Coronavirus and Local Councils - NALC Advice and Spring Conference Cancellation
Following the information in today's round robin for member councils please see an additional update from NALC below.
As the Coronavirus situation develops, we all should be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly. The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a very useful list of different government advice sources including for employers. Additionally, you may find the advice from ACAS useful in considering any employment-related matters that may impact your local (parish and town) council.
Where the law does not provide for a particular scenario (e.g. the holding of the annual council meeting outside of the statutory timeframe, if the government advises against meetings being held) we would be guided by the government as to what should happen. We will be engaging with government on this and a range of other issues and will keep you updated on any developments.
NALC itself as an organisation is affected and we have been revisiting our risk and continuity plans accordingly. As the government advice currently is broadly business, as usual, next week's Lobby Day and meeting of National Assembly will go ahead, we plan to hold our next cycle of meetings by telephone conference, but Spring conference has been postponed (more on that below). We also still plan to keep any commitments to attend events and meetings across the country. Of course, if government advice changes then we will reassess and communicate as soon as possible.
While we expect to continue to work as normal, it is worth preparing for all eventualities. Having considered our different communications channels, if there is a significant reduction in NALC capacity, then at a minimum we will keep the NALC website up to date with that information. This would be the first port of call for any local council wishing to know the status of our capacity.
NALC Spring Conference postponed
Yesterday we were informed that Aviva has taken the responsible decision, given its size, to cancel for the foreseeable future all internal and external events at Aviva due to the risk of Coronavirus. The Aviva City of London office remains open. As a result, NALC's Spring Conference due to be held on 17 March in the Auditorium of the Aviva City of London office is being postponed, and will now take place at a later date to be confirmed. Given the nature of the circumstances, and these being out of NALC's control, we do hope those scheduled to attend will understand. More details will be made available in due course.
Posted: Fri, 06 Mar 2020 18:37 by Jake Atkinson