09 April 2020
Message from the Leader

​The way we live our lives has drastically changed over the past few weeks, and I wanted to let you know about the work taking place at Northamptonshire County Council to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

We are giving this ever-evolving situation our full attention, and I want to reassure you that our essential frontline services will continue to run with minimal disruption. The Council has implemented its Critical Incident Plan, meaning staff across the organisation are being redeployed to help deliver our most key services, so we can continue to look after our most vulnerable residents, children, young people and families and the elderly, as well as delivering other vital services.

Our partnership working is strong and we have come together to establish a joint COVID-19 command structure which includes representatives from local Councils, Health, Police and the Armed Forces.

Work is happening at a fast pace enabling us to manage the impact of the outbreak, and our Emergency Planning team are working tirelessly to support this along with many other teams at the Council. We are all working together to do all we can do manage this difficult situation effectively.

Over the past few weeks, the Council has received a huge amount of offers of help and support from local communities, and it’s heart-warming to see that, although an uncertain and unnerving time for us all, many of our residents are making it their mission to help others.

I’m proud to say that community spirit is really shining through which will help immensely with keeping our communities connected. Thank you for everything you are doing.

You can find out more about the Community Resilience Service which we have just launched in conjunction with our partners, and register your offer of support.

With restrictions now in place for our daily routines and lives, we are all having to reset and create a new temporary normal. We are here for you, and if you are struggling with this in any way, our Community Resilience Service can support you. 

We have launched a dedicated Coronavirus Support Line to help our county's most vulnerable residents through these uncertain times. If you need to get in touch with the team you can do so by calling 0300 126 1000, option 5.

We are working with fantastic local support groups and individuals to deliver this vital resource, which includes help for you to have essential supplies delivered including food and medication, as well as providing a listening ear and signposting to additional support if you need it.

Please do all you can to follow the Government advice and guidelines to help in the worldwide mission to deal with this pandemic.  We need to do all we can to keep ourselves, and each other safe. Our dedicated Coronavirus web pages provide up to date information and useful links, and we are sharing information daily through our Twitter feed and Facebook page.

This situation is unprecedented, and I know you will be feeling worried and unsure of what the next few months will bring. Please be reassured that together with our partners and our wonderful communities we are doing all we can to get through it, and we appreciate everything you are all doing to support this.

Councillor Matt Golby
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council