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APSE will post short advisory notes and responses to network queries between frontline service managers within this hub. Please check back for regular information, links and advice.

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APSE Briefings and Advisory Notes

Key Messages Board (Issued 31 March)

A brief summary of the current issues emerging through the APSE COVID-19 support network and WhatsApp Groups for service areas.

 

20-27 COVID-19 Scottish guidance for social landlords (Issued 3 April)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Scottish government have issued guidance for social landlords.This short briefing outlines a summary of the key points which include how to look after staff and what steps to take if unable to carry out a service, such as a gas service or safety check. 

 

20-26 Public Health England's new guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely (Issued 2 April)

With the onset of ever more stringent measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus, PHE has issued guidance on how COVID-19 related deaths should be dealt with to ensure those dealing with the deceased and providing other services such as funerals, can act in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

20-25 COVID-19 Free school meals guidance for schools - National voucher scheme (Issued 31 March 2020)

Following the announcement to close all schools except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, the government issued a further update to the guidance on 31 March 2020 regarding the national voucher scheme for children eligible for Free School Meals.

 

20-23 COVID-19 Guidance for food businesses (Issued 27 March)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the government have issued guidance on the 25 March 2020 for food business which is also of relevance to catering services providing school meals.

 

20-22 COVID-19 Cleaning in non-healthcare settings (Issued 27 March)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the government have issued guidance regarding cleaning in non-healthcare settings. This short briefing outlines a summary of the guidance.  

 

20-21 The changing guidance for greenspaces and allotments in light of the impacts of COVID-19 (Issued 27 March)

This briefing gives a brief summary of the changes which have been implemented by local authority members in parks and greenspaces as a result of the current pandemic.

The briefing also highlights the growing importance of the need for the public to use local greenspace in light of the increasing restrictions on outdoor movements. Finally the briefing note looks at how local authority parks and grounds maintenance services are addressing the issues of continuing to provide allotments whilst ensuring social distancing is also addressed both locally. 

 

20-20 Transport and Fleet Maintenance responses to COVID-19 (Issued 27 March)

Please find attached a copy of APSE’s survey results on how local authority Fleet Maintenance services are adjusting to the impacts of COVID-19 and in particular the operational changes and staff protection measures being introduced across the UK .

Please note that this morning a 6 MOT testing extension to MOTs has been initiated for light vehicles https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mot-centre-and-tester-guidance

 

20-19 Highways maintenance responses to COVID-19 (Issued 27 March)

Please find attached a copy of APSE’s survey results on how local authority Highways and Street Lighting services are adjusting to the impacts of COVID-19 and in particular the operational changes and staff protection measures being introduced across the UK 

 

20-18 COVID-19 Scotland key worker guidance regarding schools and ELC closures (Issued 25 March)

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on key worker provision regarding schools and ELC closures ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and ELC closures – guidance for key workers’ which was published on 20 March 2020 and was further updated on 22 March 2020.

 

20-17 COVID-19 Stay at home guidance (Issued 24 March)

On 23 March the Prime Minister announced new measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus which includes ‘stay at home’ measures. Whilst the guidance informs the general public it should also be considered along with key worker guidance and decisions as to what staff should be deployed to cover services; particularly those services which will be regarded as critical at a local level. 

This short briefing offers a summary of the guidance. 

 

20-16 Local authority responses to COVID-19 in relation to building maintenance and housing services (Issued 24 March)

APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority building maintenance and housing services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  

 

20-15 Local authority responses to COVID-19 in relation to catering service (Issued 24 March)

APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority catering services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  

 

20-14 Local authority responses to COVID-19 in relation to parks and grounds maintenance services (Issued 23 March)

APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority parks and grounds maintenance services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  

 

20-13 Local authority responses to COVID-19 in relation to cemeteries and crematoria services (Issued 23 March)

APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority cemeteries and creamtoria services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

20-12 COVID-19: Key Worker Guidance (Issued 20 March)

The Government has issued guidance on key worker provision ‘Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision’ which was published late on the 19 March 2020.

The full statement is included within the briefing. The statement has already created some ambiguity; whilst it is welcome that the statement is not too prescriptive allowing for some local determination this has led to the question of ‘is there a requirement for both parents to be key workers?’ to be able to access the limited educational provision that will be made available. In this regard APSE would point to the very first bullet point in the guiding principles which states ‘If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be’ which would allow for sensible and proportionate local determination.  The full briefing provides an overview of the scope of the guidance.

 

20-11(a) COVID-19 Leisure Facility Guidance (Issued 20 March)

This briefing is issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and provides guidance to those managing their leisure facilities; On Friday March 23 2020, all facilities were required to close, so the first section is now historic .

Key issues include a focus during the pandemic on retention and membership support.

 

20-11 Local authority responses to COVID-19 in relation to waste services and street cleansing services (Issued 20 March)

APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority waste services and street cleansing services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

20-10  COVID-19 Free School Meals guidance for School (Issued 19 March)

In response to the government announcing the closure of schools in England until further notice, guidance for schools regarding free school meals has been issued. APSE's briefing outlines a summary of the guidance

 

Other Updates

WISH INFO 13 COVID19 and waste management activities 

Issued 2 April 2020

NJC Circular Coronavirus and Working at Home Guidance

Advice on working from home.

County UAs Case Table

upper tier local authority case number data

 

Government Guidance

Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision

Government publication on calssfication of "Key workers", includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services and key frontline services.

Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Notice

The Cabinet Office has published a Procurement Policy Notice on responding to COVID-19. It emphasises the flexibilities available under the regulations for public authorities to make urgent/direct awards in exceptional circumstances (bypassing much of the usual process).

The Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government

The latest guidance to councils from the Ministry - Local government, Homelessness and rough sleeping services, Housing, Procurement, Pubs and restaurants, Schools, Social care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

Read the latest information about the coronavirus situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus

 

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

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