Services in Brent are likely to be affected due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but those most in need of support will continue to receive it, its council leader said.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, explained that the coronavirus outbreak has forced the council to move to a ‘Gold Command’ system of working, chaired by the chief executive Carolyn Downs.

It means the way in which council services are delivered “could change” and essential services – those providing for the borough’s most vulnerable – are likely to be prioritised.

Cllr Butt noted that, like the rest of the country, the council has had to “adapt” in response to the pandemic.

He said: “We have taken quick and effective decisions in a range of areas that are all designed to respect the national guidance we are receiving while ensuring that the core local services that residents rely on the most are still running – even if behind the scenes we are delivering these services in a different way.

“Thank you to everyone who has been so understanding while we’ve had to change and stop services, your ongoing support is really appreciated.”

He added the council is partnering with several local community and voluntary organisations to provide additional support to residents.

This will cover seven main areas: disabled people, young people, older people, homelessness, food banks, those with special cultural needs and those who require greater advice and support.

Cllr Butt also took the opportunity to praise council staff and all those in the NHS and other emergency services working round the clock at this time.

And, “given the threat to life and the fear and uncertainty” facing the country, he called on those living in Brent to draw inspiration from the World War generations who faced “worse challenges and odds”.

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