A TELEPHONE helpline has been set up by the council to support residents and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Aiming to provide a 'front door' to advice and support, it is among measures put in place by the council to focus resources and staff on to the most critical services relied upon by residents.

It will offer help to residents needing support with their day-to-day needs and for people wishing to volunteer.

It will also offer signposting for national health advice, support for local businesses and organisations and Advice on education arrangements.

The helpline will operate from Monday to Friday, between 9am–5.00pm.

A spokesperson for the authority said: "demand is expected to be high, people with online access are encouraged to visit the Council website at www.wirral.gov.uk/coronavirus where all of the information is available.

"Frequently asked questions are also available on the website. However, if people have a question that is not included, they can call the helpline and talk to the team.

"It is vital that all our residents and businesses are able to access up-to-date information.

"The new helpline will help ensure that people without online access - and who may be more isolated or vulnerable - can also get the information they need.

"Residents who are looking for national advice can contact the helpline, but the real focus will be on the local issues at the heart of our communities."

Contact the helpline on 0151 666 5050.