Stay alert, control the virus & save lives

It is right that the government has taken these unprecedented decisions and these extraordinary measures at this time.

Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith
MP for Chingford & Woodford Green

Latest Advice & Information

  • Changes in restrictions from 24th July
    What is changing and what can I do that I couldn’t do before? The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions in a manner that is safe, cautious and consistent with our plan. In recent weeks, a wide range of sectors and activities have been able to restart, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines, and … Read more
  • When to wear a face covering in England
    In England, you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings: Public transportIndoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)Shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail … Read more
  • Important Information for Waltham Forest Businesses eligible for a Government Grant
    Waltham Forest council now has the funds and guidance necessary to distribute £54 million of grants to support certain small businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Redbridge Council Information Hub
    Official coronavirus information hub for Redbridge Council providing details of all services, local information and community tools for residents, businesses and visitors.
  • Waltham Forest Community Help
    The council is now working with established community groups and volunteers to enhance and coordinate support for those in need. Call: 020 8486 3000
  • Universal Credit
    Call the Universal Credit Hotline 0800 328 5644 or visit online www.gov.uk/universal-credit
  • Age UK
    There are now several support services for the vulnerable locally. If you are elderly and struggling to get food, or you have another problem, please contact the local branches of Age UK Waltham Forest & Age UK Redbridge.
  • Volunteering
    A list of local organisations that you can register to volunteer. *Only volunteer for registered organisations*
  • Beware of Coronavirus scams
    Trading Standards advice on how to avoid common Coronavirus scams. Always follow government advice and NEVER give bank details or bank card information over the phone or to strangers.

Latest Announcements

For practical advice and help around issues such as employment, financial support, business, healthcare workers & carers, travel, how you can help etc please visit

gov.uk/coronavirus

  • Changes in restrictions from 24th July
    What is changing and what can I do that I couldn’t do before? The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions in a manner that is safe, cautious and consistent with our plan. In recent weeks, a wide range of sectors and activities have been able to restart, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines, and … Read more
  • When to wear a face covering in England
    In England, you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings: Public transportIndoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)Shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail … Read more
  • Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
    If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
  • Find coronavirus financial support for your business
    You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Use this business support finder search tool to see what support is available for you and your business.
  • NHS launches mental health hotline for staff tackling COVID-19
    The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.
  • Update on return flights to the UK
    The government is ramping up efforts to bring home thousands of UK travellers stranded overseas by coronavirus with a new package of extra flights.

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