Coronavirus: information for councils

Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


On these pages, you will find guidance and resources from the LGA and our key partners, as well as the latest official Government information relevant to local government.

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LGA COVID-19 support offer

A summary of our current refocused support offer.

Leadership development
The scale of the challenge that councils are currently facing requires strong, responsive and resilient leadership. We are refocusing our leadership offer so that senior councillors and officers have access to e-learning resources and the ability to share their experiences with their peers.

Visit our e-learning platform

Latest LGA news releases and parliamentary briefings

Our latest media lines related to coronavirus.

Our latest parliamentary briefings and responses related to coronavirus.

Latest COVID-19 related publications

Councillor workbook on creating mentally healthy places 

Changes to local authority powers and duties: Adoption, fostering and care planning and health protection resulting from Coronavirus Regulations 2020 

Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from Coronavirus Regulations 2020: school admissions

Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from the Coronavirus Act

COVID-19: a leadership workbook for cabinet members

Councillor guidance on emergency response structures

Key questions and issues for finance portfolio holders during the COVID-19 pandemic

Councillor guidance: COVID-19 outbreak

Protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak

Tackling domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 cases data from LG Inform

Local authority report showing the number and rates of COVID-19 hospital cases by authority, compared to others

England overview report showing the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths across England as a whole, and the top ten councils for number and rate of cases

Weekly deaths report providing a summary of Office for National Statistics (ONS) weekly deaths data

Care homes report focusing on deaths in care homes in particular

Vulnerable groups report providing estimates of local authority populations likely to be vulnerable to COVID-19

Area characteristics report comparing case rates across all local authorities to other factors at a local area level, such as deprivation.

Government information and support
Upcoming COVID-19 virtual events

The Invisible Children - babies born during COVID-19 | 16 June 2020

Tackling COVID-19: lessons from Europe and internationally | 17 June 2020

Decarbonising transport after the COVID-19 crisis | 18 June 2020

Creating more inclusive local economies post COVID-19 | 24 June 2020

LGA Annual Conference webinars | 30 June - 8 July 2020

Information and guidance for councils

There is not a single area of local government that is not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for updated information and support on how to tackle the 'new normal' is understandably great. To help you navigate the situation, we have split our COVID-19 hub into four different areas, so you can easily find the information you need.

Contact the LGA
If you have any issues facing your services or wider community please do get in touch with us.

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 @LGAnews for the latest updates. 

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