Council Covid Update 26032020

Committees 

Meetings of full council and committees need to be considered to ensure that they are necessary and proportionate and that all steps are taken to minimise risk. 

Attendance by the public will be restricted to the numbers that can be accommodated safely taking the advice from Public Health England.

The public will be encouraged to watch proceedings via webcast and those wanting to ask questions, present petitions or deputations will be advised the need to minimise attendance in person and offered the option of questions, petitions, deputations being taken as read, receiving written responses.

You can look at the calendar of meetings for more information about recent or upcoming committees and to find out if they are being held.

 

Community engagement

We have to cancel all non-essential community meetings until 30 April at the earliest. This includes all resident meetings such as the Service Improvement Group, Leaseholder Action Group and other city-wide meetings.

We are also advised that community rooms remain closed for any large meetings.

Find more information about community engagement

Household waste and recycling collection

Our priority is to collect your rubbish and recycling. If we can't collect your bin or box, we will collect it on the next scheduled collection day. 

Garden waste collections are suspended until further notice.

Find more information on our waste and recycling services.

The two Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) are temporarily closed. This is to ensure public and staff safety, while also following government guidelines on social distancing. Find more information about the change to the waste and recycling service

Bulky waste collections suspended. 

Housing Customer Support Team (Adaptations, HMO Licensing, PHS)

The phone lines are closed. There is no face to face service in the contact centre. 

You can contact housing customer support online

Housing repairs

The service will only be carrying out emergency repairs to council housing, health and safety maintenance checks and repairs to empty properties.

Find more information about emergency housing repairs at this time. 

Housing services

Housing Office receptions at the below are now closed to the public:

  • Lavender Street - children's services are still open
  • Portslade Town Hall
  • Whitehawk Hub
  • Housing Centre in Eastergate Road

Letting car parking spaces and garages - garages are not being let. Parking permits will be sent by post.

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  • 01273 293 030 -  you can leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you

Leisure centres

All leisure centres in the city are closed until further notice. 

Libraries 

All Brighton & Hove libraries are closed until further notice:

Pest control

The pest control service are not taking any new bookings for pest control treatments for the foreseeable future.

If you have an existing appointment with us, we'll contact you to cancel and agree what actions you would like. If you have any questions about this, please phone 01273 294 266.

Register office

In line with government advice on social distancing, the service are having to make some changes to services. You can view the changes on these pages:

Revenues and Benefits

The face to face service in the Customer Service Centre at Bartholomew House is closed.

This is for Council tax and benefits. 

You can still:

  • phone 01273 292 000 - open 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday
  • email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • use the online forms for benefits

Visit the GOV.UK website for general information about benefits.

Rough sleepers

We are providing accommodation for rough sleepers in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic, working with our street Outreach Service and community partners.

Find out more about what we're doing for rough sleepers and how you can help.

 

Schools

Schools admissions

The phone lines are closed. Find more information about changes to the service

School meals

Visit this page for updates on free school meals and scam warnings

Temporary Accommodation & Allocations

No home visits taking place for casework, lettings or property inspections. 

Youth Employability Service

Face to face YES Adviser appointments are suspended. 

The service still offers support via phone, email and social media.

Find out more about the changes to the YES service.

Youth Participation Team

Face to face and group work services are suspended. 

 

During this time of Corona virus here is a list of groups across Brighton and Hove that can help those in need of assistance!
brightoncovid19mutualaid.weebly.com/local-sub-groups.html

with more listed on a Google spreadsheet at bit.ly/MutualAidBrighton.