Decision details

*Amended* To work with key organisations across the county as part of the COVID recovery plan to facilitate a number of grant schemes and direct delivery to support the whole population to be active and experience new opportunities

Decision Maker: Acting director of adults and communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The global Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting measures taken to reduce the spread of the virus have had an unprecedented impact on the national and local economy and on people’s wellbeing and mental (as well as physical) health. Nationally the magnitude of the recession caused by the pandemic is unprecedented, GDP declined by 9.8% in 2020 the steepest drop since records began in 1948.
The pandemic has also had a severe impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, due to long periods of anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty. The Herefordshire Community Wellbeing Survey 2021 found 28% of people reported high levels of anxiety, 32% experienced drop in household income, 33% doing less exercise, and 30% sleeping less well. Wellbeing is lowest in those living in the most deprived areas.
The council has worked across all directorates to support businesses, residents and communities throughout the pandemic to remain as safe as possible and to prevent and reduce spread of infection and protect those most vulnerable in our society.
Our focus now moves towards recovery. Over the coming months the true impact of the pandemic will become better known for the economy, community wellbeing and organisation.
To support the recovery cabinet approved a £6.1m COVID Recovery Plan which includes the economy, community wellbeing and organisation. The recovery plan now focuses on the immediate impactful actions we need to take in the short term. Our priorities are to:
-Establish Safe and Welcoming Places
-Support Business Viability and Resilience,
-Support Employment
-Support Wellbeing.

Contact: Paul Smith, Acting Director for Adults and Communities Email: Tel: 01432 261693.

Publication date: 16/09/2021

Date of decision: 16/08/2021

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