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A brief summary of the current issues emerging through the APSE COVID-19 support network and WhatsApp Groups for service areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority building maintenance and housing services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority catering services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority parks and grounds maintenance services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority cemeteries and creamtoria services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
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.
APSE has canvased members to ascertain how local authority waste services and street cleansing services are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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
Issued 2 April 2020
Advice on working from home.
upper tier local authority case number data
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.
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 latest guidance to councils from the Ministry - Local government, Homelessness and rough sleeping services, Housing, Procurement, Pubs and restaurants, Schools, Social care.
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.
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