Fill in the Hackney Council coronavirus survey and have your say.
Photograph: Retha Ferguson

The current coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the work of public services.

This is a challenging time for all of us, with many people worried about their families, the economy and local community.

Hackney Council would like to hear directly from residents on how the pandemic has affected their lives through a newly launched survey.

Information from the survey will be used to identify local support needs, help with signposting to assistance programmes, and identify measures that will help with the recovery from the crisis.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, cabinet member for health, adult social care and leisure, said: “During these unprecedented times it is crucial that as a local authority we keep connected with local people, seeing how the pandemic is affecting lives, what services people are accessing and what changes people would like to see made.

“I would encourage all residents to take part in the survey and help us work together on our response to the coronavirus crisis.

“At this time Hackney Council is providing a number of services for local residents: some we provided before and some new. We want these to be as useful as possible over the duration of this period. We therefore need your feedback so we know how the situation is for you.”

You can respond to the survey by going to the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on the community’ page on the Hackney consultations website.

If you or a family member do not have access to the internet or are unable to fill out the survey online, you can call Hackney Council switchboard on 020 8356 3111 and a member of staff will take your details to arrange for someone from the consultation team to call you.

Please share this survey with your friends and family, who live in Hackney, to ensure participation by a wide variety of residents.

The coronavirus outbreak sadly means the Hackney Citizen is unable to print a monthly newspaper for the first time in its 12-year history.

At a time when independent and trusted news is more important than ever, this was an incredibly difficult decision to have to make.

Without print advertising, our major source of income, a one-off donation from anyone who can afford it will help our small team keep the website and social media feeds running through this unprecedented crisis.

When Hackney and the wider world has fought off this virus and we return to some semblance of normality, the print edition will be back.

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Thanks in advance for your support, and stay safe.