The COVID-19 outbreak is placing massive pressure on services provided by councils and the NHS across the UK.
Team Oldham, the voluntary sector and the community have been working throughout the pandemic to keep Oldham residents safe but at a huge financial cost to the council.
Although further government funding has been announced, Oldham Council say it is not enough to fully support the people of the borough.
They're calling on the community to say thanks to those who have been working to look after others, the care workers, waste disposal teams, emergency helpline operators and more.
Oldham Council say that to enable them to keep being there for residents, they now need the support from Government in the form of fair funding.
This funding will help make up the costs the council has had to spend on the safety of their residents.
Oldham Council Leader Sean Fielding said: “I can’t thank the people of Oldham enough for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All of Oldham has pulled together to be there for each other during this incredibly difficult period. Everyone who has worked to ensure we get through this is an example of what makes Oldham such a special place”
“To properly thank our local heroes, we now need Government to provide the funding we so vitally need. Our key workers have done their part, we’re now asking the community to join us by signing this letter, which asks Government to do theirs.”
Leader of the Opposition, and the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE said:
“Oldham’s local heroes have been working tirelessly to keep us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have to ensure their vital work can continue, no matter the cost.”
“Making sure our borough gets the funding it needs goes beyond politics – it is what must be done to keep the people of Oldham safe.”
“Join us in our call for fair funding by signing our letter to Government”.
You can support the call but signing here: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/SOSOldham
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