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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Published 17 March 2020
Last updated 27 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added links to: Announcement: Timeline for retail to reopen Guidance: Home care

  2. added links to: 6000 new supported homes as part of landmark commitment to end rough sleeping Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

  3. Added links to: Everyone with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to social housing residents Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes Care home support package backed by £600 million to help reduce coronavirus infections

  4. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): construction update Q&A Consultation and pre-decision matters Plan-making

  5. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places - urban centres and green spaces New guidance on spending time outdoors New guidance on moving home Coronavirus (COVID-19): planning update Coronavirus (COVID-19) – compulsory purchase guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Community Infrastructure Levy guidance

  6. Added links to: Roadmap: The UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, Guidance: staying alert and safe, Announcement: domestic abuse charities can apply for vital funds, Guidance: Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund, Announcement: over 1 million food boxes delivered to those most at risk from coronavirus, Guidance: Coronavirus Act 2020 status table, Announcement: business rates revaluation postponed, and Letter: opening household waste and recycling centres.

  7. Added links to: Announcement: Rough sleeping taskforce created Announcement: Top up to local business grant fund scheme Letter: Testing for council workers Announcement: £6.1 million funding boost for Business Improvement Districts

  8. Added links to: Announcement: Further expansion of access to coronavirus testing Guidance: European Structural and Investment Funds

  9. Added links to: Guidance for social landlords on essential moves Guidance: Managing a funeral Announcement: Communities Secretary welcomes response to his call for parks to open

  10. Added links to: Business to receive almost £10 billion in rates relief Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to councils about extending the statutory audit deadlines for 2019 to 2020 Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak Grant funding provided to businesses by local authorities in England

  11. Added links to: Guidance: Data collection from all education and care settings Guidance: Application of building regulations Letter: Outline of funding support to councils Guidance: Managing or organising funerals during the coronavirus pandemic

  12. Added link to: Product standards guidance for business and local authorities

  13. Added link to Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from the Secretary of State to the local government workforce

  14. Added links to: Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19 Guidance for consumers on coronavirus (COVID-19) and food Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Government to extend testing for coronavirus to more frontline workers Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers Coronavirus (COVID-19): local death management Government sets out plans to ensure bereaved families can attend funerals during pandemic Government pledges extra £1.6 billion for councils

  15. Added links to: 3/2020: Council Tax information letter - a note on the technical implementation of the £500 million hardship fund. Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan. Coronavirus (COVID-19): pledge to ensure necessary building safety improvements can continue. Councils given greater financial relief against cash flow pressures.

  16. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19) information leaflet Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care guidance

  17. Added links to: COVID-19: PPE plan COVID-19: PPE hub COVID-19: PPE guidance from Public Health England

  18. Added link to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care

  19. Added links to COVID-19: changes to neighbourhood planning COVID-19: advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections

  20. Added letter to councils about local authority meetings and postponement of elections.

  21. Added a link to COVID-19 health, care and volunteer workers parking pass and concession.

  22. Added links to: Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) New advice for safe funerals after discussions with faith leaders COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals COVID-19: guidance for domestic abuse safe accommodation provision Coronavirus (COVID-19): Energy Performance Certificates Councils given new powers to hold public meetings remotely Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak

  23. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes COVID-19: infection prevention and control £300 million announced for community pharmacies to support them during coronavirus outbreak Business rates: coronavirus response and updated guidance Planning update letter (March 2020)

  24. Added links to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for local authorities Coronavirus (COVID-19): notification of data controllers to share information

  25. Added link to: Changes to the Care Act 2014 to help local authorities prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  26. Added link to MHCLG's daily bulletin.

  27. Added link to: Allocations of additional funding to local authorities.

  28. Added links to: Remediation and COVID-19 Building Safety update – 27 March 2020 COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

  29. Added link to: Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK Government guide

  30. Added links to: COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

  31. Added Guidance setting out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF); Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the coronavirus; Guidance for providers of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children; Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments; Guidance to billing authorities on council tax hardship fund; Planning Inspectorate guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events.

  32. Added links to: Business rates: nursery (childcare) discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance; Guidance for businesses and other venues subject to further social distancing measures; and Major new measures to protect people at highest risk from Coronavirus

  33. Added link to Guidance about maintaining educational provision for schools, colleges and local authorities.

  34. Added links on: Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak; and Procurement Policy Note that gives information and guidance on public procurement regulations and responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

  35. Added links to: Business rates: expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021: coronavirus response – local authority guidance; Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters; COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care; and COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance.

  36. Added links to 'Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response' and '£3.2 million emergency support for rough sleepers during coronavirus outbreak'.

  37. First published.