Message from the Leader of the Council

Letter from the Leader

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader at Southampton City Council, will be sending a letter to all businesses and residents with advice and information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) which should arrive from 3 April (depending on postal system).

Leader’s speech to council on COVID-19 response in Southampton

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of the Council, gave a short speech on 18 March 2020 outlining our priorities for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as a council and as a city.

Top 10 council priorities

  1. Making sure that we have the right services in place to continue to support and safeguard our most vulnerable residents.

  2. Making sure that our residents and businesses have access to the information they need about how to stay safe, including signposting to the latest public health guidance, as well as keeping them up to date on disruption to our normal services.

  3. Working with communities to reach those who might be more vulnerable and may not be able to go online for advice. I am personally writing to all our residents and businesses this week so that everyone has access to the latest information.

  4. Working closely with community groups and the voluntary sector to help our communities help each other, and encourage the wonderful community spirit which I have seen shared across this city.

  5. Reviewing the need for face to face meetings, and moving to telephone contact where possible, to minimise risk to our residents and staff.

  6. Protecting our staff, many of whom are also city residents. We have encouraged our staff to work from home if possible where this will not affect the day to day running of essential services. And for those who cannot work remotely, making sure that they have access to hand wash and sanitisation facilities.

  7. Keeping our buildings and venues safe and clean to stop infections spreading, recognising our role as the largest landlord in the city.

  8. Working with schools to support them, including helping those who rely on free school meals. All schools are working with us to maintain provision for the children of key workers such as NHS and emergency services.

  9. Working with our partners and contracted services to make sure that we have capacity to support people in care homes, nursing homes, refuges and hostels. This includes making sure we have support in place for people who are homeless or rough sleeping, so that they have safe spaces to go if they need to isolate.

  10. Working with our partners across the city to support local businesses, in particular smaller businesses so they can access the support and advice available.