Peterborough Council

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Most Recent

City council to discuss £18m coronavirus grants

A council that has spent £18m in grants to residents coping with the Covid-19 pandemic has denied its finances are on the brink after receiving £11m back in government pay outs.

Peterborough City Council's cabinet is meeting at 14:00 to review the gap in its finances but the leader is confident it will receive more funding.

The Conservative leader of the council John Holdich said: "I don't think they [the government] can afford not to give us any more money - it's just a question of how much.

"We're not on the brink but, obviously, we need to keep it constantly under review and we could be in some serious trouble if they don't fill some of the holes for us."

The grants were allocated under government support schemes announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Peterborough Town Hall
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Hampers 'make life a little easier' for vulnerable care leavers

Emergency food and supplies boxes
Diamond Hampers

Volunteers have packed 71 hampers full of essential goods to give to care leavers after an appeal by local authorities in Cambridgeshire.

Food, toiletries, baby products, nappies, cleaning products and birthday presents were among the donations given to the young people, many without family support, as they cope with the lockdown.

Re-Imagine Resource Centre in Witchford and community organisation Diamond Hampers were among the donors.

Conservative member of Cambridgeshire County Council, Simon Bywater, thanked them "for everything they are doing to make life a little easier for others".

Council appeals for volunteer carers

Peterborough's homecare team is appealing for volunteers.

The City Council says its service is under "extreme strain" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

People interested in offering help can find out more here.

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Funding to adult social care to increase

Fees paid to providers of adult social care in Cambridgeshire are being increased by 10%.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council said the money would support care providers and recognise the financial pressure they are facing.

An extra £450,000 a month is going into the care sector in Peterborough, while the rest of Cambridgeshire will get a £1.4m increase.

Some of this spending will be met by each council's share of the government's emergency fund for supporting the additional costs of coronavirus.

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Anna Bailey, chairwoman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s adult services committee, said: "We will get this additional money to them from the beginning of next week – and it will continue until at least the end of June."

Councils urgently appeal for foster carers

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Two councils say they need more foster carers to support children during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are asking anyone who could support children to get in touch, after the number of people enquiring about becoming carers "dipped".

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Simon Bywater, Cambridgeshire County Council chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: "While many of us have family and friends who are there to support us in these difficult times, there are many children and young people across the county who are in need of that support more than ever."

The councils said all carers would receive training, 24-hour access to support and allowances.

Peterborough city councillor Lynne Ayres said teams would adhere to government advice and social distancing rules throughout the application process.

Bin crews 'encouraged' by messages of support

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

Peterborough City Council said bin crews were "hugely encouraged" by messages of support left out for them and it called for residents to help them further by making their jobs "a little easier and safer".

Help would include:

  • Only placing rubbish in their black bins and not in plastic bags alongside it as non-essential waste will slow crews down
  • Wiping the handles of bins before and after they are put out for collection
  • Leaving notes, drawings and messages of support and waving to crews as they go by

Messages
Peterborough City Council

Councillor Marco Cereste said: "I’d like to thank everyone who has left messages to the bin crews for carrying out this vital function. They are key workers and in the past I think everyone has taken them for granted – not anymore.

“I know they are hugely encouraged by all the drawings, notes and waves they have been receiving."

In addition, bulky waste collections have been temporarily suspended in the city for the next four weeks to put more frontline crews on general waste and recycling collections.

Councils suspend all roadworks

Orla Moore

BBC News

City road projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been suspended in the light of the government's "stay at home" advice, the county council has confirmed.

Roadworks, including the development of the King's Dyke crossing and smaller inner-city projects, have been put on hold "to protect the public and workforce".

The A15 junction 18 Rhubarb Bridge works will end tomorrow as planned.

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County council leader Steve Count said: "It is absolutely vital we all follow the advice from government and stay at home.

"We have assessed this impact on our highway services contracts and the ability to deliver on the ground and adopt a managed approach to the tightening restrictions and reduce risk."

John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "We have to be sensible and protect the public as well as our workforce.

"With a number of supply chains shutting down their operations, the need for social distancing, along with the pressure on resource, we have had to take this decision to close down our sites."