2. This week's message from East Devon's Leader and Chief Executive
This week the Government announced a further cash grant to help offset the increased costs and loss of income that the Council has and is experiencing. In total, East Devon District Council’s share of the combined £3.2bn allocation is £1,514,081. Whilst the grant is very welcome it is just one piece of the jigsaw in adapting the council to the much changed financial circumstances and we are now assessing the matter and will be debating how we respond to these changed circumstances.
To give you an idea of the extensive work our staff have been doing to help our communities and businesses at this time whether that be in the Community Hub, issuing business grants or collecting waste we have produced an infographic to give you some of the key facts and figures.
Using a £1 million pot of funding allocated by Devon County Council to all Devon Local Authorities we will now be able to help those who have been affected by Coronavirus and who may not be able to access funding or support from elsewhere. Information on how to apply to this fund is featured in the update.
The reminder from the Office of National Statistics that deaths in community settings, including care homes, are continuing to rise, shows that we cannot be complacent and that even though here in Devon, the infection curve has been lower and slower than in other places, it is more important than ever that we keep on with social distancing and being careful. This weekend we ask that you continue to stay at home and when you are on your daily exercise try to do this walking from your own home rather than driving somewhere to exercise.
And finally on a positive note whilst we live through challenging times at the moment, it has been heartening to see staff members at East Devon District Council using their initiative to help others, the work of Hal Furneaux-Gotch making PPE parts to help support frontline staff featured below is inspiring.
Stay safe and well.
Cllr Ben Ingham and Mark Williams