disposal to maintain our strong community and  to be a trusted partner to businesses across Dundee & Angus. Please call us on 01382 228545 if we can help.”
 
Cycles for Key Workers
 
SUSTRANS has launched ‘Cycles for Key Workers’, a single online map helping key workers find free and discounted cycles, equipment, and bike-sharing schemes as well as repair and maintenance services in their local area.
 
SUSTRANS is calling on the cycling industry, local authorities and professional bodies representing an occupation that the government has defined as key, to get involved and support the campaign to help key workers travel safely during the crisis.
 
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Sunday 12th April 2020 from Councillor Fraser Macpherson and Councillor Craig Duncan :
 
SHIELDING
After some delay and technical problems with the text service, steps have been taken to protect people with the highest clinical risk – the ‘shielded’ group.
 
144,000 people have now been sent a letter. As people are newly diagnosed, or if clinicians feel it is required, the NHS will continue to add to the central list.
 
Councils, GPs and health boards will be told who is on the shielding central list.
 
The letter invites them to register by text.  Over 24 000 people have registered so far. 
Those in the ‘shielded’ group can request grocery boxes to be sent to them, free of charge. Dundee contact number – 0300 123 1403 (08:30 to 17:00).  The out of hours urgent requests number is 01382 307964.
 
Supermarkets will provide priority delivery slots starting this coming week. People who have registered for the SMS service were sent a text on the 9th April asking if they would like their details passed to the supermarkets.  Thousands have signed up already. 
 
NHS STAFF LISTENING SERVICE
A new Staff Listening Service is available and provides a space for staff to confidentially reflect on their experience and consider how the current situation affects them personally and professionally voice their concerns, worries and hopes without criticism.
 
FINANCE
There’s new guidance for mortgage providers on payment holidays for consumers in financial difficulties and use of repossession during this period: https://www.fca.org.uk/news/pressreleases/new-guidance-mortgage-providers-lenders-coronavirus  
 
There’s also measures for a temporary payment freeze on loans and credit cards and enabling customers with an existing arranged overdraft to request from their provider that up to £500 is provided interest free for up to three months: https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/fca-proposes-temporary-financial-reliefcustomers-impacted-coronavirus
 
 
 
STUDENTS
£5 million is now available to help support any university and college student struggling as a result of Covid-19 – including those attending private institutions.  University and college students will be able to apply for any emergency discretionary payments directly to their own institutions.
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates:  www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19 
NHS Inform information – COVID 19:    https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus 
Federation of Small Businesses: fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Another update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Sunday 5th April 2020 from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
Sadly, the last few days have seen yet more cases of Coronavirus in Scotland and more deaths across the country.    That makes it all the more important that we all continue to :
 
• stay at home
 
• only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons
 
• stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
 
• wash our hands regularly                                                              
 
• wash our hands as soon as we get home
 
Doing this will help slow the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.
 
ChatterPack 
 
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources at the ChatterPack blog has published a fantastic list of free online resources to help tackle boredom. Amongst many other things, this includes virtual tours, games, arts and culture, literature, online learning and music. Find out more at https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
 
Pay using contactless if you can
 
The World Health Organisation advice is to pay in shops using a contactless card whenever possible to reduce the amount of cash people handle. Helpfully, on 1st April, the limit for contactless payments in the UK increased from £30 to £45. It will though take some time for this to roll out to all retailers. If you do handle banknotes, WHO advice is to wash your hands immediately afterwards.
 
Watch out for fake news
 
Fake news or misinformation about Coronavirus is flooding the internet. For the latest accurate information check NHS Inform at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
 
You can also check whether “news” shared online is true by checking whether major news providers such as the BBC, STV, ITV or Sky are reporting it.     There’s an explanatory video from the BBC at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-52118949/coronavirus-how-can-you-stop-the-spread-of-misinformation.
 
Revised bus and rail timetables
 
The lockdown has meant big changes to bus and rail timetable. The links below take you to the latest information from the bus and rail companies:
 
 
 
 
Personal finance support 
 
The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed a range of targeted temporary measures designed as a stopgap to quickly support users of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact because of the coronavirus.  After a short consultation it is intended the measures would start by 9th April 2020.  The measures are: 
 
•            A temporary payment freeze on loans and credit cards where consumers face difficulties with their finances as a result of coronavirus, for up to three months.
 
•            Ensure that for customers who have been hit financially by the coronavirus and already have an arranged overdraft on their main personal current account, up to £500 will be charged at zero interest for up to three months.
 
•            Overdraft customers will be no worse off on price when compared to the prices they were charged before the recent overdraft changes came into force.
 
•            Ensure consumers using any of these temporary measures should not have their credit rating affected because of this.
 
 
Business Gateway – Dundee 
 
Business Gateway has produced a list of support that is available to businesses can be downloaded as a PDF from the link at https://www.bgateway.com/resources/finance-and-grant-announcements.     It includes information on all business funding and grants made available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is being updated daily so please check back for further updates. 
 
Business Gateway Dundee contact details can be found at https://www.bgateway.com/local-offices/dundee/local-support 
 
Support and advice
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Suspend West End car parking charges! #dundeewestend

I have been contacted by numerous residents in the West End who use the seven cars parks that recently had car park charges imposed for the first time – charges I have strongly opposed.
 
The residents have pointed out that, as the advice is to work from home where possible during the COVID-19 health emergency, it seems perverse to charge people to park near their homes when the council has suspended car parking charges in several car parks in the city centre.    
 
The city centre decision is very helpful – to assist key workers – but I am adament that the suspension of parking charges must also apply to people working from home as they are following the advice to do so.
 
If Angus Council can do this for its car parks, so can Dundee City Council for the seven West End car parks.
 
I have requested that City Development at the council do this ASAP.    The Director of City Development and the leader of the council is aware of this request.
 
I will keep residents updated.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 28 AND SUNDAY 29 MARCH 2020
 
Glamis Road (at Carseview Gardens) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Saturday 28 March for telecom mast maintenance.
 
REPORT FOR WEEK FOR WEST END WARD – COMMENCING MONDAY 30 MARCH 2020
 
West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm – 3.00am) southbound nearside lane closure on Monday 30 March for Scottish Water work.
 
Forthcoming Roadworks
 
Nablus Avenue (at rising bollard) – closed overnight (7.00pm – 6:00am) on Wednesday 8 April for Scottish Water manhole repair works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020
 
Perth Road (at Riverside Place) – temporary traffic lights for one week for Scottish Water work.
 
Glamis Road (at Carseview Gardens) – off peak temporary traffic lights from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 March for telecom mast maintenance.
 
Forthcoming Roadworks
 
West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm – 3.00am) southbound nearside lane closure on Monday 30 March for Scottish Water work.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 14 AND SUNDAY 15 MARCH 2020
 
West Marketgait (Greenmarket to Nethergate) – northbound lane closure on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.
 
Nethergate (South Tay Street to West Marketgait) – closed on Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 16 MARCH 2020
 
A90 Perth Road (at Bullionfield) – overnight (7.30pm – 6.30am) lane closures in both directions on Tuesday 17 March for traffic loop installation works.
 
Smellies Lane (junction with Lochee Road) – closed from Monday 16 March for 5 working days for road safety improvement works.
 
Lochee Road (at Smellies Lane) – off-peak temporary traffic lights for one week for refuge island installation.
 
Glamis Road (at Carseview Gardens) – off-peak temporary traffic lights from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 March for telecom mast maintenance.
 
A90 Swallow roundabout – overnight (7.30pm – 6.30am) northbound lane closure on Friday 20 March for carriageway patching works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 9 MARCH 2020
 
West Marketgait (Greenmarket to Nethergate) – northbound lane closure on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.
 
Nethergate (South Tay Street to West Marketgait) – closed on Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.
 
Riverside Drive (at Tesco roundabout) – eastbound lane closure for one week for water connection works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY AND SUNDAY 1 MARCH 2020
 
West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Lochee Road) – closed northbound Saturday 29 February – Monday 2 March for BT work.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 2 MARCH 2020
 
Milnbank Road (Bankmill Road to Rosefield Street) – closed on Monday 2 March for BT works.
 
Perth Road (at River Crescent) – temporary traffic lights from  Monday 2 March for one week for Scottish Water work.
 
Forthcoming Roadworks
 
West Marketgait (Greenmarket to Nethergate) – northbound lane closure on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.
 
Nethergate (South Tay Street to West Marketgait) – closed on Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 22 AND SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2020
 
West Marketgait (North Marketgait to Ward Road) – closed southbound Saturday 22 – Monday 24 February for BT work.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2020
 
Riverside Esplanade/Riverside Drive –overnight (7.30pm – 6.30am) nearside lane closures on Monday 24 February and Tuesday 25 February for Scottish Water work.
 
Riverside Drive (at Tesco) – overnight (7.30pm – 6.30am) nearside lane closures on Tuesday 25 February for Scottish Water work.
 
Forthcoming Roadworks
 
Milnbank Road (Bankmill Road to Rosefield Street) – closed on Monday 2 March for BT works.
 
Perth Road (at River Crescent) – temporary traffic lights from  Monday 2 March for one week for Scottish Water work.
 
West Marketgait (Greenmarket to Nethergate) – northbound lane closure on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.
 
Nethergate (South Tay Street to West Marketgait) – closed on Sunday 15 March for building maintenance works.