This web page is our route-map for working on how the County will recover socially and economically in the coming months. The route-map:
Since March, the Covid pandemic has had profound impacts on individuals, families, communities and businesses in every part of Northumberland. We share the frustration of residents and businesses as restrictions have once again had to be ratcheted up in response to the spread of the virus and now we are in a third National Lockdown. Our priority is to work with Government, residents, partners and businesses to ensure we emerge from this National Lockdown with Covid infection rates under control and reducing, our vaccination programme on track and in a position to lead economic recovery.
This has undoubtedly been a year like no other and, we recognise there is real uncertainty around what happens in the coming months. Despite this uncertainty, we are clear, that as your Council, we will continue to respond to the Covid crisis, delivering the services you need every day, supporting and protecting the people who need help and, doing all we can to help businesses survive, recover and thrive once again.
Unlike traditional council and government plans, this route-map will not be static or long-term. The fast-changing nature of Covid and its impacts demands a different approach. Instead, we will produce regular updates of this document and share these with you so you can see the latest picture and how we are adapting our response to changing circumstances.
What won’t change is our commitment to being here for all our communities throughout this most challenging period and beyond.
Cllr Glen Sanderson Daljit Lally
Leader of Council Chief Executive
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Prior to this third National Lockdown (STAY AT HOME) announced on 4 January, Northumberland had just moved into tier 4 (STAY AT HOME). Our clear focus is to do all we can to make the National Lockdown work and then to transition as soon as possible back down through the tiers. Decisions on moving through the tiers will be based on case detection rates in all age groups; case detection rates in the over 60s; the rate at which cases are rising or falling; positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken); and pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.
Our plan to achieve this was originally focused on a five-point health package, developed with our LA7 partners and comprised of:
Information about our five point plan to economic recovery. These five points are:
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