To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment has he made of the potential effect of a covid-19 outbreak on the operational capacity of local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
12 March 2020
MHCLG continues to work with local agencies, including local authorities, on their preparedness to manage a Covid-19 outbreak. My officials are engaging with local authorities and the local tier to ensure they are prepared to deliver their statutory obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This requires local authorities to develop robust emergency responses and business continuity plans for their areas. My Department is working closely with DHSC and DfE to ensure the continuity of adult and children’s services.
The Secretary of State will make a statement as and when appropriate. It is important that messages from Government are measured and accurate to allow the country to prepare.