How we're continuing to support residents and businesses

Published: 22 June 2020

Coronavirus updates


How we're continuing to support residents and businesses

Throughout the COVID-19 health emergency we’ve been busy supporting our residents and continue to provide services to those who need them – especially those who are vulnerable.

As restrictions start to lift, we are restoring more services in line with the latest advice from government. 80 per cent of our schools have begun welcoming back more pupils, our tidy tips have successfully re-opened and we’ve resumed collecting garden waste - to name but a few. We’ve also been supporting businesses to re-open safely and making it easier to socially distance in our town centres.

The short video is a snapshot of just some of the work that has been going on to help us get through these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 Health Emergency Update

Ward Councillors have extra cash to help their communities

Ward Councillor Scheme

Councillors now have extra funding to help local groups in their area deal with the consequences of COVID-19.

Each year, as part of the Ward Councillor Grant Scheme, Councillors are given £2,000 which they can allocate to groups in their area which aim to improve the lives of local people.

This week it was agreed to extend the existing Ward Councillor Grant Scheme and allocate an additional £1,000 to each Ward Councillor. This is to enable them to support local groups that are dealing with the direct consequences of the current public health emergency. This will undoubtedly have put pressure on their activities which is why we want to help them.

It means that many local voluntary and community groups that have stepped up to help as part of their response to the pandemic, can now apply for a grant after first talking to their Ward Councillor.

You can find details on the council’s website

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