NATIONAL ALC UPDATE FOR PARISH & TOWN COUNCILS - CORONAVIRUS
For updates on what is happening for us nationally, ensure you visit https://www.nalc.gov.uk/coronavirus on a regular basis. This is being updated daily throughout the current emergency.
If you would also like to keep up-to-date with the government information as it comes out then you can sign-up to their Covid-19 response bulletin.
Holding meetings - NALC strongly encourages councillors and staff to follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation. We would encourage local councils to consider if they need to hold scheduled meetings at all. NALC's opinion is that the likelihood of a successful legal challenge is low. NALC are expecting government guidance on holding meetings remotely early this week and will then produce further guidance. Local councils should evidence decisions, for example by asking councillors to confirm their votes by email to the clerk for the clerk to keep as a record.
Local councils supporting their communities - Local councils are ideally placed to inform and support residents as they already do in supporting vulnerable or lonely people. Many councils have set-up an emergency response group of councillors and volunteers to assist with collection/delivery of medicines, shopping or simply being a voice at the end of the phone. You can read more about their work, and that of other local councils, in NALC's newly published Coronavirus case studies publication.
Posted: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:30 by Helen Carrier