The Coronoavirus Covid-19 pandemic is the worst since the 1918 influenza pandemic and is happening in a global age. A worrying time for everyone, cos none of us know of the like. How do we do the best for our family members and friends, some of whom will be very dependent on others for help?
Nottingham City Council’s focus is on help the most vulnerable who need access to food and medication and we are awaiting a list from the NHS of people who need our support the most. We will be prioritising support for these people before moving on to identifying and responding to other needs.
If you would like to donate to help those who are vulnerable please donate to the Robin Hood Fund
How can organisations and community groups help? A spreadsheet has been set up on SharePoint to allow organisations to log their offers of help. Please visit this spreadsheet and fill out the details required or contact NCVS or Nottingham Citizens and ask them to add your organisation to the list:
What should I do if any concerns are raised to me or if I become aware of community tensions? Please report any community tensions to cpintelligence@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk so that these can be monitored and responded to.
Whilst there is plenty to rehearse and discuss about the Government’s policies and actions, how it has differed from the responses of other countries, and indeed may well be rehearsed elsewhere on this web-site or in my Facebook account,
The measures needed to reduce the spread of the disease is a challenge to a highly developed economy which has developed business on the basis of just in time supply and delivery; shopping too; work on the basis of extensive commuting; and cuts core public services that look out for public health and emergency planning.
Back around 2009 and the then Swine Flu, we had increased the number of emergency planners in Nottingham by 2, and Cllr. Sally Longford referred to how the emergency pandemic plans had been lifted straight off the shelf. (Kinda interesting to pick up on how some of the vibes have changed.) Anyway, the cuts have meant a reduction in emergency planners.
The reports of panic buying are a bit of a surprise; not personally witnessed it. I now feel bad for buying 18 toilet roll in an offer 3 weeks ago! One of the things we need to slow down the spread of a virus is for everybody to wash their hands with soap and even to use disinfecting gel and that can’t happen if we have shortages. And what of those assertions that the British had the grit to see through the deprivation of World War II?
Driving again on risk analysis and risk management. Rehearsing again whether risk is reviewed often enough at service and project manager level. Explored whether calculating thee costs of contingency could be included in the analysis.
We adopted a new Local Plan, but with some discussion about whether office and shopping studies from 2014 and 2015 not already being out of data. I briefly mentioned the Cattle Market.
New polling districts and polling places were agreed, but I spoke out about the poor state of the register with so many not registered, the expense of compiling it when national lists already exist, the use of an out of date register to define the cards, the threat of reduced Parliamentary representation for Nottingham because of the under-registration, the threat to turnout by requiring i.d. when voting (based on a panic generated by the Right), and the unwillingness to even explore Estonia’s use of internet voting, which saw 44% or participants using the internet to cast their vote in their elections last yea. We should care more, much more.
The Conservatives called for the Knife Angel to be hosted in Nottingham – I spoke against. If we must have statues, let them be to Austerity and Private Greed in the neighbourhoods that voted for it.