As we move from the ‘Contain' to 'Delay' phase in the management of the Coronavirus, Londoners are understandably concerned about what to do and what happens next.
My strong view is that we should listen to the official advice <[link removed]>, place trust in the experts and resist the temptation to engage in speculation. We simply do not have access to the latest scientific evidence, data and modelling required to make judgements for ourselves.
But that does not mean that we are powerless. During this critical time, the elderly, disabled, those on low incomes and other vulnerable people will be hit the hardest. And they need our support.
I’ve been speaking to charities and other voluntary organisations and they are concerned about losing volunteers, donations and funds right at the time of rising demand. I know that many people will be facing challenges of their own. But, if you are able to, please do consider supporting your local food bank or other charities in your area over the coming period.
There are also simple things we can be doing within our local communities: checking on neighbours, family and friends who may need help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or simply want a chat. A small act of kindness can make all the difference.
And in that spirit of cooperation, this is definitely not the time for party political point-scoring. I have written to Sadiq Khan <[link removed]> offering my full support on any London-wide Coronavirus response, as well as suggesting that City Hall helps to coordinate a volunteer task force across the capital. <[link removed]>
We are at the start of a tough period. But I know that Londoners are resilient and compassionate and will pull together as we work through this.
Lib Dem Candidate for Mayor of London
p.s. Check out this blog for more ideas about how you can help vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak <[link removed]>
CORONAVIRUS CAMPAIGN UPDATE
I know that the Electoral Commission has recommended that Local Elections are postponed.
The latest Government advice is that they should go ahead as planned.
Precautionary guidance for campaigners <[link removed]> has been issued by the party and we will continue to monitor and act upon further advice as it comes in.
Coronavirus: Volunteers rally round to help those self-isolating (BBC News) <[link removed]>
I loved hearing about the self-organised volunteer group set up by young people in Kingston to support vulnerable people during the Coronavirus.
This project is quickly becoming the next financial black hole. We should cancel it and prioritise investment in green transport infrastructure instead.
BENITA IN THE NEWS
Siobhan Benita: We need Olympic spirit to support vulnerable communities during Coronavirus <[link removed]>
Siobhan Benita offers co-operation on Coronavirus to Sadiq Khan <[link removed]>
Sadiq Khan's fares freeze was never going to last <[link removed]>
MORE HEADLINES <[link removed]> <[link removed]>
Time For Consciousness To Get The Popular Vote in London (KIMU) <[link removed]>
Trust the experts please, Rory (Evening Standard Letter) <[link removed]>
Election 2020: Benita renews call for cannabis legalisation to help reduce drugs market violence (OnLondon) <[link removed]>
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