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Rising rates and economic support set out in new report

Update sets out how we're tackling the virus and boosting the economy

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Coronavirus cases are 10 times higher than in September – and have trebled since the beginning of October, a new report shows.

The update, being considered by Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday), warns it’s crucial that everyone plays their part to stop the spread to vulnerable people.

The report also sets out the extensive work of the authority to tackle the biggest health crisis in a generation and boost the local economy, including:

  • Monitoring data to spot trends and target hot spots – and launching a new behaviour change called ‘it’s down to us’
  • Taking enforcement action against business – notices have been served on three premises so far
  • Launching a new £750,000 cash pot to support small businesses – around £400,000 has already been awarded


On top of the business recovery grants, the council is also exploring how it can help people build up skills to secure jobs, support the Government’s Kickstart apprenticeship scheme and further roll out broadband to rural areas.

I’m very proud of the way the people of the county have come together to tackle the impact of coronavirus. Local government has taken the leading role in keeping people safe, delivering food parcels and shielding and safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.

Our recovery grants are helping small businesses to bounce back – but we can and should be going further. 

I want to do all we can to ensure that the economic bounce back is swift – and this means investing in apprenticeships and getting people the skills and support that they need in the tough times that lie ahead.

Staff from across the council are working round-the-clock to support and protect our residents – and I want to thank them for their ongoing commitment.

Although coronavirus hospital admissions remain low compared to other areas, they are beginning to rise. Make no mistake, this is a crucial phase. And it’s never been more important to follow the national and local guidance. By doing so, we can stop cases spreading to our most vulnerable residents.  

The report will be discussed by the councils' cabinet on 20 October.

 

Watch the meeting online 

 

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