1 May 2020

Setting a course for recovery

We are looking at ways to support the city’s recovery following the Covid-19 outbreak.

This is an unprecedented challenge for our businesses and communities and we will work with partners in the city and across the region to consider the longer-term implications and provide a recovery programme.

Yesterday, 30 April, the Policy & Resources Committee agreed to establish the Covid-19 City Recovery Programme, that will help prepare and steer the council and the city through the recovery phase of the pandemic.

The Recovery Programme will aim to build a solid foundation for the city, so that Brighton & Hove has the best opportunity to emerge as a healthier and more sustainable city.

Our preparations for recovery will enable the council, its residents and businesses to be in the best possible position to minimise losses and make best use of opportunities that emerge. This will require a co-ordinated programme over the next 18 months.

We’ll be setting up a five-member Policy & Resources (Recovery) Sub-Committee, chaired by the council leader, so that we can focus on the programme and make decisions quickly.  

The sub-committee will co-ordinate the economic recovery within the city in collaboration with businesses, residents and partner organisations.

It will also oversee the co-ordination of the recovery effort with local, regional and national bodies, including co-ordinating a lobbying strategy where appropriate.

Together with our partners we will look at restarting projects, restoring projects, lobbying for financial support, and making positive changes to shape the city’s future.

Three staged approach

The objective of the Programme is to develop a co-ordinated recovery programme that will guide the city and the council through the transition, from the emergency response of the outbreak to recovery and shaping the future.

The Covid-19 City Recovery Programme will be a split up into three phases.

The first stage will be developing the City Recovery Programme and establishing the key workstreams and recovery plans intended to be used in response to the pandemic.

The second stage will be the delivery of the initial recovery strategy. This will include the relaxation  from the lockdown arrangements and implementing the initial recovery plans.

The third and final stage will be putting the recovery plans into practice.

Partners & Stakeholders

We will be working with businesses and communities across the city, including Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, the Universities and the NHS.

The Recovery Programme will also be able to influence the development of wider recovery planning for regional bodies such as Greater Brighton and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Nancy Platts, Leader of the council, said: “Whilst our immediate priority remains to protect the health of our residents and overcome the Covid-19 outbreak, it is important that the council and its partners also start to look at shaping our city for the future.

“How recovery efforts are structured will define our city for decades to come.

"The City Recovery Programme will aim to build a solid foundation so that Brighton & Hove has the best opportunity to emerge as healthier, more equal and a sustainable place to live, work and visit.”

The areas covered in the Covid-19 Recovery programme will contain both external and internal programmes of work which include, but are not limited to: 

External

  • Events & Economy
  • Infrastructure
  • Community Wealth
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Welfare, Wellbeing & Health
  • Crime, Community Safety & Community Cohesion
  • Education & Skills
  • Public Health Advisory

Internal

  • Workforce & Human Resources
  • Financial Recovery & Resilience
  • Procurement and contract management
  • Technology & Data
  • Legal and Governance
  • Council services recovery plans

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