Sutton Council will be recommending to strengthen its leadership team at its annual council meeting in response to the national crisis.

Recommendations will consist of an additional Deputy Leader at no extra cost to the taxpayer, which will be put forward at the annual meeting on May 18.

The move will provide additional support to the Council to deal with Sutton’s coronavirus recovery.

As well as, the renewed focus on its work on climate change, improving sustainable transport, regenerating the town centre, delivering the London Cancer Hub, and providing high-quality housing and schools for residents.

Leader of the Council, Ruth Dombey, said: "I’m really proud of the way Sutton is responding to the crisis.

"We’re working well with local partners in helping our most vulnerable residents, supporting the NHS and the voluntary sector and providing support to local businesses.

"The years ahead will be very difficult as we support our community to recover from the current crisis.

"I’m confident that this move will help us better respond to the new challenges, increased responsibilities and additional pressure on Council services as we navigate through the turbulent times ahead.

" Our ambition is to make Sutton the safest, greenest borough and the best place to live, work and raise a family in London."

"This will ensure we are focused on the key priorities."