COVID-19 Update: 17th April

In today's COVID-19 update from Cardiff Council: a temporary one-way system for pedestrians at Roath Park Lake; changes to free school meals; and the Adviceline and Food team. 


Temporary one-way system introduced for pedestrians to help social distancing at Roath Park Lake

A temporary one-way system for pedestrians around Roath Park Lake is being introduced this weekend to help local residents follow social distancing guidelines when they go on their daily exercise.

The pilot scheme, which will start on Saturday April 18, is in response to concerns raised by local residents and will involve a clockwise one-way system around the path by the lake and will remain in place seven days a week until further notice.

Signs will be placed in the park to show local residents and visitors how the new system will work and staff will be on hand this weekend to help bed in the new arrangements.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Wild Gardens, Lake Road East and Lake Road West, between the Wild Gardens and the promenade. Here, all visitor parking will be removed, nearest to the lake, which will provide additional space for cyclists and joggers.

The changes to the layout of the highway are designed to discourage people from making non-essential trips by car to the area.

The one way system around the lake is due to be introduced on a pilot basis for the weekend commencing 18thApril. If successful the scheme will be extended until at least 26thApril with a view to implementing more durable measures to cover a longer period of COVID-19.

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Changes to Free School Meals

Families with children eligible for Free School Meals will now be able to buy food using funds deposited directly into their bank account, whilst schools are closed due to COVID-19. This will provide parents with more flexibility on where they can shop and the voucher scheme which is currently being delivered will continue to run alongside the new arrangement.

Cardiff Council has developed the new arrangement which will deliver BACS payments using Parent Pay, an online payment system already used by 91 of Cardiff's schools.

The Council is assisting the remaining 34 schools in signing up to the system to ensure everyone can access the regular payment scheme.

Parents or carers with children who are eligible for Free School Meals will receive a letter during next week which will provide information on how to receive their fortnightly payment. For those who are not yet using ParentPay, there will be a step by step guide on how to register and contact details should they require further assistance.

Parents and carers are encouraged to register to receive payments as soon as they receive their letters so that they can receive their first BACS payments from Monday 27, April.

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We can help - Council Adviceline and Food team

The Council's Adviceline has taken more than 4,600 calls from residents across Cardiff looking for help and support during the COVID-19 crisis while the Food team has delivered 1,900 food parcels.

The Adviceline is open six days a week to help people with a range of issues including accessing food andessential items, claiming benefits and income, Into Work advice, Universal Credit advice and help with debts.

Since the start of the national lockdown announced on March 23, the team have answered 4,609 calls and are playing a crucial role in the city's response to ensuring vulnerable people in need are provided for during this difficult time.

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