Welcome to our Coronavirus Information Hub
With information and advice notes being released daily from various governing bodies, we understand that it can be time-consuming to track down the latest information and guidance.
That’s why the team at Solace are working hard to keep our Coronavirus Information Hub up-to-date with important information and updates from trusted sources – so you can access all the essential information you need, in one place.
We’ve also created an area for resilience, remote working and wellbeing, which we’re updating with blogs, articles, videos and top tips to help support you and your workforce throughout the pandemic.
We are keen to share positive examples of the innovative approaches local authorities and their teams are taking in response to the crisis. If you have something to share with a view to this being published on our website or future publications, please do get in touch by emailing us.
Solace Statements & Press Releases
Solace is in contact with Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the emerging situation with the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Local authority Directors of Public Health are in close contact with PHE.
To view our latest statements and press releases on COVID-19 you can either visit our Solace News section of the website or click on the links below to be taken directly to each article.
Working together to save lives
A message from our President, Martin Swales on working together to tackle Coronavirus, as published in the LGC and MJ.
Shielding the most medically vulnerable - Local support system guidance update
This is a short update on the ‘Shielding’ work MHCLG are working on with Government and LRFs to protect the most medically vulnerable.
This document includes links to download both the Guide for Local Authorities and Local Resilience Forums on the system to support those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
The Emergency Storage Facility Proforma
This is an unprecedented situation and we want to try and help you deal with the problems you are facing. If you have a particular issue – either directly or indirectly related to the coronavirus – that you’d like to discuss with other Solace members, let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. We will float these issues, anonymously, with a view to creating networks to share thoughts and approaches.
Talking to Government
If you have any questions or concerns you would like Solace to raise with Government, through our established channels, please email in confidence.
We cannot promise to get answers to every request but we will do our best to flag the issues facing the sector and, where we can get clarification from relevant Departmental officials with a view to sharing any information and insight.
Emergency Coaching & Mentoring Support
Solace, in partnership with the LGA, are pleased to announce a programme of national coaching and mentoring for those leading the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic across English Local Government. This program is specifically aimed at Chief Executives, Directors, and professional leads working directly on managing the response to COVID-19.
This funded support over the next three months is aimed at leaders, in the midst of the crisis, as they start to prepare and implement recovery plans.
For more information on the programme or to apply for support, visit our dedicated page.
Documenting lessons learned is a key component of crisis management. We're keen to hear from individuals in the sector who would like to share their experience throughout the pandemic.
We're interested in everything from personal reflections to working practices, or a new skill you've acquired. We'd like to capture a range of stories and experiences, and are keen to show the impact, both positive and negative, this has had on us not only as public sector professionals, but also as humans.
If you’re interested in sharing your story, or know anyone who might be, feel free to send your blogs, photos, videos, audio clips, artwork, and any questions to us via email, and help us document living history for future generations.
Solace HR Community
We have developed an HR community for HR professionals working within the public sector. The group is intended to be a place where participants share what's happening in their authorities and organisations, discover what (and how) others are managing change, as well as a hub to share documents, knowledge and general advice.
If you'd like to be added to the group, please drop us an email.
COVID-19 Policy Briefing
Twice a week, our Policy team pull together a COVID-19 brief which is full of the latest intelligence, news, and advice from reliable sources and is delivered directly to your inbox.
We recognise that in times like this, it's important that we look after our communities, so whether you're a Solace member or not, we want to keep you updated on these unprecedented times.
Click the link below to subscribe to our COVID-19 Policy Briefing mailer.
If you're already a member of Solace, you should already be receiving these mailers. If you haven't, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll look into it for you.
Solace is continuing to work with our international sister organisations to pool knowledge and resources as we all work to respond to the outbreak.
Local Government Perspectives – Global Edition
Catch up with the latest installment of perspectives from local government leaders across the globe and how they are all responding to Covid-19 by clicking here.
National League of Cities – Local Action Tracker
Meanwhile, the National League of Cities is also tracing the actions taken by American cities. Its Local Action Tracker can be accessed here.
International Monetary Fund – Policy Tracker
The International Monetary Fund has created a policy tracker which traces economic policy responses, at different tiers of government in most countries worldwide, to the Coronavirus.
Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation – Study
- Are you or your organisation using (or planning to use) AI and data to manage the consequences of the pandemic? The CDEI is interested in how you plan to cope with both the short and medium-term impacts to your work and sector.
- Do you know of any other initiatives using AI and data to ease the pressure of the pandemic?
- Are you looking for ideas or support around how to use AI and data, and would you find it useful to be linked with similar individuals and organisations?
For more information email email@example.com
Alternating days out
The authorities in Bogota, the Colombian capital, are limiting the number of citizens on the streets of the city by letting men and women out on alternate days, the New York Times reports.
US three-phase plan for reopening the economy
US President Donald Trump has set out a three-phase plan to reopen the economy. The guidelines shared with state leaders only call for phased once areas are on a downward trajectory of Covid-19 cases in a 14-day period and have a robust testing program in place for health care workers. The proposal called for vulnerable individuals — such as the elderly or people with pre-existing health conditions — to remain sheltered in place. The President reportedly told governors they would have the final say.
The view from local leaders across Europe
Politico spoke to 28 mayors and other local leaders across Europe (one from each EU country and one from the U.K, in order to “offer a snapshot of how the coronavirus has touched communities around the Continent in very different ways”. Each leader is asked the same questions, which include: their biggest challenges, greatest needs from central government, and how they personally cope in the circumstances.
Covid-19 digital impact survey
The COVID-19 Digital and ICT Impact Survey is being undertaken jointly by Socitm, LOLA (Linked Organisation of Local Authorities), and MCE (Major Cities of Europe). The Survey will cover how well your organisation is coping and how businesses and other partner organisations in your locality are adapting, and the challenges they are facing. The survey will allow local authorities to filter the results by location, sector, size, and more, to enable councils to not only better understand what similar organisations are doing, but also gain a global insight into what challenges other types of authorities and businesses are facing and how they are adapting. The survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete, with responders encouraged to complete it before the end of May.
Crisis Leadership Classes
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and faculty from across the university, including Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are leading classes focused on emergency preparedness, emergency response, crisis leadership and crisis communication. Click the links for resources on ‘crisis leadership essentials’, ‘crisis leadership slides’, and ‘critical public health information aimed at mayors’.
ICMA Crisis Resource Page
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has created a dedicated resource page that provides information on chains of command, crisis communications, workforce, and tips on what to do if you have any potential gaps in your organisation.
International Blog Posts
There is also a series of blog posts from leaders across the world, including one from Solace Managing Director Graeme McDonald.
Reallocating road space
A growing number of cities around the world are temporarily reallocating road space from cars to people on foot and on cycles to keep key workers moving and residents healthy and active while socially distancing, the Guardian reports. It has also taken a closer look at such measures being implemented in Germany.
Resilience, remote working and wellbeing
We are going through unprecedented times and understand that over the past months, many of us have transitioned to new ways of working at short notice.
In order to help support each other through these challenges and changes, we’ve pulled together some resources fro trusted sources on resilience, remote working, mental health, and wellbeing, alongside some sharable resources to help support you and your teams during this period.
We’ll be updating the information on this page on a regular basis, so please feel free to get in touch if you have any resources such as blogs, videos, or infographics you’d like to share.
Advice Notes from the Government and Public Health England
Both the Government and PHE have published a series of advice notes to assist various organisations in providing advice on coronavirus, preventing the spread of respiratory infections, managing suspected or confirmed cases, providing advice to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, and action to take if people come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Click the blocks below to view all advice notes in each category.
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
Guidance from religious groups
Guidance from the Church of England
Read guidance on COVID:19 from the Church of England.