Coronavirus: South Tyneside Council leader reassures residents 'we are all in this together'

The leader of South Tyneside Council has issued a further statement to reassure residents amid a ‘rapidly changing’ coronavirus situation.

By Sarah Sinclair
Thursday, 19th March 2020, 4:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020, 5:53 pm

In a statement issued by council leader Iain Malcolm on Thursday, March 19 he has urged residents to “bear with” bosses as they work to support the community in what he has called “extremely unsettling times”.

South Tyneside Council leader, Iain Malcolm.

Now Coun Malcolm has reassured residents that the health and safety of everyone in the borough is an “utmost priority” and leaders are doing “everything possible” to protect the vulnerable.

He commented: “We appreciate that this is an extremely unsettling time for our communities. The coronavirus outbreak is having such a huge impact on people’s everyday lives.

“Every announcement made by Central Government affects every individual and their families. It is a rapidly changing situation and there is lot of information to process. But rest assured, we are working through the details of the announcements and how they will impact on our residents and businesses. Please bear with us.

“We want to reassure our communities that we are here – we are all in this together.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure our most vulnerable are protected and our children are fed.

“The health, wellbeing and safety of everyone in South Tyneside is our utmost priority and we are committed to providing support wherever we can. This includes working with our third sector partners. We have a safeguarding role and so we need to ensure this support is delivered safely and correctly.”

Coun Malcolm went on to personally thank NHS staff for their efforts in the circumstances.

He added: “We are also working exceptionally hard with our partners in South Tyneside Homes to make sure our essential frontline services continue while supporting our valuable health colleagues in Public Health and the NHS to limit the spread of the virus in line with national government guidance.

“I want to personally place on record my thanks to NHS, social care and frontline staff, who are doing a fantastic job in extremely difficult circumstances.

“As our resources become more stretched, we will adapt our workforce to make it as flexible as possible so that we can continue delivering essential services and supporting our communities.

“We are working in a very fast paced environment and adapting to daily changes in government policy but we will be keeping residents fully informed every step of the way.

“As soon as we have further information from the Treasury about how Government support will be administered, we will be updating the business community.

“We would urge people to continue checking our social media channels and the Council’s website for regular updates. However, we would ask people to support us by only contacting us in an emergency.

“These are unprecedented times and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”

Information on services affected is available at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/coronavirus