Supporting communities and boosting the local economy are at the heart of new plans to help Leicestershire recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Financial stability, tackling climate change and making the most of digital are also a key part of the blueprint setting out Leicestershire County Council’s approach.
On Tuesday (23 June), the authority’s cabinet will discuss an update on the council’s response to the biggest crisis since the Second World War. It shows that since March the number of people claiming out of work benefits has more than doubled to nearly 19,000 and that one in four working people across the county have been furloughed.
Working hand in glove with the police, NHS and other partners, we’re doing everything we can to support and protect residents. A rise in cases in Leicester reminds us this is a marathon, not a sprint, and observing social distancing, washing your hands and getting tested if you have symptoms are as important as ever.Person:Nick Rushton, council leader
As restrictions continue to ease, enabling Leicestershire to recover moves into even sharper focus. Our £1.5m fund for voluntary groups has helped communities in the short term but enabling them to bounce back requires more support over a longer period of time.
Businesses have had a torrid time and as well as direct support, we’re working the Local Enterprise Partnership to shape the broader response. It’s terrific news that many shops have been able to re-open and that people are already returning to our high streets – and I look forward to more opening their doors.
We went into this crisis in much better shape than most councils. But it will have a profound impact on local government and on the County Council’s finances. It is crucial that further support is provided to local authorities both in the short term and for the future.
The draft recovery strategy sets out the council’s top-line approach - more details will be included in departmental and service plans.
The report shows that the council has received £28m in Government coronavirus funding – leaving a £28m gap for this financial year.
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