Following the Governments prediction that up to a fifth of the workforce may be off sick during the peak of a Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic, which will have a direct effect on vital services such as the NHS and Police.
Lancashire County Council now needs to consider its response as the council supports many elderly and disabled people in their own homes at day centres and in residential care right Across Lancashire. Many of whom would be in the critical vulnerability groups affected by Covid-19 according to England’s Chief Medical Officer.
The council will also have to consider its support for schools, nurseries and youth provision. As well as the day to day running of its services right across Lancashire. Also taking into consideration the cross authority work it carries out.
To this end Cllr Azhar Ali has written to the Leader of the Council and other groups leaders stating that the Labour Group is prepared to work cross party with the whole council to support the People of Lancashire. In a cross-party task group is established under the leader of the council to respond to needs of local people.
Cllr Azhar Ali also proposes that a cross council working group is established under the Leader of the County Council that coordinates and enhances the work of the borough council and the unitary councils of Blackburn and Darwen in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. This group would also work with the NHS, Police, Fire and Rescue and other vital services across Lancashire.
Cllr John Fillis, Labour Health and Wellbeing said “We must prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We believe the people of Lancashire will come together in order to support their families, friends and local communities. As such we owe it to them to do the same by working together to provide the strongest defence against this disease.”
Cllr John Fillis went on to say “This will require that planning to combat Covid-19 is open and honest about what we can do but also what we can’t do. There are plans in place, but it’s more important that we have the support of the public in order to ensure these plans are rolled out in an appropriate manner to reduce the impact on our communities.”