Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Protecting Renters and Rough Sleepers
Last week, the Housing Secretary announced extra support to help protect renters as well as those rough sleeping from the effects of Covid-19.
The winter months are especially difficult for those sleeping rough, and with this new variant of the virus spreading more rapidly across the country, we must do all we can to protect those sleeping rough at this dangerous moment in our fight against coronavirus.
Backed by an additional £10 million in funding, all councils in England will be redoubling their efforts to help accommodate those currently sleeping rough wherever possible, and ensure they are registered with a GP. The government has also extended the ban on bailiff evictions for all but the most egregious cases for at least 6 weeks.
These measures will help save lives by protecting those who are sleeping rough and ensuring that renters aren’t evicted while we all continue to play our part by staying at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.