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