What you need to do
On behalf of Cllr Martin Hill, LCC:
After a very busy week here at the county council, I am writing to update you on the current situation and the action we continue to take in response to coronavirus.
Very sadly, there have been six deaths due to coronavirus in our county. Although we may not have seen the pace and scale of disease spread that other areas have, especially urban areas, we need to continue taking it seriously in Lincolnshire.
At the weekend, Robert Jenrick MP announced that the government has set up a national phone line and is sending out around 50,000 care packages this week to those most in need.
We have already been taking calls locally from people in Lincolnshire who need help, and pro-actively calling people who are especially vulnerable.
We have been co-ordinating around 345 community groups who have registered to support our communities, in addition to existing volunteers, to respond where needed. You can find out more about that and how to become a volunteer at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/
Other important service updates are:
- Our on-demand CallConnect service is continuing to run, but most fixed-route services have been suspended. Our team managing the service have received several calls, thanking drivers for continuing on with the service during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Our registration service has postponed civil ceremonies, marriages and birth registrations, and is seeing a large number of enquiries. Please help inform our residents that those with newborns do not need to register their child's birth within six weeks during this uncertain time, and can apply for child benefit and universal credit before registering the birth.
- Our Trading Standards and fraud teams are also trying to raise awareness of some of the unscrupulous practice we are seeing during these challenging times. Please encourage your communities to be vigilant. Find out more here.
- Currently all fire stations are still available and staffing is strong. Fire and rescue are working with our emergency planning team to help as much as possible, while still being able to respond to emergencies. A national agreement is now in place so firefighters can assist further during the pandemic. Find out more here.
- The government announced a scheme for self-employed people or partnerships at the end of last week, providing a grant worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Self-employed people and business owners in Lincolnshire who need help navigating the support that's available can visit the Business Lincolnshire website www.businesslincolnshire.com or call one of their advisors.