Catalyst coronavirus update 16 March 2020
Your health and safety and that of our employees and contactors is our number one priority and we’re continuing to closely monitor the situation around coronavirus. We’re making sure we’re prepared and have detailed plans in place to help minimise disruption to essential services.
We are looking to put in place some measures to safeguard you, our employees and other partners. These may include:
- Postponing some public meetings and events in the days and weeks to come based on the advice from the government, the NHS and Public Health England
- Asking for additional information when you contact us to arrange a repair or any other service that requires someone to visit your home
- In order to minimise the risk of transmission to our most vulnerable customers, we ask that anyone who has suspected COVID-19 or is generally unwell does not visit our care services or schemes for older people. We will keep this under review, whilst also considering the wellbeing of residents, and the positive impact of seeing friends and family.
If you have a home appointment booked and you’re self-isolating, or you’ve been confirmed as having coronavirus, please tell us immediately by calling our contact centre. We will discuss the best approach based on your personal circumstances.
Following Public Health England guidance, we have stepped up our cleaning processes and all our staff and trades vans are equipped with hand gel. We’re also asking employees to find ways of working differently, such as contacting residents by email, video call or by phone where that makes sense, and reducing visitors to our offices.
If you need support or advice, please get in touch through the following means rather than calling into our offices:
To find out more about what you can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus and for advice if you think you might be infected or at risk, please see Public Health England.
The situation is changing rapidly, so we’ll keep in touch and continue to review the service levels we’re able to provide. We’ll do what we can to minimise any impact on our services to you, but please bear with us if we have to do things differently over the coming weeks or months.
We want to assist our customers through this situation and if you are worried about paying your rent or service charge, please do contact us so that we can review your situation on an individual basis.
In some instances, we may ask you to tell us if you are self-isolating or have been diagnosed with the virus. For example, if you are asking us, or one of our repairs contractors, to visit your property. We will only use this information for the purposes of ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, and wider communities.
Our lawful conditions for processing this information are:
We have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of our employees/contractors;
Substantial public interest
We won’t disclose this information to anyone else unless it is necessary to do so to comply with any of our legal obligations, or where there is a substantial public interest to do so. For example, we may have to approach Public Health England, or another relevant statutory body, for advice in some instances.
Please visit our full privacy notice to find out more information about how to exercise your rights or what to do if you have any concerns about the use of your data.