Covid-19 is an international crisis. Colleagues in Eurocities have been gathering responses from their member cities. You can see a live update here. Also, our partners at OECD have done excellent work on the likely macro-economic effects and produced a useful summary of city responses from around the world.
Newcastle has launched Citylife Line - A new service that harnesses the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle has been established to ensure residents in need get the help they need during the coronavirus outbreak.
Citylife Line has been set up for people wanting to volunteer their time while also providing a service for people to register their need for assistance.
It has launched today with a webform at www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline for people wanting to volunteer their time to support the wide range of established community organisations across the City or offer another type of support service to the City.
If you live in Leeds and are unable to leave your home for groceries or essentials, you can call a dedicated hotline to be matched with a local volunteer who can help. Tel: 0113 378 1877
Meanwhile, Sheffield has also launched its own Covid-19 advice line for residents. From 8:45am- 4:45pm Monday to Friday, members of the public can call 0114 273 4567 to ask any questions or raise concerns.
In Cardiff staff delivered Free school meals have continued throughout #Cardiff as 12,500 grab bags were delivered to schools, workers made sure they followed social distance guidelines! via Twitter @cardiffschmeals
#COVID19UK Live Impact Dashboard has been launched for Newcastle https://covid.view.urbanobservatory.ac.uk. It will be updated every few minutes with more indices to be added slowly and opportunities to collaborate with other cities.
Birmingham City Council and the city's communities are working together to tackle coronavirus. @BhamCityCouncil working with @BVSC to co-ordinate collective efforts. https://bit.ly/2UcjZh4
Discover the Free Online Resources available from Manchester Libraries. https://manclibraries.blog/2020/03/18/discover-the-free-online-resources-services-available-from-manchester-libraries/
Market traders in Dudley, in the West Midlands, have repaid the council's generosity in offering them a rent holiday by offering free fruit and vegetables to local foodbanks. https://www.dudley.gov.uk/news/market-traders-repay-rent-pledge-with-foodbank-offer/
We really liked this hearfelt message from Bradford Council CEO Kirsten England to her staff after a hard week https://twitter.com/kersten_england/status/1243514761528082437?s=20
In Nottingham the Robin Hood Fund has been set up to help communities deal with the impact of Covid-19. It has already raised £10,000 which will be distrubuted to Food Banks across the city.
Birmingham Safeguarding Adults board has put together a one page guide for vulnerable people who may be forced to self isolate https://www.bsab.org/downloads/download/50/information-vulnerable-citize...
Also in Birmingham, the council has launched an emergency support hub to support those who are self-isolating and might not have a network of friends and family to help,
Better Cardiff is offering free parking for NHS workers at Better Maindy Centre and Better Llanishen Leisure Centre from Monday 23rd March until the foreseeable future. https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cardiff
Liverpool is offering free parking for NHS workers from Saturday 28th March. 1,000 free spaces have been allocated at the Mount Pleasant multi-storey car park, with the remaining 300 spaces at various sites near to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/council-announces-free-car-parking-for-nhs-staff/
Liverpool - Tolls on the Mersey Tunnel have been suspended to help key workers get to and from work. https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/news/metro-mayor-and-leader-of-halton-announcement-on-mersey-tunnel-and-mersey-gateway-tolls/
Meanwhile, Birmingham has announced free parking for key workers
Manchester City Council is spending almost £7.5m on measures to support people in the city facing financial struggles during the coronavirus outbreak. More than 34,000 people who already receive Council Tax Support, reducing their annual bills by up to 82.5 per cent, will have a further £150 chopped off their bill for 2020/21. It means, for example, that someone living on their own in a Band A property and receiving full Council Tax Support would have nothing to pay this year. Some £5.63m has been set aside for this element of support, including a contingency amount to cover potential new claimants as well as existing recipients of Council Tax Support. In addition, the Council has allocated a further £1.8m to boost the support available to the most in-need residents.
Fims and individuals across Glasgow have been donating PPE supplies. Glasgow City Council is still seeking donations - email John.Paterson3@glasgow.gov.uk
CardiffCFAS understands the struggles families may be facing at this time. Their Family Gateway is available to provide information and assistance for paretns and young people on a range of issues. Find out more http://orlo.uk/50FXs. Via Twitter (CardiffCFAS).
Sheffield City Council has taken action to suspend arrears enforcement action for an initial three month period. The Coronavirus Act 2020 now also protects business tenants nationally from action for re-entry or forfeiture of tenancies for non-payment of rent until 30th June 2020.As different types of tenants will be affected by Covid-19 in varying ways, a range of approaches will be taken to ensure that all tenants are taken into account.
Birmingham has published details of grants totalling more than £231 million which will begin to be paid to eligible businesses in the city as part of the Government’s COVID-19 support package.
Arts organisations across Greater Manchester are joining forces to support local freelance artists: Support will be available to freelance artists across Greater Manchester through the newly established GM Artist Hub. This platform will allow people to sign up for sessions with artists, producers and directors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Partners in the programme include HOME, The Lowry and Manchester International Festival.
Bristol City Council estimates that 450 rooms will be needed to help house rough sleepers and homeless people. Mayor Marvin Rees has called on hotels and B&B owners to ‘step up’ by helping to house those in need. Read more here.
Authorities in Manchester have been commandeering empty hotel rooms to be used by homeless people. https://twitter.com/i/status/1242547709632024577
Nottingham City Homes has brought forward its rent free weeks to earlier in the year to help council tenants in immediate financial difficulties. https://nottinghamcityhomes.org.uk/news/news/rent-free-weeks-brought-forward/
Cardiff Council has issued an urgent appeal for social care and social workers to join the authority and play a vital role in helping communities through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Cardiff is keen to hear from practitioners at all levels, from newly qualified to experienced social workers as well as those whose social work registration has lapsed, but who are interested in returning to the profession at this time. To register interest firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07725 741193.
Birmingham City council to fund school meal vouchers for 61,000 children. The voucher scheme, for use in major supermarkets, will be administered by schools who will issue electronic codes to families or print vouchers off for families who cannot access electronic codes. Click here for more info
Sheffield Care staff have gone above and beyond and moved into a city dementia home to shield residents https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/care-workers-move-into-she...
Newcastle is now open to recruit patients to the RECOVERY trial - a national research study identifying treatments for #COVID19.
@NewcastleHosps @UniofNewcastle @NIHRCRN_NENCumb https://www.recoverytrial.net/
Nottingham City Council is urgently recruiting for Care Workers. These roles involve personal care, as well as getting people in and out of bed, cooking light meals, medication checks, etc. You don’t need previous experience and the council will pay for a DBS check if you need one. Applicants will be assigned work within a 1 mile radius of their postcode, therefore they will be accessible on foot with no need to use public transport. Applications from drivers are also encouraged. You can make a big difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Nottingham at a time when they need it the most. Please send your full name and phone number to: email@example.com
Manchester’s scientists and clinicians have formed a rapid response research group to find ways to save lives nationally and globally from coronavirus. http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/020478757-manchesters-scientists-and-clinicians-step-beat-covid-19-and-save-lives
A number of cities to open new NHS Nightingale Hospitals to provide care to thousands more patients with Covid-19.
- The NEC in Birmingham will start with up to 500 beds equipped with the capacity to increase beds up to 2,000 if needed.
- Manchester Central Complex will provide up to 500 beds but could expand further to 1,000 beds for coronavirus patients across the North West of England. NHS news
- Cardiff Principality Stadium to be turned into huge 2,000-bed hospital to help fight against coronavirus
- Glasgow's SEC Centre, a 300-bed capacity but said there was "potential to raise it beyond 1,000" beds.
- Bristol and Harrogate will provide up to extra beds for patients with Covid-19. In Bristol, 1,000 beds will be available at the University of the West of England.
Harrogate Convention Centre will be used for 500 beds - the first of the field hospitals to be built outside a city. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-52141224
Univerity of Leeds and Leeds Hospitals have developed a fix to turn sleep apnoea machines into ventilators. Estimates indicate thousands of similar devices across the #NHS and rapid modification could significantly increase respiratory support availability.