Councils mobilise to fight Coronavirus

Images above: LB Ealing leader Julian Bell; LB Hounslow leader Steve Curran

Our local councils are organising themselves to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus. The London Boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith have all launched special sections on their websites giving information about what they are doing.

Hounslow Council

LB Hounslow leader Steve Curran issued a statement saying:

‘I want to assure you that the Council is working closely with our local partners, particularly those in the NHS, Public Health England and the Government, to control the spread of coronavirus. Plans are in place to help manage any potential impact on services, and we’re meeting with local community and voluntary groups to see how best we can support and help coordinate this inspiring groundswell of good work.

‘Teams across the Council have identified our residents and staff who may be at particular risk and are supporting them to stay healthy and get advice at the earliest opportunity should they become unwell. Our priority for now, above all else, is the protection of our vulnerable residents and the delivery of frontline services on which people rely’.

The Council has a Coronavirus advice’ section on its website which is updated daily and pulls together a range of information and advice.

It is also going to be sending out regular e-newsletters to residents with updates on the latest information, access to support and ways you can get involved in the community effort. Sign up here.

You can read Cllr Curran’s full statement here.

Ealing Council

LB Ealing leader Julian Bell said this:

‘The council is working closely with government, our local partners, like voluntary groups and the NHS, and with business groups on our response to this fast-moving situation. Ealing CVS is offering advice and signposting for the local community and other voluntary groups.

‘I would like to reassure you that crucial council services are working normally and our priority remains to care for our elderly and vulnerable residents. We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that we can continue to deliver these vital services over the coming months’.

Ealing Council has announced temporary closure of most of the borough’s libraries and the cancellation of council meetings as part of measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Cllr Bell point out that for most people this is a mild illness. For older people or those with pre-existing conditions it can be serious.

‘We can all play our part in delaying the spread and limiting the impact on the elderly and other vulnerable groups by following the chief medical officer’s advice on travel, social distancing and self-isolating’.

Here’s Ealing Council’s Coronavirus advice

Coronavirus updates here

Read Cllr Bell’s full statement here.

Image above: LB Hammersmith leader Steve Cowan

Hammersmith Council

LB Hammersmith leader Steve Cowan said:

‘Coronavirus is a huge challenge for everyone in our community. People are understandably worried about their health, the health of their friends and loved ones, and how they will cope. So I want to reassure everyone that Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been doing everything we can to prepare for this and is on your side.

‘There are many people in our borough who are extremely vulnerable: from people needing daily home care, families in food poverty, to homeless people rough sleeping on our streets. We have an extensive plan to help them. We will always do everything we can to support our most vulnerable residents’.

‘There’s already an extensive network of people and organisations who volunteer. People who run foodbanks, homeless shelters, youth clubs, community centres, residents’ groups and much more. We’re working with them to set up H&F CAN – a resilience network which will:

  • co-ordinate a borough-wide volunteer operation
  • provide an easy way to donate money that will be used to support vulnerable people

Sign up for Hammersmith Council updates here.

Read Cllr Cowan’s full statement here, including details of how to register for the Community Aid Network.