Erewash Labour responds to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
15 March 2020
Councillor Denise Mellors and Councillor James Dawson, Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, respectively, have today written to Councillor Carol Hart (Leader of Erewash Borough Council) to ask what preparations and measures the council are taking in response to the Covid-19 virus.
This is the largest public health crisis to affect our country for generations and Erewash Labour Councillors stand ready to assist the Council with their response. You can read their letter below.
Dear Carol & Jeremy,
Following the Government’s announcement that measures in response to Covid-19 are now moving into the delay stage, and as the situation changes, information is being constantly updated; we are aware that this will have significant impact for our community and the Council moving forward.
Last Thursday we had the opportunity via the Local Government Association, to hear directly from Duncan Selbie, the Chief Executive of Public Health England, and Professor Paul Johnstone, who briefed Councillors in detail on Public Health England’s view of the situation.
In light of the above, we therefore ask what measures the Council have put in place to keep both our residents and elected members safe and informed during this period of uncertainty. We also need to be confident that the Council is preparing itself for every eventuality to continue the delivery of services.
We recognise, that with an increased spread of the virus, this could have a significant effect on the Councils operational delivery, with staff being ill. With the announcement of today’s Government advice in respect of isolating the over 70’s for an extended period, planned to come into force in the coming weeks, this could lead to staff members needing to take leave for caring responsibilities.
This is the worst public health crisis for a generation. In our capacity as elected representatives and community leaders, we all have an important role to play in ensuring that residents have access to and are following the correct guidance and advice.
Erewash Labour Group stands ready to assist the Council in it’s response to the crisis.
We do of course understand that members will need to take care of their own health and well-being, and that of their families, however our Executive Shadow Cabinet members and ourselves are willing to participate in discussions going forward.
Our responsibility is to ensure that the Council continues to operate, and offer Leadership, whatever circumstances we may find ourselves in.
Councillor Denise Mellors and Councillor James Dawson