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How we're supporting our communities

"Council staff at every level are working tirelessly to provide the essential services and support that residents, businesses and voluntary organisations need to get through this crisis.

"Our 10-point plan sets out our core strategy, and our commitment to St Helens Borough to do all we can to help.

"Working together – with and for each other – we’ll get through this as best as we can. The St Helens community is strong, and St Helens people are resilient.

"Myself and my council colleagues will continue to do all we can to support our borough through this difficult time."

– Cllr David Baines, Leader of St Helens Council

We have:

👉 Launched #StHelensTogether 01744 676767, a single point of contact for people needing support or wanting to volunteer, coordinating the amazing work of volunteers and groups across the borough

👉 Produced an information portal at sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus with information for residents, businesses and organisations

👉 Redeployed council staff to help keep essential front-line services running including our contact centre, adult social care and registrar's service, and other staff to support the community response

👉 Suspended all council parking charges so that NHS staff, key workers and those on essential journeys don’t have to worry about parking fees

👉 Committed that for every green bin collection we’ve had to cancel, we’ll give a free collection next year

👉 Provided temporary accommodation for every rough sleeper in the borough

👉 Suspended all debt collection and bailiff action for council tax arrears, provided help towards the cost of council tax, and access to the Government Hardship Fund

👉 Provided and coordinated free school meals for every child who needs one

👉 Coordinated support for business including financial support and business advice

👉 Committed to providing advice and guidance for residents to access job opportunities through our Ways To Work programme