LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on test and trace

“Getting the right balance between national and local measures to tackle the pandemic has been an ongoing challenge. Throughout, councils have called for greater involvement in decision-making and recognition that they have the skills, expertise, local knowledge and infrastructure to play a major role in combatting local outbreaks."


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Responding to a Public Accounts Committee report on the national test and trace system, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils across the country have set up more than 300 local contact tracing partnerships, complementing the national system by successfully tracing many hard-to-reach cases.

“Getting the right balance between national and local measures to tackle the pandemic has been an ongoing challenge. Throughout, councils have called for greater involvement in decision-making and recognition that they have the skills, expertise, local knowledge and infrastructure to play a major role in combatting local outbreaks. 

“As this report states, councils could have been involved at an earlier stage. This could have led to a more swift and effective test and trace system.

“We have consistently called for a ‘team of teams’ approach, with the responsibilities of each part of the system clearly defined and properly resourced. 

“It is important that we build on our experience to date and that councils, with their public health responsibilities, are trusted to deliver.”