Politically speaking with Aidan Godfrey, Labour leader, Stafford Borough Council



We are living through very strange and worrying times. I’m sure you’ve read and heard this statement many times in the last few months. All of us without exception have had some part of our lives changed because of this Covid-19 pandemic.

As a society we have learnt to adjust our daily lives to accommodate the restrictions placed upon us to help stop the spread of this terrible disease.

It’s vital we all still adhere to the basics of hand washing frequently, social distancing, avoiding unnecessary travel, and when possible work from home.

If we drop our guard who knows how long this situation will last and of course how many people will suffer.

We all know how our fantastic NHS, emergency services, delivery drivers, shop, postal and other essential workers are keeping us going.

Quite rightly we recognise their unbelievable commitment to our health and wellbeing every Thursday. Where would we be without them?

As a local councillor I have also witnessed the hard work and public spirit of the vast majority of the people in our Borough.

There can be very few positives from this outbreak, but the way people have come together to help neighbours, older people, and those who may be vulnerable in our community is one.

Stafford Borough Council staff have also been working very hard to keep providing the municipal services we all sometimes take for granted, such as refuse collection, ground maintenance, benefits administration, public health etc.

Many council staff are also performing extra duties to help people affected by this crisis, for example, shopping deliveries, telephone calls to check on the more vulnerable and so on. All the staff at SBC have the admiration and fullest support of the SBC Labour Group, they really are working above and beyond.

It has been very clear that many local charities have also pulled all the stops out to help people who are self-isolating, recovering or indeed physically unable to shop.

Volunteers have been delivering and making human contact with many people who would really struggle if it were not for this help. Again, I am sure all these volunteers have our admiration and gratitude.

Like everyone else, I very much look forward to the normalisation of our lives, whatever that may be in the future.

I also hope that when this is over, we keep much of the public spirit we have found in recent weeks.

That we keep adequately funding our NHS and appreciating its workforce as much as we do currently.

That we see more funding for local authorities to provide services and managed facilities such as leisure centres, parks etc run by local people for local people and that we have a greater understanding of how we can help more in our communities.

Of course, it’s very easy to write these hopes, but it’s much harder to implement them, that’s something we will all have to work hard to achieve, individuals, local councils and national government.





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