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Health, education and the economy key to recovery

West Berkshire Council has published its draft Recovery Strategy, which outlines its priorities for the district’s recovery from Covid-19.

The Strategy, which will be considered at Executive on Thursday 16 July, sets out the priority areas the Council will focus on to help the community recover as quickly as possible from the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.

It is structured around three core elements- health, education and the local economy- and gives details of how the council and its partners aim to improve the quality of life of all of those who live or work in the district.

In line with the council’s commitment to enhanced community engagement, there is a strong emphasis on plans to inform, consult and involve local residents in the development and delivery of these local recovery plans.

The council has also published its Recovery Action Plan as an appendix to the Strategy. This provides information about what has been done to date to support the local recovery in each of the three priority areas as well as further planned actions.

Councillor Lynne Doherty, Leader of the Council, commented: “We know that Covid-19 has had a major impact on individuals and communities across our district and will continue to do so for some time. We therefore recognise the importance of putting into place proactive recovery plans.

“Our response work has led to some changes to the way we operate and we are keen to maintain these going forward. It has been wonderful to see how our communities have stepped up to help one another and we would want to build on this.

“The initial focus of our recovery work will be on recovering what makes West Berkshire a great place to live – our strong health outcomes, excellent educational performance and our vibrant economy. We know these areas have been impacted and are committed to getting the district back to a more positive position as soon as possible. We will also look to develop the new methods of communication and greater engagement with our residents, which is something that has been a valuable legacy of the current situation.

“Our Recovery Action Plan shows that we have acted quickly to help mitigate the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the district, such as support for local businesses through relaxing licensing obligations, encouraging environmentally friendly active travel and the safe reopening of our schools. We now have the opportunity to take this work even further and will engage with partners and the wider community to support a strong local recovery.”

To read the proposed strategy, please click here.

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