Surrey welcomes extra £6,368,952 to support local services during coronavirus

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  • Takes total additional funding for Surrey County Council to £53,367,397 
  • Direct Government funding to help councils respond to the pandemic reaches £4.3 billion

Surrey County Council has welcomed the announcement that it will receive a further £6,368,952 from the Government to help pay for its comprehensive response to coronavirus, as part of a £500 million package of additional support.

The extra £500 million – which brings support for pressures local authorities are facing to £4.3 billion – will ensure councils in England can continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and continue delivering for residents.

This additional support forms part of a comprehensive package of Government support to help councils respond to the pandemic, including an unprecedented new scheme to help local authorities recover lost income.

Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver said: “Surrey County Council has been busy over the last four months working with our partners to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep our residents safe.

Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum has carried out some fantastic work in its response to and facilitation of the recovery from COVID-19. From contacting over 30,000 shielding residents, to delivering thousands of food parcels, to supporting our social care providers financially and with equipment, we’ve worked really hard to support residents throughout this tough time.”

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added: “Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most.

“That’s why we are giving them an extra £500 million – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3 billion – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.”

Over the past few months we have seen a huge increase in the number of lorries parking around the Sopwith Road area. This has created dangers for other drivers and for pedestrians.

I’m expecting double yellow lines to be laid down on the 16th July (weather permitting!) which will hopefully resolve this escalating issue.

🚧Surrey County Council’s notice of Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020: Brooklands Road (B374) & Byfleet Road (A245), Weybridge. This Temporary Traffic Order starts on 17th July 2020 and will enable highway maintenance, resurfacing and/or improvement works on behalf of Surrey CC. Works will be carried out between 8pm and 6am, as possible within the 18 month period of operation of this Order. Access for emergency services, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists & equestrians will be maintained at all times.

Surrey County Council Cabinet – Facebook Live Q&A on 9th July at 7pm

Do join Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Members on Thursday 9th July at 7pm for a live Q&A on Facebook – submit questions on our event page here
The Q&A will last one hour and Surrey residents can ask questions about:
* The Environment
* School places
* Countryside car parks
* Children’s services and Special Educational Needs and/or *Disability
* Highways
* Adult Social Care
* Fire & Rescue Service

Surrey’s plan of action to tackle spread of COVID-19 locally

Surrey County Council has published its Local Outbreak Control Plan, outlining its readiness to control the spread of COVID-19 and quickly manage any local spike in infections.

Surrey is one of 11 ‘good practice’ areas across England chosen to work together to innovate and share best practice in the development of Local Outbreak Control Plans.

The plan is a result of weeks of intense planning from many health and social care partners in Surrey including: the NHS, Surrey County Council, Districts and Boroughs and military planners.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “It is imperative that all Surrey residents play their part and continue to follow public health advice and comply with NHS Test and Trace instructions, so we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep Surrey safe and open.

“Whilst this is new territory for everybody concerned, we have developed a comprehensive plan combining the expertise of Public Health, Local Government and advice from central government.

“We are forensically analysing the data, to monitor infection rates locally to see if there is any spike in cases occurring.”

It is hoped that any ‘localised lockdown’ in Surrey can be avoided if people continue to follow important public health messages and comply with the NHS Test & Trace system.

This includes:

• Self isolate if you have symptoms and get tested
• Share your contacts if you test positive
• Self isolate when alerted to by Test and Trace
• Keep your distance if you go out
• Work from home if you can
• Wear face coverings where appropriate
• Wash your hands regularly

The Local Outbreak Control Plan will only be triggered where there are suspected or confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in any setting or community. An ‘outbreak’ is defined as ‘a greater than expected occurrence of an infection compared with the usual background rate for that particular place and time’ or a number of people linked by place and time, usually two or more people.

It is likely that outbreak control measures will be used in specific settings such as schools, care homes, workplaces, hospitals etc. rather than whole town or area ‘lockdowns’.

However, the LOCP will be updated and adapted as the situation changes and more is learned about outbreak control elsewhere.

As part of the response a communication campaign will be put into action. Key public messages will be shared across social media, local press as well as digital and outdoor advertising.

In the event of a specific outbreak extra control measures will be activated. A rapid response team will issue real time messages to residents across social media and notify them of any additional action they need to take.