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Council urges residents to share their views on the impact of coronavirus

The Council has launched a survey for residents to have their say on the effect of coronavirus on their lives.

Published: Friday, 26th June 2020

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Residents and people they live with are being asked to share how their life has changed, what support they need, how they are feeling now and their thoughts on the future.

It also invites residents to give their views on the Council’s response to the pandemic as well as the implications for local recovery.

The survey is completely anonymous. However, due to coronavirus disproportionately affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, residents are being urged to complete the personal information section. This will help the Council better understand, assess and plan its response efforts.

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said: “At a time when lockdown has made it particularly difficult to have our usual Area Forums, Cabinet Question Times and public meetings, this survey is an important way for us to get the views of our residents.

“It’s also part of our wider aspiration to increase and improve how we engage with the borough. We know we don’t speak enough to, and hear enough from, people and we need to do more so we’re truly representative. This is particularly true of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents, young people and those with disabilities. We want to make sure we involve them in influencing the borough’s recovery through this crisis now and into the future.

“I would encourage you to fill out the survey and invite your friends and family to do the same so we can improve how we support our communities over the coming months. Your views are really important in helping us understand the issues, and will inform and influence what we do.”

The survey closes on 31 July. For more information and to complete the survey please follow the link.

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