Covid-19 updates 21-23.4.20

Apologies I’m only getting around to posting updates now.

Please also find attached some details of the Southern Housing crisis fund for tenants in the east of the ward. If you aren’t a tenant yourself but know someone who is, they can access the crisis fund during the pandemic and of course we would be happy to try and get a referral to the fund for residents. 

Please also find Covid19 information from the excellent Possability People headed up by one of our very own residents- Geraldine. https://www.possabilitypeople.org.uk/coronavirus/

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, or you want to be removed please drop me a line.

Please stay safe!

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

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

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

01273 291357

Twitter @phelimmac

City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           4:30pm Thursday 23 April 2020

Briefing number:     35

Contact:                      Queries about this briefing can be sent to

news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                

Overview

This briefing is sent out daily on weekdays to share the latest actions being taken in response to Covid-19 coronavirus.

These daily briefings include the latest information from across the council and partner organisations in Brighton & Hove.

The latest briefing will be published online soon after you are sent it. This is the link for sharing

Additional briefings will be sent at other times if information needs to be shared urgently.

If the daily early evening Downing Street announcement requires major service changes to be made locally, this will be communicated as soon as possible. Updates will usually follow the next working day when changes are agreed.

Government guidance and announcements are available from the government website.

In this briefing

  • Service changes
  • Please stay home and save lives
  • Food update
  • Cancellation of exams and assessments
  • Greater Brighton pledge to work together on Covid-19 economic recovery plan
  • A259/West Street junction works
  • New homes and offices approved at virtual planning meeting

Service changes

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

Please stay home and save lives

In the council leader’s most recent address, Councillor Nancy Platts is thanking those who have helped protect the NHS and save lives by social distancing but says it’s vital we don’t let our guard down now.

Councillor Platts has repeated the message that the seafront should only be used for essential exercise by those living nearby and not for sunbathing, meeting with friends or swimming in the sea.

We are also putting two metre stencil markings in parks to highlight the need for social distancing, the same as those already used on the seafront.

It is also important that all shops ensure staff and customers maintain social distancing, for everyone’s safety, to reduce the risk of infection 

Food update

Community gardens in the city are growing more food than ever to support the needs of Brighton & Hove residents.  

A number of community run projects are increasing the amount of food they’re growing and donating it to local initiatives supporting residents classed as extremely vulnerable and have registered a need for food support.

The food is then either being used in food parcels or to create hot meals.  For more information on this story please visit our website.

Cancellation of exams and assessments

The government has cancelled all school and college exams and assessments this year. This is because of the national Coronavirus restrictions. 

It applies to all age groups – from pre-school all the way up to A-levels.

The government’s Office for Qualifications (Ofqual) has sent a very clear and detailed message to students explaining how this affects GCSE and A-level students and what will now happen instead.

More information, including local support on offer for students can be found on our website.

Greater Brighton pledge on Covid-19 economic recovery plan

Greater Brighton leaders have agreed to work together on a Covid-19 economic recovery plan for the city.

The board, which is made up of local authorities, education providers, business partnerships and other bodies, has acknowledged the need to outline ways in which it can support the thousands of businesses and residents affected by coronavirus (Covid-19).

At a meeting this week, the board agreed to pool public and private sector expertise to work up proposals which could support sectors adversely affected by COVID-19, such as hospitality and tourism.  Read more.

A259/West Street junction works

As part the redevelopment of Shelter Hall, work will begin next week to make the A259 Kings Road/West Street junction safer for cyclists and pedestrians and improve traffic flow for motorists.

The junction, which is usually used by 36,000 vehicles, 30,000 pedestrians and 2,500 cyclists every day, is a key link between Brighton railway station and the seafront. 

While the number of vehicles on our roads has significantly reduced due to coronavirus (Covid-19) movement restrictions, doing the work now will minimise disruption to motorists and local businesses.

New homes and offices approved at virtual planning meeting

Councillors have backed proposals to build new homes and offices in Brighton & Hove as part of the development of our city, beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, during the historic first in a series of virtual meetings.

An application to build 148 homes plus more than 950 square metres of office floor space in Newtown Road, Hove, was approved by the city’s Planning Committee yesterday – the first council committee to meet virtually, using video-conferencing technology, to ensure that vital infrastructure decisions continue to be taken during the Covid-19 outbreak.  Read more.

Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC

Facebook:     https://en-gb.facebook.com/BrightonandHoveCityCouncil/

City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           5:45pm Wednesday 22 April 2020

Briefing number:     34

Contact:                      Queries about this briefing can be sent to

news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                

Overview

This briefing is sent out daily on weekdays to share the latest actions being taken in response to Covid-19 coronavirus.

These daily briefings include the latest information from across the council and partner organisations in Brighton & Hove.

The latest briefing will be published online soon after you are sent it. This is the link for sharing

Additional briefings will be sent at other times if information needs to be shared urgently.

If the daily early evening Downing Street announcement requires major service changes to be made locally, this will be communicated as soon as possible. Updates will usually follow the next working day when changes are agreed.

Government guidance and announcements are available from the government website.

In this briefing

  • Service changes
  • Ireland Lodge care home
  • Key worker testing
  • Embracing ‘digital democracy’
  • Letting of council housing and housing association properties
  • City Plan Part Two (Protecting local shops and parades)

Service changes

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

Update on Ireland Lodge care home

Ireland Lodge is a Brighton-based care home for people with dementia. It is run by the council and currently has 20 residents.

Staff at the home recently raised serious concerns in a letter written to management. Staff also requested no new residents to be admitted to the home.

It has been agreed that no new residents will be admitted at this time to Ireland Lodge. Residents at the home are currently showing no symptoms of Covid-19 and there have been no new admissions to the home since 8 April 2020.

Read more.

Key worker testing

Testing for Covid-19 is being expanded to all frontline key workers at Brighton & Hove City Council with coronavirus-like symptoms. This is to ensure that key workers who are self-isolating can go back to work if they’re well enough.

The test allows key workers to find out whether they or members of their household currently have coronavirus. It is not an antibody test to identify if someone has had or is immune to the virus.

Frontline key workers can access testing at several drive-through testing sites across Sussex.  More information can be found on the website.

Embracing ‘digital democracy’

Brighton & Hove saw ‘digital democracy’ in action from today as councillors met for the first in a series of virtual meetings to ensure the efficient running of the city throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planning Committee was the first council committee to meet virtually, using video-conferencing technology – which will also allow members of the public to make representations where necessary. The first virtual meeting of the full council is scheduled for tomorrow.

All virtual meetings will be held using Skype. Options for members of the public to speak on a specific matter on the agenda, such as a planning matter, include dialling in using a pre-designated link. Interested parties could also have questions/deputations presented on their behalf by a council officer if unable to join a telephone conference themselves.

Meanwhile, the public can continue to follow all committee meetings as usual by watching webcasts of individual meetings.

Letting of council housing and housing association properties

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and government advice around moving home, we are temporarily stopping the letting of council homes to new tenants on our housing register. Many of our housing association partners are also pausing new lets.

This is starting from Wednesday 22 April following the completion of the latest bidding cycle on our choice based letting system, Homemove.

We’ve continued to run the service but arranging moves, ensuring access to amenities and bringing the property up to a lettable standard are becoming an increasing problem.

The process has also become very stressful for tenants and prospective tenants, many of whom are high risk in terms of Covid-19 and are self-isolating or shielding.

We will be contacting everyone who’s been matched to a property in previous bidding cycle or signed a tenancy agreement for a new property and are unable to move. All offers and agreements will remain in place.

Our Homemove team are still processing all new applications to the joint housing register and responding to enquires.

As soon as the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we are able to return to lettings, our focus will be on making sure all empty properties are let as quickly as possible.

We will be continuing lettings of temporary accommodation for people who need to move in an emergency.

Protecting local shops and parades

Special policies to protect shopping parades, pubs and independent retailers will support local businesses and encourage community wealth-building in different areas of the city.

The policies are included in the second part of the City Plan, which will be discussed at the first ‘virtual’ council meeting this Thursday, 23 April. The Plan will be used to guide development for the next 10 years.

If agreed there will be a further opportunity to comment on the Plan. The council will consider the best time to carry out public consultation after the coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions are lifted.

Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC

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City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           4:30pm Tuesday 21 April 2020

Briefing number:     33

Contact:                      Queries about this briefing can be sent to

news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                

Overview

This briefing is sent out daily on weekdays to share the latest actions being taken in response to Covid-19 coronavirus.

These daily briefings include the latest information from across the council and partner organisations in Brighton & Hove.

The latest briefing will be published online soon after you are sent it. This is the link for sharing

Additional briefings will be sent at other times if information needs to be shared urgently.

If the daily early evening Downing Street announcement requires major service changes to be made locally, this will be communicated as soon as possible. Updates will usually follow the next working day when changes are agreed.

Government guidance and announcements are available from the government website.

In this briefing

  • Service changes
  • Council urges self-employed and SMEs to seek support
  • A safe and happy Ramadan
  • Protecting our city’s children
  • City Plan Part Two
  • Healthy meals
  • Withdean recycling

Service changes

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

Council urges self-employed and SMEs to seek support

With more than 29,000 self-employed people in Brighton & Hove, the council is urging those whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus to seek support.

We have created a dedicated page for the self-employed and freelancers to find the most appropriate support available to them.

The government has devised a number of measures to help self-employed and freelance workers who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19), for example, the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) allows self-employed people to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for three months.

we urge anyone who is struggling to navigate the various schemes to check out our business support page and FAQs which have been designed to help them find what’s right for them”.

A safe and happy Ramadan

Ramadan this year runs from Thursday 23 April. It is the holiest month of the year for Muslims when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. 

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours and increase spiritual devotional acts, such as prayer and giving to charity.

With Covid-19 restrictions in place in many countries around the world, Ramadan will likely be a different experience for Muslims celebrating this year.

Many will not be able to travel, be with family or attend Mosque to pray as they usually would. 

Due to the restrictions on people attending Mosque, calls to prayer are being extended on Friday and may be audible outside some Mosques in the city.

It is vital for everyone to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The Muslim Council of Britain’s website has guidance on celebrating Ramadan at home, including tips for staying connected online, planning food and shopping, and studying at working at home during Ramadan.

If you see something – say something! Help protect our city’s children

The Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership (BHSCP) is calling on all the city’s residents to help protect vulnerable children and their families through these difficult times.

If you see or hear something that worries you and think a child may be at risk or in need of support – please:

City Plan Part Two

Reducing waste and re-using materials, improved management of green open spaces and attractive environments for walking and cycling will reduce carbon emissions in future development and increase the biodiversity of the city’s plants and wildlife.

Policies in the City Plan Part 2 support the city’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030. The plan will be discussed at city’s first ‘virtual’ council meeting this Thursday (23 April).  Read more on our newsroom.

Healthy meals

Our partners, The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, have created a booklet of healthy meal recipes for those with limited kitchen equipment.

The recipe booklet has options for people that only have access to a kettle, microwave or toaster and can be found on their website

Withdean recycling

Due to the ‘Hot Hub’ testing site being set up at the sports complex, the recycling point at the Withdean Stadium has been moved to the east end/overflow car park.

You can find a list of all recycling points in the city can be found on our website.

Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news

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