Allow informal childcare arrangements to continue during North East lockdown
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I appreciate that numbers of Covid cases in the North East are rising (with considerably fewer cases reported in Northumberland) and action must be taken to contain the spread of the virus.
There will be a significant number of working parents who will be greatly disadvantaged by the specifications outlined in the enhanced 'lockdown' measures. Under the rules children (who are isolated in bubbles within school) are able to attend after school clubs and childminders where they are free to mix with children from outside of their school 'bubble'. They are unable to be collected from school by a grandparent and looked after in their own home which would carry a much lower risk of spreading the virus. Studies have shown children do spread the virus and may be 'superspreaders'. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-scientists-know-about-how-children-spread-covid-19-180975396/
In addition to the reduction in opportunities for transmission, allowing grandparents to continue with a care giving role is imperative for some low income families. The prohibitive cost of childcare means that those parents in low paid roles simply can't afford to work without the aid of their families.
Please could you raise this matter with the government in order to support your already suffering low income families.
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