Council Actions on Covid19

The local authorities are working extremely hard to keep public services we use every day running as efficiently as possible.  Here is a brief lowdown of some of the steps they are taking during the Covid19 outbreak.

Staffordshire County Council

  • The County Council are working very closely with Government and the NHS to ensure the most vulnerable in our society are protected, and everyone has the help they need.
  • They are also working closely with care homes and care providers to ensure people continue to have care. Including after hospital discharge, where necessary.
  • They're giving advice and support to schools and nurseries on how they can carry out their new roles looking after the children of critical workers and the most vulnerable.
  • They are creating an army of volunteers including students to help with key tasks
  • They're working with our bus companies to change their timetables to align with supermarket opening times for older people (local bus operators are allowing the elderly to use their passes early)
  • Keeping the waste collection routes going with the aim of keeping to the same dates and times wherever possible. The tips and household recycling centres are closed at present.
  • The County Council's own staff have been asked to switch to front line roles including caring, driving and housework

More information can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Tamworth Borough Council

  • Organised a temporary closure of all public buildings including Marmion House, Tamworth Castle, The Assembly Rooms and Tamworth Town Hall.  The Anker Valley Sports Pitches have also been closed until the end of March to help reduce instances of crowds and stop the risk of virus transmission.
  • Sadly the St George's Day festivities have had to be cancelled but the Council will do all they can to keep the rest of the summer's outdoor activities going ahead.
  • Council meetings are cancelled unless urgent business is required.  Working on virtual attendance and meetings where possible.
  • Working with local bodies to boost the volunteer network, identify and support the most vulnerable in society and help them get the help they need.
  • Supporting those who are homeless, in need of emergency housing and securing long-term placements for those in temporary accommodation.
  • Taking steps to ensure that only 'essential visitors' are entering the sheltered accommodation schemes.  Red Line Pull Cords work as normal.
  • Continuing to meet repair duties in all social housing projects.
  • Helping local businesses with issues around licensing, rates and adapting their business to meet new public health measures.
  • Continuing to support the planning process as much as possible.
  • Supporting people who are struggling to pay Council Tax and rent
  • Made Council Car Parks free for the interim - this is aimed at helping critical workers and those who need essential shopping. Please do not abuse.

More information can be found at www.tamworth.gov.uk

Lichfield District Council

  • Council meetings are cancelled unless urgent business is required.  Working on virtual attendance and meetings where possible.
  • Working with local bodies to boost the volunteer network, identify and support the most vulnerable in society and help them get the help they need.
  • Supporting those who are homeless, in need of emergency housing and securing long-term placements for those in temporary accommodation.
  • Taking steps to ensure that only 'essential visitors' are entering the sheltered accommodation schemes.  Red Line Pull Cords work as normal.
  • Continuing to meet repair duties in all social housing projects.
  • Helping local businesses with issues around licensing, rates and adapting their business to meet new public health measures.
  • Continuing to support the planning process as much as possible.
  • Supporting people who are struggling to pay Council Tax and rent
  • Initiating a temporary closure of public offices, information desks and leisure centres to stem the spread of the virus.
  • Keeping Beacon Park open but closing the play area to avoid children congregating.
  • Sadly had to cancel events including the Mother's Day workshop, the Easter Trail and Carrot Day, the Wellbeing Wonder Wander sessions and the other weekly health walks and park events. (including park run, cathedral to castle run and the bower)
  • Made Council Car Parks free for the interim - this is aimed at helping critical workers and those who need essential shopping. Please do not abuse.

For more information visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk

It is an extremely testing time, but our local authorities are prioritising our core services to ensure the people who need the most help will get it.  All district, borough, county and even parish councillors are pitching in to assist residents in self-isolation, to share advice and help people get the support they need.