Falkirk Council leader warns they may only be able to support most vulnerable

The leader of Falkirk Council says the Cornovirus threat is “the most challenging situation the council has ever faced” as they put in place plans to provide only critical services to protect the most vulnerable.

By Kirsty Paterson
Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:32 am
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn said: “Falkirk Council is working in collaboration with all our community planning partners, such as Health and Social Care, third and voluntary sector as well as Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service, to adjust our business continuity plans to react to what a very fluid situation in order to support and protect our most vulnerable citizens.“We will very soon have to move to only providing critical services, and divert resources to supporting those who are in that most vulnerable category, over 70s and those with underlying health conditions“It is therefore essential that those that can self help do so.”The council leader added: “It is important that everyone take the advice currently being issues by NHS Scotland and supported by both Scottish and UK Governments around social distancing in order to limit the spread and impact of this virus.” My thanks have to go to our council officers and work force who are working hard to put plans together and continue to deliver services at a time when everyone may be feeling anxious, also to acknowledge the many offers of help from our communities which will be essential to get us through these unprecedented times.”