The UK and Scottish Government have announced new guidance designed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will likely have heard about this already but you can download a UK Government issued PDF here;
LCiL would advise all PA employers to follow government guidance but would also highlight that PAs should be considered essential, key workers so, unless you or your PAs have to self-isolate due to being ill, your PAs can still travel to work and continue to support you.
In the event of a care crisis, you should contact your local authority. Contact details are available on this page. Please scroll down.
We have also had a number of enquiries from service users, worried that their PAs will not be able to get to work in light of the new guidance. It is our understanding that PAs will be considered key workers as they are ‘front-line’ social care workers. Please see Government guidance below. This may also mean that if your PA has school-age children, they could be entitled to continued school provision. They should contact their local authority/school regarding this.