Apologies yesterday’s briefing is only going out today.
This afternoon I was interviewed by Al Jazeera and BBC South East, I reminded them of our city’s message not to come to Brighton & Hove yet, not until it’s safe to do so. And that most residents in this neighbourhood don’t have gardens and the seafront is their only place to exercise.
We have remained critical of the u-turn from government on their proposed funding for councils- at the start of the pandemic we were advised we would get “whatever it takes” while last week the minister for councils advised that not all of our costs would be reimbursed.
So we will need to have an imaginative approach for the local economy to bounce back. Some of this will be helped with our proposals for transport which will help small traders. I will be sitting on the recovery sub-committee detailed below in the briefing and with all of the other issues I deal with, would welcome your thoughts on how our local economy recovers fairly and how we make best use of available resources.
Please find today’s city council update below. We will answer your queries just as soon as we can. If you are self-isolating and need shopping or a prescription delivered or just a chat on the phone, both Hannah and I are more than happy to help. If you have a neighbour who would like to be added to these emails please drop me a line.
Please continue to exercise safe social distancing and, above all, stay safe!
Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty
Leader of the Official Opposition
Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council
Opposition Spokesperson on the Policy and Resources Committee
Member of the Tourism Development and Culture Committee and Planning Committee
Greater Brighton Economic Board, Strategic Delivery Board, Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited, Representative to the Local Government Association
Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ
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Subject: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Date: 6.15pm Friday 15 May 2020
Briefing number: 50
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Through the newly formed Policy & Resources (Recovery) Sub-Committee, councillors and council officers will develop the Recovery Programme which will seek to build a solid foundation for the city, so that Brighton & Hove has the best opportunity to emerge as a safer and healthier city.
This is an unprecedented challenge for our businesses and communities, and we will work with partners in the city and across the region to consider the longer-term implications and provide a recovery programme.
Our preparations for recovery will enable the council, its residents and businesses to be in the best possible position to minimise losses and make best use of opportunities that emerge. This will require a co-ordinated programme over the next 18 months.
A fair and sustainable recovery
In our city, there has been a dramatic increase in people using food services. In one week alone in April, 40 local projects gave out food parcels to 3,001 households, supporting over 4,831 people, including at least 996 children.
While there is no underestimating the tragedy of what is happening, or the scale of the challenge ahead as we feel the long-lasting effects on our economy and our way of life, there is cause for optimism.
We have been given a once in a generation opportunity to renew, rebuild and reshape our society for the better and in a way that leaves nobody in our city behind.
The government has asked schools to prepare to begin to open for more children from 1 June. The council is working very closely with our schools and their staff teams, trade unions and governors to ensure that this wider reopening of schools happens safely.
Councillor Allcock reassure residents that the most important factor for us is the safety and well-being of our children, teaching and support staff, and the wider community including parents, grandparents and carers.
We have strongly advised our schools that they should only reopen to more children when their risk assessments indicate it is safe to do so.
Wish you were here – but not just yet
Councillor Carmen Appich outlines that while we miss our visitors, it’s still in everyone’s best interest for visitors stay away for the time being. Protect our city; protect the people who live here and who make it such a special place to visit.
Exercising and public spaces
We’ve published an update on the latest guidance regarding exercise and going out.
- spend more time outdoors – for example sitting in parks and open spaces and enjoying the fresh air
- exercise as often as we wish – following physical distancing guidelines
- meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following physical distancing guidelines
- use outdoor sports facilities such as a tennis court or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart. Team sports are not permitted.
Despite the changes, it’s crucial we keep two metres apart from anyone that we do not live with. We are encouraging and reminding people about the need for physical distancing through signage and pavement stencilling across the city.
You can now:
- spend more time outdoors
- exercise as often as you wish
- meet one other person from a different household outdoors
- use some outdoor sports facilities
But please keep 2m apart from those not in your household