Report from County Councillor

Unfortunately, Covid-19 still dominates daily life.  However, there are green shoots emerging; this includes the reopening of garden centres, 12 recycling centres (including Mayton Wood near Coltishall and Strumpshaw), outdoor markets, car showrooms and many children returning to school.

As of 31/05/20 Norfolk has 2168 and Broadland 299 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and a total of 377 deaths (133 in care homes) in Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council, working with Adult Social Care, Public Health and the NHS have developed a Care Homes Support Plan.  Over £12m has been secured from Central Government to help keep care home residents and staff safe and manage any outbreak of Covid-19, access testing and personal protective equipment (PPE).  A multi-agency team has been set up to help manage any outbreak of Covid-19 and help care providers.

Track and trace has now been launched and testing has been extended to include anyone showing symptoms, including under 5 year olds.

The Help Hub for BDC remains open seven days a week.  If you need support including financial support or would like to make a claim for Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit call 01508 533933 or complete the online form at www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus.

BDC continues to support local businesses with Business Support Grants.  Call (01603) 430449 to discuss your situation with one of the team or complete the online form at www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus.  BDC are working together with SNC and Breckland District Council to offer advice to local businesses and support them to re-open and start trading again, as soon as possible.

Broadland District Council (BDC), South Norfolk Council (SNC) and all District Councils have been working together with NCC as part of the Norfolk Resilience Forum.  The NCC helpline for vulnerable residents is 0344 8008020, Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM , more information at www.norfolk.gov.uk.

Unfortunately, many families will be under additional strain and this can lead to domestic abuse, adult and child abuse. NCC recently started a campaign ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’.  Everyone should be safe in their own home but this isn’t always the case.  Call 0344 800 8020 to raise a concern about abuse or 999 in an emergency.  The National Domestic Violence Helpline is available 24/7 on 0808 2000 247.  Remember you are not alone.

While we are all finding our way during this current difficulty, we must work together to find move forward.  As some semblance of normality returns, we must recognise those in our communities who has helped keep us going, kept our morale up and made us smile.  BDC have launched COVID-19 Community Heroes.  Tell us about someone, or a group, who have gone above and beyond to help at: https://www.broadland.gov.uk/covidheroes .

If I can be of any help please contact me.

Take care.

Fran Whymark, District and County Councillor.

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