Across the country, people are volunteering to help their communities through the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Here are some of the ways you can help your neighbours get through this crisis.
NHS Volunteer Responders
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. An 'army' of volunteers is needed to support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
The major political parties in Telford & Wrekin have issued the following joint statement on the Donnington by-election:
We believe the by-elections for Donnington, scheduled to be held on 2 April, should be postponed for an interim period. The absolute priority for our emergency personnel, Council staff, candidates and residents should be focusing on the unprecedented circumstances caused by Covid- 19 alongside their health and safety.
Newport councillor Thomas Janke has called for police response officers to be based at Newport Fire Station, in the absence of a police station.
Welcoming Telford & Wrekin police chief Supt Jim Baker's commitment to the police role in keeping Newport a "vibrant, active and thriving market town", Cllr Janke made the plea to bring back a base for response officers in Newport.
A Woodside town councillor has launched a petition today calling for the bulky waste collection charge, set by Telford & Wrekin Council, to be scrapped for residents to help address a fly-tipping "epidemic".
Figures revealed today show that Woodside was the borough's fly-tipping hot spot in 2019 with 689 incidents reported. This is 43 times higher (per resident) than other areas, such as Apley Castle.
The Liberal Democrats have today announced plans to fund at least 60 new police officers across Telford and Wrekin as part of an extra £1bn nationwide investment into community policing.
This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England and Wales, enough for an extra two officers per ward. The Liberal Democrats will also fund an immediate 2% pay-rise for serving police officers.
Telford & Wrekin Liberal Democrats are calling for a halt to the implementation of Future Fit to ask health bosses to consider the impact to all healthcare services across Shropshire and not just emergency care.
In a joint statement, The Wrekin's Lib Dem candidate Thomas Janke & Telford's Shana Roberts have said:
The Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allowTelford & Wrekin Councilto increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.
The latest Government statistics show that there were 390 homes left empty long-term in Telford and Wrekin in 2018.
In response, and as part of its plan to alleviate the housing crisis, the Liberal Democrats would legislate to allow Telford and Wrekin Council to increase council tax by up to 500% where properties are being left vacant long-term. The revenues would then be reinvested to build new homes for the community or to invest in local services.
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