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The situation with Coronavirus is changing all the time - and there are lots of stories out there offering, sometimes conflicting, advice. We've compiled a list of useful advice and information links below, to help you and your loved ones get the answers you need.
Latest Government and NHS advice:
You can find all the most up to date, official Government and NHS advice by clicking here.
Council information and services:
Hull City Council now has a dedicated helpline, specifically for making sure the most vulnerable people in our city are getting support. To register with them for support call 01482 300307. You can also register online by clicking here. You can also download the Council's poster advertising this service, to print out and stick in your window, by clicking here.
If you are worried about relatives or friends in the East Riding, the East Riding Council also has a support line - you can call it on 01482 393919 and find more information by clicking here.
If you run your own business in Hull you may be eligable for a Government grant, which you can apply for through the Council. To find out more you can call 01482 300301 or apply online by clicking here. If you have a business based in the East Riding, you can find more information by clicking here.
You can find all the most up to date information on which Hull City Council services are still running by clicking here. For services in the East Riding Council area click here.
Volunteering to help others:
Thousands of people across our city are already volunteering their time to help during this crisis. If you can help in anyway you can register with Hull City Council by clicking here or with the NHS Responders by clicking here.
Back our call to suspend Council Tax during the Coronavirus outbreak:
Many households across Hull are being hit finacially by the Coronavirus outbreak. The Liberal Democrats are calling for Council Tax to be suspended during the outbreak - which would save the average household in our city £475. Back our campaign here.
Support with mental health:
This is a very unusual time for everyone and we hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well. If you are finding the current situation overwhelming, please remember you're not alone. There is lots of information and advice out there on mental health support during the current crisis. Public Health England have put together guidance at their website here.
Listed below are just a few of the mental health charities that are available to offer advice and support:
- Mind - mental health support - www.mind.org.uk - 01482 240 200 or 0300 123 3393 or text 86469 (9am to 6pm Monday to Friday)
- Samaritans - support for people experiencing distress or despair - 01482 323 456
- Rethink Mental Illness - advice and information for people with mental health problems and carers - 0300 500 0927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
- Saneline - information and support for people with mental health problems and carers - 0300 304 7000 (4.30 - 10.30pm)
- Shout - text support service supported by expert clinical supervisors - www.giveusashout.org
- Howareyoufeeling.org.uk - information and support wellbeing support for children, young people and parents.
Beware of scams during the outbreak:
Sadly there has been a rise in the number of scams going on, trying to take advantage of people during the outbreak. Humberside Police have issued some new advice on spotting some of these scams. You can read more by clicking here.
Today Labour Children’s Services boss Peter Clark has narrowly survived a no confidence vote after pressure from the opposition Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems tabled the motion of no-confidence after the damning Ofsted report slammed a failure of political leadership.
While leader Cllr Mike Ross and shadow portfolio holder Cllr Linda Tock met with council bosses, they stood by their decision to move the no confidence call in Cllr Peter Clark, arguing “we’re doing our job as an opposition to hold an absent portfolio holder to account.”
The Lib Dem Group argued that the buck stopped with the Labour administration that is in its 9th year of power, and called for a new way forward with new political leadership.
Hull’s Lib Dems have put forward a £2million budget vision that would dramatically improve the condition and traffic flow of the roads, foot & cycle paths in Hull and put a stop to the pothole problems. The alternative budget plan comes with a promise to build a brighter future for residents across the city.
It includes additional funding put back into key local issues such as establishing a local Crime Prevention Fund for communities across Hull to feel safer. The alternate budget sees investment into the key issues residents in Hull face including, money to keep communities cleaner, safer, and greener.
Letter - Hull Daily Mail 14/02/2020; Page 14
Like many others, I have serious concerns with the damning Ofsted inspections of Hull City Council’s Children’s services, particularly the most recent ones. What most shocked me was that things got worse when they were already in a damning state to begin with, you can’t out-damn ‘damning’, but somehow the political leadership has managed to.
I found the comments from the Portfolio Holder, Cllr Peter Clark, that ‘the only way is up!’ and that he wanted to ‘stay and finish the job’ alarming. It has been under his watch that the service has gone backwards. It is time he, as the political leadership of this service, took responsibility and resigned. Children are at risk – there is no room for further errors. Even Labour MPs are calling for him to consider his position.