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Perth & Kinross Council support for 2 Sisters staff

Perth and Kinross Council staff will deliver hundreds more food parcels to workers from 2 Sisters in Coupar Angus who are self-isolating because of Coronavirus this week.

There are now 166 confirmed cases of Covid-19 connected to the factory.

All workers at the plant and their families are currently required to self-isolate until 31 August, even if they have tested negative for Coronavirus.

The only reason affected staff can leave their homes is to get tested.

Because of this, Council officers visited 715 homes across Perth and Kinross last week to deliver food parcels, provide information on self-isolation in a number of languages and to carry out basic welfare checks.

In addition, 665 enhanced welfare checks have also taken place by a team of staff who have been liaising with colleagues and partners to ensure that all employees receive the necessary support and assistance

Our customer call centre (0345 30 111 00) and Welfare Rights team is also helping individuals who contact them apply for financial assistance such as crisis grants. An out-of-hours phone line (0800 917 0708) is also available.

Food deliveries will continue this week to assist staff and workers will also be sent more detailed information on testing, self-isolation and available support.

Assistance has also been given to workers who have recently arrived in Scotland and have no bank accounts.

Our Safer Communities Team is also working with Police Scotland to address any reports of workers not complying with the need to self-isolate. So far, just nine calls have been received.

Perth & Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said: "Perth & Kinross Council's decisive response to the outbreak at 2 Sisters in Coupar Angus has been critical in preventing widespread community transmission of Coronavirus and supporting affected workers.

"It has been an extremely challenging situation and I want to thank all Perth & Kinross Council staff who have worked to support staff, many of whom have only just arrived in the country.

"I'd also like to thank 2 Sisters staff who have followed the public health guidance and are self-isolating until 31 August with their families and so are doing their part to protect the wider community."