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Work to help homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic needs to continue, according to a council leader.
During the pandemic, councils have intervened to keep rough sleepers off the streets, for their health and to stop the spread of the virus by placing them in shelters with the help of homelessness charities.
Alan Waters, leader of Labour-controlled Norwich City Council, said: "Having found people accommodation and having worked with groups of people to make sure that they can have a positive change of direction in life, we wouldn't want that work in anyway hindered."Copyright: PA Media
The Lord Mayor's Celebration in Norwich, which was due to take place in July, has been cancelled.
Norwich City Council said it was not possible to organise the event "due to social distancing guidelines".
Instead of planning the three-day event, members of the council's culture and events team are assisting the Norwich Community Response Hub, which is helping those who are vulnerable during the lockdown.
The Lord Mayor's Celebration was scheduled to take place from Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July and would have brought free performances and activities to the city centre.
Leader of Norwich City Council, Alan Walters, said: "While it has become inevitable, we are very disappointed that we will be unable to hold this much-loved, free event for Norwich residents this summer.
"The safety of artists, participants, staff and attendees is always central to our events, and this year it is not possible to achieve this while also following important social distancing guidance."
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A stall which was used by volunteer groups handing out food to homeless people has been removed.
Norwich City Council said it had taken down the covered stall on the Haymarket opposite Primark, following advice on social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak.
"We’re not planning to bring our stall back," it added.
"The expert medical guidance on social distancing has highlighted the importance of best practice around food provision for the most vulnerable.
"This is about making sure we get food to people safely, rather than bringing people to food, and we are working positively with a number of groups involved in providing food in this way."
It said it was working with organisations to engage with rough sleepers, secure temporary accommodation and deliver food to people directly.
Some volunteer groups criticised the decision on social media, as reported in the Eastern Daily Press.Copyright: The People's Picnic
A dazzling display concludes the second evening of Norwich's free weekend of entertainment.
The Green Party reduced the massive Labour hold on Norwich City Council slightly by winning four more seats.
The representation of the 39 seats is now:
- Labour 27
- Green Party 9
- Lib Dems 3
The success of the Green Party and the emerging national election results picture brought a reaction from Labour's Norwich South MP Clive Lewis.
He said the party was being dragged in four different directions.
"We've got customs union, hard Brexit, revoke and the people's vote," he said.
"If we don't sort ourselves out the head is going to pop off and the four horses are going to gallop off in four different directions elsewhere."
The Labour Party has held control of Norwich Council after winning 27 of the 39 seats available, four fewer than it won the last time these seats were up for election in 2018.
The Green Party won nine seats, four more than last time. The Liberal Democrats won three seats, the same as last time.
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More work is needed to help homeless people in Norwich, despite a fall in rough sleeper numbers, local election candidates have said.Copyright: Jake Humphrey
Numbers of homeless people in Norwich have dropped from 34 to 21 between 2016 and 2018, although in 2010 the figure was recorded as four.
The number of city households living in temporary accommodation has increased from 21 to 50 in the same period.
A homelessness strategy for the city, drawn up last year, found family breakdowns led to many people sleeping on the streets.
Labour holds 31 seats on the city council, with five for the Green Party and three for the Liberal Democrats.