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Update from GOV.UK – COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

The government have published the following update which is relevant to parish and town councils:

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Page summary
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Added link to Department for Culture, Media and Sport guidance for the... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:07 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Corona Virus Job Retention Grant Scheme – Furlough Leave – Update

1 The New Kickstart Scheme

  • The government will fund six-month job placements with a minimum of 25 hours per week, through Universal Credit, for 350,000 young people aged 18 to 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Under the scheme, which will open for applications in August, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours' work per week at the national minimum wage (NMW). Employers will be free... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:57 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

NALC & SLCC supporting local councils to reopen playgrounds safely

A number of national bodies with interests in play NALC (National Association of Local Councils), SLCC (the Society of Local Council Clerks), The Play Safety Forum (PSF), Association of Play Industries (API) & The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) met with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) last week to discuss the current government guidance. All involved... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:20 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC, NALC

Government advises Parish Councils to continue meeting digitally

Government continue to recommend that where meetings can take place digitally without the need for face-to-face contact, they should continue to do so. Where community facilities need to be used for physical meetings, these meetings should be managed within the social distancing guidance and principles set out in the guidance.

See here for the guidance (paragraph 3d specifically).

Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 20:29 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Community Foundation Coronavirus Support Fund

In light of the news of a return to lockdown following a spike in Coronavirus cases in Leicester we wanted to make you aware that the Community Foundation's Coronavirus Support Fund is still open and accepting applications

The funders are keen to support charitable organisations within Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland who are continuing to support the most vulnerable groups at this time!

You can... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:37 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance, Funding, coronavirus

Coronavirus - Multi-purpose community facilities guidance

The government produced guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities and guidance for the safe use of council buildings which include what activities can take place from 4 July and what practical steps can be taken to manage risks.

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:24 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Lockdown extended for Leicester

It has just been announced that Leicester is to enter an extended period of lockdown, with extra funding going to all principle authorities in Leicestershire to help support businesses and those forced to self-isolate.

Schools will close and non-essential shops will also shut down from tomorrow, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons this evening.

As such all Leicestershire parish and... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 21:21 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Coronavirus - Guidance on Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

Up to date government guidance on the reopening of Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms can be found here.

The document predominantly provides guidance rather than requirements on how operators can approach the re-opening of facilities and it has a clear message that playgrounds should only be opened where it is safe to do so. It is a requirement that a local Covid-19 risk assessment must be undertaken for... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:28 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Outdoor, Playgrounds

Coronavirus - Letter to Councils with Public Toilets

Councils who are responsible for public toilets should refer to the letter referenced here. We know a number of our councils provide these facilities and the letter provides some guidance on their reopening.

Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:19 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Toilets

Employee Pay Award 2020-21

Many councils have contracts in place with their staff (even where they only have one employee, i.e. the clerk) which entitles the employee to receive the national cost of living pay award as part of the National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

The GMB and UNISON are conducting a ballot of their members, without any recommendation, with a return date of end of July for a response on the Employer's... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 21:23 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Employment

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