COVID-19: statutory council duties

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

Council premises

GOV.UK – Closing certain businesses and venues

Democracy and meetings

Democracy and elections 

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

Local authority meetings

LGA remote council meetings hub

Coronavirus Bill: local authority meetings

GOV.UK – councils given new powers to hold public meetings remotely

Cyber security and digital connection

Broadband and digital connection

Ofcom: Stay connected during the coronavirus

MHCLG Local Digital Collaboration Unit: responding to the COVID-19 outbreak

Cyber security

GOV.UK – advice and guidance on fraud and cyber crime

National Cyber Security Centre: 

Data protection

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

GOV.UK – Notification of data controllers to share information

Environmental health and waste

Chartered institute of environmental health – legionnaires' disease: lockdown risks and reopening safely (pdf, 20 May 2020)

GOV.UK – advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections

GOV.UK – regulating the waste industry during the coronavirus pandemic

GOV.UK – guidance on prioritising waste collection services during coronavirus pandemic

GOV.UK – regulatory position statements from the Environment Agency

GOV.UK – protecting groundwater when developing or expanding cemeteries during coronavirus

GOV.UK – managing household waste and recycling centres in England during the coronavirus pandemic

GOV.UK – ministers urge councils to plan for safe re-opening of recycling centres

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

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) – emergency surplus food grant

Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) – Covid-19 and waste management activities guidance (pdf, 2 April 2020)

National Association of Waste Disposal Officers – restarting household waste recycling centre service (pdf, 4 May 2020)

The Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) and the recycling charity Waste and Recycling Action Programme (WRAP) have created a new platform, designed as a virtual marketplace to help private companies advertise surplus capacity.

Local government and social care ombudsman

LGSCO suspends complaints enquiries of councils and care providers

Parish and town councils

NALC – coronavirus information for local (parish and town) councils

NALC – coronavirus case studies (pdf, May 2020)

GOV.UK – letter to town and parish councils 

Parking, transport and highways


GOV.UK – health, care, and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions

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, 15 April 2020)

BPA have also launched a NHS free parking search service


 GOV.UK – transport and travel guidance

 GOV.UK – safer transport guidance for operators and safer transport campaign

GOV.UK – transport and travel guidance for people using transport or working in the transport sector

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

GOV.UK – renew or change a lorry or bus licence

GOV.UK – £2 billion package to create new era for cycling and walking

GOV.UK – advice for the freight transport industry

GOV.UK – Government grants Transport for London funding package

DfT –letter regarding local transport restart (pdf,12 May 2020)

DfT – traffic regulation orders: COVID-19 guidance (pdf, 14 April 2020)

Transport Focus – travel during COVID-19 survey

Highways and streetworks

GOV.UK – safer public places – urban centres and green spaces

Government endorsed guidance on street works

GOV.UK – reallocating road space in response to COVID-19: statutory guidance for local authorities

DfT – letter regarding highway maintenance and construction in regards to COVID-19 (pdf, 24 April 2020)

DfT – COVID-19 road and street works bulletin 005: training and accreditation (pdf, 9 April 2020)

ADEPT – Highways Sector Council COVID-19 operating procedures protecting our highways workforce

sustrans – space to move tool: changing streets to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle safely during the lockdown and beyond

Procurement and supply chains


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

GOV.UK – Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Construction contracts (pdf, 6 April 2020)

GOV.UK – Procurement Policy Note 03/20: Use of procurement cards (pdf, April 2020)

Crown Commercial Service – COVID-19: catalogue of supplier offers

Supply chains

LGA weekly COVID-19 supply chain bulletin

LGA – protecting the local government sector supply chain from fraud

GOV.UK – supporting vital service provision in PFI and PF2 contracts during the Covid-19 emergency (pdf, 2 April 2020)

Crown Commercial Service – catalogue of supplier offers

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

Trading standards

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

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

National Trading Standards: Knowledge Hub Group

Friends Against Scams: Online awareness course

Registrar services

Birth registration: the General Register Office confirmed on 24 March 2020 that registration of births appointments should now be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period. Customers should be advised that they can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth of their child being registered.

Other ceremonies: the General Register Office confirmed on 24 March 2020 that ceremonies, including marriages, civil partnerships and citizenship ceremonies, must be suspended until such time as Government agrees that they should resume.