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Coronavirus: North Yorkshire Council pledges £1m for residents

Coronavirus: North Yorkshire Council pledges £1m for residents

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 1:45pm 19th March 2020. (Updated at 1:47pm 19th March 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council has promised £1million for residents who are struggling to pay for household expenses.

  • North Yorkshire Council has promised £1m for struggling households. 
  • It has told workers to work from home and will hold virtual meetings.  
  • Harrogate Borough Council has cancelled almost all of its meetings until further notice.

The Council has also told its workforce to work from home and will hold virtual meetings.   

Council leader Coun Carl Les said:

“Supporting those in need is one of the most important things we can do. We have a vital role to play in helping our residents deal with the challenges ahead over the next few months.

“This additional funding will help those most in need with life’s essentials in what is already a very trying time.”

Councillor Carl Les
North Yorkshire Council Leader Car Les

Harrogate Borough Council has cancelled almost all of its meetings until further notice.

But the authority also said it is in “business as usual mode” with no plans to close its buildings, whilst contingency plans have been put in place to protect its services.

A spokesperson said:

“Local councils provide front-line services to the communities they serve and there are many people across the district (especially vulnerable people) who need our support, especially now. 

“We are not scaling back the services we provide.”

North Yorkshire County Council’s workforce is the largest in the region with over 17,000 staff and it has cancelled some of its meetings scheduled to take place this week. 

It comes after the government said it will do “whatever is necessary” to help councils focus their efforts on helping the vulnerable during the pandemic by introducing a string of emergency measures designed to ease pressure on authorities.