Council Leader thanks district for community spirit
are in unprecedented times as the spread of the coronavirus is testing
communities across the world.
please let me assure you that Wakefield Council will do all we can to deliver
our services and support you, your families and our communities.
will know that we are facing a rapidly changing situation and decisions need to
be taken quickly based on the latest Government advice and direction. My
Council and I are acutely aware that every decision we take in relation to our
services will have an impact on our residents and we will do everything
possible to minimise the impact on you, whilst ensuring we protect the health
and safety of everyone in the district.
have our promise that we will do our utmost to protect our most vulnerable
residents and our pledge is to keep providing the best possible services for
you, where we can. We have been planning for some time how we can meet the
challenges of this pandemic and like every organisation we are already being
affected by staff absences and we will not be immune to this increasing and or
compromised by other issues. At some point we may need to prioritise our
resources where they are needed the most.
also have to take account of the direction given by Government to delay the
spread of the coronavirus and yesterday’s announcement will have an impact on
many of our services, so please bear with us. We will try and ensure you are
kept informed of any changes but you have my assurance that we will do
everything we can to keep essential things going.
district has faced many issues over the years and during times of great
challenge the community spirit and resilience that has been shown is
tremendous. I urge all residents now to show this spirit, help look after our
communities and pull together. The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. We are all
in this together and part of the resilience we must show is to be caring and
considerate for everyone.
has already been an incredible response across many communities in our
district, with new and established groups mobilising support for those who need
it. It is heart-warming to see such a lovely response in our local communities.
We will of course also support you all where we can. We need to continue to
work together and support each other.
many people in the district being urged by the Government to ‘stay at home’ we
all need to do our bit to help those in need. There are many small acts of
kindness we can all do to help our friends, family and neighbours. Please check
in on those who might be vulnerable, lonely or need a bit of support. It can
make a real difference to people living alone who may be worried in these
uncertain times. Any support you can offer, no matter how small, could make a
real difference to those in need.
behalf of everyone at Wakefield Council I send you our love and best wishes. We
sincerely thank you for your support, patience, understanding and most
importantly for your community spirit.