County’s coronavirus response and recovery

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet members will report on the authority’s response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak at their forthcoming meeting.

 

The Cabinet will give an update on the response to the COVID-19 emergency, which has included the formation of a brand-new Community Hub to help vulnerable residents, as well as support for care homes and the NHS.

Cabinet members will consider the significant impact of the virus on the county’s economy, particularly on local businesses and the livelihoods of residents.

They will focus on the County Council’s role in delivering the Government’s national recovery strategy in partnership with districts and borough councils, as well as the Coast To Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

The phased return to school for pupils and staff, support for the care home sector and the predicted financial impact of the outbreak on the Council will also be discussed as part of the authority’s recovery plan.

Leader of West Sussex County Council, Paul Marshall, said: “For West Sussex, like the rest of the country, the impact of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and will leave its mark. We need to work with our partners at local, regional and national level to make the very best of our communities, of our businesses and our industries, and support them to move forward.

“We must take the best of what this really challenging time has taught us to help us focus on what it is that makes West Sussex tick and how we can help it thrive and fulfil its potential in the future.”

Members of the public will be able to listen to live audio from the meeting, which will take place via conference call on Tuesday 26 May from 10.30am.

During the meeting the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Nigel Jupp, will present a report which recommends the use of capital funds to rebuild Woodlands Meed College special school, on its existing site at Birchwood Grove Road, in Burgess Hill.

Members will also discuss a report on performance across West Sussex County Council for the year ending on 31 March 2020.

The agenda papers can be read on the County Council’s website, where the webcast will be broadcast live.

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