Gef’s Daily Roundup

Pre-School Credits

Parents of children who turn four in the next school year can apply for £3,420 to help with their education through the pre-school credit scheme. The credit can be spent with registered providers who offer pre-school places, including childminders, and a full list of these is available on Gov.im. To qualify children must turn four between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022.

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘The scheme is one of the many ways the Isle of Man Government is helping working families and this year the scheme helped 753 households to access a pre-school place.’

Eligible parents and guardians will receive 12 monthly payments of £285 if their child attends pre-school all year round. Those whose child attends in term-time only will receive nine payments of up to £342 with the exception of December, April and July when up to £228 can be claimed. There will be no credit remaining for August. Parents can apply online or collect paper forms in Douglas from the Welcome Centre or DESC’s main office on Peel Road. Anyone who needs additional help can call 687146 or email Pre-SchoolCredit.DESC@.gov.im.

Diabetes App

Diabetes Isle of Man has tweeted to say that the Paediatric Diabetes Service at Noble’s have launched a digital offering via the @DigiBeteUK app. The app offers regular clinic updates and access to essential help, resources and awards, supporting daily self-management of people living with type 1 diabetes. 

The charity tweeted: ‘You should’ve received a letter advising you to download the app onto your smartphone. Once downloaded, you will need to create an account & enter a specific clinic code, unique to Noble’s.  Not received a letter? Send us a message and we’ll try our best to help you out.’

Digital Board

Digital Isle of Man has confirmed the appointment of its new non-Executive Board, with Managing Partner of KPMG Isle of Man, Russell Kelly, Director at Petra Consulting and Founded, Katie Nicholson, and Director of IT at Hansard Global, Deb Byron sticking around for a second term. 

In addition, they will be joined by new Board Members; Country Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC, Jaime Amoedo, General Manager of Derivco Isle of Man, Greg Ansara, CEO of Stacuity Inc, Mike Bromwich, Group CEO of Capital International Group, Greg Ellison, CEO of SolutionsHub, Lee Hills, CEO of Manx Telecom, Gary Lamb and Global Head of IT at Siemens Energy Industrial Apps Solutions, Joanne Thurlow.

The non-Executive Board is chaired by Dr Phil Adcock, appointed in January this year, accompanied by the Agency’s Chief Executive Lyle Wraxall, and political member Daphne Caine, MHK.

RNLI Fundraiser

Who doesn’t love a car boot sale? Well Port St Mary RNLI is running its next event on Saturday June 13 at Morton Hall in Castletown. The sale is on from 2pm to 4pm and entry is £1, which includes a cup of tea/coffee and some biscuits. 

Back to Work

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told his staff he expects them to be back in the office by September. Some staff members will be given the option to work two days a week remotely but teams that require in-person work will return for four or five days. 

Apple also told staff they will be able to apply for the chance to work remotely for two weeks a year. However, managers will need to approve remote work requests.

Queen to Meet Bidens

With Britain hosting the G7 next week, Bucking Palace has confirmed that the Queen will host US President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden for a small meeting. Even before she became Monarch, the Queen has met with every US President since Harry Truman, with the exception of Lyndon B Johnson. 

Barracks Were Unlawful

A senior judge has ruled that using ‘squalid’ army barracks in Folkestone to house cross-Channel migrants was unlawful. Six asylum seekers brought the case claiming the barracks were unsafe and lead to an outbreak of Covid-19. The ruling could see a damages claim against Home Secretary Priti Patel but the Home Office has said use of the barracks would continue, and it was considering its ‘next steps’.

Mr Justice Linden’s judgment said: ‘I do not accept that the accommodation there ensured a standard of living which was adequate for the health of the claimants. Insofar as the defendant considered that the accommodation was adequate for their needs, that view was irrational.’

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