From Councillor John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care:
I know there have been comments on social media and elsewhere suggesting that the decision to request the move to tier two was driven by potential extra government funding. I strongly refute this, and have enclosed below a link to a video I have made on the subject, both for your information, and to pass on as you see fit.
In addition, below is a link to messaging and data we put out on social media yesterday, reiterating the thinking behind the decision. Again, please do pass on as you deem appropriate.
Cllr John Spence CBE
Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care
Essex County Council, County Hall, Chelmsford