To support community and personal resilience following the impact of COVID 19 as part of the COVID 19 recovery plan
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 the 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.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/09/2021
Decision due: 26 July 2021 by Acting director of adults and communities
Contact: Paul Smith, Acting Director for Adults and Communities Email: Paul.Smith@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 261693.