Wakefield Council - here to help

28/04/2020, PR-9388A

​Wakefield Council is here to help and support residents and local businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

Since the country went into lockdown on 23 March, the Council is working incredibly hard to keep services running and support vulnerable residents across the district.

Over 3,500 people have accessed support via the Council's coronavirus support line and 40,201 people have visited the coronavirus webpage for help and advice.

Council staff, volunteers and partner organisation Nova have helped to deliver 610 food parcels to vulnerable residents, with lots more on the way.

Nearly 640,000 bins have been collected by our dedicated refuse teams and £48.9million of business support grants have been paid out to more than 4,200 businesses across the district.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Denise Jeffery, said: "Our commitment right from the very start has been to support our communities and help them through this very difficult and unprecedented time, and we are continuing to do so.

"I am immensely proud of every single member of staff who has helped to support our residents since the country went into lockdown, and it has been heartening to read the thanks to them that residents have shared.

"We also recognise that our local businesses are facing a challenging and uncertain time and our teams are working extremely hard to ensure they have access to vital funds and support as soon as possible.

"I would like to say thank you to everyone who has made all of this possible, your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed and we will continue to do everything we can to keep vital services running and support our most vulnerable residents until this is over."

Residents can find up to date information on the Council's dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD

Updated key workers infographic