Cllr Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council
Cllr Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council

For Calderdale, the coronovirus crisis developed while the council was responding to February’s major flooding that affected hundreds of homes and businesses throughout the Calder valley. Despite this challenge, the Labour council acted quickly to mobilise resources and respond to the crisis, setting out our 10 point action plan in mid March. You can read our plan, with regular updates under each heading, here.

In the first few days, we set up volunteering and social care hubs to coordinate support for the most vulnerable; provided support and accommodation to the homeless and most vulnerable; and helped the NHS prepare by safely bringing people home from hospital, all while redeploying staff to the front line and enabling over 1,000 employees to work from home.

Since then, we have distributed almost 4,000 grants to businesses, assessed over 1,000 requests for social care assistance, triaged around 4,000 highly vulnerable individuals who are shielding, battled to make sure care providers and staff have adequate PPE, recruited over 800 volunteers, and provided funding and support to foodbanks as well as coordinating community and network support to people self isolating.

Our biggest priority now is to do all we can to protect people in care homes, including opening additional facilities for people who need short term care, and separate spaces for people recently discharged from hospital and others who may have Covid-19.

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