Guide East Devon Coronavirus Business Update w/e March 20, 2020

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1. Message from East Devon District Council's Chief Executive and Leader

Mark Williams, the Chief Executive of East Devon District Council and Councillor Ben Ingham, the Leader of the Council, outline the need to work together in order to meet the many demands created by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak:

We are currently faced with one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime with a rapidly changing situation that poses fresh problems at every turn. To overcome these problems every one of us must play our part in helping beat the Coronavirus pandemic.

We will need to be resilient, resourceful and courageous to make it through the difficult months ahead. We need to work together, to help each other wherever possible and, above all, to ‘keep calm and carry on’.

Please be reassured that the council’s commitment to you remains steadfast and we will continue to provide critical services using our very best endeavours. To that end I am proud to say that every single member of staff is playing their part and working tirelessly to ensure that, despite multiple challenges, important services are still being delivered to the best of our ability.

There will undoubtedly be service areas that may have to be discontinued, so I would ask for your patience and understanding as we focus our resources in the areas where they are needed most.

We are committed to doing whatever is needed to help people directly and to support our communities to find ways to respond quickly. We will continue to review and adapt as necessary.

The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting all aspects of our economy.  The Government has announced a package of measures to support business and employers through this most difficult of periods.  Some of these measures will be deployed through the District Council.  Whilst we are still awaiting final guidance our commitment to you is that we will ensure that these funds flow as quickly as possible.  Further details of the forthcoming support are provided below. 

We are currently experiencing a high level of enquiries.  Our website is being kept up to date with the latest guidance so please use this as your first point of reference, as well as, facebook, twitter and linkedin.

Thank you – keep safe and stay well – Together #WeAreDevon