County Council to agree ambitious Covid-19 recovery plan
June 17, 2020
Northumberland County Council is set to approve its plans for recovery following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
At a special Cabinet meeting to be held next week (Tuesday 23 June 2020), the Council’s Cabinet will discuss two key reports, the first on the response to Covid-19 both from the Council itself, and it’s communities and partners.
The second report outlines its plans for recovery to kick start the local economy and the support needed by Northumberland residents and businesses across four broad themes.
Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “I am immensely proud of the critical role the Council has played in responding to this crisis, in very challenging circumstances, working alongside our communities, businesses and partners.
“There are so many incredible examples of how our communities have come together to help others, and on behalf of the Council I want to thank each and every one of our volunteers, community groups and unsung heroes for all their efforts, really showing Northumberland at its best.
“I’m equally proud of the response of Council officers who have demonstrated their resilience and dedication in unprecedented times, for which I am truly thankful. This has meant that the Council has been able to lead the response to supporting our most vulnerable residents, prioritising key services such as children’s and adult social care, as well as continuing to deliver essential services which are vital to our communities.”
The Council is set to consider ambitious proposals to support recovery, including the economy; communities and people; the environment, and, the organisation.
Cllr Jackson added: “Whilst the pandemic is by no means over, we must now look to the future and how we support our communities through recovery.
“It is absolutely essential that we have strong and robust plans in place for the County, including supporting the safe reopening of towns, villages and industries over the coming weeks and months.
“However, I am clear that before this crisis, we had a strong and growing economy. A key part of our recovery will be listening to our residents, businesses and partners to understand their priorities and needs to help shape those plans going forward.
“I believe by working together, better days lie ahead. And, I am confident the Council stands ready to do our bit.”
The special Cabinet meeting to discuss the Council’s response to the pandemic and its recovery plans is being held on Tuesday 23 June 2020.