Croydon COVID Up-date 20 September

New confirmed COVID cases rose from 515 in March to 1,058 in April, then fell dramatically to 229 in May, 44 in June and 47 in July. There was a rise in August 61, 58 of these being in the period 14-27. This made a total of 1,954. As of 14 September there are two homes with more than 1 case of COVID and 7 single cases in care homes and supported living.

A total of 492 people died of COVID between March and June: 85 in March, 325 in April, 72 in May  and 10 in June. On of those who died was Mervyn ‘Mally’ Kennedy, a Croydon resident bus driver based at Thornton Heath garage who was featured in The Guardian’s G2 on 15 September.

COVID Actions

The reports to the Cabinet on Monday and the Scrutiny Sub-committee on Tuesday provide a very detailed explanation of a wide range of aspects of the way in which the COVID crisis has been dealt with. These include:

  1. The response by the different specialist health and social care sectors
  2. the expected importance of the Council and Healthwatch Croydon ‘shielding experiences’ survey with 240 residents which  closes at the end of September, the results of which will be used to help ensure the shielding/vulnerable people support offer in the future is communicated and delivered effectively to residents.
  3. Croydon NHS Hospital Trust restoration of  normal health service elective and outpatient activity, above the national targets.
  4. The detailed work being undertaken on health Inequalities with a new strategy expected in October.
  5. The preparation of a draft plan with short and long-term priorities, including communication and engagement, particularly with ‘hard-to-reach’ groups, and an emphasis on immunisation, diabetes control and weight loss.
  6. The development of a Prevention Framework which will explicitly define vulnerable and complex groups, and set out the focus of wider determinants of health as key driver of health inequalities.
  7. A mortality review.

Employment Help

There has been an increase in funding of the Work and Health Programme to support the many people who have become unemployed as a result of COVID-19, with the services planned to start on 5 October to support up to 3,520 residents of Croydon, Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond into sustainable employment.

Universal Credit

There were 19,178 Universal Credit Claims in Croydon between 1 March to 13 June: 19,178, an increase of 311% from 15 March compared with period before.

Business Support

5,898 Croydon businesses are being supported through 100% business rates relief in 2020-21 and/or a business grant of £10,000 or £25,000.

383 are businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors operating from properties with a rateable value of above £51,000, who are receiving the 100% rate relief but are not receiving a business grant.As at 26th August, 3,639 businesses (90.5% of eligible businesses) had received a total of £49.44m in business grants.]

£2,868,500 was awarded to 597 companies under the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

Note: The above information is from the papers to the Cabinet meeting on Monday 21 and the Scrutiny Health & Social Care Sub-Committee on 22 September.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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