Coronavirus LGA Circulars and Guidance
Below you will find the communications that the LGA has issued with regards to COVID-19 in reverse date order (newest at the top).
01 April 2020
Guidance for ‘Working from home’ – 01 April 2020
- HSE usual standard for DSE and working from home or agile working is available here. Their standard approach for mobile/agile/home working is attached here as a PDF from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.
- Advice re temporary homeworking and mitigating lesser risks from doing it in the short term due to the Covid crisis is available here.
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Bulletin – 01 April 2020
WISH guidance on Waste Management – 01 April 2020
Local Government data reports on Coronavirus – 01 April 2020
You’ll no doubt have seen some of the Public Health England data which has been published, about the number of hospital cases of coronavirus. In the main, it has focused on the national picture. The LGA have now added the data to LG Inform to make it more useful to local authorities.
They have created two reports which, rather than showing only the current data for authorities, show the data over time. They have also combined the information with population data, to create a rate per 100,000 people (to show the authorities with a bigger proportion of their population with coronavirus rather than the biggest absolute number).
They show the top ten councils (by total number of cases, as a rate, and by the biggest number on a single day) on a daily basis.
- Local authority report (select your county or single tier authority area at the top)
- England overview report
31 March 2020
27 March 2020
26 March 2020
LGA Communication – 26 March 2020
- Guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People – Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people
- Travel Advice for Educational Settings – Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
25 March 2020
LGA Communication – 25 March 2020 – Updated Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) comment regarding Movement during ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions.
“More guidance is going out to police today about what they should and shouldn’t be doing so hopefully this will settle down. We have been really clear about the importance of social care. The PM mentioned it in his statement on Monday night and the SoS did at the press conference last night. But it is difficult to ensure there won’t be a few off-kilter decisions made by a few police officers across the country”
LGA Communication – 25 March 2020
- Statement from the UK Public Health Register confirming waiver of certain professional requirements and includes a standby call on return of retired specialists and practitioners, as well as volunteers etc.
- Fire Brigades Union (FBU) & National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) statement issued yesterday ref COVID-19 information.
LGA Communication – 25 March 2020 – Further updates from Department for Education (DfE)
- Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings
- Updated Guidance for Schools on Temporarily Closing and the principles to follow: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures
- Guidance for further education providers on maintaining education and skills training provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision
- Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response
- Guidance for early years and childcare providers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures
- Attendance Recording for Educational Settings – link to the online form educational settings should use to submit their record of attendance to DfE: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings
24 March 2020
LGA Communication – 24 March 2020 – Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) response regarding Movement during ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions.
“We’ve had some queries about whether now, given there are more stringent restrictions on movement, workers will be asked to provide proof of status to allow them to move freely to and from work and on public transport. Stakeholders have referred to documentation that has been issued centrally by governments in other countries.
I wanted to let you know that this is not currently part of the plan here, although clearly it may be something that is considered in future. If asked by police the purpose for their journey those working in eg. the social care sector should simply state they are travelling to carry out work that cannot be done at home, and explain their key worker status. If employers feel that their staff would feel reassured by it, we suggest they provide a hard or electronic copy of a letter from their employer explaining their key worker status and why travel to a place of work is essential”
23 March 2020
LGA Communication – 23 March 2020 – sharing key links for new and updated DFE guidance:
- School Closures: It sets out the principles Government would like all schools to follow. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures
- This guidance covers children: supported by the child social care system, with education health and care (EHC) plans, in alternative provision (AP) settings. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people
- Updated FAQs for parents – simple explanation of education closures. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
- Updated Travel Advice for schools: reflecting FCO travel ban, advising against all domestic and overseas trips, and advice for students and staff currently overseas. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice-for-educational-settings/coronavirus-travel-guidance-for-educational-settings
- New Q&A re exam cancellation: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020
New GOV.UK collection page – all our GOV.UK CoV content in one place: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings
20 March 2020
LGA Communication – 20 March 2020 – sharing Government Information:
The LGA will be issuing further workforce guidance on school closures ASAP. In the meantime here is information from the Government on Critical Workers and Information for parents and carers.
- Critical workers doc www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision
- Information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
19 March 2020
LGPS Guidance – 19 March 2020 – Reemployment of Key Workers Guidance on impact of recently retired workers returning to work.
17 March 2020
NJC Circular – 17 March 2020 – Coronavirus and Working at Home. Guidance on all those in ‘at risk’ categories who have been advised to self-isolate and those who can work form home.
06 March 2020