Covid-19 Update 26.11.20

Dear all

Your Updates below

  1. Tier 2
  2. Historic seafront lanterns
  3. The Spending review
  4. Floral Clock Christmas Tree
  5. Funding secured to prevent long term homelessness

If there are any other local issues you’re having please email us and we will do what we can do about it.

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

(1)Tier 2

Today we heard that we will be put into Tier 2 after lockdown ends next week. Lockdown continues till 2nd December. Thank you for all of your serious sacrifice in driving down infections and please continue to observe the national restrictions. More about what Tier 2 means here.

The government has made this decision, there’s no negotiation, but we will have the situation reviewed again on 16th December. Our rates of transmission have fallen over all in a positive way in the last two weeks, but they remain high for those aged over 60, also we have had volatility with our numbers over the last number of weeks. The new guidance this time states that local council areas will no longer be counted on their own but their region will have an average. In effect this means that although technically we would have returned to Tier 1 next week under the old system, the new one means our average from growing cases around us in East Sussex bumps us up.

Our task now will be to keep up the good work on driving down- and keeping down- transmissions. Please see the comment from the Director of Public Health and my comment in the council’s press release below.

(2)Historic seafront lanterns

I was horrified 2 of our historic seafront lamps ended up for sale online. I wrote immediately to the Chief Executive of Colas Ltd, the contractor for the work.

I am pressing for

-an urgent investigation & public apology

-measures in place to ensure this won’t happen again

(3)The Spending review

Although there was some welcome investment in things like funding for adult social care and rough sleeping, I criticised the Chancellor’s spending review for a number of reasons:

–there is no new money for public health (at the height of a public health pandemic)

–although investment in council services has never been more desperately needed after a decade of cuts, the government passed the buck on national action, preferring to shift the burden onto councils to raise council tax in local communities rather than fund our budget gap directly with a government grant.

(4)Floral Clock Christmas Tree

Timetable for the Floral Clock Christmas Tree.

Today, Thursday 26 November: installation of c30ft Nordmann fir tree

Friday 27 November: installation of fencing around tree

Tuesday 8 December: installation of lights on tree and lighting.

Sadly the pandemic means it’s highly unlikely we will be able to have a community celebration event this year. The tree will still be lit for everyone to enjoy.

(5)Funding secured to prevent long term homelessness

Some of the city’s most vulnerable rough sleepers will be able to benefit from targeted, appropriate support and accommodation after Green Councillors secured backing to expand the ‘Housing First’ scheme in Brighton and Hove. Housing First, which was first introduced in the city under the first Green council, is a programme that provides support to homeless people failed by traditional approaches, and who may otherwise remain on and off the streets for a longer period.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 city update

Dear colleagues

The government has today announced that when lockdown ends at midnight next Wednesday 2 December, Brighton & Hove will be in Tier 2 along with the rest of Sussex.

The latest figures show that that cases of Covid 19 have reduced in the past week in all age groups. The case rate among people over 60 years old has fallen which is encouraging, but the level of infection in older people still remains a concern. You can find all the data about the current rate of cases in the city on our website.

I want to thank everyone who has helped reduce the rate of transmission in the city during lockdown. But I continue to ask that we all keep this up when lockdown ends and we go into Tier 2 next Wednesday.

If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – self-isolate immediately along with your household and apply for a test.

It is really important that we don’t relax our efforts now.

Kind regards

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said:

“To every person that has stayed at home, made space for others, worn a mask, washed their hands, followed the guidelines – thank you for the sacrifices you continue to make. The individual actions we are taking, together, are saving lives and protecting the NHS. But I would appeal to everyone that we have a long way to go until we have beaten this pandemic.

“While some businesses in the city will be looking forward to reopening I am acutely aware of the continuing effect on the hospitality sector during what is normally one of their busiest times of the year. I urge them to seek advice and lobby for further financial support as well as check for eligibility to the council’s business grants scheme.

“We should respect the sacrifice many have already made and keep working to bring down and keep down transmission rates of Covid in the city. 

“The worst scenario before we have a vaccine would be to have a big increase in cases at the very time of the year when our hospitals would usually be busy. Let’s not take that risk. 

“Please think about others and continue to stand up for most vulnerable.” 

The Tier 2 (high alert) rules are:

  • You can’t socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
  • You can meet in a group of up to six outside – including in a garden, or a public place
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen if they are Covid-secure
  • Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can be served with that meal
  • Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller
  • Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume with restrictions
  • Non-essential foreign travel is allowed subject to quarantine rules.

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