Council launches a new Covid-19 support network

Cheshire East Council has launched a new Covid-19 information hub – which includes essential information and updates on changes to council services as a result of the pandemic. The council is also launching “Cheshire East – People Helping People” – a place for people to offer and request help. Council leader Coun Sam Corcoran said: “We are working closely with the NHS and social care services to provide support to those who need it most.” He said the decision to close schools had “raised fresh challenges and we are working tirelessly so that we provide clarity to parents, schools and our staff”. He added: “We are advising residents to remain vigilant. While many of our communities are coming together to help, there are also people who may seek to take advantage of this present situation. “Support is therefore best offered through trusted service providers like Cheshire East Council’s People Helping People service or within small groups or through local charitable organisations where the participants already know each other. Events are moving swiftly around the pandemic and advice on the council website cheshireeast.gov.uk will be updated regularly.” Coun Corcoran thanked all his staff, members, volunteers and partners for their work “through this very challenging period”. Deputy council leader Coun Craig Browne said: “I would like to reassure our residents and local businesses that we are working daily with partner agencies to co-ordinate our efforts, particularly ensuring we are able to support those who may be struggling at this time. “The situation has potential impacts on each and every council service including social services, education, waste collection and libraries, to name just a few. This may result in us having to make changes to the way many of our services are delivered and we will continue to communicate any changes through our website and social media channels. “Following the recent announcement of support from central government, we are in the process of putting in place measures to help those who may be struggling financially. Details of this and how to apply for temporary council tax or business rates relief can be found at cheshireeast.gov.uk/ covid19” For the most up to date information, visit cheshireeast. gov.uk/covid19