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Council creates new committee to lead coronavirus fightback

Posted onPosted on 27th May

Nottinghamshire County Council has announced plans to form a dedicated committee to oversee the county’s recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak.

In the first Full Council Meeting since the Lockdown, councillors will on 28 May discuss a report proposing to form a new COVID-19 Resilience, Recovery and Renewal Committee.

It is proposed that the new committee will review the council’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and manage policy development relating to the county’s recovery, including the council’s approach to the renewal of the local economy and reform of local government services, including the future structure of local government in Nottinghamshire.

Council leader Coun Kay Cutts said: “I am proud of the way this authority has responded to the needs of our communities during the coronavirus outbreak. We have been a lifeline for those whose needs are greatest, whether that means delivering essential foods and medicines or providing care to those who need it. We have also made sure that there has been a continued supply of PPE to enable our care workers to continue their duties.

“The proposed formation of this new committee is important because it will establish a dedicated forum where vital issues relating to Covid-19 can be given full consideration. It will allow us to look at all aspects of how the virus has impacted on the lives of our residents, our workforce and the economic implications. The committee will enable us to come up with solutions in a democratic way that the public can engage with.

“I am hopeful that this committee can meet as early as possible so people can see for themselves how well we are responding to the crisis and supporting our communities. The committee can examine how we plan to respond to the financial challenges presented to this council and the wider economic impact felt across Nottinghamshire.”

Residents will not be able to attend in person due to limitations on numbers to enforce social distancing, but can instead watch the meeting online where it will be live-streamed.

The meeting will also see the traditional handing over of the chairmanship from Coun Kevin Rostance to Coun Stuart Wallace in a ceremony that will respect social distancing measures.