News & Blog News Your January 2021 Direct Payments newsletter COVID-19 Vaccine PA Registration If you're a payroll customer, you should have received a letter from us over the weekend with information on how your PAs can register to receive a COVID vaccination. If you have not received this yet, it is still making its way to you. We understand that at the moment the link to the site for booking PA vaccinations mentioned in the letter does not provide the facility to book appointments. According to the site, this is due to a very high demand on the service and the need to prioritise access to the vaccine for those most at risk. The site also states that additional staff vaccination services ‘will come online next week’. At the moment, we are not aware if there is an alternative booking solution being arranged, so in the meantime all we can advise is you refresh the link over the coming days to check for any updated information. Please keep an eye on: https://www.independentlives.org/news/covid-19-vaccine-information for all up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Age UK Winter Warmer Campaign As we enter a period of increased Covid-19 restrictions, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove have partnered with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to deliver nutritious home-cooked meals, wellbeing and energy advice to over 50’s across West Sussex. Their Winter Warmer campaign runs from now, until the end of March 2021. For a suggested donation of just £2, they can deliver delicious frozen meals and desserts direct to your door by a friendly volunteer, along with energy checks, information and advice on how to keep well and warm this winter. Please call them on 01903 731 800 if you, or someone you know might be interested in finding out more about the Winter Warmer campaign, or any of Age UK's services. Alternatively, you can email them at [email protected] They can deliver up to 2 – 3 times each week, if freezer space is an issue. Menus change regularly. Please contact Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove to discuss any specific needs or dietary requirements. DWP COVID Winter Grant Scheme Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South, East) and Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice are working in partnership with the County Council to support West Sussex residents who are facing fuel hardship this winter, through the DWP COVID Winter Grant Scheme. Please note: this is in addition to the existing emergency utility and fuel support offered by Citizens Advice. What can it do: Range from paying gas, electric and water bills, boiler repairs, purchasing blankets, slow cookers & heaters. Other help may also be available such as mobile phone top ups, energy advice, benefit checks referrals for specialist debt advice. Individuals are unable to self-refer to this scheme, but you can be referred through your Social Worker. If you do not have an allocated Social Worker, please call West Sussex County Council on one of the numbers below: Adult's Services: 01243 642121 Children's Services: 01403 229900 Consultation Seeking Views on Rural Transport The government aim to make technology underpin radical changes in transport in the next 10 years, with profound implications for transport users and businesses including those living and working in rural areas. The charity Disability Rights UK want to advise Government on the challenges and opportunities for our towns, villages and more remote areas – making it easier for people to access jobs, education or healthcare. However, these changes will not happen without partnership between industry, government and local communities, especially disabled people. New transport policies must be inclusive and practical for all who live in our villages, towns, and more isolated locations. They need help to ensure they are able to gather and present the views of disabled people, the barriers they face, and how they feel our rural communities can benefit from transport innovation. To provide your input, please email Stephen Brookes, Rail Policy Adviser at Disability Rights UK, at [email protected] by 25th January.