SGC Security Services has been approved by Crown Commercial Services as an approved supplier to the public sector maintains its services during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
We have been approved to supply the following services throughout the UK.
- Security Staff
- Mobile Patrols
- Crowd Safety
- Control Room Services
- CCTV Staff
Crown Commercial Services plays an important role in helping the UK public sector save money when buying common goods and services.
We are the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK. We use our commercial expertise to help buyers in central government and across the public and third sectors to purchase everything from locum doctors and laptops to police cars and electricity.
On Tuesday 31st March at 1600hrs SGC Security Services Managing Director Paul Macarthur will deliver live through our very own E-learning Portal Unit 1 of the NVQ Level 2 Spectator Safety Qualification and live teaching webinar. This is a first of its kind at SGC Security Services and will enable our candidates who have already enrolled to continue their journey of learning and development within the Crowd Safety Industry with expert tutorage and the support of our awarding body Qualifications Network Mark Barber. We are a Qualifications Network Approved Centre and will be working very closely with QNUK to design and deliver some industry-leading qualifications and changes. With the current climate as it is we have moved all of our training online which has seen bringing some revolutionary ideas to the market.
Our management team at SGC Security Services are trying there best to carry out site visits to ensure our staff are safe and well.
We have now introduced a ring round service and our 24-hour control room will be calling our staff and also Skype video during the day and evenings to increase our standard lone worker welfare checks ensuring that our staff are safe and well.
We are keeping to our emergency business pledge to ensure visits are carried out in a safe manner and the focus is to continue supporting our staff on the ground.
In these times of uncertainty, you need a security partner you can trust nationwide SGC Security Services is a market leader within the private security industry. Offering advice, support and partnership to our clients for many years, now more than ever our expertise is being called upon to protect People, Property and Assets. Right at the core of our business is our people right from Guidance and Management of Paul Macarthur our Managing Director through our operations team to our officers on the ground we all have the same desire protect our client’s property, people and assets.
26th March 2020
COVID-19 Company update
Dear SGC Colleague
We would like to update you in terms of the latest Government announcements and hopefully answer some of your questions SGC Security Services is still operating and supporting our staff and clients we want you all to remain safe and well at all times and we are here to support you through these troubling times. We will all play a major part to ensure we eradicate the COVID-19 viruses and continue to ensure the UK is always moving in the right direction keeping people and assets safe and protected. We strongly recommend you keep in contact daily with the control room also checking your Emails, Gallinet, App WhatsApp Message’s as work is available we will do our very best to support you through these times with reduced shifts/ hours based on child care and looking after a vulnerable person within your family. You can also consult your company handbook and welcome pack for further information.
You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. You need to qualify for SSP and have been off work sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days). You cannot get less than the statutory amount. You can get more if your company has a sick pay scheme (or ‘occupational scheme’) – check your employment contract. SSP start date the government is legislating for SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from work if you are absent from work due to sickness or need to stay at home due to COVID-19. Once the legislation has been passed, this will apply retrospectively from 13 March 2020
Proof of sickness
If you’re self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can get SSP if you’re eligible. You should tell your employer as soon as possible and complete online the 111.nhs.uk Please send a copy of the completed form to HR and payroll.
Unless you have been laid off from work and have received an email with a letter from HR which currently no employee at SGC Security Services based on a front line role SIA or Stewarding role has been issued, as we are continuing to offer work across the UK. Based on this you are not illegible under the Government proposed scheme of receiving any pay 80% or a cap of £2,500 per month. If SGC Security Services sends you an email with a covering Furloughed workers letter, then SGC Security Services can claim for the proposed Government scheme which is still not in place as of today’s letter 26th March 2020.
Staying at home
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit. From 6 April the Government are increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.
Key Worker Status
SIA staff and Stewards are now treated as key workers if you are deployed on any of the following sites. Security provision in hospitals; social care; courts; government estate; supermarkets and the food supply chain; the transport network; national infrastructure and utilities to name but a few. If you are providing essential security/ stewarding to a service which itself remains critical and functioning, which attracts key worker status, then you are likely to be covered.
If you have COVID-19 or are staying at home
You are now able to claim Universal Credit, and if required can access advance payments upfront without needing to attend a jobcentre.
Support for rent costs
You should check your eligibility for Universal Credit, which is available for people in and out of work. Support for rental costs will be paid through Universal Credit. From April, the Government are increasing Local Housing Allowance rates to the 30th percentile of market rents. This applies to all private renters who are new or existing Universal Credit housing element claimants and to existing Housing Benefit claimants
Going to work
You should work from home unless it is impossible for you to do so. Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance, if you operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, Security, Crowd Safety or are delivering front line services.
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Looking after your health and wellbeing
To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day