NALC commends England's local councils during coronavirus

10,000 local councils across England have stepped up to support their communities through the coronavirus crisis.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has commended England’s 10,000 local councils for their vital role during this pandemic.

Local councils, including parish and town councils have stepped up to provide emergency support for the most vulnerable in society. Measures include setting up support groups, buddy schemes and delivering shopping and medication to those unable to leave the house due to self- isolation.

Through communication and collaboration, local councils, principle authorities and third sector organisations are joining forces to ensure as many of the most vulnerable in the region as possible are protected from the virus.

Local government has provided a lifeline for residents and businesses across England, through grants and other support, as their coordinated efforts contribute to keeping on top of the pandemic.

Examples of this leadership and innovation include Cottenham Parish Council, Cambridge and Peterborough assembled 140 volunteers who are shopping, collecting prescriptions and making phone calls for vulnerable residents.

Yate Town Council, Avon is working in partnership with a new collaboration between church representatives, neighbourhood watch groups and a Facebook group with 2,500 members willing to help the community through local food banks and activities to support home educations.

Midhurst Town Council has galvanised a group of volunteers focused on connecting business, residents and charities with the community, as well as ensuring volunteers have DBS checks and are First Aid trained.

Sue Baxter, NALC chairman, said:

“We are truly in unprecedented and worrying times. This portfolio of case studies shows that our local councils have a significant leadership role to play in their communities – ensuring that their vulnerable residents can access the much-needed support they need.”

Many more Councils across England are going above and beyond to act as the country’s fourth emergency service during this crisis.


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