The Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, has praised local councils and communities for their work during the Coronavirus pandemic. He has also promised that more government cash will be on the way.
In a letter to parish and town councils, Mr Jenrick says that many people had created volunteer registers and were reaching out to people in need through social media, leaflets and posters, and that many councils and groups ensure that residents in need received support night and day through a dedicated mobile number.
He writes: “You have been supporting those who most need it by delivering medicines, essentials and even walking dogs or buying newspapers. This means that those who most need to be home at the moment don’t feel alone.”
“The fantastic way in which our parish and town councils have responded to the challenge of Coronavirus across the country is a testament to the unique and cherished position you occupy within our local government family.”
In his letter Mr Jenrick says that people are coming up with creative ways to help communities and this work was appreciated across the nation. It also inspired others to get involved and help their own communities.
“As Local Government Secretary I want you to know that I am behind you and will support the vital work that you are doing in your communities. That is why I have made £3.2 billion of additional funding available to councils, with the latest tranche of £1.6 billion including a larger share for lower tier councils.”
Read the full text of the letter here.
There has indeed been a huge, inspiring & community-led response to our national situation, and all the volunteers & businesses who have stepped up to the mark are owed a big debt of thanks. We are, as ever, especially fortunate in Long Wittenham. The part Mr Jenrick & his government have played is less clear, & it is to be hoped they will not attempt to take any credit for it.