Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
This week (Monday 3 - Friday 7 May):
- A report for councillors has laid out the scale of support given to the city’s most vulnerable during the pandemic;
- Tayside’s vaccination programme has now delivered more than 350,000 vaccines;
- Proposals put forward to make the city’s Spaces for People-funded 20 mph zones permanent;
- A consultation survey has been launched for private renters in the Coldside ward to learn from their experiences;
- Plans to ensure the city centre continues to develop over the next 30 years have been produced.
A report outlining the support given to the city’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic has been laid out for councillors.
Help with housing costs, food, period products and cash payments direct to families are among the key welfare provisions delivered by the council, supported by local organisations and the third sector since the pandemic hit.
John Alexander convener of Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee said: “More than £1.2m was used during 2020/21 as part of our Supporting People Programme, which focused on food related support and helping those at financial risk with things like fuel and discretionary housing payments, as well as requests for warm clothing.
“Going forward a further £981,000 will supplement the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF), by tackling food insecurity, supporting fuel costs and providing additional funding for Discretionary Housing Payments.
“As we expected there has not been a ‘light-switch’ moment when we have gone from extreme need brought on by the pandemic to back to normal. Life is still proving very difficult for everyone even as restrictions are lifted and activities resume.
“That is why we have identified some £834,000 of flexible funding to meet emerging needs focused on those at risk through health and social inequalities.
“It will go into promoting integrated advice and support through community-based services, local and voluntary supports to tackle social isolation and low-level anxiety as we move out of lockdown and additional capacity for domestic abuse services to address increased demand arising from lockdown.”
Meanwhile, the NHS Tayside-led COVID-19 vaccination programme, supported by the council and partners, has now delivered over 350,000 doses of the vaccine across the region.
The next phase of the programme is now underway with the aim of offering a vaccine to all adults under 50 by the end of July. Currently, invites to individuals between 40 and 49 years old are being issued – beginning with the oldest members of the age group.
More information on the COVID-19 vaccination progress in Tayside is available on the council’s website.
Elsewhere, following almost a year after four new 20mph zones were trialled in Dundee they could be made permanent, if councillors give them the green light.
The reduced speed limits in parts of Broughty Ferry, Douglas, Fintry and the West End were brought in last summer as part of the Spaces for People scheme in response to the pandemic.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “People quickly adapted to the change in a constructive way and appreciate being able to walk and cycle more safely to support physical distancing and promote public health.
“As lockdown measures ease these four 20mph zones will help to change the face of parts of the city by creating a safer street environment.”
Meanwhile, Dundee City Council is working with Generation Rent to further understand the challenges that private renters currently face, and have faced during the pandemic, in order to best support them now and in the future.
The consultation survey, which is focused on private renters in the Coldside ward, is the first of its kind and can be filled out on the Dundee City Council website until Friday 18th June.
The second stage of the consultation will involve focus-group discussions and forums with private renters, and are planned to take place later this year.
Lastly, work to steer the next 30 years of development and investment opportunities for Dundee city centre could be boosted on three fronts next week.
Councillors will be asked to back spending on commissioning consultants to support the development of the City Centre Strategic Investment Plan (CCSIP), engaging young people and progressing a trial project related to vacant property.
A six-week public consultation was undertaken from November to January using an online questionnaire covering the key themes of the strategy - living, working, visiting, connectivity and public realm.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.