Gloucestershire County Council and other local services
What service changes are there at the moment for GCC?
The county council is doing everything possible to maintain vital services for the people of Gloucestershire. So that we can continue to focus on the county’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and ensure our staff and the community stay as safe as possible, we have changed the way we run some of our services. We know we can’t do everything so we need to prioritise and we have closed some of our services to prevent unnecessary public contact in line with the latest government advice. You can find the latest information about our services online.
What arrangements have been put in place so Gloucestershire County Council can continue to make decisions?
For urgent decisions, the usual rules will apply as set out in the constitution. The chair of the relevant scrutiny committee must agree that the decision needs to be made urgently, and a notice will be published giving the reasons for urgency. Where such decisions are outside the council’s policy framework or budget, the constitution requires prior consultation with group leaders.
For routine decisions that were scheduled to be taken by the Cabinet, they will now be taken as Cabinet Member decisions. The usual requirements around publication of forthcoming executive decisions, decision reports and decision statements will continue to apply. We will aim for decisions to be taken on the date of the planned cabinet meeting. Understandably implementation of some of these decisions may be delayed or deferred in light of the current situation.
What has been the response from the NHS in Gloucestershire?
The NHS in Gloucestershire is taking responsible steps to plan ahead and respond to the unfolding Covid-19 situation. The latest information from the NHS locally can be found on the NHS Gloucestershire CCG web site.
What is Gloucestershire Constabulary’s response during the Coronavirus pandemic?
You will find this information on Gloucestershire Constabulary’s website
What is happening with May’s planned elections?
Advice has been issued by the Local Government Association (LGA) which explains that local elections, mayoral elections and police and crime commissioner elections have been postponed until 2021. No other elections, by-elections or referenda should be held. Further legal advice on local elections and on handling casual vacancies on councils is expected and will be shared by the LGA.
Will county councillors still be holding ward surgeries and engaging with the public?
No. All councillors will follow the government guidance in place at any given time on avoiding unnecessary contact.