Guidance on coronavirus

March 22nd, 2020

There is now a great deal of Government guidance, much of it informal as yet but clearly intended to be followed, and other Government material related to the Coronavirus Bill.  It is growing by the hour.   Here’s a collection of material that I’ve come across, under different headings: general, social care, housing and day centres, education, business rates and procurement.

The MHCLG twitter account is a useful source of information  – https://twitter.com/mhclg.

General

Statement of support from the Minister https://www.gov.uk/government/news/robert-jenrick-reaffirms-support-for-councils-in-their-coronavirus-response

“Coronavirus Bill – Summary of Impacts” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-summary-of-impacts

“Guidance: what the Coronavirus Bill will do” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-what-it-will-do/what-the-coronavirus-bill-will-do

Explanatory notes to the Bill https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-01/0122/en/20122en.pdf

Social care

Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care/responding-to-covid-19-the-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care

COVID-19: guidance on residential care provision https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-residential-care-provision

COVID-19: guidance for supported living provision https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

COVID-19: guidance on home care provision https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-home-care-provision

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Housing and day centres

COVID-19: guidance for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping/covid-19-guidance-for-hostel-or-day-centre-providers-of-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

Press release – Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters

Education

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

COVID-19: guidance for education settings https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

COVID-19: free school meals guidance for schoolshttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

Business rates

Business Rates Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873622/Expanded_Retail_Discount_Guidance.pdf

Procurement

Procurement Policy Note – Responding to COVID-19

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873521/PPN_01-20_-_Responding_to_COVID19.v5__1_.pdf

Peter Oldham QC

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