COVID-19: statutory council duties

Information and guidance related to data protection, elections, meetings, parking, procurement and more.


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A – C

Broadband and mobile connection

Ofcom: Stay connected during the coronavirus

Cemeteries and crematoria

GOV.UK – Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management COVID-19 webpage has the latest announcements in relation to cemeteries and crematoria, including their useful joint statement on the practical implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on the regulations around death registration.

Contracting

Local Partnerships have released support for public sector contracts during COVID-19

Council premises

GOV.UK – Closing certain businesses and venues

Cyber security

National Cyber Security Centre: guidance on cloud security 

National Cyber Security Centre: advice on home working

D – F

Data protection 

The Information Commissioner's Office: blog on data protection and the coronavirus

The Information Commissioner's Office: guide to what you need to know

GOV.UK – Notification of data controllers to share information

Democracy and elections 

LLG and ADSO issue statement on local authority decision-making and democratic process in light of coronavirus.  

Environmental health and trading standards

GOV.UK –  guidance and compliance advice for those businesses and other venues asked to close as part of further social distancing measures

FSA – guidance for food businesses to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK

G – I

Gender pay gap reporting

The Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission: statement on suspended gender pay gap reporting for 2019/20.

– L 

Local authority meetings

Coronavirus Bill: Local authority meetings

– O

Ombudsman

LGSCO suspends complaints enquiries of councils and care providers

Other

Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made: COVID-19: Changes to standard and enhanced ID checking guidelines

P – R

Parish and Town Councils

NALC: Coronavirus information for local (parish and town) councils 

Parking

The LGA has worked with Government to develop a scheme that now suspends parking charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers for on-street parking and open car parks (e.g. pay and display car parks) as they go about their critical work. 

The British Parking Association, London Councils and the LGA: advice on parking operations during the outbreak, as well as local authority parking and traffic management operational advice (pdf, 2 April 2020).

Planning

GOV.UK – Planning Inspectorate guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events

Procurement 

The Cabinet Office has published two Procurement Policy Notes (PPN), with guidance on public procurement regulations and supplier relief due to coronavirus:

GOV.UK – Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19

GOV.UK – Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

Regulation and inspection 

Deferring Ofsted inspections: Ofsted’s policy for determining that an inspection of a provider should not go ahead on the planned dates.

CQC has suspended routine inspections

S  Z

Trading standards

GOV.UK – Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK guide

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams: Online awareness course

National Trading Standards: Knowledge Hub Group

Transport and highways

Government endorsed guidance on street works

GOV.UK – Advice for heavy goods (HGV) and Public Service Vehicles (PSV) Operators

GOV.UK – Senior Traffic Commissioner issues a Statutory Document in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak