Council Leader Gavin Callaghan is calling on households to stay home together and help save lives.

Earlier this week the council made contact with all rough sleepers known to the council and partner St Mungo's and found accommodation for all of them.

However, the message is clear that those self-isolating with others should stay together.

Temporary accommodation is in short supply and must be prioritised for those with absolutely no alternatives.

Meanwhile the council's repairs contractor, Morgan Sindall, continues to carry out emergency repairs and gas and electrical inspections, which remain a legal requirement. Visits are being made with prior agreement of tenants.

Councillor Callaghan said: "The guidance on Covid-19 is clear. Households must stay together and rehousing must be kept to a minimum.

"Those who are sofa surfing or staying with friends and family can help us to keep accommodation available for the most vulnerable by staying put.

"We continue to carry out emergency repairs and inspections, which means those that pose a risk to health and safety.

"We are taking these extraordinary measures because our number one policy right now is to save as many people's lives as possible. To ensure we achieve this, we need everyone's help by ensuring we all play by the new rules. The quicker we comply, the quicker we return to normal


Published on Friday 03 April 2020