Opposition Day Debate: Local government responsibilities for public services, including social care, House of Commons, 18 March 2020

Protecting and supporting communities, including the most vulnerable, remains councils’ top priority. Council staff are working 24 hours a day to help delay the virus, minimise the spread of infection and keep people safe and well. Council colleagues are doing an amazing job in hugely challenging circumstances and we pay the highest tribute to their commitment and dedication.


Key messages

  • Councils as leaders of place have a vital role in responding to Covid-19. A widespread coronavirus epidemic across the country is going to have an impact on a range of services that councils provide and communities rely on. It is crucial that councils are supported properly at this time.
  • Protecting and supporting communities, including the most vulnerable, remains councils’ top priority. Council staff are working 24 hours a day to help delay the virus, minimise the spread of infection and keep people safe and well. Council colleagues are doing an amazing job in hugely challenging circumstances and we pay the highest tribute to their commitment and dedication.
  • This is a unique situation and every day brings new questions and issues that need to be worked through. We need to be realistic and pragmatic as none of us will have all the answers immediately.
  • The LGA is working hard to support local government’s contribution and to ensure that their vital role is recognised. We are in close contact with councils and are sharing the most up to date advice with council colleagues regularly, as well as sharing their concerns with Government.

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