COVID-19: workforce

Information and guidance related to critical and non-critical workers, employee safety and wellbeing, and more.


We are working as fast as we can to update this section with useful information for you. Please keep checking back and follow us on Twitter @LGAcomms and @LGAWorkforce for the latest updates.


LGA guidance and support

LGA workforce update: Government guidance on safe working 

Wellbeing for front line staff and key workers

COVID-19: social care staff wellbeing

COVID-19: employment law FAQs (further details on the NHS and Social Care Life Assurance Scheme and what it means for councils, is now available)

LGA Workforce update: critical workers (pdf)

LGA workforce update: job retention scheme

Social Work Together campaign - council sign up

We have partnered with Solace to create a programme coaching and mentoring those in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically aimed at Chief Executives, Directors, and professional leads.

To read the latest Workforce circulars and guidance visit:

Official Government information

GOV.UK – NHS test and trace: workplace guidance

GOV.UK – check if you can claim back statutory sick pay paid to employees due to coronavirus

GOV.UK – apprenticeship programme response

GOV.UK – public-sector trade union facility time data

GOV.UK – working safely during coronavirus

GOV.UK – critical worker list

GOV.UK – business support: coronavirus job retention scheme (relevant to local authorities also)

GOV.UK – COVID-19: Support for businesses (including local authorities)

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

GOV.UK – letter to councils about local authority meetings and postponement of elections

GOV.UK – guidance on social distancing in workplace during coronavirus

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

GOV.UK – guidance for coronavirus testing for frontline workers who are self isolating

GOV.UK – government to extend testing for coronavirus to more frontline workers

GOV.UK – actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – guidance for those in managing COVID-19 deaths

GOV.UK – testing available for council workers

GOV.UK – guidance on getting tested

GOV.UK – Skills Toolkit: free courses for furloughed workers and others looking to upskill

GOV.UK – new guarantee on death in service benefits for frontline health and care staff during the pandemic

GOV.UK – letter from Robert Jenrick regarding the extension of testing for council workers (pdf, 1 May 2020)

GOV.UK – find a job

GOV.UK – holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hosts a number of resources for jobseekers and support for employers


    Other useful information

    NHS.UK – advice to skilled and experienced nurses and midwives about how to return to work

    Mental Health Network – our frontline: support for frontline workers

    Mind – coronavirus and your mental wellbeing, including guidance on working from home.

    UKHospitality – Over 20,000 beds in the hospitality sector have been made available around the UK for NHS staff and other key workers

    Health and Safety Executive – RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

    Local Partnerships – working arrangements during COVID-19

    Institute for employment studies – help wanted: getting Britain back to work