LGA responds to Contain Framework on councils' local lockdown powers

“Locally-led responses have proven to be the best way to tackle significant outbreaks, which this framework rightly emphasises."


Close-up of a COVID-19 virus

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement today of a new Contain Framework for councils’ local lockdown powers, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

“Locally-led responses have proven to be the best way to tackle significant outbreaks, which this framework rightly emphasises. Councils know their local communities best and know how to address each unique outbreak. It is good that this framework also acknowledges the tireless efforts of councils already to try and contain and prevent local outbreaks.

“Greater powers for councils to take swift and effective action to address local outbreaks will hopefully help avoid the need for more stringent measures to be imposed locally.

“Managing local COVID-19 outbreaks will always need to build on the consent of local communities and an effective system of tracing and testing. The use of enforcement powers should be an option of last resort where individuals or organisations are unable, unwilling or opposed to taking actions that reduce the spread of this virus.

“Data flow to councils has improved, including the introduction of daily updates. Further improvements to this, including granular-level data, to councils are still needed so they are better able to act in real time to increases in infection rates and help prevent the spread of further infection. This would help councils be even more prepared ahead of any possible deadly second wave of COVID-19.”