Senior councillors in Stafford will be giving an update on the local authority’s response to the Covid-19 crisis at a meeting today (5 May 2020).
The virtual meeting of the cabinet at Stafford Borough Council will be held on Tuesday (5 May) with residents able to log in. They held their first meeting via teleconference in April.
The council was asked by the government to set up a ‘Community Hub’ to help support vulnerable and isolated householders in the borough. It has included food parcel deliveries, as well as wellbeing checks on residents and the offer to find help with dog walking or gardening.
Some staff have been diverted from their normal day jobs to help with work in other areas of the council that have increased because of the coronavirus crisis.
Leader of the council, Patrick Farrington, along with each of his fellow five cabinet members, will share feedback from their portfolios – Environment, Communities and Health, Economic Development and Planning, Resources, and Leisure.
The feedback will include the millions paid out in Government backed grants to businesses across the borough, work to help prevent homelessness, and an update on the success of the ‘Community Hub.’
Councillor Farrington said: “There is an enormous amount of work going on across the council in response to this crisis. It is the biggest challenge I have faced as leader but I’m pleased at how everyone has risen to that challenge
“There are things we are now delivering that we were not even thinking about a couple of months ago, there are services which have had to adapt significantly because of new guidance or regulations, and we have people carrying out tasks which have nothing to do with their normal day to day jobs.”
Councillor Farrington said he was in regular contact with his cabinet colleagues, the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government, local MPs, and council Chief Executive Tim Clegg as well as other local authority leaders.
He added: “It is important that the process of open government continues in these difficult circumstances and our cabinet meeting is a good opportunity to let people hear what the role of their local authority is during this pandemic.”
The virtual meeting will take place at 3pm on Tuesday with more details about the committee at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/committeemeetings
Changes to some of the services the council provides are available from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/changes-to-some-of-our-services
To find out more about how the council can help vulnerable people during Covid-19 go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Press Release No 5632