City Council Covid-19 Briefing 08.04.20

Please see todays briefing below. There will be no briefing over the Easter weekend so tomorrow’s will be the last until Tuesday 14th April.

As ever, let us know if you have any queries.

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Youth services in the city
  • Appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations
  • Planning Service update
  • Survey: How are people are receiving coronavirus information?
  • Request help for the most vulnerable people

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor, announced £750m of funding for frontline charities.

Angela McLean, chief scientific adviser at the Ministry of Defence, said new UK cases of the virus are “not accelerating out of control”.

The emphasis continues to be on the need to stay at home and maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. These actions slow the opportunities for the virus to be passed from person to person and this saves lives.

Everyone should:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home


Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Anyone can spread the virus.

Stay home and save lives.

Service changes

Information on council service changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19) are on our website.

Youth services in the city

More than 30 youth groups and organisations across Brighton & Hove are continuing to offer services to support young people through the Coronavirus crisis.

More information on our website

Appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations

We continue to ask for PPE donations. Thank you for the contributions received already.

While we are doing everything we can to source additional supplies on top of the stock being provided nationally, we’re calling for help from local businesses such as tattoo parlours, health and beauty salons, construction, schools and colleges.

We’re looking for fluid replant masks, protective eye goggles, disposable latex gloves, and plastic aprons.

Donations can be taken direct to Hove Town Hall where our PPE distribution team will see that it gets to front-line staff. Please drop off donations between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday.

Thank you in advance for any suitable equipment you can give and please remember to maintain the 2 metre social distancing guidelines.  We will not be able to accept any homemade equipment.

More information is available on our website

Planning Service update

Updated information about how we’re running our Planning Service during the COVID-19 pandemic has been posted on our website. This includes details about pre-application advice, Planning Performance Agreements and new applications.

We are also proposing to postpone the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on planning permissions granted on and from 1 June to 5 October 2020. A final decision on the postponement, which has been recommended by planning officers, is anticipated to be taken at a meeting of the council in May. 

However, for now, the Planning Service is continuing with preparations to implement CIL. Reports are scheduled for committee during late April and May. Full council will then have to approve the adoption of the charging schedule and changes to the council’s constitution.

Details are on the CIL section of our website.

How are people are receiving coronavirus information?

Residents are being asked to share their experiences of how they receive and use information about public health and NHS services.

People are being encouraged to fill in a short online survey which is being promoted by Brighton & Hove CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). The survey closes this Sunday, 12 April.

The aim is to find out where people are getting information from and whether people are

linked in to community support.  

Request help for the most vulnerable people

Vulnerable people across the city are being supported with emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection, as well as wellbeing and loneliness support.

You can get additional COVID-19 related support from the community advice and support hub.

  • If you, or someone you know needs support to get essential supplies like food or medication and you don’t have family, friends or a support/care worker to help you, go to: new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-help 
  • If you have no way of getting online and no one to help you, you can call 01273 293117, and press option 2 
  • If you need information about changes to existing council services because of the COVID-19 situation, please search for the relevant service on the council website, or visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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