Leicester City Council meeting addresses coronavirus in Leicester

By Isobel Rix

The coronavirus pandemic and Leicester City Council’s efforts to support the city during this time were explained at a meeting last night(ThursMARCH19).

Sir Peter Soulsby, the City Mayor, issued a statement to assure people that their council is doing all it can to keep its citizens safe.

Sir Peter said: “Our duty is now clear, a duty to protect loved ones, neighbours, friends, key workers and our fellow citizens.”

He acknowledged there had been five positive tests for the virus in Leicester so far.

He also addressed the activation of emergency spending powers to manage and support the community during the crisis.

There will be no pursuit of council tax arrears during this time and no evictions due to lack of income caused by the coronavirus.

Sir Peter pledged the council would continue to brief the local media and public, imploring people to use reputable news sources such as the BBC and the Leicester Mercury, rather than believing false stories on social media.

He said: “I hope those here, those not with us, and the people of Leicester will be assured the city will be supported by its council in this very difficult crisis.”

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