Published: 17th Mar 2020

The communities secretary has pledged to support local authorities in their response to the coronavirus, as it continues to spread around the world. Robert Jenrick addressed more than 300 council leaders and sector bodies yesterday (17 March) in a call on the government’s response to coronavirus. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to supporting councils to focus their efforts on the priority area of social care, providing vital support for vulnerable people and supporting their local economies. ‘As part of the national effort to keep the public safe and deliver essential public services, this government stands with local councils at this difficult time,’ said Mr Jenrick. ‘My absolute priority is to ensure they are well placed to respond to coronavirus and protect vital services, including social care. ‘Everyone needs to play their part to help the most vulnerable in society and support their local economy, and the government will do whatever … (To read the full article, subscribe below)