A recovery plan for Brent

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UK Borough of Brent

A recovery plan for Brent

A message from Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

In March the UK went into official lockdown and life as we know it changed dramatically overnight. Over the last 10 weeks, in reply, Brent Council made sure that vulnerable residents across the borough were protected, shielded and supported.

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that the lockdown will be adjusted. From Monday, some nurseries and primary schools will reopen. Outdoor retail can take place. And we can meet with up to six people outside, if social distancing is observed. In a fortnight, non-essential shops will also reopen if they meet guidelines to make them Covid-secure.

I’m sure, like me, you’ll feel huge relief at the prospect of seeing loved ones again. But I want to stress that this can only take place in gardens or private outdoor spaces, and you must continue to stay two meters apart from anyone outside your own household. If you are returning to your workplace, please also follow the Government’s advice on working safely during coronavirus.

The adjustments from Monday are a cautious step forward but present new risks too. Brent still has a sizeable infection rate compared to other parts of the country. Many among us are key workers and unable to work from home. We are the borough of cultures, with 149 languages spoken by residents. But tragically, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, older people and those with pre-existing health conditions are among the most vulnerable to this awful virus.  

No borough is the same. As people return to our high streets, our plan to exit lockdown needs to be unique to Brent and to be informed by the challenges you face on a daily basis. Many of the inequalities in our society have been exposed by coronavirus. The most disadvantaged and vulnerable among us have been the worst affected. We want to address this as part of our recovery.  This summer we’ll be asking you what we can do to make your neighbourhood a safer, better place to live as we re-emerge from coronavirus. I will share more details about how you can get involved in the coming weeks. 

Until then, I can promise you that the council will continue to do everything it can to keep you and your loved ones safe, as we all work together to control the virus. Please stay safe this weekend, and into next week.

Update on schools reopening in Brent

The vast majority of Brent schools have remained open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

There is a small number of Primary schools planning to open more widely from the middle of next week. These schools are commencing with staff planning days before welcoming children back. The majority of Brent Primary schools are looking to open more widely from week commencing 8 June. Secondary schools will open for groups from years 10 and 12 from the 15 June. Special schools will be welcoming more children on the basis of each individual child’s needs.

The council has delivered PPE in line with government guidance to all schools today and has been supporting schools throughout the duration of the pandemic.

Schools will have contacted parents directly with further information about each school’s next steps.

>>Read the latest government advice on the phased reopening of schools, colleges and nurseries

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As people continue to come together through this crisis, watch Mutual Food Aid Willesden, Neasden Temple and Daniel's Den talk about the work they're doing to help people through this pandemic.


Pavement widening rolled out in town centres

Pavements in busy town centres across the borough have been temporarily widened to support social distancing. New signage has also been installed to remind people of the need to stay 2 metres apart. In total, more than 760 metres of barriers have so far been put down around busy stretches of pavement to help protect the community. As more shops begin to open, we will identify more areas to widen.

Find out more

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Lockdown is no excuse for domestic abuse

We are calling on supermarkets, retailers and pharmacies to help reach victims of domestic abuse who are particularly isolated. Our new poster campaign details local and national helpline numbers in a variety of languages, including Polish, Somali, English, Arabic and Portugese.

>>Get more info

collecting brent


Brent Museum and Archives are looking to collect first-hand experiences and objects of significance that reflect the lives of Brent’s residents during the COVID-19 crisis. This might include:

  • Journals or diaries, letters and scrapbooks
  • Digital media e.g. photographs, videos, audio recordings
  • Artwork e.g. rainbow pictures
  • Physical ephemera including leaflets, posters, government directives, newspaper cuttings

>>Find out more and how to get involved


Bereavement services

Brent Bereavement Services can provide individual counselling by trained volunteers. If you would like to talk to someone following the death of a loved one, call Brent Bereavement Services, on 020 8459 6818. You can also send an SMS to 07747 401 448 or visit www.bbsonline.org.uk

>>More support for dealing with loss

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Shops to begin opening in June

Shops will be able to begin opening again during June, the Government has announced. Outdoor markets and car show rooms can open from 1 June, with other retailers like shops and indoor markets expected to open from 15 June.

>>Guidance for people who work in, or run, shops

>>Understanding how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic


Translated COVID-19 Advice

During this difficult time, it is important that materials are reaching everyone - especially if your first language is not English. Resources are now available on our website in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Traditional Chinese - Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh - with Somali translation also available.

>>Access these materials now


Apply now for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you’re self-employed, you could receive a taxable grant of up to £7,500 from HMRC. Use the Government’s checker to find out more, and if you can make a claim.

>>Check if you can claim

Emergency help and support

Do you need help getting food or medicine delivered to you while you’re in isolation? If you are struggling and need extra help, call our helpline on 020 8937 1234 open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday or email coronavirus@brent.gov.uk

More emergency help and support

Financial support for residents

Support for businesses and employers

Changes to council services

Get the latest health advice

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