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People in Portsmouth are being invited to have their say on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives, in research being undertaken by Portsmouth City Council. Residents will be able to share their experiences of lockdown through an online survey or via a newly launched telephone consultation service.

The survey, which goes live today, 9 July, will look at the effect of the past few months on people’s jobs and businesses, health, wellbeing and home life, as well as the wider community and local services. The responses gathered will help shape the city’s ongoing recovery plans and support for local communities.

The quickest and simplest way for residents to take part in the survey is to visit our coronavirus survey page.

Alternatively, those who don’t have access to the internet, or who find it difficult to use, can register for Portsmouth City Council’s new phone consultation service by calling 023 9261 6708.

The telephone service is intended to allow more people to have their say on important city issues, especially while social distancing makes face-to-face surveys in supermarkets, shopping centres and other community locations difficult.

As well as looking closely at the challenges the city has faced, the survey will ask about positive changes residents may have seen, for instance having more time to enjoy hobbies and family time, using cars less and exercising more, or feeling a stronger sense of community.

 Cllr Steve Pitt, the council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development & Deputy Leader, comments: “The past few months have been tough for many in the city. Some will have lost people they love, been unwell, or cared for vulnerable relatives. We know the pandemic has affected residents’ finances, jobs and education and that it has meant doing things differently – changing the way we all work, travel, shop and engage with the community.

“As lockdown measures gradually ease, we’re asking residents to tell us the specific changes their household has experienced. These insights will help guide how we work with other organisations and communities over the coming months. We want to ensure our ongoing coronavirus response helps keep Portsmouth safe and building towards a strong future.”

How to have your say:

The digital way

If you have internet access, this is the easiest way to have your say. You can also sign-up for email alerts, so you’ll be the first to know about new consultations. www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ycys

The telephone way

If you don’t have access to the internet, call 023 9261 6708 to sign up for telephone consultations and take part in the coronavirus survey over the phone.