Coronavirus updates for Councils

coronavirus update for councils

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We are continually rounding up all the latest coronavirus news, advice and guidance for councils below.


Tuesday 24 March 2020

Charities struggle to deliver public sector contracts as they lose £4bn –

– Charities and public services are more vulnerable to the Covid-19 crisis than was previously thought because of the squeeze on funding the former is experiencing as a result of the pandemic, study shows.

Monday 23 March 2020

Major new measures to protect people at highest risk from Coronavirus –

– The Government is working with a partnership of the groceries industry, local government, local resilience and emergency partners, and voluntary groups, to ensure that essential items can start to be delivered as soon as possible to those who need it.

Rise in coronavirus fraudsters offering support to elderly for cash upfront –

“Councils will do everything in their power to prosecute fraudsters and seek the toughest penalties for criminals taking advantage in this despicable way.”

Friday 20 March 2020

Tenants protected from eviction during coronavirus outbreak –

– Council leaders have welcomed measures to protect renters from being evicted due to the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus – Changes to Veterans UK Services –

– As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, and in line with Government public health advice, we are taking steps to minimise the risks to veterans and their families.

Guidance from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for clerks who operate cemeteries –

– In light of the latest guidance on social distancing, the MoJ casework team is making changes to its business practices.

CiLCA Update –

“Following a period of unprecedented demand, our CiLCA assessors are working hard to clear a significant backlog in submissions; we have therefore taken the difficult decision to suspend new registrations of candidates for CiLCA until 14th April 2020.”

Thursday 19 March 2020

Elections guidance for electoral administrators –

– The latest guidance about forthcoming elections that may have been due to take place before legislation postponing them will come into force.

Coronavirus guidance for village halls and similar community buildings –

– Guidance for village halls and community buildings regarding the government’s advice about large gatherings.

Coronavirus: LGA responds to renters support pledge –

“Councils are leading local efforts to support communities as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. They will be working with tenants who are experiencing financial challenges as a result to support them to stay in their homes.”

Councils to be fully funded for coronavirus costs –

– Councils in England will be fully funded for implementing measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the chancellor has confirmed.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

£3.2 million emergency support for rough sleepers during coronavirus outbreak –

– Councils will be reimbursed for the cost of providing accommodation and services to rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping, who are suffering from or at risk of coronavirus

LGA responds to public health grant announcement –

“Council public health teams are working day and night to support national efforts to minimise the spread of the coronavirus. They are doing a fantastic job in extremely challenging and ever-changing circumstances.”

Great British Spring Clean postponed –

– The Great British Spring Clean has decided to postpone its annual event due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. The organisation says that after “much consideration and consultation” it felt it was necessary to postpone the event until September.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Joint Statement from ADSO and LLG – LA decision making and democracy in light of coronavirus –

– Advice and guidance regarding the democratic process, decision making and remote meetings during the coronavirus crisis.

Robert Jenrick reaffirms support for councils in their coronavirus response –

– The Local Government Secretary addressed over 300 council leaders and sector bodies in a call on the government’s response to coronavirus.

Saturday 14 March 2020

Local elections and London mayoral race postponed for a year –

– Elections delayed after Electoral Commission said coronavirus health crisis would affect campaigning and voting.

Coronavirus - Information for councils

This advice intends to provide local parish and town councils up-to-date news and information related to the current coronavirus outbreak. It should not be used as a substitute for official government advice, although there are some issues that are specific to local councils where we hope this information will enable you to plan ahead and manage your risks effectively.

To see the official advice, visit the below sources:

Managing risks to your council

We recommend that local councils should consider different potential scenarios and what actions could be taken to mitigate the risks to the council.

These will vary for each council, and it may be that there are no specific actions to be taken. Some example scenarios could be:

  • Review your scheme of delegation to make sure it is fit for purpose i.e. there would be minimal disruption to the ongoing work of the council if councillors are unable to attend meetings and committees. For example, can some decision-making be delegated to the clerk as a contingency plan if meetings are postponed?
  • It might be a good idea to review critical functions or services, and consider how these could continue to function in the event of staff absence
  • You will likely have local residents who have queries about coronavirus, so make sure you are up to date with the recent government information, advice and guidance

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