Dan Peters 15 May 2020

Councils resist government's changed 'stay alert' message

Councils resist governments changed stay alert message image

Areas with higher coronavirus rates have urged residents to stay at home amid fears the Government’s change of message to ‘stay alert’ was confusing.

Local authorities in Merseyside, which has a ‘significantly higher’ death rate than England and the rest of the north-west, warned that the region was not ‘through the worst of this’ while the message in the north-east, which has the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the country, continues to be for people to stay home.

The comments come amid first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, refusing to adopt the Government’s stay alert slogan.

Labour leader of Gateshead MBC, Martin Gannon, told the BBC: ‘If I did have those powers I’d be saying and doing exactly what they’re doing in Scotland.

'The R rate [of COVID-19 infection] is the north-east of England, I’m told, is twice the rate of London.

'We have significant number of deaths, our hospitals are still busy; therefore I’m extremely concerned. I think what the Government is doing nationally is reckless.'

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, added: ‘I’m worried that the lack of clarity about the rules means that the virus will start spreading quickly again, meaning we will see a second spike and face another period of total lockdown.

'It would be far better if they’d stuck with the original messaging until the test and tracing programme is fully ready.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Children's Social Workers and Senior Social Workers - Children Looked After Team

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£31,869 to £43,887 per annum
Would you like to improve the outcomes for children and young people who have been in care? Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£19,312 - £20,493 pro rata) (£10.01 - £10.62 per hour)
Our Taxi licensing office is looking to appoint a Business Support Officer to the team. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Highways Road Safety Engineer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band F, SCP 26 (£30,451 - £34,728 per annum) (£15.78 - £18.00 per hour)
We have an exciting opportunity available within the Highways Service at Sandwell Council. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Highways Development Engineer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band F, SCP 26 (£30,451 - £34,728 per annum) (£15.78 - £18.00 per hour)
We have an exciting opportunity available within Highway Services at Sandwell Council. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Accountant

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band G, SCP32 - 37 (£35,745 - £40,876 per annum) (£18.53 - £21.19 per hour)
We are looking to recruit to a Senior Accountant on a fixed term basis for 12 months. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue