To support vital relief efforts on the ground, the City Corporation has made a donation of £50,000 from its International Disasters Fund to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal launched today by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). To donate to the appeal visit the DEC website.
An historic charity founded by an Elizabethan benefactor has given a six-figure funding boost to London’s vulnerable older people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.
The Emanuel Hospital charity, set up in 1600 and administered by the City of London Corporation, has awarded a grant of £655,154 to Age UK to support thousands of older people across the capital.
The funding will go to 22 local Age UKs across London, who will use it to offer information and advice sessions on topics including claiming benefits, saving energy, eating well on a budget and avoiding scams.
It has been made available in acknowledgement of the increased demand on Age UK’s services caused by the cost-of-living crisis. The charity’s services provide a lifeline to vulnerable older people struggling to make ends meet amid rising costs.
Research shows that even before this year’s sharp increase in inflation, 15% of pensioners in the UK were in poverty, the equivalent of 1.7 million people[i].
Chairman of the City of London Corporation Emanuel Hospital Management Sub Committee Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli said:
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The UK government has circulated this link – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public/guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public – to advise the public on how to prevent spread of 2019–nCoV infection, what symptoms to look for, and what to do if you become unwell in a variety of settings. The guidance covers the following topics:
- Preventing spread of infection
- Actions on return from China
- Symptoms and what to do
- Feeling unwell while away from home
- Travel to countries outside China that have 2019-nCoV cases
- Cleaning shared spaces
Advice and resources on how your business can prepare for the UK leaving the EU
Brexit checklist for businesses
The British Chambers of Commerce has put together a Business Brexit Checklist, to help businesses plan for Brexit.
The CBI has also published a report to advise businesses on No Deal planning.
Government advice on preparing for Brexit
The Government has also published advice on what businesses should do to Get ready for Brexit.
Employer Toolkit for businesses which employ EU nationals
The Home Office has published an Employer Toolkit which covers the key details of the EU Settlement Scheme, information and materials with which to support affected staff and their families.
Brexit Business Resource Hub
The London Growth Hub and the Mayor of London have launched the Brexit Business Resource Hub to bring together resources to help firms plan, and map areas of their business affected by Brexit.
FSB advice for small businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses also has advice specifically for SMEs.
What we are doing on Brexit
To find out more on what the City of London Corporation has been doing on Brexit.
As part of their #LondonIsOpen campaign, City Hall has created a EU Londoners Hub detailing what there is to know about Brexit and how to prepare for it.
We’re delighted to have a guest author for our six monthly ward newsletter – Rev. Bertjan van de Lagemaat, Minister of the Dutch Church.
The newsletter covers the fascinating role the Church plays in our ward and City community, as well as their most successful Kingsday.
We were so delighted to see the Dutch Church and Dutch Centre celebrating King’s Day with a Friday, 26 April, evening event and a street market from 14:00 on Saturday, 27 April – https://www.dutchchurch.org.uk/dutch-centre-nieuws/#uk
There were opportunities to have stalls and displays. And let’s not forget that King Willem-Alexander celebrated his 52nd birthday, giving us an excuse to post a royal photo (learnt that from the Daily Mail!).
The day itself was fantastic. 1,200 people turned up. There was a great selection of food, beer, and genever. Children had a great time completing a series of games. And of course now there are plans for next year – an instant City of London tradition begins.
Today TfL published research about the economic benefits of the Healthy Streets Approach, as part of a new hub which is available online here: tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/economic-benefits-of-walking-and-cycling
Research shows that when streets and public spaces in London’s town centres and high streets are improved, retail rental values increase, more retail space is filled and there is a 93 per cent increase in people walking in the streets, compared to locations that have not been improved. The research has also found that people walking, cycling and using public transport spend the most in their local shops, 40 per cent more each month than car drivers.
The online hub will be kept up to date with research and statistics from TfL and others, highlighting the economic impact that street improvements can have. Current material on the hub includes:
- a report setting out the economic benefits of planning cycling and walking improvements alongside housing growth
- a survey of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) demonstrating the economic importance of walking and cycling to businesses across London
- research suggesting segregated cycle routes in London make our streets more efficient.
This research shows the importance of walking and cycling to high streets and local economies, which is why TfL is working to create high streets that are designed for people, inclusive and easy to access by foot or cycle.
One way we are encouraging people to walk more is through Go Jauntly, a discovery and wayfinding app for walking. Go Jauntly, recently selected as the winner of the Mayor’s Active Travel Innovation Challenge, enables people to enjoy self-guided routes with directions, photos and facts along the way. This Christmas the app will showcase local town centres, highlighting unique shopping opportunities across London and encouraging people to shop local. The free app is available to download on the iTunes app store.