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CORONAVIRUS WEEKLY UPDATE FROM BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

  

Welcome to Birmingham City Council’s weekly coronavirus update. We hope you are keeping safe and well.At this challenging time, we want to keep you informed and up-to-date with current news and advice. We’ll share information about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice around Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners. If you have friends and family who are not online, please share the information in this bulletin with them.

You can find a full suite of information and advice about coronavirus on the council's website.

Local news

Birmingham City Council staff and partners have been working together to deliver food parcels for clinically vulnerable people currently ‘shielding’ themselves due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

A dedicated page has been created on the council’s website for residents to get information about additional support on finance, benefits and housing.

 

Residents are being urged to follow government guidance on how to dispose of waste during the Covid-19 outbreak after a shocking discovery by one of the city council’s hard-working bin crews.

 

Notes have started appearing in household windows and attached to bins thanking the city’s waste collection crews for their efforts to keep things running as smoothly as possible, despite the effect of the pandemic on front-line services across society.

 

We are working hard to deliver services but a range are affected due to the coronavirus outbreak. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, has blogged about the dedication and commitment of the local government community and the actions being taken to serve local people.

 

The council’s Cabinet Member for Children's Wellbeing, Cllr Kate Booth, sets out information, advice and support for families of children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) as we respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Visit our website or call 0121 303 8461 for more information.

 

Social distancing is crucial to reduce the spread of coronavirus. If you can go out to exercise, Birmingham parks remain open. Please follow Government advice and keep at least 2-metres away from others and do keep dogs on leads. Find your local park here.

 

The council and BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary services Council) have joined together to create a coordinated community response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you belong to or know of a community group that has developed - or is developing - a response to the coronavirus outbreak, then please get in touch.

 

The council is asking for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from businesses for use by our front-line staff, care providers, social workers and volunteers who are delivering essential services across the city.

 

Grants totalling around £231 million will begin to be paid to eligible businesses in Birmingham as part of the Government’s COVID-19 support package.

 

With more people at home than usual, parking on streets in your area may be tight. PLEASE leave enough room for emergency vehicles to get by. Every second counts for 999 responders. Visit West Midlands Fire Service’s Covid-19 advice page for more info on keeping safe.

 

National news

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For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website.  

Don’t forget: if you have any concerns about coronavirus, all the important official advice to help restrict its spread and how to deal with any infection can be found on the NHS website.