Covid-19 Update 27.4.20

Dear all

Please find Covid19 information below the update from Healthwatch. Information also attached from the Council’s community hub.

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 Monday 27 April 2020

Briefing number:     37

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
  • Supporting our city’s businesses
  • Second round of Covid-19 grants for community groups
  • Support for travellers and van dwellers in the city
  • Food update
  • ‘Fake’ council posters

Service changes

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

Supporting our city’s businesses

So far, we have paid out more than £32.1m to around 2,000 businesses in Brighton & Hove with another 2,000 on track to be completed by the end of this week.

We have also trained an additional 23 staff to join our business rates team who have been working 7-days-a-week to process these applications.

You can read more on this in council leader Nancy Platt’s address, including more information about the support available to local businesses.

Second round of Covid-19 grants for community groups

Another 17 community and voluntary organisations have been awarded grants from the council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency fund.

Grants awarded from the fund now total more than £100,000.

Projects benefitting this round include groups providing emergency food and community meals, support for older isolated people and help for victims of domestic abuse. These include:

  • The Bevy – to cover costs of providing community meals
  • Brighton Women’s Centre – to cover costs of additional demand and phones for victims
  • Time to Talk Befriending – to cover additional support for isolated older people 
  • RISE – for home working equipment to continue help and support for victims of domestic abuse
  • Fareshare – to cover management of extra volunteers recruited to cover crisis
  • St Richards Church & Community Centre – to support the emergency food hub and cover lost income from the partial closure of the centre

Read more on our newsroom.

Support for travellers and van dwellers in the city

We have been working closely with people living in vans to make sure they have the support they need to keep themselves safe during the crisis.

The chair of the council’s housing committee, Councillor Gill Williams, said: “We have visited all the city’s van dwellers and offered them alternative accommodation.

“This would provide people with the facilities they need over the time of the pandemic, and enable them to self-isolate if that is required. 

“However, we cannot force them to accept this offer.  

“Our traveller support team has carried out welfare checks and given advice in line with government guidance.

“The team will continue to be in regular contact with people in lived-in vehicles at all the locations we are aware of. 

“We have also given information to people in lived in vehicles about available toilets, water supplies and refuse points across the city.” 

Most of the public toilets have been closed in the city following the continued government requirement for people to stay at home. We’ve had increasing difficulties operating and maintaining them safely, including a rise in anti-social behaviour and vandalism.  

We have kept a number of toilets open for people who do not have access to any other toilet facilities. This includes people living in vans.

Food update

Albion in the community has started delivering food to vulnerable families and fans with help from Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, the Ivy in the Lanes in Ship Street and Bill’s restaurant and bar in North Road. 

So far, more than a thousand meals have been delivered in Brighton & Hove, Lancing, Adur and Worthing.  To find out more you can read more from Albion in the community here.

‘Fake’ council posters

We are aware that a number of fly-posters have been put up in the city with various lines about staying at home and including the council logo.

While we support any messages which encourage people to stay at home, we can confirm that these posters are fake and have nothing to do with the council.

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

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC

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

Covid-19: Healthwatch update

We are hope you are all keeping well. This week’s briefing includes information on new GP Covid-19 hot hubs, Urgent Dental Care hubs, looking after your mental health, cancer support and advice from Ageing Well. We have included more information on the Brighton and Hove Community Hub, plus the latest numbers of positive cases and deaths in the City and across Sussex. Lastly, we have included the latest guidance produced by Healthwatch. 

GP hubs 

To ensure patients remain safe and get the care they need during the 
Covid-19 pandemic, dedicated sites and areas within some practices, called
‘hot sites’, are being introduced. These are for anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, and for anyone who is isolated at home with household members with Covid-19 -symptoms.

A service is now available at Withdean, but others are expected to open in due course. PLEASE NOTE that this is not a drop-in service, it is by GP referral only, and only patients booked in will be seen. Patients cannot directly contact or visit the Withdean site.

If you have any health concerns you should continue to contact your own GP surgery first, or call NHS 111. Healthwatch has produced a guide which provides more information about seeing a GP which you can access here.

Dentists – Urgent Dental Care Hubs

Patients can still contact a dentist if they require medical help. Whilst face to face dental appointments have mostly stopped, dental practices have replaced these with telephone consultations. Dentists can still prescribe medications such as pain relief and antibiotics.

If a dentist thinks you need to be seen for urgent treatment, they will make a referral to one of the new Urgent Dental Care Hubs. PLEASE NOTE that you cannot self-refer to one of these Hubs. 

Some Hubs are based outside of Brighton, but support is available to help
you travel to these sites. Healthwatch has produced a guide which provides more information about seeing a dentist which you can access here.

Looking after your mental health

The NHS has created a webpage containing expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Information is provided to help you cope with this current health situation, to help support any children and to help you whilst you work or stay at home. Healthwatch has also updated its guide providing top tips for looking after your mental health and staying physically active

Cancer support

The Macmillan Horizon Centre Schedule (for April and May 2020) includes  phone and virtual support:

Phone support: 01273 468770. Counselling, welfare benefits advice,  information and support, check in calls

Virtual Support sessions: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10:30 – Managing anxiety; cookery session; breathing workshop; yoga and Pilates

If you are worried that you may have cancer-related symptoms you should
contact your GP immediately. If your GP is concerned, you will be referred
to hospital, and should be seen within two weeks. Look out for future communications from Healthwatch on this topic. 

Ageing Well support and advice

To help support people during the outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK, Ageing Well have collated a detailed list of local and national services, primarily for those aged 50 and over. 

Brighton and Hove update

As at 23 April, the city’s total number of positive cases stood at 334, with just over 350 deaths across Sussex healthcare trusts (not just Brighton & Hove).

Brighton & Hove Community Hub

The Council has established a Community Hub which offers additional help in coping with coronavirus. We have attached a document produced by the Council which provides more detail.

Healthwatch information and advice

We have updated our guide to local health and social care services, FAQsdedicated Covid-19 webpage and top tips for staying active and looking after your mental health.

This week we published new guides which provide information about visiting a dentist, GP and collection of prescriptions.

We are currently collating information to understand how easy it is to obtain dental appointments and urgent treatment. Do get in touch if you have a story that you would like to share with us.

If you need information on a particular topic please let us know office@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk

Healthwatch website. Information is available in a variety of formats and our fully accessible Covid-19 webpage can be accessed via: here https://covid.reciteme.com/healthwatchbrightonandhove/

Ward Surgery – Wednesday 29.04

Normally, as your councillors we host a monthly advice drop in (or “ward surgery”) on the last Wednesday of each month at Cornerstone Community Centre.

Obviously at the moment we can’t do that (!) but we still want to provide our community with the opportunity to ask us any questions and get any support from us on the date it would have gone ahead.

So we’re hosting it this Wednesday (29th April) online (via zoom, in private rooms) and offering 15 minute chats to people who need us. We will be starting at 7.15pm and finishing around 8.30pm.

If you’d like to book one in, please email us at brunswickandadelaide@brightonhove.greenparty.org.uk and one of us will send you the details.

Let me know any questions as ever and the email address above does forward to both myself and Phélim so can also be used to contact us, or individually on hannah.clare@brighton-hove.gov.uk, phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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.

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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

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC

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City Council Covid 19 update 20.04.20

Hope you are keeping well.

Please find today’s update below. We continue to work for you and 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.  

Here is some information from the city council on supporting your own well being https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/supporting-your-wellbeing

In this briefing

  • Service changes
  • Message from council leader Nancy Platts
  • ‘Hot site’ at Withdean
  • Support for self-employed and freelance workers
  • City Plan part two
  • Housing repairs helpdesk

Service changes

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

Message from council leader Nancy Platts

Council leader Nancy Platts is again calling on people to respect important social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.  It comes after concerns were raised about gatherings around the city at the weekend.

Councillor Platts said: “I want to reiterate the importance of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. We have reports of increased numbers of people out and about in groups over the weekend. The risk of spreading COVID-19 is still high, and the virus spreads between people when they gather.

“Everyone needs to follow the government guidelines of staying at home and only going out for exercise and shopping for essentials, once a day.

“If you are out for exercise or shopping, please maintain at least 2 metres (about 6 feet) of distance from others, including if you’re queueing outside shops.

“Social distancing is vital. We’ve had lots of concerned residents getting in touch about people having BBQs and picnics on the outskirts of the city. I know the weather is improving and people want to make the most of it, but those having these social gatherings are putting themselves and others at risk. This is about saving lives.

“We all need to look out for each other and ensure we’re following the guidelines and maintaining social distance.

“Thank you to everyone who is staying at home, protecting the NHS and helping to save lives.”

CCG update about ‘hot site’ at Withdean

Any patient with Covid-19 symptoms will be given an appointment at a so called ‘hot site’ rather than their own GP practice. Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has shared more information about the service available at Withdean and how people can access appointments.

This is not a drop-in service, it is by GP referral only.  Patients will be directed to the Withdean site from General Practice or NHS111 and will also be triaged by GPs on the site.

The site will deliver a service to people across Brighton and Hove who have Covid-19 symptoms or are isolated at home with household members with Covid-19 symptoms. 

Patients can only access the service by car, not by foot, part of strict infection control measures to ensure the safety of staff, residents and those being tested.

Support for self-employed and freelance workers

A new webpage has gone live today, with information to support the self-employed and freelance workers.

It includes information for licensed businesses such as taxi and private hire companies, those working in the cultural sector and advice for food and drink businesses.

It also contains links to the government’s income self-employment income support scheme.

City Plan part two

A blueprint that will guide new development in the city to 2030 to provide more genuinely affordable homes for local people, reduce carbon emissions and support economic recovery will be discussed at the city’s first ‘virtual’ council meeting on Thursday (23 April).

Councillors will vote on whether to move forward with the latest version of the City Plan Part 2 and open it up for a final round of public consultation before it is submitted to the government for an independent examination.

You can read more on our newsroom which includes some of the included policies.

Housing repairs helpdesk

The repairs helpdesk is now working remotely and dealing with emergency repairs only. A service voicemail has been introduced – when tenants call they’ll be asked to leave a message and their name, contact number and address, and we will call them back as soon as possible.

The voicemail is being monitored 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, with the usual emergency out-of-hours service operating outside of these hours.

The repairs service currently only carrying out emergency repairs and health and safety maintenance checks. An emergency repair would involve:

  • Serious leak or flooding
  • Loss of power or other service
  • Dangerous window
  • Insecure front entrance door
  • Annual gas servicing
  • Anything else which represents an immediate health or security risk

When attending an emergency repair, we will ask tenants questions around whether they are unwell, self-isolating or social distancing. If they are unwell or self-isolating and the repair is essential, our staff will talk to them about how they will carry out the repair and will use additional safety equipment.

If the repair is not an emergency, tenants are asked to use our online repairs reporting form where they can.

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City Council Covid-19 Update 17.04.20

Dear all,

Please find today’s City Council update below. We hope you are well and have a restful weekend.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. You can email us at phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk or hannah.clare@brighton-hove.gov.uk

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Madeira Drive first road to be allocated for walkers and cyclists
  • Parking concessions for carers and volunteers
  • Homelessness update
  • Public Inquiry postponed
  • Keep your distance – 2m stencils on the seafront and in parks

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Alok Sharma MP, business secretary, announced that the government has set up a vaccine task force to find a coronavirus cure.

The taskforce will be led by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan van Tam.

Right now the message as we head into another weekend is that everyone needs 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.

Madeira Drive first road to be allocated for walkers and cyclists

Brighton & Hove is joining other world cities and reallocating road space for local people to get their daily exercise.

From Monday 20 April, Madeira Drive will be temporarily closed to traffic and open to residents in the area to walk and cycle.

The move comes as cities respond to a decrease in traffic numbers as a result of the coronavirus restrictions and look at opportunities to temporarily open up more space on roads for their residents to keep healthy during lockdown.

More information on our newsroom

Parking concessions for carers and volunteers

Updated letters are now available for carers, support workers and volunteers as proof of their key worker status for any activities they need to carry out such as shopping or picking up equipment for others. It also now gives them the same concessions as NHS and key workers with parking, details of which can be found on our website.

The advice for anyone that thinks they need one is:

  • If you are volunteering – contact the organisation you volunteer through for a copy of the letter
  • If you are looking after someone (unpaid) – contact the Carers Hub (so they can check for any other needs the carer may have, not just a copy of the letter)
  • If you are a paid care or support worker – contact the organisation you work for

Homelessness update

We continue to work with people who are homeless to make sure they can be safe during the pandemic.

We recently updated on how more than 170 people have been accommodated with meals provided throughout the day. Donations of food, toiletries and electronic devised have been received from across the city to support those in need.

Sadly there have been allegations that a few people who have been given support have sold items on.

Commenting on the situation Councillor Gill Williams, the council’s chair of housing, said: “We are working with our partners and a team of fantastic volunteers to make sure no-one who had been sleeping rough in the city goes hungry.

“The vast majority of that work has been to supply food directly, but some of our partners have issued supermarket vouchers to people able to shop for themselves. We’re aware of reports of a few vouchers being misused and this, of course, is completely unacceptable. We are working to make sure we can supply food to everyone and stop the use of vouchers.

“We cannot confirm the rumours of donated electronic goods being sold. If people do see any goods being offered, please report it to the police.

“We will not replace any items we believe may have been traded. The donations are important to help people needing to remain in their rooms for long periods and it would be a shame if donations stopped due to the actions of a few.

“Our street outreach service St Mungo’s have by far the most extensive knowledge in this area and are working closely with all those in need.

“A small number of reported problems should not distract from what has been an incredible, caring and compassionate response from many organisations and volunteers working together to support people through this crisis.”

If you see anyone you think might be sleeping rough or begging, please let our street outreach service know by emailing BrightonSOS@mungos.org and we’ll help get them the support they need.

Public Inquiry postponed

The Planning Inspectorate Inquiry for the Sackville Trading Estate and Hove Goods Yard, Sackville Road, Hove, planning application has been postponed. It was scheduled for next Tuesday 21 April at Brighton Town Hall.

The Inquiry will either take place as a virtual public meeting (the Planning Inspectorate does not currently have agreement to undertake inquiries using video technology) or in public when the current restrictions have been relaxed.

When we have a new date for the inquiry, we will contact all interested parties with additional information about how to take part (if it is held using video technology). If you have any enquiries, please email planning.applications@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Keep your distance – 2m stencils on the seafront and in parks

Stencils showing what 2m (6ft) looks like are being used across the seafront and in the city’s parks to make sure people keep their distance from others.

The stencils are being used to complement the 50+ banners that went up at the start of April along the seafront, reminding people of the importance of social distancing and staying two metres apart.

Covid-19 update 16.4.20

Please find today’s city council briefing below.

We will continue to work our socks off for you and are trying to 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.  

Please keep up your hugely appreciated efforts to curtail the pandemic. And 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

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CllrPhelim/

City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           6:00pm Thursday 16 April 2020

Briefing number:     30

Purpose of the briefing

This briefing is to keep you updated on the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the city. This information can be shared widely.

Who does it affect?

  • Residents and visitors to the city
  • Brighton & Hove City Council staff including school staff
  • Childcare and education providers in the city

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Public toilets
  • Holiday lets must stay shut
  • Coronavirus emergency grants for community groups
  • Mayor to honour Covid-19 Community Champions
  • Primary school places

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP said that there are indications that social distancing measures have been successful, but this is a mixed and inconsistent picture.  He went on to say that the infection rate is not down as far as we need. He said that any change to social distancing measures now would risk a significant increase in infections and undo the progress that we’ve made.

Mr Raab also said that any early relaxation would do more damage to public health and economy in the long term.

Current measures to remain in place for at least another three weeks.

Mr Raab outlined five specific things need to be satisfied of before the government would consider relaxing the current restrictions and the evidence needs to show the following:

  1. That the NHS can continue to cope
  2. There needs to be a sustained fall in death rates
  3. There is reliable data that the rate of infection is decreasing
  4. Operational measures around things like PPE are in place
  5. We must be confident that adjustment to social distancing would not result in a second peak.

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.

Public toilets

Following the continued restrictions on movement, we’ll be closing the majority of public toilets in the city from tomorrow, Friday 17 April.

We have kept many toilets open as they are a vital facility for many vulnerable people in the city.

With fewer people now around and increasing difficulties in maintaining the safe use of many of the facilities for residents and the staff who look after them, most public toilets will now close. 

We will reopen them as soon as is appropriate. 

Holiday lets must stay shut

Despite the current Coronavirus lockdown, Trading Standards has reported that some people are ignoring government guidelines against non-essential travel and coming to Brighton & Hove to stay in pre-booked holiday accommodation.

Emergency legislation now in place states that accommodation providers must remain closed to guests until further notice. Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, even for isolation purposes and holiday property owners must not allow guests to stay.

If guests who have previously booked accommodation turn up, they should be sent home. They are not permitted, by law, to stay. Accommodation providers who flout the law are liable for prosecution and face unlimited fines. Read more on our website.

Coronavirus emergency grants for community groups

Grants totalling more than £33,000 are being made to ten local community groups from the council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency fund.

The fund was set up to help community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove who are supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents.

A variety of projects will benefit, ranging from a group providing vital support to autistic adults, to volunteers delivering craft packs to help with schooling at home.

The grants are part of the first round of funding – further applications are being considered and more grants will be made later this month.

Mayor to honour city Covid-19 Community Champions

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Alexandra Phillips, is calling on residents in the city to nominate people in their community who have gone above and beyond to help others during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To nominate, please send a letter or email of no more than 250 words (no attachments) including the name of the person, contact details and what it is that the person is doing to merit the nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations to be sent to mayorsoffice@brighton-hove.gov.uk or to the Civic Office, Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JA by the 1 May.

Primary school places

Nearly 88% of Brighton & Hove parents who applied for primary school places for this September have been offered their preferred school.

The council has been advised that the Government is proposing to make some changes to the school appeals process during this period of Coronavirus restrictions. 
 
If passed by Parliament, the new regulations will relax some of the current requirements regarding the holding of school admission appeals and will enable councils to proceed with their appeals. Further guidance is expected from the government shortly.

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City Council Covid 19 update 14.04.20

It has been horrifying to watch the pandemic grow, especially as there have been so many aspects which could have been prevented by the government. Despite the appeals for testing and Personal Protective Equipment, not all front line workers who need it, have it.

I have been pushing hard to ensure that our neighbourhood as much as our city can avoid as many positive cases and deaths as possible. I have continued to raise the issue of PPE, testing, ventilators and the care of our most vulnerable with senior council officials. I am lobbying to open more of the seafront to allow joggers and walkers to share the space, pushing for more tests for front line council staff; helping some of our most vulnerable residents get access to council services; and over the weekend Hannah and I were out helping to tidy up.   

Today’s update below.

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.  

Please keep up your hugely appreciated efforts to curtail the pandemic. And please, stay safe.

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Business grants
  • Council pledges £30,000 for food appeal
  • Scam warning
  • Brighton & Hove Buses accepting exact cash fares only
  • Bikeshare cleaning
  • Signs in parks and seafront
  • NSL supporting hot meal delivery
  • Request help for the most vulnerable people

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Chancellor Rishi Sunak spoke about “tough times” for the UK economy and that the UK’s strategy is not about choosing “wealth over health”.

He also said the measures the government has put in place is aiming to mitigate the economic impact of the virus and talked about “bouncing back” and recovering quickly and strongly.

The advice for the public around social distancing remains unchanged.

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.

Business grants

We are distributing government funded, small business grants. Payments have now been made to over 1,300 local businesses. 

We are asking eligible businesses, whose bank account details we don’t already hold, to contact us through a secure portal on our website so that we can make payments to them as soon as possible. 

More information on support for small businesses

Council pledges £30,000 for food appeal

A community appeal to raise money to provide food for vulnerable and isolated people in Brighton & Hove during the Coronavirus crisis topped £30,000 in just 21 days. 

The council is matching the sum and contributing an additional £30,000 to the appeal.

We are working with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to support more than 50 local community volunteer groups across the city providing food parcels and meals to residents struggling to get food.

You can read more on our website.

Scam warning

The council has seen several reports of residents receiving phishing emails over the last few days asking for personal information, including bank account numbers and details.

We do not send e-mails asking for bank details or offering to pay credits to accounts that we don’t already hold the details of. 

For information about council tax reductions, visit our website.

Brighton & Hove Buses accepting exact cash fares only

Brighton & Hove Buses are introducing new measures to reduce contact with drivers and the spread of coronavirus.

From tomorrow Wednesday 15 April, they will only be accepting exact fares from passengers paying with cash.  Drivers will not be able to provide change at this time.

Passengers are being encouraged to pay with contactless, mobile app, key cards and scratch cards where possible.

Please only travel if absolutely necessary and you do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

BTN BikeShare cleaning

The cleaning of BTN BikeShare bikes in Brighton & Hove is being significantly increased to help minimise any possible spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Following advice from the city’s public health team and having been trialled over the Easter weekend, a team will be working on the scheme’s five busiest days of the week to support the regular cleaning, disinfecting, tidying and lubricating of the scheme’s 600 bikes at all 69 hubs in the city.  This is in addition to the existing cleaning and maintenance.

The team is made up of cycle trainers and staff from NSL.

Priority will be given to the busiest hubs and at least three temporary hubs set up to support NHS workers using BTN BikeShare during the pandemic.  Teams will pay particular attention to the bikes’ contact points, including the handlebars and grips, saddle, keypad and u-bar lock.

Customers are also being encouraged to wear appropriate gloves if they wish to, avoid touching their faces or eyes while riding, and to wash their hands thoroughly before and after use.  Riders should practice social distancing from pedestrians and others on shared routes and cycle lanes.

Signs in parks and along the seafront

Signs have been painted at various locations along the seafront and in our parks to encourage residents to follow guidelines on social distancing.

The stencils show the two metre gap people should adhere to when passing each other during their daily exercise.

NSL supporting hot meal delivery

Brighton & Hove City Council’s parking enforcement contractor, NSL, is working to support vulnerable residents during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

From today (Tuesday 14 April), the company is providing four vehicles with drivers to deliver hot meals and meal boxes from the Holland Road Baptist Church to people in emergency housing across the city.

The move is a further demonstration of partners working together to support our community.

Community advice and support hub

Vulnerable people can get additional COVID-19 related support for emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection from the community advice and support hub.

  • If you, or someone you know needs support to get essential supplies and you don’t have family, friends or a 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, call 01273 293117, and press option 2
  • If you need information about changes to existing council services because of the COVID-19 situation, search for the relevant service on the council website, or visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus

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 

City Council Covid-19 Briefing 07.04.20

Please find today’s briefing below.

You can continue to contact us at the details here.

Especially as the weather warms up please continue to help the city fight back and adhere to the guidelines about social distancing and going out.

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Woodvale cemetery closure
  • Supporting vulnerable people
  • Ongoing support for rough sleepers
  • Returning rehab equipment
  • Spare freezer space
  • New parking permits
  • Highway maintenance
  •  How to request help online if you need it

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary, gave a brief update on the health of the Prime Minister, who is said to be in “good spirits” and receiving “excellent care”.

The Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance said that it’s “possible we are beginning to see the flattening of the curve” but that we won’t be able to tell for sure for at least another week.

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.

Woodvale Cemetery closure

The difficult decision has been taken to close the cemetery grounds at Woodvale Crematorium from tomorrow (Wednesday 8 April) in line with new government guidance for managing crematoria.

The guidance states crematoria must close to the public, except for funerals. This requirement also includes a cemetery if the crematorium is situated in the cemetery, which is the case at Woodvale.

We understand that this will be upsetting to those who wish to visit the graves of family and friends; but it’s important that we follow regulations on health protection at this difficult time.  Read more from councillor Daniel Yates.

Supporting the most vulnerable people

Council leader Nancy Platts has written about what is being done to support the most vulnerable people in our community with emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection, as well as wellbeing and loneliness support.

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 and fill in the form with details of the help you need.

If you have no way of getting online and no one to help you, you can call 01273 293117, and press option 2 (please only call if you have no other option, leaving the phone lines free for those who really need it).

If you need information about changes to existing council services because of the COVID-19 situation, such as Parking, Bus Passes, Council Tax payments, or Business Rates, please search for the relevant service on the council website, or visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus (please use the online forms to contact the service wherever you can as phone lines will be busy).  

Ongoing support for rough sleepers

We’re working with our outreach service, St Mungo’s, to provide toiletries and essentials for homeless people who are staying in hotel rooms during the pandemic. We are also making sure those who have not yet agreed to come inside have access to basic supplies while we’re working to bring them off the streets.

Essentials such as shampoo, soap bars and deodorant have been particularly appreciated. At present, items have been given out on a needs basis. The team is now working on preparing packages which will be distributed to 200 people each week. The weekly supplies include shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste. Women’s packs also include sanitary products.

We’re working on expanding the offer in the weeks ahead to include hair conditioner, make-up, after shave and moisturiser. Donations are welcome. Items need to be new, unopened and within their use by date.

Contributions can be left at St Patrick’s Church side entrance, 1 Cambridge Road, Hove, between 3pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please be careful to observe social distancing while dropping off items and aim to do so when on a planned essential trip out. If this is not practical for you or you would like to make a large donation please email the Commissioning.Team@brighton-hove.gov.uk with more information and to discuss options.

We’re also looking at making people’s stay as comfortable as possible while they follow the government’s stay at home guidelines. We’ve been working with organisations across the city to seek donations of devices such as internet enabled tablets, televisions, games consoles and radios. If you can donate an item, please email hello@galvanisebh.org and a collection will be arranged from you to the St Mungo’s team.

All those in need are also being provided with meals through the day.

The accommodation and support is being provided for people who are local to Brighton & Hove. We are managing the numbers involved and working closely with partners to meet people’s individual needs. It is possible that the number of people facing hardship and homelessness could rise during the weeks and months ahead, we are looking at how best to manage any rise in local demand.

The government has stated that only essential trips should be made at this time. People should not be coming to Brighton & Hove to seek accommodation. We will have to reconnect people to their local services if they are not from Brighton & Hove.

Returning rehabilitation equipment

People in Brighton & Hove who are no longer using six key items of specialist rehabilitation equipment are being asked to return them as soon as possible to help the NHS during the Coronavirus crisis.

  • The six items are:
  • Specialist hospital-style beds
  • Mattresses
  • Hoists
  • Electric reclining chairs
  • Perching stools
  • Commodes.

To arrange a collection please phone NRS Healthcare on 01273 894350 or email enquiries@brightonandhove.nrs.uk.net 

NRS Healthcare runs the city’s specialist rehab equipment service on behalf of the council and the local NHS. 

All collection drivers will be using appropriate personal protective equipment and will follow strict social distancing measures.

For example, some items can be left outside your front door on the day of collection.

Spare freezer space

Together with our partners, the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, we are working with 60 local community groups across the city to providing food support to those that need it most.

As part of this effort, our partner organisations are asking for more freezer space to store food for individuals in need, as well as food banks.  Both chest and industrial freezers are needed by organisations, with a preference for those being contributed by the catering trade.

If you can help with this request, please get in contact with East Brighton Food Coop by emailing janet@eastbrightonfoodcoop.uk or calling 07866027719.

New parking permits

Residents in Brighton & Hove wishing to apply for new parking permits are now able to do so online.

In order to follow guidance on social distancing, we’ve removed the requirement for residents to come to Hove Town Hall for new permit applications.  The online process for renewing a permit remains unchanged.

More information on resident parking permits can be found on our website.

Highway maintenance

During this period, we have continued to maintain the city’s highway network as usual, ensuring all necessary inspections are taking place and repairs completed in a timely way.

We are working with utility companies and developers to carry out essential works on the network, prioritising safety defects and preparing sites for a programme of resurfacing works. Although the winter season has now ended, we are still delivering our winter service over the coming weeks to ensure further cold spells are covered and roads remain safe to use.

To ensure the safety of staff and the public we are adhering to government advice and have adjusted our working practices accordingly; all staff are following social distancing guidelines and we have introduced new processes to limit the amount of contact staff have with one another.

How to request help online if you need it

Any vulnerable residents with no other support can tell us directly if they need help during the coronavirus pandemic by filling in an easy to use form for themselves, or on behalf of someone else.

The form asks for details of residents who do not have support in place from family, friends or carers and need additional help with shopping, collecting medicines, emergency foodbank referrals or support to maintain their wellbeing. The information is treated in strictest confidence and used to help people as quickly as possible.

Our telephone switchboard is running on a reduced service and we ask people not to call the usual number. We encourage everyone who can use the online form if you can, so we can keep phone lines free for those with no alternative.

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City Council Covid-19 briefing 06.04.20

Please see below the latest update from Brighton & Hove City Council. If you have any queries, please don’t hestitate to contact us.

In this briefing

  •  Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations
  • Homeless accommodation update
  • Food update
  • Youth activities during the pandemic
  • Message from Brighton & Hove Buses
  • Cleaning of communal areas in council properties
  • How to request help online if you need it

Latest update

At this evening’s Downing Street address, Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary, spoke about the government’s efforts to bring people back to the UK from around the world.

He also said that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital.

Professor Angela McLean, chief scientific adviser for the Ministry of Defence, explained efforts to stay at home are making a difference and should be continued.

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.

Appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations

Cllr Clare Moonan, chair of Health and Wellbeing board, today repeated calls for donations of unused PPE to help support our care workers and other frontline staff.

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.

Read more on our council newsroom

Homeless accommodation update

Following the securing of more accommodation to provide people sleeping rough with a safe place to stay, our outreach service St Mungo’s has been out in the city contacting people to help them move off the streets.

St Mungo’s are working with Arch Healthcare to make sure everyone being accommodated is checked for symptoms before allocating them an appropriate place to stay.

Volunteers co-ordinated by the council with support from St Mungo’s, The Passage and Galvanise are also going out delivering more than 200 parcels of sandwiches and water every day for anyone still on the streets.

As of this morning, we’ve helped around 90 people move off the streets and anticipate there are currently around 50 more in need of accommodation. Food and support is being provided for everyone accommodated.

We’re now prioritising efforts on getting all those people into safe accommodation. We are doing all we can to encourage people to take up this offer, but we cannot make anyone stay in a hotel.

The Streetlink service is currently very busy, so please contact St Mungo’s directly this week if you see anyone sleeping rough – email BrightonSOS@mungos.org.

We’re still working on providing more accommodation available to increase and improve the support on offer. We hope to secure these extra rooms in the next few days.

This information is also available online in a comment by Cllr Gillian Williams, Chair of Housing committee

Food update

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership has now achieved 90% of their crowdfunding target of £30,000 to raise money to bulk buy food and other essential items for food banks in the city.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign so far. The money raised is making a real difference to people’s lives in the city.

To donate to this campaign and help them reach their goal, please visit their crowdfunding campaign website.

In a separate initiative, Brighton & Hove NHS Foodbank is raising money to support NHS workers in the city. The money raised will go towards food deliveries for NHS workers in the city. For more information on this crowdfunding effort by the local community group, visit their crowdfunding page.

We have a new section within our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pages on the council website, informing residents about our food distribution efforts in the city. This page will be updated with any new information so please promote the link to people who need it.

Youth activities during the pandemic

If you’re a young person or know a young person seeking to break the boredom, connect with other teens or discuss more serious issues with someone, have a look at the support available while staying well and safe at home.

There are many services, clubs and activities for young people aged 11 years and older running in the city which have been adapted to meet the current restrictions to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Check out the new directory which shows what’s available.

Across the city, the service offer for young people has been adapted in light of the social distancing guidance which is designed to slow the spread of the virus and keep everyone of all ages as safe as possible. 

The new directory has been brought together by Brighton & Hove City Council, local charities, community groups and businesses.

Message from Brighton & Hove Buses

We’ve been contacted by Brighton & Hove Buses with a message for residents about bus services:

At Brighton & Hove Buses we are working hard alongside the council to maintain a comprehensive bus service network for those who heavily rely on buses to travel around the city.

In a recent announcement, £167m of funding for the nation’s bus industry was made available to help keep core service levels going for as long as possible and will ensure no bus has more than 50% of the maximum number of passengers allowed on board.

We are responding with extra buses (and/or extra journeys being added to the timetables) where needed. Concessionary passes for older people and disabled people can be used at any time.

Information displayed on buses and audio announcements encourage passengers to sit well apart and stand back from the driver to help maintain social distancing. 

Driver’s cabs are being given added protection to complement their PPE. There’s also a big push to discourage cash transactions. Passengers are being asked to pay by contactless or mobile phone rather than cash, if possible, to reduce contact. If you can only pay by cash, please make sure you have the right change and put your money in the clear plastic bag the driver will offer to avoid direct contact. If you have any alternative to cash payment, please use it for the safety of all.

Cleaning of buses has been stepped up (in addition to the current standard of cleaning) with increased wipe downs of all surfaces and the introduction of cleaning products used in hospitals. Today sees this improved further with cleaning during the day in the city centre, while still observing strict social distancing rules.

The crisis has had an impact on the number of staff able to work right now. A number of people have been furloughed to protect jobs. We’re doing all we can to keep core service operating and will continue to do so

To find information on journey times please click on this link for bus information.

The council is playing a big part in maintaining the security of the city’s public transport through the crisis underlining the spirit of collaboration needed to meet the unprecedented scale of the challenges to buses and other services.

Brighton & Hove buses main website

Cleaning of communal areas in council properties

Communal areas in council blocks are being cleaned regularly to protect tenants from the spread of Covid-19. A revised cleaning schedule has been put in place with a focus on “touch points” such as lift buttons, door handles and handrails.

Staff are being sent out teams of two to meet social distancing guidelines while carrying out the cleaning. Advice has been provided to staff on how to protect themselves and others. For example, avoiding cross contamination from one block to the next by discarding gloves after finishing a building and using a new pair when entering a new block.

This service will be kept under constant review.

How to request help online if you need it

Any vulnerable residents with no other support can tell us directly if they need help during the coronavirus pandemic by filling in an easy to use form for themselves, or on behalf of someone else.

The form asks for details of residents who do not have support in place from family, friends or carers and need additional help with shopping, collecting medicines, emergency foodbank referrals or support to maintain their wellbeing. The information is treated in strictest confidence and used to help people as quickly as possible.

Our telephone switchboard is running on a reduced service and we ask people not to call the usual number. We encourage everyone who can use the online form if you can, so we can keep phone lines free for those with no alternative.

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