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Coronavirus priorities

Residents and services have been significantly affected by the pandemic, particularly since 23 March 2020 when national restrictions were enforced.

Throughout the 2020 to 2021 financial year service delivery was affected and is reported on in the quarterly service reports and the council plan overview report.

In planning for 2021 to 2022, services will need to prioritise new objectives to reflect the different environment and to align with corporate recovery and renewal planning. These new priorities reflect the commitment made by the council in its recovery and renewal principles.

Delivery Directorate

Table showing Delivery Directorate COVID-related priorities.

Reference

Description

Due date

Lead officer

7.045

Deliver national and local elections, by-elections and referendums in a COVID safe way.

Mar 2022

Head of Democratic and Registration Services

8.007

Deliver new Ways of Working programme as part of the new business change programme and recovery from the pandemic.

Mar 2022

AD: Customer Experience and IT

8.008

Increase resilience in the Public Protection Partnership and the Joint Emergency Planning Unit.

Mar 2022

AD: Contract Services

Central Directorates

Place, Planning and Regeneration

The pandemic initially resulted in a reduction to work on our highways and so catching up on the delivery of improvement schemes in residential areas will be needed in 2021.

The Look Out Discovery Centre was also significantly affected and so the council is reviewing the offer and options for recovery. This is a new priority for 2021.

Regeneration works within Bracknell Town Centre slowed with an economic impact felt across all services, including food, retail and leisure. This has led to the delay in the commencement of the Deck which is prioritised in section 3 of the service plan.

There have been changes in working practices which will bring about new opportunities and new objectives for 2021 to 2022. These include the development of a Community Collaboration hub at Time Square with partner organisations and new public health arrangements across East Berkshire.

Resources

Administration of government support packages for businesses and individuals is likely to remain a priority into 2021 to 2022.

Enhanced reporting for the Bracknell BID will need to be developed, which has not been possible due to reduced capacity in 2020 to 2021.

Close monitoring of budgets will be required to track the ongoing impacts of coronavirus and inform medium term financial planning.

New organisational development, learning and development and recruitment approaches will need to be developed and introduced, recognising that changes in working arrangements are likely to remain in place to a large extent post-COVID.

Chief Executives Office

There will continue to be increased pressure on the communication and marketing team to keep residents updated with information on the pandemic. This has meant that the development of the corporate communications strategy has been delayed and will need to be developed in 2021 to 2022.

Most of the change programme projects were paused during March 2020 and throughout the first lockdown and a number were also paused in January 2021. In 2021 to 2022 a new change programme will start which integrates COVID renewal work with existing priority programmes in adults and children’s social care.

There will continue to need to be high engagement with voluntary, faith and community to support communities to recover from the impact of coronavirus over the coming year. There will also be a need to further review the impact the of the pandemic on communities.

Table showing Central Directorates COVID-related priorities.

Reference

Description

Due date

Lead officer

8.001

Development of a Collaboration/Community Hub at Time Square.

Sep 2021

Director: Place Planning and Regeneration

8.002

Refresh of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Sep 2021

Consultant in Public Health

8.003

Review the offer at the Look Out Discovery Centre, and identify options for future Provision.

Sep 2021

Head of Natural Estate

8.004

Lead the community response for clinically extremely vulnerable residents who are shielded; supporting their recovery from the pandemic and rebuilding independence working with The Ark. 

Jul 2021

Assistant Director: CXO

8.005

Continue to assess the impact of COVID on the community.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

8.006

Maximise value from the one-off stimulus package agreed as part of the 2021/22 budget to support recovery from COVID.

Mar 2022

Director: Resources

People Directorate

Table showing People Directorate COVID-related priorities.

Reference

Description

Due date

Lead officer

8.009

Assess the impact of COVID on children's education, mental health and future exams. Education and Learning team to support school leaders addressing gaps.

Jul 2021

AD: Education and Learning

8.010

Assess and address the impact of COVID on pupils with SEND, linked to increased numbers of EHCPs and specialist provision placements.

Jul 2021

AD: Education and Learning

8.011

Establish a task and finish group in partnership with Job Centre Plus (virtual youth hubs), co-located Troubled Families Employment Advisor, third sector organisations and relevant young people’s services to support the DWP’s national initiative to create employment opportunities for young people post COVID-19.

Jul 2021

AD: Early Help and Communities

8.012

Developing our approach, capacity and connectivity across partners in preventing hardship, including providing coordinated debt and money management advice at the earliest stage possible.

Jul 2021

AD: Early Help and Communities

8.013

To undertake an equalities impact assessment and evidence based approach to make sure there is a child focused approach to recovery across the council.

Jul 2021

AD: Children’s Social Care