Bassetlaw council leader urges people to stick to Government's coronavirus advice

It will come as no surprise that my column this week is about the coronavirus pandemic and the measures that we are all being asked to take in order to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, write Coun Simon Greaves.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 20th March 2020, 8:20 am
Coun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leader.
Coun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leader.

We are living through unprecedented times and while some of the things that we are being asked to do by the Government will seriously affect our day to day lives, we must remember that everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety is a priority.

As such, here at Bassetlaw Council, there will be a number of ways in which some services may change over the coming days and weeks.

For now, essential services like bin collections, housing repairs and benefits provision are largely unaffected.

Face-to-face contact at council buildings in Worksop, Retford and Harworth will be limited but we are confident that we can continue to provide essential services, albeit in a different way to normal.

We are also looking at further arrangements for things like council meetings and committees and will make further announcements when we are able to do so.

We have a dedicated page on our website that will be providing the most up to date information on any services that may be affected by the coronavirus, along with signposting residents to advice and guidance provided by the Government, Public Health England and the NHS here.

In terms of the national picture, this is changing day by day, but I am pleased to see that the Government has announced financial support of £330 billion for businesses to help the economy through this extremely difficult period.

There will be many businesses in Bassetlaw who are very likely to need this support over the coming weeks.

As a council we are here for you and as soon as we receive the full details and guidance on this funding, we will be making further announcements.

I am also reassured that support will be available for the housing market, including mortgage payers and renters both in the private and social sector.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to follow the latest guidance from the Government and the NHS.

Coun Simon Greaves is the leader of Bassetlaw Council.