Information and guidance for the local government workforce in England and Wales relating to government guidelines, employee safety and wellbeing, developing new ways of working and more.
All of the information below is updated regularly to reflect changes to government guidance (England and Wales) and emerging good practice. Local government employers should check these pages for the latest information and advice and follow us on Twitter on @LGAComms and @LGAWorkforce.
Workforce advice and guidance
COVID-19 update: workplace safety in stage 4: information for local authority employers as the COVID-19 restrictions are removed from Monday 19 July 2021
LGA COVID-19 workforce summary reports: a series of bi-weekly surveys collecting key workforce capacity and planning data relating to COVID-19
COVID-19 schools guidance – a roundup of information relating to workforce issues in schools during the coronavirus
COVID-19 Social Work Together Campaign: provides a pool of returning social workers to support the local response to COVID-19
Helplines for social care staff
- Our Frontline
Our Frontline – 24 hour support for key workers
In addition to existing EAP support available to the local government workforce, Our Frontline was created at the start of the pandemic to provide round the clock support to key workers. Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health. Our Frontline is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
COVID-19 Senior Officer support
Coaching and mentoring for senior officers during COVID-19: LGA and Solace have developed a programme of coaching a mentoring aimed at Chief Executives, Directors and professional working directly on managing the response to COVID-19
New ways of working
- Developing hybrid working in local government: resources for developing new ways of working after COVID-19
- ‘React, Respond, Renew’ – workforce COVID-19 response: a summary and reflections of how COVID-19 initially affected the local government workforce