Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: What we are doing to help you

28 March 2020

A message from Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

I’m writing to you again to keep you updated with how the council is responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Everything you need from the council is here:

Thank you to the vast majority of people in Brent who have been following the latest advice and staying at home. As of yesterday (Friday 27 March 2020) I hear the Prime Minister is now working at home after contracting the virus.

To the small minority of people who have not been following the advice and who have been congregating in groups, this is a matter of life and death and it is important to protect yourself and others by following the advice we are all being given. Anyone who doesn’t follow the rules faces arrest or a massive fine.

You have heard from me a few times now, and I promise to keep you updated with new information as often as necessary, but today I want to hand over to the council’s ‘Gold Command’ emergency planning leads, which is chaired by the Council’s Chief Executive Carolyn Downs, who have recorded some short videos on the latest situation in Brent.

A message from Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive of Brent Council

A picture of the video with a message from Carolyn Downs

A message about support for vulnerable people from Phil Porter, Strategic Director – Community Wellbeing

A picture of the video with a message from Phil Porter

A message about schools and early years settings from Gail Tolley, Strategic Director – Children and Young People

A picture of the video with a message from Gail Tolley


A message about support for businesses and employers from Minesh Patel, Director of Finance

A picture of the video with a message from Minesh Patel


Do you need extra help?

If you need a bit of extra help during these tough and uncertain times, we can put you in touch with local voluntary organisations. This extra help could be anything from getting food and medicine, to accessing advice services.

Call 020 8937 1234 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For the most vulnerable people who need help with tasks like washing, dressing, or feeding themselves, but don't have the support of family, friends or the wider community, we have set up a special wellbeing helpline.

Call 020 8937 6589 between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week.

Or if you’re struggling financially, visit for details on the kind of support you might be able to access.


Further information

For the latest NHS advice on coronavirus, visit

For the latest Brent-specific information, including about changes to some services and extra support available, visit