Agenda item

Covid-19 Response Update

This report provides an update on the Council’s response to the Covid-19 emergency.


The Executive Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services submitted a report updating on the Council’s response to the Covid-19 emergency response, following the declaration of a major incident on 20 March 2020 by the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The report described the Council’s emergency response in relation to some of the key issues which had to be addressed, which included:


        Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

        Setting up and operating the One Reading Community Hub

        Rough Sleeping



        Building capacity into bereavement services and leading on the  LRF’s Temporary Place of Rest.

        Rebilling Business Ratepayers to take account of reliefs announced, the payment of grants to businesses; and

        Rebilling of Council Tax payers in receipt of the Council’s local Council Tax Reduction Scheme to reflect the £150 Hardship Relief announced.


The report also provided an overview of the current legal and financial issues arising from the emergency.


Resolved –


That the Council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as set out in the report be noted.

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