Coronavirus - COVID-19

How is the council responding?

Across Bedfordshire, all blue light services (police, fire, ambulance), NHS organisations, councils (Bedford, Luton and Central Bedfordshire) and other key stakeholders such as the voluntary sector, work together in co-ordinating responses to emergencies.

These organisations work together as the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum (BLRF) to deliver the requirements of the Government’s COBRA Committee, take action and develop plans in this context.

As Government has advised isolation and social distancing, the implications of this on our residents, communities and services is under constant review.

Throughout this pandemic our three main objectives are to:

  • preserve life
  • support the vulnerable and 
  • protect livelihoods

We’ve been doing this in lots of ways such as providing emergency food parcels for those in need, check in calls to the vulnerable, council tax support for those in financial hardship and business rate relief for local business who are suffering.

This short video summarises how we’ve been supporting our residents and businesses throughout the COVID-19 health emergency.

It has not been easy for anyone, but we continue to provide our services to those who need them - especially those who are vulnerable.

Getting support


You can use this form to request support from our Community Partners who will help with food and pharmacy collections. We can also make arrangements for you to receive a priority supermarket booking slot if you are unable to arrange one online yourself.

Self-isolating support

Adult social care support

If you have any care or support needs you can ask us for a needs assessment. The assessment will look at both your physical, mental and emotional needs.

Financial help (emergency provision)

Financial help (emergency provision) is available following an emergency or crisis to meet the immediate day-to-day expenses relating to food and utilities. Supermarket vouchers and top-ups for pre-paid energy meters are provided to meet these needs.

To apply, you must permanently residing within Central Bedfordshire:

  • 16 years or older
  • in an emergency situation and not have enough money to meet the immediate needs of you and your family

You do not need to be in receipt of any benefit or entitlement.

Apply for emergency provision

If you need to contact us in an emergency, please call 0300 300 8900.

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