Advice for parents and carers

The Department of Education has released official guidance for parents and carers during the Covid-19 pandemic, covering school closures, exams, free school meals, vulnerable children, critical workers, resources and support.

Support our local foodbanks

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. This has become particularly clear during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. A simple box of food makes a big difference.

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks across The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to their ability to give everyone referred to them a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.

Support for those at risk of domestic abuse

The Surrey Domestic Abuse Partnership is aware the measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 will put survivors of domestic abuse at further risk.

Being unable to leave the home will make accessing support even more difficult and being isolated at home with a perpetrator increases the risk of serious harm or worse.

The Home Office has published advice and guidance for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the outbreak.

Changes to parking enforcement in the district

From 1 April, on street parking enforcement in the Tandridge district will be provided by Sevenoaks District Council, on behalf of Surrey County Council and under Tandridge District Council’s supervision. Surrey County Council as the Highways Authority are responsible for ensuring parking restrictions are enforced on roads. 

Housing Infrastructure Fund Bid outcome announced

In 2018/2019, the Council applied for Housing Infrastructure Funds (HIF) from the government amounting to around £57m to help deliver improvements to Junction 6 of the M25 and the A22/A264 Felbridge junction. This bid was submitted on behalf of the Council by Surrey County Council. The Council has been advised the funding will not be made available for the upgrades as part of this funding round.

Feedback from the government suggests in this case it was too early in the scheme for development of the Garden Community to secure funding in the current round. There is no indication from the government that the Council’s decision and strategy to pursue a Garden Community at South Godstone was not supported by the HIF team.